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Travelling from Narita airport to Sendai

TL;DR: Don't bother booking in advance, just show up and take an unreserved train. The fastest & easiest way from Narita to Sendai is to fly. However, schedules have been cut due to COVID and ANA ...
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Night train Fukuoka - Tokyo

Google maps says a train ride from Fukuoka to Tokio takes more than ten hours which is basically an entire day. That doesn't seem to be correct. There are many direct Nozomi trains from Fukuoka to ...
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Do I need a transit visa for Japan?

Transit: Passengers are permitted to transit through Japan to the Philippines if they meet all of the following conditions: They will transit on the same day; The are arriving and departing from the ...
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Can you create a Suica card on a foreign phone/Google Pay account?

Osaifu keitai (おサイフケータイ) requires a specific variant of NFC, NFC-F (NFC FeliCa), which most overseas phones don't have, even if they support run-of-the-mill NFC. For example, my Japanese model Huawei ...
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Changing destination of already purchased Shinkansen ticket

In the end, we ended up printing out the tickets we had already bought and taking my friend's ticket to the Shinkansen ticket counter at Shin-Osaka to change it. The process was slightly involved: ...
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Is a pre-departure COVID test still required for entry into Japan?

TIMATIC, which is what airlines go off on border requirements states : Emphasis mine Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are: CLEIA/ECLIA quantitative antigen test, ...
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Are children exempted from Japan's new three-dose COVID vaccine requirement?

Yes there is such an exception: For children under the age of 18 who have not received booster shots (third doses) or do not obtain vaccination certificates, if they are accompanied by a guardian ...
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How restricted are tourists coming to Japan as part of an organized tour?

This question is now more or less moot as Japan has announced they'll allow unguided tourists to visit the country: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that Japan will allow the entry of ...
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