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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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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 they will just collect the receipts. There is currently no penalty for not doing so, however, so if you have already left, you can just throw them away.


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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 to 5:00 pm, except for Sundays, holidays, and market days off. Note: The tuna auctions will not be viewable to the public until 15 Jan 2019 (Tue). Details are ...


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Cycling is generally very safe, particularly in Taito-ku. There aren't any bike lanes really but you're free to cycle on the pavement, as long as you dismount when it's too crowded. Furthermore drivers are used to cyclists, just keep tight to the left on bigger roads. Helmets are seldom worn, even by mothers with a kid on the front, one on the back and one ...


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Only barely. Vegetarianism in general and veganism in particular is very poorly understood in Japan, and this r/japan thread goes into gruesome detail on what a world of pain you're about to find yourself in.The one vegetarian sushi place I'm aware of in Tokyo (Potager) has now closed. The only vegan items you are likely to encounter in the average sushi ...


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You can take the airport shuttle (Airport Limousine Bus) direct from Haneda (International Terminal) to Narita (Terminal 1 then Terminal 2) for 3,100 JPY. It comes fairly regularly (roughly hourly) and takes around 95 minutes. The earliest departure is 06:25. Alternatively you can take the train. The best route depends on time of arrival, but your main ...


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Vegan is more than possible in Japan. There are a number of blogs on the topic that I suggest you look at. In terms of the specifics of a sushi restaurant, the vegan basics are: Kappa maki - cucumber roll  カッパ巻き Natto maki - roll with natto 納豆巻き Abokado nigiri/maki - avocado nigiri or maki アボカドにぎり Ume shiso maki - Plums paste with shiso herbs -- see ...


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That's actually the bus line and its destination, and the Google Maps directions already convert both the starting and ending stops into English (well, romanized Japanese). For example, if going from Roppongi to Shibuya, the only sane choice is the 都01 (Metropolitan #1) bus and this is what you get: (courtesy Google) "Ex Theater Roppongimae" (EXシアター六本木前) ...


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You (as well as PLL, who commented and RoboKaren, who answered) need to straighten the confusion here. On the one hand, there is "sushi" (let's call this sushi1), which is an American food, hinted from Japanese cuisine and originated in California, and is usually served by Korean-Americans, Chinese-Americans, or other Americans. It uses normal rice, and is ...


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As stated in fkraiem's answer, the relevant legislation applies only in Tokyo (although quite a few other places have similar laws). Here's the section in question: 東京都青少年の健全な育成に関する条例 青少年 十八歳未満の者をいう。 十八歳未満の者をいう (深夜外出の制限) 第十五条の四 保護者は、通勤又は通学その他正当な理由がある場合を除き、深夜(午後十一時から翌日午前四時までの時間をいう。以下同じ。)に青少年を外出させないように努めなければならない。 2 何人も、保護者の委託を受け、又は同意を得た場合その他正当な理由がある場合を除き、...


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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 addition to a valid foreign driving licence although it does look like not all European countries issue IDPs in the format required. Belgium, France, Germany, ...


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The easy, safe and cheap option is train station lockers, which can be found at all major train stations in Tokyo (and Japan). Japanese lockers are usually narrow but deep, so while hard plastic suitcases will not fit into them, backpacks are generally not a problem. Some larger stations (eg. Tokyo stn) also have manned left luggage counters (手荷物預かり所 ...


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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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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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While Japanese cuisine uses a lot of seafood, there are plenty of dishes based on beef, poultry, etc. as well as vegetable-based dishes. The problems usually arise when people have allergies or religious/moral objections to fish or shellfish, which might appear "invisibly" in sauces and seasonings. As a vegetarian who is willing to tolerate some "invisible" ...


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Okonomiyaki and Ramen are both dishes with great variety, available with meat as well as seafood. Then there's Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu, various donburi, yakitori, vegetarian sushi variants, omurice... that's all the most common ones, I think.


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This page lists what lines the JR pass is valid for - it includes buses operated by JR, but that's not all of them, especially not in cities. More importantly, the JR pass is not valid for subway lines in any of the cities you mentioned. In Tokyo at least it can be used for some metropolitan JR lines, most importantly the Yamanote circle line. The rule of ...


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There is a review here of Fukuro no Mise, which mentions an English set of instructions and an English speaker who works on Fridays. The review is from January 2015, so it's likely to be the same still. The shop's page (in Japanese) is here


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Yes. But be careful of course, timewise, if you have a flight. Your best resource that I've found for this is Wikitravel's article on Fuji which has a Get in section. I was there in July but just wanted a view, not a climb, and was coming from Kanazawa on the west coast. We took trains down to Nagoya, and across, and then inland to Fujinomiya. It's ...


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The relevant legislation is here (in Japanese). This is only for Tokyo, the legislation in all other prefectures is similar but may differ in some details. Basically, it's "illegal" for parents to allow a minor to go out between 11pm and 4am except for going to work/school or for some other "justifiable reason". What constitutes a "justifiable reason" is as ...


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Excuse my French, but that article's claims are bullshit: there are plenty of homeless in Tokyo. According to official statistics, there were over 6,000 homeless in Tokyo in 2004, and while the official figure has dropped since to ~1,600, that assessment is disputed: a large part of the drop is just because tents in visible places were banned. There are ...


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First of all, please let me explain what is Tokyo. Tokyo is not a city in its traditional meaning, Tokyo is a whole prefecture and at least half of it is covered by evergreen forests and scenic mountains. Quite unexpected for Tokyo, right? There are bears in Japan and even in Tokyo. But odds of meeting one are quite low, so I would not worry. Monkeys are ...


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On your daytime layover, will most likely take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho. This will cost you only 490 Yen and only takes about 20 minutes from one end to the other. From there you have a quite wide variety of trains and subway lines to take you around Tokyo. Since you land in Haneda early and the Airport is relatively small and ...


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It's possible to get there easily enough: Getting out of Narita: 1 hour Narita express to Tokyo station: 1:30 Shinkansen to Shin-fuji (Shizuoka) station: 1:30 So that's 4 hours travel time to get there, same back including the usual airport time. Leaving 7 hours for sightseeing. One thing about Fuji - it is frequently hidden in the clouds, especially ...


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Hotel pricing in Japan is generally highly seasonal, and many hotels go so far as to publish a "room rate calendar" (客室料金カレンダー) that shows exactly how prices vary through the year. Disney has a nice, clear text-based one, but I'll use this rather more typical image from the Resonate chain in Kyushu to illustrate: To parse that, 月 means month (6月 = June, 7月 ...


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I reckon that individual restaurant recommendations are not the best way to go in most cases, but telling you to have ramen in Tokyo without pointing you to the right places is like telling you to have texmex in the Bay Area without telling where to go: you may end up eating at Taco Bell and having a bad experience. The thing about ramen is that, besides ...


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Japanese hotels do not enforce dress codes: you can turn up in a wifebeater and flip-flops if you wish and they'll let you check in. Restaurants and bars in the hotels may, however, have and enforce their own dress clothes. I went for a peek at the Station Hotel two years ago when it opened (didn't stay though, can't quite justify those prices...), and ...


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The short answer is yes, it's always technically possible for a disabled person to access any Tokyo Metro station. The long answer -- and this is from personal experience dealing with baby strollers in Tokyo -- is that while possible in theory, access is often seriously inconvenient in practice, eg. the station has 16 exits (not unusual in Tokyo...) and ...


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I'd go to Kappabashi-dori, conveniently located between Ueno and Asakusa next to Tawaramachi stn on the Ginza line. It's Tokyo's main restaurant wholesale district and sells everything you need for food preparation or presentation at low prices, Wikivoyage has a bit more info. Note that the Japanese term for lacquerware is shikki (漆器), urushi-nuri is the ...


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