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Lots of good thoughts here. To which, I would add, anyone who seems to need it more than you do. I've given up seats to people holding infants, pregnant women, the elderly, people with canes or braces / casts on body parts, people traveling with small children, and so on. And I always consider myself the 'winner' in the transaction since it just feels good. ...


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No, I do it regularly. There are even spaces on trains and busses that are marked for the elderly, pregnant, disabled, etc. where the able-bodied may sit but are to give up their seat if anyone in greater need of it shows up. It is not uncommon that the person you are giving the seat up to may initially refuse your kindness because it is polite to be slow ...


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I live in Japan (Tokyo) and no one gives up their bus or train seats unless the standing person is clearly incapable of standing for long (old, injured, pregnant). Then they are fairly good about it. What's really entertaining is watching two elderly people with canes / walkers etc. arguing about which one of them need the seat more. And it's the "good" ...


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Nowadays “giving up one’s seat” risks abuse almost everywhere. So, not just in Japan, don’t do so. Instead just get up and walk away, if you can, otherwise just stand up. There is no need for “really this is my seat but I am prepared to let you have it”.


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First time I've heard of this, and I think it's nonsense. There is a strong social convention that people should give up their seats (not just the designated priority seats) for elders, kids, the disabled/injured and pregnant. Nobody will be offended or think you rude for doing that. They might call you out if you don't. The recipient most likely will say ...


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Less formally, mikos are simply employees of the shrine (it's a very popular baito option with college girls, since the pay is relatively good, the job is not tiring, and you get to wear a nice costume), when there is not a festival they perform various tasks around the shrine like cleaning or attending the souvenir shop. Just go to your local shrine, ...


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Your best bet would be to visit shrines during a festival such as Setsubun or New Year's day. These will usually include some public ceremonies, rituals or performances in which the Miko participate (Kagura dance is mentioned in your Wikipedia excerpt), and these are public events with many people attending and taking photos.


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Per the official site, trains run three times a day, every day of the year (毎日運転). However, there are a few periods when some runs of the special train with wood paneling and panorama windows etc are replaced by an 'ordinary' express: Nr. 1/2/5/6 replaced: Sep 9-11, Nov 17-21, Jan 13-Feb 13 Nr. 3/4 replaced: Oct 6-10, Dec 16-18 Do note that while all ...


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I found out that I can set the date when I exchange. More info here: http://www.japan-rail-pass.com/common-questions/can-i-choose-the-days-of-use


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There aren't any requirements from most countries. There are recommendations for some. For example: Japanese encephalitis if you're spending lots of time outdoors. A list for Canadians: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/well-on-your-way


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If you are from Denmark (like OP and I), there is a very handy site called rejsedoktor.dk. For a two-week trip to Japan, you need the following vaccinations: diphtheria hepatitis A tetanus It is likely that you already have one or more of these vaccinations. Diphteria and tetanus are usually administered together at public school, and lasts for ten ...


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None. I've lived in Japan for 12 years, never once heard of vaccination requirements nor been asked a single question about it at the airport. I expect it depends on where you are from, but there's nothing here of any particular concern. (But stay out of the Dengue Fever park in Tokyo.)


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Getting a 7 day JR pass covering the long-distance trips between Tokyo and Kyoto may well be worth it (look up the prices for the individual tickets on Hyperdia and compare), especially if you use the opportunity to do things like a day trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima. But the higher price of a 14 day JR pass will not be justifiable for you unless you plan to ...


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Willers express services are great . Exactly on time ! They stop every 1-2 hours on the way too ! Great bus . I was travelling with Willers express recently , see pictures and other info on my post :http://www.parrotfishjourney.com/latest-post/willer-s-express-bus-japan-shinjuku-sumitomo-bldg


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It'll very much depend where on the island of Hokkaido you find yourself. The northern part of the island falls into the 'taiga' zone, with more snow than the rest. From Wiki: Snowfall varies widely from as much as 11 metres (400 in) on the mountains adjacent to the Sea of Japan down to around 1.8 metres (71 in) on the Pacific coast. The island ...



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