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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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Do I need a transit visa to go from Narita to Haneda? [duplicate]

Two weeks from now (Oct. 22), I will land at Narita airport at 3 P.M. and then transfer directly to Haneda airport for my connecting flight to Manila at 1 A.M. on Oct. 23; this is a 9-hour layover and ...
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Cassiopeia Sleeper Train Japan - Tours?

The Cassiopeia sleeper train between Ueno and Sapporo was discontinued a while ago and we didn't get around to use it while it was still running. However, the Wikipedia site linked to a feature that ...
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What kind of debit or credit cards issued in the US work to withdraw cash at the ATMs located at Hakodate airport?

What kind of debit or credit cards issued in the US work to withdraw cash (yen) at the ATMs located at Hakodate airport (HKD)? I tried one debit card from Bank of America as well 4 credit cards from ...
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How to know if a JR train has unreserved seats? [duplicate]

On Japan, most trains have at least one car for unreserved seats but not always. Is there a way to know if a train has such seats? Unless I missed it the JR machines to book tickets and check time ...
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Walk to Sakuranoyama Park from Narita Airport

Next month I will travel to Tokyo with my partner, arriving to Narita airport. We will arrive in different flights, which means that even though I will arrive early in the morning, I will have to wait ...
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Passing through Japanese customs with a tax-free knife [duplicate]

I am in Japan and I have purchased a kitchen knife (slightly over ¥16,000), claiming back the sales tax. The tax refund office did attach a document to my passport stating the sale. Tomorrow I will ...
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Connecting in Narita from Domestic ANA 1162 to International Delta 68; Baggage?

I will fly on Sept 30 from Osaka to Narita on ANA 1162, arriving at 13:35. I am then traveling from Narita to PDX on Delta 68 at 4:10 PM. How/where do I claim my bags and recheck them for the Delta ...
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Contactless virtual Visa card payments in Yodobashi, Japan

Can someone living in Japan please find out if contactless payments made through Google Pay or Apple Pay are accepted in Yodobashi? And specifically, if they are done through a virtual Visa card ...
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Am I eligible to some compensation if Eva Air changed the destination of my flight (was Hakodate, and became Sapporo)?

Am I eligible to some compensation if Eva Air changed the destination of my flight (was TPE -> HKD Hakodate Airport via flight BR138, and became TPE-> Sapporo (New Chitose Airport a.k.a. CTS) via ...
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How to avoid "overtourism" in Japan?

Recently there are many news stories about "overtourism" in Japan: Whilst Japan’s promotion as a tourist destination is incredibly important, JNTO is aware of cases of ‘overtourism’ in ...
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How can one can convert a Denso mapcode into GPS coordinates or a human-readable address?

How can one can convert a Denso mapcode (e.g., 549 544*88) into GPS coordinates or a human-readable address? All the resources I have found so far such as https://japanmapcode.com/en perform the ...
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How do I ask chefs who don't speak in English if they can torch sashimi, in writing?

I like Japanese sashimi better when partially cooked — partially grilled, blow-torched (see images under-neath), or seared. I plan to print this request in Japanese, and show printout to ...
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Can't stop over at Sapporo when going from Asahikawa to Chitose airport?

Yesterday I travelled from Asahikawa to Chitose airport (in Hokkaido, Japan), as on this Hyperdia screenshot (except I planned to take a later Airport service after having lunch in Sapporo). Now ...
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Events surrounding Japanese coronation

October 22nd is the coronation date for the new Japanese emperor who acceded in May 2019. What kind of public events can be expected on this day? Specifically I'd like to know if public celebrations ...
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transiting through Narita airport with less than 6 month passport validity

I will be transiting through NRT on DEL-NRT-SFO route. The onwrd flight is on the same calender day after 4 hr. stop in NRT in the afternoon but my passport at that time will only hvae 4 months ...
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How well integrated are Kitaca and Sapica in the Sapporo region?

In the past I've heard about different Japanese IC cards being interoperable, but with some cards only being used on certain networks. I'm considering traveling to Sapporo in Sept/Oct 2019 and I am ...
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travelling from philippines to US with lay over in japan [duplicate]

i read that there is no visa needed for a short layover in japan just want to make sure because what i read was posted few year ago. my parents will be having their layover in japan for 3 hours, going ...
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Indonesian having Japan Student Visa (Language School) Unable to Apply for S.Korea Tourist Visa in Japan

My friend from Indonesia has stayed in Japan for 1,5 years on student visa for language school and she recently planned a vacation with her classmates to South Korea in September. They already bought ...
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Taiwan TAC With An Unused Japanese Visa

I'm an Indian and I intend to visit Japan after visiting Taiwan. I have an unused Japan Visa which is valid till October. Can that be used to get an entry in Taiwan along with a TAC or do I first ...
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Can I leave and re-enter Japan in this situation?

I'm a dual citizen of countries A and B, living in Japan. I entered Japan with a work visa on country A's passport, but that passport has expired. Passport B is still valid. Normally leaving Japan ...
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If I renounce my nationality to get Japanese passport, what will I put next time I have to fill the nationality field [closed]

To acquire Japanese passport, the foreign national has to renounce his/her nationality. In such case, what will that person put in the nationality field as in many cases filling up the nationality ...
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Transit via Hong Kong

I am from Afghanistan and I have a refugee travel document issued in Japan. I have flight from Japan to Germany via Hong Kong, with a 7 hour layover in Hong Kong. Do I need a visa?
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When taking the ferry from Shimonoseki, Japan to Busan, Korea, how much will I need in cash-only fees?

Seven years ago I took ferries between Japan and Korea about six times, and I'm looking at taking the ferry again. I seem to recall that even when paying for the ferry ticket in cash that there is ...
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How much is Transit Visa to Japan

I'm a Russian citizen, currently studying in Canada traveling to Russia and have 16 hrs layover in Tokyo Narita. I know that I will need a transit visa. My question is if anyone knows how much the ...
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Japan - Over 180 Days in 1 Year As Temporary Visitor [closed]

I am a US citizen with a US passport who enters Japan with 90 day temporary visitor waiver. I usually stay around 85-87 days per 90 day temporary visitor waiver. I have a lot of savings, don't work in ...
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Was American Airlines correct to refuse me boarding through Narita? [closed]

I am a Filipino-Canadian resident of Vancouver, Canada holding both Canadian & Philippine passports. I was travelling from Vancouver to Manila the other day, with a one-way ticket purchased from ...
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Will I likely have trouble flying to Japan after a stay in China as a US Citizen?

I'm going to China for work (a conference) for about a week, and thought it may be nice to visit my friend in Japan for 2-3 days or so on the way back, especially with the reduced flight costs ...
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How would Japanese people react to someone refusing to say “itadakimasu” for religious reasons?

So, it’s my understanding that in Japan it’s considered to be polite to say “itadakimasu” before eating. From what I’ve read, it seems that the meaning of this phrase derives from Buddhist and Shinto ...
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Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in November? [duplicate]

I understand this is outside of the climbing season. It appears to be legal and the risks are higher, but I'd like to know if it's even really possible or is snow usually too deep at this time and ...
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Is there now, or was there a few years ago, a ferry from Busan, Korea or Shimonoseki, Japan to China?

In the past I took ferries between South Korea and Japan six times, but the most recent was seven years ago. I seem to recall that besides the Japanese and Korean travellers that there were also many ...
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Receiving parcel in Japan [closed]

I would like to bring a musical instrument from my country to a Japanese friend via international postal parcel service. However, I would like to know about customs security in Japan. I mean to say is ...
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Entering the country(Japan) after the visa starting date

Can I enter Japan after the visa (Japan) starting date? As due to some reason, I may get the visa a little late and I have to book another plane on a later date (4-5 days after the visa starting date)....
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Using type H computer plug adapter in Japan

I'm planning on using my laptop in Japan. I have a Type H power adapter: I tried using my Japanese adapter but it leaves the ground pin exposed, and either way it doesn't fit all the way: Is there ...
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What should I submit in-lieu on no objection certification for tourist visa for Japan when switching jobs?

I am planning to switch jobs in the next 1-2 months, with a 2 week break between the two. I want to take a trip to either Japan or Europe in this window. Japan and Schengen visa requirements for ...
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We have a 5 hr layover in Osaka do we need a transit visa? [duplicate]

We are Filipino Citizens moving to Canada via Jetstar and Air Canada. Our flight itinerary brings us to Osaka for a 5 hr layover before our next flight. We'd like to know if we need to have a VISA for ...
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Online check in problems for Air Japan NH805 / Air Canada AC6230 from BKK to NRT [closed]

Online check in problems for Air Japan NH805 / Air Canada AC6230 from BKK to NRT. Why, when booking with Air Canada and Star Alliance partner Air Japan, can one seemingly NOT check-in online in ...
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Short term car rentals in Japan

I used a short-term car rental (Car2Go) on my last trip, it's very convenient for short drives or in areas with sparse public transportation. I'm wondering if there's a similar service in Japan that's ...
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Travel Transformer from US to Japan (100V -> 120V) Voltage?

I'm from the US (120V), and am interested in taking my hot air brush on my study abroad trip to Japan. I'm aware of the voltage difference and similar plugs to the US. The problem is that the only ...
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Do domestic ferry companies in Japan sell "standby" tickets when passengers cancel very late or don't show up for their reservations?

I'm in Hokkaido, Japan and it's Golden Week so many things are booked out, including longer distance ferries. Japanese ferry websites have always been quite bad. No English version, text as images in ...
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Where is free Wi-Fi reliably available in Japan besides Lawson convenience stores?

I'm back in Japan for the eighth time, but it's five years since I was here and some things are changing. I've found that every Lawson convenience store now offers free Wi-Fi in one-hour sessions ...
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Visiting a concert in japan

This summer I and a couple of friends will travel to Japan for three weeks, we will stay one week in Kyoto and the other two in Tokyo. When staying in Tokyo we want to visit a concert by LiSA at ...
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Do I need a Japanese visa? [duplicate]

I'm travelling to San Francisco (SFO) with family this May. My first flight is with JAL to Narita. After a 12hr layover, the next flight is from Haneda to San Francisco. Similar routing on the way ...
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Canada Import Duty on Alcohol

I'm going to Japan for a few weeks, and since I don't go to Japan super often (last time was 2 years ago) I was thinking of bringing back some Japanese alcohol that I can't get in Canada. I know I ...
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Vaping in Japan?

I'm going on a trip to Japan this weekend. I have a bit of an oral as well as hand fixation, meaning that I find it very difficult if I'm not doing something with my mouth and/or hands at all times. ...
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Are there still any ATMs in Japan that don't charge fees for withdrawing with a foreign card?

I just got back to Japan for the first time in five years. I seem to recall that that some ATMs here don't accept foreign cards, some do but charge a fee, and some do and charge no fee. I'm 100% ...
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Applying another visa again so soon

I'm on a 30-day visit relative Japan visa right now and I'll be back to my home country 1st week of May. My question is, do I have to wait for a certain period of time before I could apply for ...
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Do I need a transit visa for South Korea? (under 24 hours)

I'm a Bangladeshi citizen who has been living in Japan for the past year on a student visa. As such, I have a valid residence card for Japan. I’m planning to travel to France, with a transit through ...
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Apply for Korean Visa in Japan as an exchange student

I am curently a Vietnamese exchange student in Japan. And I just got here in March 20th. My Japan Visa is 6 months. I am intending to travel to South Korea in September. I want to apply for the visa ...
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Can I buy Keisei train tickets with international debit card?

I want to take Keisei line service from Narita airport terminal 2. Will I be able to use my international debit card to pay for the ticket?
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Why is blowing your nose rude in Japan?

I need to find out the reason blowing your nose is seen rude in Japan. I keep searching and find things labeled, "Is blowing your nose in public bad in Japan". I know it is bad, I want to know why it ...
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