Questions tagged [japan]

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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Sending unaccompanied baggage from Japan to USA

After spending a good amount of time in Japan, I realize that I have accumulated more stuff than I could carry in my flight (which allows me 2 check-in pieces free of charge, but this is a third piece)...
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Japan e-Visa system cannot read my passport, and embassy has no slot for in-person application. What should I do?

I have a Vietnamese passport and currently reside in Singapore. I'm planning a trip to Japan on the 28th of October and currently applying for a tourist visa through the Japan e-Visa system. However ...
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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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Lost a registered Kansai-area ICOCA card, how do I recover its value in Tokyo?

I'm currently in Tokyo, and managed to lose a registered ICOCA card that has a couple of thousand yen on it. Is there any way I can recover or transfer its value in Tokyo without going back to Osaka/...
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China citizen traveling to Narita. Do I need a visa?

I am a Chinese citizen and I have a US visa. When going back to China, I have a long layover (about 20 hours) in Narita and I have to stay overnight there. Do I need a transit visa? I am now in San ...
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9-hour 40-mn layover in Haneda Airport

I have a flight coming up on March 31st. I’ll travel with my 4-year old & 4-month old. We all have US passports. We’ll arrive in NRT terminal 2 at 4:15pm to be exact and have to change airport in ...
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Connection through the US, which airline's baggage rules apply?

The trip is: Sao Paulo (GRU) -> Dallas(DFW) = American Airlines Dallas(DFW) -> Tokyo (HND) = Japan airlines Baggage rules and tariffs are very different on those. I already tried searching about ...
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Japan tourist visa: Surname spelt differently on my income tax return

I'm an Indian national planning to apply for a Japan tourist visa. However, the surname on my income tax return (Dutta) is different from the surname on my passport and all other documents (Dutt). ...
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Canadian visiting Japan

I’m a Canadian citizen and I want to visit my girlfriend in Japan. Is Japanese immigration strict compared to the US? I also wonder if my reason for visiting (to visit my girlfriend) would be a ...
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Will staying longer than planned in Japan cause problems?

I have a question regarding my visa. I have a Canadian passport and I booked a ticket to Japan for 30 days. I know that my passport allows me to stay in Japan for 90 days. I'm thinking, for example, ...
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Staying in Japan in a Zen temple for a few months for a foreigner

Are there Zen temples in Japan that allow staying there for a few months for meditation for foreigners? How much does that cost? Are there free ones? How about visa?
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Matsuri in rural areas: where to find information?

For an upcoming travel in Japan I would like to visit some matsuri in not so touristic places/more rural areas. Trying to search online for matsuri calendar returned me only hits for famous events ...
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One night in a traditional temple in Japan

I'm planing to go to Japan in April. After some research I decided to sleep just in Tokyo and Kyoto. My wife and I are planning to stay in a hotel similar an IBIS or Formule 1, a simple place only ...
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What is a "consecutive stay plan"?

We're trying to book a hotel room in Japan. There are two options for the same room and same duration: with or without "consecutive stay plan", the latter being slightly less expensive (e.g. ...
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Can I bring metoprolol tartrate to Japan?

At somepoint in the future I would like to take a trip to Japan. I am from the United States and I have a chronic illness that requires me to take metoprolol tartrate. I know that certain prescription ...
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How do reserved seat tickets work when I use an IC card to ride the Tohoku Shinkansen?

I'm planning to take a few trips on the Tohoku Shinkansen in the near future, and I'd like to use JR East's online eki-net service to order the tickets. It looks like they offer an option to have the ...
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Is it possible to get from the Philippines to Taiwan to Japan (or the reverse) without flying?

It's not that I have a fear of flying but it seems the best way to see Island countries is by island hopping and these three countries are all relatively close to one another if you take into account ...
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What to do in Japan when I don't like the food I have been served?

I'm not sure whether this belongs on the travel site or IPS, but since I'll be a tourist, I'm gonna post it here. I'm going to visit Japan soon and I'm a bit of a picky eater. I've already figured ...
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If I have a JR basic fare ticket that I've started using, are changes possible, and if so, how will they be handled?

Suppose that I have a basic fare ticket (regular, non-discounted ticket) for JR. After I start using the ticket, if, for some reason, I need to change it, is this possible? How would it be handled? ...
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What duties and taxes would I pay in Canada on a camera from Japan?

I'm visiting Japan right now (I'm a Canadian resident) and am considering picking up a digital camera (second-hand, if that matters). The value of the camera would exceed the 800-dollar personal ...
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Dual citizenship: passport with valid visa is expired

TLDR: travelling to Japan and back from Australia with expired Spanish passport (AUS visa linked to it) and valid French passport (AUS visa not linked to it but AUS Immigration is aware of dual ...
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Do I need a prescription to bring medication into Japan that is prescription-only there but OTC in the US?

I am going to Japan for a week-and-a-half trip (leaving from the US). I often take Melatonin to help myself sleep, and especially want it to help with jetlag (in both directions). It is available over-...
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Should I take my own coffee to Japan?

I heard that it is difficult to find real coffee in Japan as most places don't serve it. We are planning to stay at Ryokans and eat traditional breakfasts as muc as possible but can't really give up ...
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Exchanging older United States currency in Japan

I am traveling to Japan and I want to know if these old 100 USD bills are accepted there for currency exchange.
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Are you allowed to enter an onsen when having obvious scarring on your skin?

I want to travel to japan soon and I definitely want to visit an onsen in small village. I know that in most onsenit's against their house rules to have visible tattoos, but what do Japanese people ...
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Is it legal to bring prescription Desoxyn into the UK, Australia, Thailand and Japan?

My friend is planning a trip to several countries (the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Japan). She has ADHD and is prescribed Desoxyn, which is methamphetamine. She knows that it is tightly controlled, ...
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Travelling with two passports (dual citizen) from the Philippines to China then to Japan

I am planning a trip from the Philippines to China and then continuing to Japan, before heading back to the Philippines. I am a dual citizen of the Philippines and Sweden. I have a Chinese visa on my ...
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How busy will tourist spots in Yamanashi-ken and Okutama be after new year?

I'll be renting a car on January 2nd in Tokyo, to escape into the countryside for a day. Starting in west Tokyo, my choice is pretty much Yamanashi-ken. The question is, how many people's choice will ...
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Do I need a Japan transit visa?

I am travelling from India to Canada and I have a stopover in Japan, where I will be changing airports. Landing in HND, flying from NRT. I have an Indian passport and I'm a Canadian Permanent Resident....
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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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Large-size taxi options in Tokyo

What are the largest sized taxi options in Tokyo and how to order them? We'll need to travel with 4 people, each with a mid-to-large sized suitcase. The last time we did, we got one of the newer style ...
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Single JR ticket with stopovers: Tokyo - Nagano City - Matsumoto - Kyoto - Hiroshima

Wondering what is the cheapest option to travel along my route. Seeing this question, it might be cheaper to buy a single ticket rather than multiple tickets (Tokyo -> Kyoto via Nagano and Kanazawa ...
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Will my tourist visa be accepted if I have 2 months of bank statements?

Will my visa be accepted if I have 2 months of bank statements, with enough money to travel to Japan as a tourist? Or would I need someone else to sponsor my trip?
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Is there a guide regarding places least known/visited in Japan?

While I can find guides regarding places to visit in Japan, they all seem to promote the same places Tokyo shopping, inner city shrines, etc. Is there a website or book regarding places in Japan that ...
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Taxis at Tokyo Haneda Airport

I'll be flying into Tokyo Haneda at 10:25pm on a Sunday and rather than try to figure out the public transit system that late in the day when I'm already probably going to be exhausted I was thinking ...
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Which neighborhood to visit and eat with a 5-hour transit in Tokyo, Sunday evening from 6pm to 1am?

I will have a ~5-hour transit Sunday evening at Haneda, 6pm-1am minus the custom and transport from Haneda. I know I can only have one shot at visiting Tokyo. Which neighborhood would you suggest ...
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Anyone experience marrying in Japan?

I’m planning to bring my birth certificate to Japan because the ward office requires you to have original copy of it in order to get married. Would it be possible if I bring it just for that purpose? ...
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Buy Narita Skyliner ticket on platform with foreign credit card

I went to Narita Airport and wanted to buy Skyliner ticket on platform (I've used Suica and entered the gate), but looks like the vending machine there didn't accept my credit card despite there's an ...
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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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Is Suica better than PASMO?

Can one say whether for travelling in Tokyo Suica cards are better than PASMO cards or vice versa? I'm interested in moving around in Tokyo by public transport.
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Toilet laws for Transgender people in Japan

I'm a trans woman heading to Japan on holidays soon. Are there any particular laws surrounding the toilets in Japan for transgender people? I will be presenting female - but I will be visibly ...
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I've been granted a Japanese visa with a validity of 15 days. How do I calculate the day on which I'll have to leave the country?

If I have a visa waiver that grants me a maximum of 15 days per stay, and I arrive in Japan on the 1st of March at 8 p.m., what is my last date of departure? Is it the 15th of March (because the ...
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Universal Studios Japan (Express ticket for child age 3)

Does a child (3 years old) need an express ticket to Universal Studios Japan if his parents have express passes?
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Alight at Nippori with Skyliner ticket for Ueno

When riding Keisei Skyliner train from Narita Airport to Tokyo, it costs the same to go to Nippori vs Ueno. Before the pandemic, when I purchased Skyliner ticket, the staff never asked me where I am ...
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JR (Japan Rail) pass in fastest types of Shinkansens

I learnt today that the JR pass doesn't allow one to travel using the fastest type of Shinkansens, namely Nozomi and Mizuho (running in the Tokaido-Sanyo-Kyushu lines). For reference see this webpage. ...
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Transit visa in Japan [duplicate]

I am travelling from US(SFO) to India (Delhi) via Haneda airport Japan. If my ANA flight from SFO to Haneda lands at Terminal T2 and my ANA flight from Haneda to Delhi is from terminal T3 , will I ...
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Time for self transfer at Okinawa Naha airport

I have a Hong Kong Airlines flight booked landing at Okinawa Naha airport at 15:00 on a Sunday. Our plans have changed slightly and we now want to fly immediately on to Ishigaki that same day. It'll ...
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Why SIM in Japan for traveller is data only? [duplicate]

When I arrived at Japan, I tried to find a SIM which would allow me to make and receive call. However, SIM was data only. Why is this? For examples: I can not make / receive calls (Travel SIM/WiFi) ...
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Is there a way to keep my SIM card but use my phone in Japan besides international roaming?

I live in the United States, and have an American phone carrier. At the end of this month, I will go to Japan for about a year. I want to register my phone with a Japanese network. However, I do not ...
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Any Non-seafood Japanese food options?

I am allergic to seafood but will eat pretty much anything else. I know a lot of Japanese cuisine is based on seafood - but are there other Japanese meat or vegetable dishes I should try? I really ...

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