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This is considered rude in most places in the world, it isn't unique to Japan. The only possible 'Japan' part of this is that Japanese people broadly tend to be a lot more considerate of others and make more of an effort not to disturb fellow-passengers than in many other countries. In Japan its rare to run into that one in a thousand person who just doesn'...


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Japanese and East Asians don't get as much body odor because they have less apocrine sweat glands so they don't need as much perfume, cologne, etc. From Wikipedia's article on Body odor: East Asians (Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese) have fewer apocrine sweat glands compared to people of other descent, making East Asians less prone to body odor. I don't ...


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No, you will not. Japan has banned entry of all foreigners who have travelled to Zhejiang and Hubei provinces within 14 days of travelling to Japan, but Shanghai, a provincial-level city, does not belong to either. You are (so far) safe. It is, nevertheless, highly possible that Japan will soon extend this travel ban to the entirety of China. Keep updated. ...


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I've lived in Japan for several years and this isn't my experience at all. It is quite common to encounter Japanese people with strong perfume, cigarette odours, halitosis, or body odours. Public transport is quite crowded and you will come into close contact with many people. Everyone becomes accustomed to their own smells and may be unaware of the ...


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You can use JR West Japan's website. Sample Search Take note that the main station in Fukuoka (where I live) is not called "Fukuoka Station" but Hakata Station. So in the above search I entered "Hakata" in case that is where you intend to go to. If you really wish to go to Fukuoka Station (a non-JR line), just change the search or you can also take the 100-...


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The Eligibility requirements (PDF file) from this page states: In regard to (1), if a single copy of your Overseas Residential Registration verifies that any family members living with you in the country have stayed for 10 consecutive years or more, such a document is valid for those family members. Concerning children (under 12 years of age) ...


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Interpreting Article 150 of the JR Kyushu Conditions of Carriage, no you don't have to board at the same station. You can board on any station that is ahead of the station where you made a stopover and that is on your specified route. Say I have a ticket from Nagoya to Kanazawa via Tokaido Main Line and Hokuriku Main Line. I can choose to get off at Sabae, ...


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You're indeed getting an up to 5% discount for using your credit card, but it's not just credit cards: any type of non-cash payment (キャッシュレス) can be used to get the "cashless reduction" (キャッシュレス還元), not just at Lawson but at any participant in the Cashless program. The discount varies from store to store, but at Lawson it's 2%: Note that this is not just ...


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About 3 years ago, I visited Japan for 3 weeks. For 2 of those weeks I used a JR rail pass to travel around. Around cities and to other cities. I then headed to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido I rented a car for a week, and I found it surprisingly easy. Road signs were in Japanese and (mostly) had English as well for destinations, cities, attractions, etc. There ...


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As of November 2019, almost no businesses in Japan accepted contactless payments by international cards or virtual cards, due to inadequate equipment or the cashier not knowing how to (or not caring enough to) set the machine to accept contactless payments from virtual international cards. The only business that I can recall accepted virtual contactless ...


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This website (no affiliation) provides an option for portable WiFi, it can be delivered to the airport. 14 days costs $70 with unlimited access. There are other options as well but this is one of the cheapest ones I found.


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I Google searched some tattoo artists in the Osaka area that have more positive than negative feedback and, although I am not recommending any of them (as I haven't personally used their services), if I were to get one myself I'd probably inquire from the following (random order): Nine State Design https://ninestatedesign.com (Mostly in Japanese, but lots ...


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Shinjuku is probably one of the busiest areas, good for shopping and dining, and is usually where I stay since it's very central. Here's a link to Japan Guide's page on Shinjuku. Shinjuku station is the busiest station in Tokyo, so it meets the bustling life criteria, Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho have tons of small eateries if you want the street food ...


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I have not been to Japan yet, but I spent quite some time in a few cities in mainland China to share my perspective: most locals did not wear perfume/deodorants in their daily commute, either when traveling by bus or metro; most did not have strong body odor, but some did, especially those that spent hours laboring in more intense physical activities; based ...


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Based on your question, it seems these are separate bookings. Per TIMATIC, the database used by airlines: Visa required, except for Passengers with a passport and a confirmed onward ticket to a third country within 72 hours can obtain a Shore Pass on arrival if there are no connecting flights on the same calendar day For logical reasons, I suspect ...


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The reason why it can be rude is because you give something that they didn't ask for. It's like you give nice jeans to someone who is walking in pyjama by saying I feel sorry for you, here is new jeans. Tipping at a restaurant, kinda same concept, it's not about appreciating their service. It's like saying "I feel sorry that you are a waiter and I m pretty ...


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I'm pretty sure Globalwheels has a shop in Kyoto now. Globalwheels Kyoto > One of my friends picked up from the Kyoto shop and then returned at the other shop in Osaka. I'm thinking of trying the ride myself.


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It really depends where you want to go. I have been to Japan seven times and I have only needed a car once. In urban areas, like Kansai (Osaka and nearby cities like Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Himeji) or Tokyo, public transportation is quite convenient. And navigating within an urban area (for example, from Osaka to Kyoto) is not expensive (there are actually ...


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