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In my answer below, I use the Nagai Park swimming pool as a reference, but I think it is almost identical to other swimming pools in Japan. It is totally not allowed to swim in any direction parallel to the width of the pool. Almost the same as what was already mentioned by @jpatokal in his answer, each lane has its own purpose (probably scheduled ...


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I have just come back from a month in Japan, travelling through Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Osaka and Kyoto, mainly in tourist sites. There was toilet paper in every western style toilet except one at the Heian shrine in Kyoto which had a vending machine selling toilet paper right outside.


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No, there is no restriction on where you travel from, as long as the other requirements on the visa are met.


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Pools in Japan are usually divided in two sections: lanes running the length of the pool for "serious" swimmers, and a general section for everybody else (including children etc). In the "serious" lanes, all you're allowed to do is swim up and down the lane at the same speed as others in that lane, which are typically physically marked with lane ropes. ...


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I'm not sure that 1 month is counted as a layover. But you don't need to get a visa, provided you are travelling on your US passport. The only thing they may ask you for is proof that you have booked flights leaving the country, but you are covered there. According to the Japanese Embassy in the US A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders ...


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You want to apply for a Tourist/short term visa from the Japanese embassy. The requirements would be based on your country of citizenship/passport, i.e. India. As such, this is a summary of what is required for you to apply (The following information is assuming you are applying from the US) - Required Documents Applicant's valid passport ...


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What I experienced is, that you mostly have toilet paper in the Kanto-Area, but there are many public toilets in the Kansai-Area lacking toilet paper. A friend from Kansai can confirm this fact, too. Maybe, thats why it's written down in a travel guide like Lonely Planet.


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It's common in public toilets, yes, especially those located in unattended locations such as public parks and small train stations. On the other hand, toilets in stores such as convenience stores or shopping malls, or in large train stations, virtually always have paper (you may even get lucky and have a "washlet"). A related and somewhat more common issue ...


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No, not all taxis will take credit cards, similar to other countries. Once you leave the major metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo or Kyoto), some will be cash only. A friendly reminder, is be wary about using a credit card when visiting another country as the card company may add extra fees for transactions in different currencies. Another thing I've noticed ...


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No, it's not "always" an option. Most taxis do take credit cards, and specifically in Tokyo virtually all do; but some don't, so you can't rely on this. Minimum fares of up to ¥5000 may also apply. One interesting alternative is transport smart cards: most visitors to Japan will have a Pasmo/Suica/etc, which are also increasingly accepted by taxis ...



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