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How to travel to this tower with a gorgeous view toward Mount Fuji?

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 ...
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Tax exemption in Tokyo

In principle, you are supposed to visit the Japanese customs office in the departure area of the airport before leaving (there is no systematic customs check for departing passengers in Japan), and ...
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Is the new Tokyo Fish Market in Toyosu open to visitors?

Not yet open to the general public (which includes tourists I believe), but it will be starting 13 Oct 2018 (Sat) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. From 15 Oct 2018 (Mon) onwards, it will be open from 5:00 am ...
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Is a European driving license valid in Japan?

Japan is listed as a country that requires an IDP (International Drivers Permit) in addition to your domestic driving licence. Source For kart rental, when I looked into it all required an IDP in ...
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What is this "nekoya" shop advertising?

Yes, the shop sells shamisen (a type of musical instrument), and yes, good-quality shamisen are still made using cat skin.
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How to travel to this tower with a gorgeous view toward Mount Fuji?

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 ...
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Is Suica better than PASMO?

No difference at all when it comes to taking public transportation. They work exactly the same, and in my time of living in Tokyo and using a Pasmo I never had any limitation. The only limitation you ...
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Tokyo Tower's illumination changes almost daily to celebrate something. How to know what?

This official website of Tokyo Tower has an English-language calendar: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/lightup/en.php It details for each day's illumination: Its name, for instance today is "Magic ...
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Miraikan visit and luggage storage possibility in Tokyo Shinkansen station?

1- Yes, absolutely. The earliest shinkansen departs at 6:14 from Kyoto and arrives at 9:00 in Tokyo. Add in the ~40 minutes to get to Miraikan and you should be there at around 10:00. To get to Narita ...
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Are there any short term gymnasia in Tokyo?

Yes there are, for example Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. One time entry is ¥600 and it has the facilities you seek (and more).
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Where can I find high, unobstructed night time views of Tokyo?

Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills has open-air observation deck on the top. It too has a view of the Tokyo Tower!
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Avoid long walking when changing between Tokyo subway lines

A simple Hyperdia search should be all you need in most circumstances; just search for your route and see the transfer times that are given for each possible transfer option. For example if you search ...
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Eating at Tsukiji Outer Market from 31 December to 3 January (Public Holiday)

During the new year holiday season in Japan (Jan 1 to Jan 3 for 2020) most shops and restaurants close. The smaller the establishment, the more likely it is to be closed. December 31 is usually a ...
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Can I enter Haneda Airport without a ticket?

Yes, the observation deck of Haneda's international terminal is the public landside area and open to all. Incidentally, Narita stopped doing checks on entry some time ago, but even when they were ...
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Wheelchair travel in Japan

1) Japanese "barrier free" standards assume wheelchairs are under 80cm in width. So, no, your friend's wheelchair will not fit into many elevators etc. 2) Most larger taxi companies can send a "...
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Where does the Tokaido Shinkansen stop in Tokyo?

For Tokaido Shinkansen, Shinagawa station and Tokyo station are the two only stations in Tokyo. You might comfirm this from the offical timetable.
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Large-size taxi options in Tokyo

Uber offers "Black Van" in Japan, it should be enough to accommodate your needs. A quick google search showed "Toyota Alphard" as the common option for this ride, it's a big car!
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Using a Suica card on Hiroshima trams and ferry line

I would like to update with new info: YES, starting from March 2018, you can use Suica cards or any other compatible card (PASMO, Toica, manaca, Kitaca, etc.) where PASPY is accepted, subject to two ...
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Bicycle in Tokyo Monorail

Yes, with no additional fee, but you must fold your bicycle and put it into a bicycle bag. Tokyo Monorail's official website says: 自転車はそのまま車内に持ち込むことはできません。 持ち込む場合には、自転車を解体、もしくは折りたたみ、専用の袋(輪行袋)...
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Safety in Tokyo and Ueda

Tokyo is exceedingly safe, particularly by American standards. While Tokyo, like any large city, has both wealthier and poorer parts, there are no "slums" worthy of the label and the odds of being ...
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Can I buy Keisei train tickets with international debit card?

According to the Keisei website FAQ: Can I use a credit card to purchase tickets? Major credit cards are accepted only for purchase of a Skyliner ticket (special limited express ticket) or a combined ...
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Are there wisteria tunnels close to Tokyo?

Yes. The Ashikaga Flower Park is within day trip distance from Tokyo, and has a wisteria tunnel (as well as some other very impressive non-tunnel wisteria.) I've been there during peak wisteria and I ...
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Avoid long walking when changing between Tokyo subway lines

If you use the Jorudan (https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/) trip planner, it splits the change time into transfer time and waiting time. The transfer portion can give you an indication for how far ...
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Using Pasmo on Chūō Line (Rapid)

Yes. Pasmo, Suica, and other IC cards can be used virtually anywhere in the greater Tokyo area. The Chūō line is one of the important backbones of the area, and yes, accepts IC cards on its entire ...
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Where to find vintage electronics in Tokyo?

While this is likely to be off topic, here's an answer: Akihabara This is THE spot for buying vintage electronics. While it seems from the outside that Akihabara is only anime and manga everywhere, ...
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How to reach this old hotel stuck in the middle of Narita airport runways?

Sadly, aside from very occasional events, the pension is not open to the public. From their Facebook homepage: イベント時以外は関係者以外立ち入り禁止となっており宿泊営業はしておりません。 Except for events, entry is prohibited except ...
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Is there a comprehensive map of the Shinjuku station in Tokyo?

The trouble with Shinjuku Station is that it's split between four different companies (JR, Metro, Odakyu, Keio), so there's no one official map that covers the lot, and the very three-dimensional ...
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Where does the Tokaido Shinkansen stop in Tokyo?

Tokaido Shinkansen trains stops at Tokyo Station (東京駅) in Chiyoda and Shinagawa Station (品川駅) in Minato. Both stations are accessible by the major urban JR line of Tokyo, the Yamanote Line; Tokyo ...
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