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An island nation in East Asia known for many aspects of its unique culture and having one of the world's largest cities, Tokyo as its capital.

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Changing destination of already purchased Shinkansen ticket

Using the official Smart EX app, I have reserved and paid for tickets for a JR Tokaido Shinkansen train service from Osaka, getting off at a stop well before Tokyo. There are five people on this ...
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Japan Rail Pass?

Prior to Covid-19, I would travel to Japan fairly often, and each time I would go I would get a JR Pass for traveling between cities, as I did so quite often. I'm wondering, as I haven't been to ...
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Travelling from Narita airport to Sendai

I arrive at Narita airport in early October at about 9am but need to get to Sendai. I thought of booking the Shinkansen from Tokyo (or Ueno?) for some suitable time (say, 11am), but I would like to ...
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Is a pre-departure COVID test still required for entry into Japan?

There seems to be conflicting advice on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html says it is necessary to present a certificate of inspection ...
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Night train Fukuoka - Tokyo

I have three free days in Japan. Google maps says a train ride from Fukuoka to Tokyo takes more than ten hours which is basically an entire day. To save time, I was wondering whether there a night/...
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Do I need a transit visa for Japan?

I'm holding Philippine passport and I'm here in Canada and I'm going to visit my country but I need to stop over in Narita Terminal 1 and next day I'm going to transfer Narita Terminal 2. My layover ...
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Can you create a Suica card on a foreign phone/Google Pay account?

I am using a European Google Pay-compatible cellphone and the corresponding region account linked to it and will likely be traveling to Japan. I would like to use contact-less-based public transport, ...
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Are children exempted from Japan's new three-dose COVID vaccine requirement?

Japan recently announced that if you have received three doses of an approved COVID vaccine, you are exempted from the previous requirement to get a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. ...
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What do these short white strips mean on Japanese roads?

I see these signs mean on Japanese roads on https://youtu.be/15wVVByNgJY?t=3640: I'm referring to these short white strips: https://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/eng/e_mes/engf1008.htm doesn't contain ...
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What do green, blue, and yellow roads mean in Japan?

I read this answer by Sed Chapman on Quora about "Why are roads in Japan painted red?" It isn’t just red, but green, blue, yellow, and other colors can be found. Most often these colors are ...
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How restricted are tourists coming to Japan as part of an organized tour?

Japan is still only allowing tourists to enter on a group/package tour. If you arrive as part of a group tour (for example this one), would you be legally obligated to stay with the tour guide? Or ...
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Do I need a Japan transit visa to travel from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at Narita?

On 12 September at 17:45 I am travelling from Helsinki Vantaa (Finnair AY 73) to Tokyo Narita Terminal 2 and from there to Terminal 1 and then I'm going to Auckland (Air New Zealand NZ 90). Do I need ...
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Can I change my itinerary after getting a visa to enter Japan?

So, I have an Indian passport, and I applied for an internship visa to Japan. The visa was for less than 90 days. I had to show booking of flight in the documents. So, I had held booking for a ...
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Travel to Spain and back to Japan in August

In August, I will be traveling back to Spain (2 weeks) after 3 years living in Japan. I have been vaccinated here in Japan and have all 3 vaccines with the certificates. To enter Spain, I think it is ...
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Invitation Letter for doing Internship in Japan

I have Indian nationality and I am planning to go to Japan for 3 months to do an internship in a university in Tokyo. I am going to apply for Student Internship Visa for less than 90 days. In the ...
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Do Asians generally want a tourist/visitor to "act Asian", or "be different"?

One of my biggest fears with going to Japan (or Korea, etc.) is that I will offend them somehow by accident. If I do some silly attempt at holding my hands together to express "thank you", ...
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Can I get health insurance for traveler in Japan with type 1 diabetes

So, I am from India and I have type 1 diabetes with no complications. I am looking for health insurances for myself during my stay in Japan which will be for 90 days at most. Can someone suggest ...
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Does a dual Filipino American citizen need a shore pass to transit Narita/Haneda?

I have a connecting flight at Narita Airport and will transit to Haneda. Do I need shore pass? And where can I get a form to get shore pass?
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Do we need transit visa if we stay for 12 hours in international Haneda airport?

I have a 12 hours transit at Tokyo International Haneda (HND), Tokyo airport on my way. I don't have to change airports. Do I have to apply for a transit visa? Is there a minimum hours that we can ...
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How many cats are there on "Cat Island" Aoshima, Japan these days? Still a destination for "cat tourists" after the 2018 population control measures?

Wikipedia's Aoshima, Ehime or Ao Island or "Cat island" says: The feline inhabitants of Aoshima are fed by food donations from all over Japan. The cats also eat the small creatures of the ...
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Is it possible to enter Japan for a few hours with a group travel?

I'll travel in a few weeks and may have a ~10h layover in Tokyo (NRT airport). I read on https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61612599 (mirror): From 10 June, tour groups will be allowed to enter the ...
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Obtaining a covid test in Czech Republic

Next month I'll be travelling to Czech Republic for a couple of weeks and then returning to Japan, where I live. In order to re-enter Japan I will need to have a COVID test before leaving the Czech ...
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Is the ban on women in Mt. Omine legally enforced?

Mount Omine in Japan is said to be off-limits to women. However, it isn't clear (at least from a quick browse of English-language websites) whether the ban is legally enforced, or whether the ...
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How many items can one buy and bring back home from Japan?

My friend is about to come home to Vietnam after 1 year working in Japan. Some family members and friends asked her to buy electronics and other stuff for them; she also bought a new laptop and mobile ...
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Travel from Japan to Schengen(Copenhagen) and back with Covid restrictions (status as of May 2022)

What are the current requirements for travel from Japan to Schengen disembarking in Copenhagen? We are one EU citizen, one Japanese national and our 3 year old child has dual citizenship all residing ...
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Damaged passport travelling to Japan

I am traveling to Japan in a month and my passport has been damaged a little bit but my flight is after a month. I can renew my passport easily. The question is: If I renew my passport, will then the ...
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Japan transit on a Philippines passport

From a non-official source https://visaguide.world/asia/japan-visa/transit/ is information that a person does not need a visa obtained in advance to transit through Japan. The main requirement is a ...
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Owning a car in Japan and changing visa/departing for a long trip

what happens if you: posses a Japanese driving license posses a Japanese car posses a valid parking spot (車庫証明) switch from a working visa to a tourist visa and later go on a trip in Japan, thus ...
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can i transfer from Haneda to Narita in 3:30 hour [duplicate]

I booked a flight from Australia to Netherlands via Japan. I have to transit from Haneda to Narita in 3:30 hour. Is that possible?
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Do I need a transit visa at Haneda when self transferring?

I am a Vietnamese citizen. I will arrive at Tokyo (Haneda airport) at 4AM and also leave from same airport at 9am on Viet Jet Airline for Vietnam. I have to "self-transfer". Do I need ...
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Where on Kyushu island can I get a view of a launch from Tanegashima Space Center?

There is a rocket launch from Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) (originally scheduled for December 21 according to tweets from TNSC and Inmarsat Global). According to the websites of Mitsubishi Heavy ...
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Travel to Japan - child expired Japanese passport but valid EU passport

We are to travel to Japan tomorrow with Finnair. However, today we noticed that the Japanese passport of one of our children (6 years old) expired a few months ago. The embassy is unable to issue an ...
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On arrival in Japan under the current COVID conditions, how does one go from the arrival gate to one's vehicle?

Assuming a person has arranged for a vehicle to take the person from the airport to the person's place of quarantine (home, hotel, elsewhere), how does the person get to the vehicle? For example, say ...
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Under the current COVID restrictions, can a permanent resident of Japan go abroad and return?

In sifting through the various government sites I can guess at an answer, but I've not found anywhere that clearly says "Permanent residents are able to re-enter Japan after going abroad." ...
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Is transiting in Japan still possible?

Does the new covid restrictions that Japan has introduced effect does who are planning to transit through Japan? The flight I plan to book from Singapore to Toronto stops at NRT. https://www.mofa.go....
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What can I do at Haneda airport for 8 hours in the evening?

I have an 8 hour layover at Haneda Airport from 5pm to 1am, what can I do during this time? I would like to get out and see a bit of the area, so thinking if there is a tour or something that would ...
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Can i leave the airport in japan during a 20 hour layover? [duplicate]

I live in canada but am traveling back home to india. One of the cheaper flights is through japan but it has a 22 hour layover. I am used to long layovers but just want to know if I can leave the ...
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Getting antiseptic and antibiotic in Japan

My wife's toe is inflamed and it hurts, so we need to get an antiseptic and an antibiotic. But it seems that antiseptic/antibiotic sell is controlled in Japan, so it is not easy to buy from any ...
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Do I need to quarantine at Fukuoka Airport after domestic travel?

I am going to travel to Fukuoka from Tokyo. Is quarantine needed at Fukuoka City?
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20-hr layover in Japan

I am traveling from Hawaii, back to Indonesia. Is it possible to stay in the hotel around Narita airport during 20 hours layover, to catch up the next plane?
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Search for information about Yamanobe-no-michi trail

We have plans to make a trip via Yamanobe-no-michi trail, Nara, Japan. But I can't get how to reach one of the endpoints of the path from center of Nara. Any guideline will be helpful. And also we ...
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Entry into Japan as spouse of Japanese citizen

Japan currently bans the entry of essentially all foreign nationals; however, one of the permitted "special exceptional circumstances" is being the legal spouse of a Japanese citizen. What ...
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Does Japan impose layover restrictions for travellers from India to the USA?

Are there any restrictions for a layover in Japan when I am travelling to the U.S. from India? I am cleared to travel to the U.S. but not sure about layover requirements for Japan. The connecting ...
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How Much Could You Expect Accommodations to be Pricewise in Japan?

I am planning to go to Japan with a fairly sized group of friends (About 6 other people) for next late next year ~Summer-Fall 2022. Nothing is set in stone as we are still waiting for a proper re-...
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Is it a good idea to go to Japan without a travel guide?

I'm a resident from Puerto Rico which is very far from Japan, and I'm planning to go on a trip with a couple of friends to Japan. We have never gone anywhere to a foreign country, and the budget is ...
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Are there any Japanese castles currently under construction?

Many once destroyed or demolished Japanese castles were later erected anew in order to boost local tourism. For example, reconstruction of Osaka Castle was finished in 1997. Are there any castles that ...
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Can an Indian Qatari resident apply for a Japanese tourist visa with no income tax return and only bank statement?

I'm an Indian citizen, and I work as a driver in Qatar. I have been a fan of anime and kamen rider since childhood. I want to travel to Japan on a tourist visa. I have only saved 3 lakhs rupees (USD ...
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I'm an Iranian citizen with Japanese passport, can I go to Japan (my place of birth) easily?

I was moved to Iran when I was 5 from Japan. my father is Iranian and my mother is Japanese. I recently got my new valid Japanese passport from the embassy of Japan in Iran. I also did the paperwork ...
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Changing airport in Tokyo

I am planning to travel from Hong Kong to the US with an Indian passport. I have a US visa. I don't have a Japanese visa. The most convenient flight will have a long layover (almost 24 hours) in Japan ...
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Few hour layover in Japan, with expired Chinese passport and valid US permanent resident card?

I am trying to plan for my mom who will be traveling from Guam to the US, but she has a connecting flight in Japan, which has a 2-5 hour layover. She has an expired Chinese passport due to the ...

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