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This is the Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔) on the grounds of Arakura Sengen Shrine near Fujiyoshida, some 10-odd km northwest of Mt Fuji. It's about a 10 min walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station on the Fuji-Kyuko line, reachable in about 2.5 hours by train from Shinjuku in Tokyo with a transfer at Otsuki: https://maps.app.goo.gl/uiFYVrUa41rqVVkQ8 Note that this view is ...


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You can. Travel guides can be helpful in many areas but Japan is so safe that even doing the wrong thing will not get you in trouble. Getting lost might happen from time to time but it's part of the fun. Japan is known for having strict etiquette but they are very forgiving of foreigners and can get the gist by observing others before doing something. What I ...


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Citizenship of the Philippines is acquired by jus sanguinis ("by blood"), so the fact that your mother is Filipino automatically gives you citizenship of the Philippines (given your date of birth — rules have changed over time). Citizenship of Japan is also acquired by jus sanguinis, though with a few additional conditions for people born abroad, ...


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If by “travel guide” you mean hiring someone to take you to places: this only useful or necessary in areas where it's hard to get around or where there are places you must avoid, and it's only affordable for budget travelers in places where the local currency is weak. Japan has excellent infrastructure and is extremely safe: you don't need a guide. And you ...


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Yes: the reconstruction of Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, the historical seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, is under way. Destroyed once during WW2, it was rebuilt but destroyed again in 2019 by a massive fire. Construction started in 2020 and aims to finish by 2026.


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The Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔, Chūreitō) is a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance. The pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963 nearly 400 steps up the mountain from the shrine's main buildings. From https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6917.html I ...


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Your mother's green card allows her to be in the US, and to enter the US, but it has no relevance to Japan. Thus, with an expired Chinese passport and a US green card, she will be denied boarding for the Guam > Japan flight.


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@Itai's answer is great, but I just want to note that it does depend on where you go. Japan is not a country where many people can speak English; not that people don't like foreign tourists (surely there's quite a bit of xenophobic sentiment in Japan, but that's not what I'm talking about here), but many people just can't express themselves in English at all,...


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It's simply the logo of Japantown, which is the stylized flower of a Japanese plum (ume). the logo of San Jose Japantown in present time is a plum blossom, because many of the farmers grew plums. https://japantowncommunitycongress.wordpress.com/history/


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I found the page on Tim's site for the podcast (rather than the transcript) and at the bottom it has a number of bullets that include: We’re staying at the Araya Totoan Which feels pretty definitive to me.


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She does not have a passport, so it's possible that she will not be able to board the flight to Japan. A "domestic" flight from Guam to Mainland USA might be possible, but what you're describing is technically an "international" flight to Japan followed by another international flight to USA. If nothing goes wrong, you probably won't have ...


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If you are a Japanese citizen, you will stay a Japanese citizen until you take an action that revokes it. Within two years of turning 22, you're supposed to declare if you want to stay Japanese or renounce your other citizenship, but the law has a provision that assumes you will stay Japanese if you do nothing: If you fail to make the choice of nationality ...


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My rule of thumb for booking "reasonable" accommodation in Japan is ¥10,000 per night for two. In cities, this is sufficient for a clean if often cramped "business hotel" room for two. In the countryside, this is enough for almost all minshuku (inn/B&B) accommodation, perhaps the lower tiers of ryokan as well if you skip meals/...


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are there any countries I might have trouble entering with a Japanese tourist visa stamp (sticker) in my (EU country) passport? No. (e.g. see the UK list of incompatible countries (mirror)).


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Listening to the actual clip, the speaker sounds like he has a good understanding of the pronunciation of Japanese words, so I don't think he mispronounced or misread, but that the person doing the transcript couldn't hear the word. I believe he said "Araya" (the "ra" sound in Japanese can sometimes sound like a "da" sound to ...


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The blog mentions Kanazawa (Ishikawa-ken), so I'm reasonably certain actually incorrect about them staying at Tadaya (多田屋), a rather famous ryokan in Wakura Onsen on the nearby Noto Peninsula, which does indeed feature private outdoor baths: Update: I was wrong and Kate's answer is correct. For what it's worth, you don't need to head all the way to Wakura ...


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At the current time, what you're suggesting is not possible. You will not be granted access to enter the country. Your chances of being issued with a visa for the purpose is very simply non-existent. Even if you were somehow able to enter the country, you would not be allowed use public transport (including taxis) to transit between the two airports.


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Per this link, it looks like you need a koseki touhon (family register extract) showing that you're currently married to a Japanese citizen, which you can then use to apply for a visa: Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit [...] (2) Spouse or child of a Japanese national/...


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The restaurant in the series is supposedly set in Shinjuku's Golden Gai, but there doesn't really appear to be anything quite like it there. However, this article (in Japanese) asserts that the actual inspiration was a real kushikatsu (fried stuff on a stick) joint called Yagura Kushikatsu in Tennoji, Osaka: 串カツ専門店 やぐら +81 6-6714-7211 https://maps.app.goo.gl/...


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I don't think you have to worry too much as an English speaker with a smartphone, a data plan (not too expensive) and Google Translate. Even without a smartphone translator, plastic food in the window makes it easy to get decent meals (just point). People are generally kind and not likely to lead you astray, sometimes almost helpful to a fault.


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One thing to be aware of if you do go on your own (I found out the hard way): if you plan on visiting any museums in Japan like the Studio Ghibli museum or the Epson museum, you have to buy your tickets way in advance, just like if you were buying tickets to a play or a concert. If you plan to visit any of the castles (highly recommended!) make sure you ...


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You'll need to take a train from central Nara to the trailheads, which are a fair way out of town. Tenri Station is 13 min by train from Nara, while Sakurai Stn is about 28 min, both on the JR Sakurai Line which has services every 30 min or so. There's a very detailed official PDF trail map of the route (red line) starting from Tenri (天理, page 1) and ...


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You can definitely travel in Japan without a guide. Your mileage will depend a lot on where you go. If you stick to the standard tourist track of Tokyo-Kyoto-Oska-Hiroshima, you'll get around easily with just English. Anywhere else, you should be more adventurous, and I strongly recommend learning a few sentences in Japanese, and be comfortable communicating ...


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It hasn't started yet, but the reconstruction of the main keep of Nagoya Castle in wood is expected to begin soon, so hopefully soon this will be a "castle under construction". The construction work was supposed to begin in 2018, but some disagreements among the Mayor of Nagoya and the government of Japan, as well as protests (the protesters ...


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Here is the page from the Japanese embassy in Qatar telling you how to apply for a tourist visa. Clicking on the "Foreign resident tourist staying in a hotel"1 link will give you the requirements for a someone who is not a Qatar citizen applying from Qatar. You need to provide: ORIGINAL Passport (more than 3 months validity) 1 Passport Copy (the ...


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According to https://traveldoc.aero, you can board a flight to Japan with only a US military identification and your travel orders. You can also board a flight to the US with only those documents, or only with the re-entry permit. So, if you have a military ID in addition to the documents you mention, which I suppose you probably do, you should be fine to ...


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It depends on when and where you stay. Of course, the festive season is more expensive, but not that much more expensive. You can get a reasonably priced hotel on Jan 2nd; I did and it was a nice hotel! If you are staying in Tokyo, then 10,000 JPY per night per room (2 people) seems right. The outskirts of Tokyo, e.g. Yokohama, is a bit cheaper but not too ...


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For the purposes of this answer I am assuming that you are: travelling on a single ticket; arrive and depart from the same airport (probably Narita) within the same calendar day; and do not need to re-check your bags or pass immigration for any other reason. In such cases, a transit visa or any other documentation was not required to transit Japan. This ...


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Can a filipino citizen are allowed to have a connecting flight from japan to india during covid 19 Yes. Japan has no COVID-19-related transit restrictions aside from NRT transits having to be on the same calendar day. Also you can't enter Japan (i.e., must transit in the same airport, e.g. you can't do NRT->HND transit). See https://www.iatatravelcentre....


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I suppose you haven't been able to travel yet, due to COVID. So hope I'm not too late. But for when you eventually make the trip, there's a question to ask. There are no limited express trains on the San'yo Main Line west of Okayama, and you're left with really the local trains (or express trains, which are not really so "express"). Well, in fact, ...


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