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While indeed this is not something other Japan consulates require, alas there is extremely little you can do. You might want to talk to them and ask politely but they might have their own reason, some machine they use, for example. Let me note this is a very common requirement for other countries as well. For example, this Tripadvisor thread mentions it for ...


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It seems other users are experiencing similar issues as seen here. You can either: Bring cash to exchange Use an international ATM: Note these aren’t located at the airport. The two international ATMs are Sevenbank which accepts cards including AMEX and visa, and Japan Post Bank which also accepts international cards. (Not affiliated with these services) ...


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You could open a bank account in yens (or add a subaccount in yens to your existing account) and get a forex company offering international wires to exchange your USD and deposit the yens into it. This is very likely to be too big a hassle for a single vacation as the KYC regulations will make establishing a relationship with a forex company a bit of a ...


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The worst you can do is getting out the dollars and using them in the UK to buy yen. You pay for getting your dollars changed to pounds and then you pay again to get your pounds changed to yen. The slightly better option is to bring your dollar notes, gotten in the UK from your USA bank, to Japan, so you only have one set of exchange rates and costs. ...


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Japan Guide goes into which trains offer unreserved seating and which don't: Most shinkansen trains offer both non-reserved seats (自由席, jiyūseki) and reserved seats (指定席, shiteiseki) in separate cars. Only the Hayabusa, Hayate and Komachi trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen and Hokkaido Shinkansen and the Kagayaki trains on the Hokuriku Shinkansen are fully ...


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I've had a good look on Google Maps and street view. Is it possible to walk out of the airport? Maybe, yes. There seems to be footpaths alongside most of the roads you would need to walk, or a part of the road marked by a white line at the side, or at least a grass verge to walk along. Where you need to cross a road there are pedestrian crossing marked ...


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Unfortunately, I was unable to find out if and if so how you can leave the terminal area on foot. There seem to be footpaths on Google Street View but as your view is restricted to that of a car I cannot confirm if they actually go where you want them to. Once you are off the airport grounds, the type of small road with no pavement is what you will get in ...


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The accepted answer is out of date: since 2014, you've been able to rent voice SIMs in Japan. See Are short-term visitors in Japan allowed to buy voice-enabled SIM cards? for details.


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In general, vaping (e-cigarettes) are split into two categories, those that include some sort of head and those that don't. Vaping that use heat are considered smoking and subject to the smoking rules in Japan and you will be restricted to the smoking areas. Those that don't are not subject to the laws however cities recommend that users excerise good ...


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Japan does ban E-cigarettes with nicotine but does not ban vaping without nicotine in the liquid. Link to a wikipedia page here. While vaping without nicotine is allowed, from comments I read it is not socially accepted, it is seen more like smoking than like something innocent. I have not found any proof vaping without nicotine is banned to smoking ...


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From my experience today (6 September 2019) with a Visa Debit card issued by a major French bank, it seems that Aeon Bank ATMs do not charge fees (or if they do, they don't tell you*, which would be surprising). Aeon Bank ATMs are unfortunately not as ubiquitous as Japan Post Bank or Seven Bank ones, but can still be easily found nationwide using a ...


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As I said in a comment, it will most likely be possible to have your baggage checked through all the way, even on different bookings, if you inform the check-in staff in Osaka that you have a connection (they will probably ask you about it, as well). Assuming it's not possible, however, with more than three hours you have more than enough time to treat your ...


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Assuming you have not yet passed through the exit passport control, visit your nearest immigration office before your allowed period of stay expires and explain the situation (if you are so incapacitated as to be unable to go in time, at least get someone to call them). If your reason can be construed as legitimate, they will just hand you an Application ...


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You don't have to declare anything in Japan. First you check your luggage in, with the knife inside. Then you go through security, and finally, just before the passport exit stamp gates, there is small desk with a box where you leave all the receipts you have attached to your passport. Nobody looks at them nor at you, so you don't have to declare anything....


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I tried to bring in some yellow rice from the US today but was told by the quarantine officers that the procedures have changed and you have to do paperwork in the country of origin. In other words you can no longer bring in rice simply by declaring it on your customs form. Boo.


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I suspect you're not going to like this answer, but I think you're going about this the wrong way. In Japan, the idea of "customizing" dishes like this is basically unknown: the chef makes dishes designed to taste good, and your choices are to order them or not order them. Handing over a card like that is going to cause confusion and bewilderment, and not ...


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It's really hard to say from Eva's conditions of carriage (https://www.evaair.com/en-global/conditions-of-carriage/). Call the airline and ask. 9.2 CANCELLATION, CHANGES OF SCHEDULES, ETC. 9.2.1 When circumstances so require, EVA may without notice substitute alternate Carriers or aircraft, or cancel, terminate, divert, postpone or delay any flight ...


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I walked the whole thing (bottom Asahi-dake → valley down from Tokachi-dake). Here are the main difficulties: The most difficult part was actually climbing Asahi-dake, because a part of the slope is muddy and slippery. When dry I guess it is easy. There are also a few sections with a rope that you need to hold in a narrow very steep path. Not really ...


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Some statistics on how many tourists each prefecture receives can be found here. There's a little English language summary of some key findings here. Last year, the top ten prefectures for overnight stays by foreigners were: Tokyo Osaka Hokkaido Kyoto Okinawa Chiba Fukuoka Aichi Kanagawa Yamanashi The ten least popular prefectures were: ...


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I managed to find a site that does this conversion between numerous different formats, including plus codes. The site is located here http://saibara.sakura.ne.jp/map/convgeo.cgi Enter your map code under マップコード (make sure you also select the corresponding radio button for this option) and then click Send. The result will appear under 世界測地系 I note also ...


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No need to worry. Passport checking officials can see that you had a bump on your face when the photo was taken (and likely only on one side) and that the bump is now gone. They are trained to look at details that do not change and also trained to ignore things that can easily be changed. If they wonder you can explain you had a tooth taken out.


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Kitaca (Sapporo city), nimoca (Hakodate city and north-eastern Kyushu region), Suica (Kanto and Tohoku regions, and Niigata prefecture), PASMO (Kanto region), manaka (Nagoya area), TOICA (Tokkai region), PiTaPa (Kinki and Hokuriku regions, and Shizuoka city (apparently?)), ICOCA (Kansai, Chugoku, Hokuriku, and maybe Shikoku regions), はやかけん(Hayakaken) (...


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So I've since been and returned on my trip to Japan, and had an amazing time cycling around the country-side - I genuinely cannot imagine a better way to explore and get to know a country than by bike. In the end I took my own bike, but I still visited bike stores, and paid some attention to what was available. I'll preface this by saying, my Japanese is ...


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The Hyperdia screenshot gives a hint: the curled arrow indicates backtracking, and that makes this trip a bit special. Here's a (simplified) diagram of the relevant train lines: To Asahikawa ^ | | Hakodate Main Line | | Shiroishi @==================> To New Chitose Airport | Chitose ...


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There will be essentially no impact. The coronation will take place on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, very much off limits to the public, and subsequent celebrations consist of a banquet limited to a few hundred invited guests only. In general, the Japanese Imperial family both holds itself at arm's length from and is kept at a distance by the general ...


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Airlines are required to return a passenger to their point of departure if the passenger is refused entry at a transit point or a destination, and they must do so at the airline's expense (although the airline may well seek to collect it from the passenger under the airline's terms of carriage). Therefore, airlines are very careful to check whether a ...


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