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New Japan General:

As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza

*Info on prostitution*
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/

*Note about the JR Rail Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.

>http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥

Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.

Please refer to the old thread while it's still up: >>1065317
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Help me add some stuff to my Japan section of my bucket list. Any temples that I should go to specifically? Any touristy places on the list I should avoid? Thanks in advance
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>>1071418
Is there any true way for me to join the Yakuza?
That's always added as meme topic, but I am interested desu
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What are some adrenaline pumping experiences that one can seek out while in Japan? Take that however you want it to mean.
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>>1071584
If you have an international drivers license you can Mario Kart around Tokyo
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If I want to weeb out for a day is Nakano a better choice over Akihabara?
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>>1071584
Joining the Shugendo religion and being held over a cliff to confess your sins. This is after walking through hard mountainous passes in the rain. Learning buddhist/shinto mantras, etc...
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Has anyone been to an onsen?

What's it like?
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travellers card or take cash?
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>>1071620
If you only want to buy cheap anime things then Nakano is better but environmentally it doesn't have 1/100th of Akihabara's charm. So you almost certainly want Akihabara.

Pic unrelated, thought I had a pic from Akihabara with a giant Rei billboard but I must of lost it.
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>>1071584
Go to a most likely yakuza owned bar and try to get some coke from the bartender.

>>1071620
Spend a day looking in Akiba, spend a day shopping in Nakano
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>>1071467
there's more to Japan than Tokyo and Kyoto. Try to go to Kyushu, Okinawa, maybe Hokkaido or Shikoku. I'd definitely recommend Ishigaki as it's my favorite place I've been to in Japan so far
>>1071584
train groping and upskirt panty hunting
>>1071640
pretty chill. You wash yourself before you enter the water. You'll mostly be surrounded by old men so don't expect anything lewd to happen. One time I went the water was really fucking hot and there was a group of Korean business men there with me. They didn't speak any English/Japanese and I didn't speak any Korean, but we ended up having a contest who could stay in the really hot water for longer. I lost. Good times
>>1071644
Japan is a strong cash based society so you'll want to pay almost everything with cash. But take your card with you to withdraw money at ATMs (7/11 should accept it), so you don't get fucked over by exchange rates or losing it all at once
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>>1071648
>>1071650
Thanks anons. I've already had a look around Akihabara for a few hours but I want to look for some 2hu shitand some doujin games so I'll head to Nakano.
What about headphones? Is Yodobashi akiba a bad place to buy a decent pair for the flight home?
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>>1071660
i've a trip in Japan an Korean planed for this summer and was looking for going to Okinawa or Ishigaki, but the plane tickets from Toyko or Osaka are pretty expensive. Do you have any experience traveling ,ong distances by boad in Japan?
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>>1071669
bumb for Yodobashi's headphones infos
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>>1071680
are they? have you looked into budget airlines like Peach? I remember flying Osaka-Ishigaki return for roughly 120€, with additional baggage booked. I wouldn't recommend ferries as they are generally a lot more expensive (a friend of mine took one from Kyushu to Okinawa this September and it was 2-3 times the price of a plane ticket)
>>1071681
no need to bump so early anon. But I guess yeah you'll find some headphones in Yodobashi or Bic, there's a shitton of electronics there
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>>1071680
Last time I went to Japan, I kinda wanted to visit Okinawa (ended up not going, though) and the price for a round trip plane ticket from Narita cost around €150-200 at the time, I believe. It's not exactly free, but I wouldn't call it expensive either.
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Has anyone got any experience in Sapporo? Anything cool to do or see? Also I will be checking out some other places in the 3 weeks I stay there, would it be better to buy a ticket to Tokyo and then get myself to Sapporo somehow or buy a ticket the whole way right off the bat?
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If anyone in this thread has climbed mt. Fuji before could they shed some light on the basic stuff. How fit should i be so i don't feel like I'm dying towards the top? Whens the best time to go to beat the crowds? I've seen the general advice to steer clear of weekends and holidays, but whats the definitive best time to make the hike?
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>>1071814
well you can only climb during the climbing season so that's June to September as far as I remember? June could be okay if it's not the rainy season yet. Summer months should also be okay but it's holidays so there will naturally be an influx of people. Definitely don't go on weekends and holidays though. I climbed it the day before a public holiday (which also happened to be the last day of the climbing season) and it took me 2 hours longer than it would've normally because there were so many people.
>How fit should i be so i don't feel like I'm dying towards the top?
not particularly. Old people do it, children too. Just make sure to be prepared

Things to bring:
>warm clothing (it's gonna get freezing cold towards the top, so at least 3 layers, woolen hat, gloves, maybe a scarf)
>headlamp if you plan to climb overnight
>pleeenty of water (3-4 L or more)
>pleeenty of food (you'll get pretty hungry. I made the mistake of just climbing it with a pack of kit kat and it wasn't a nice experience)
>walking stick (can be bought at the 5th station, also makes for a nice souvenir)

As for shoes, I climbed it with hiking boots but since you have to take a lot of "steps" (stones where you have to step up), it's kind of exhausting having to lift your extra heavy foot every time. I would personally recommend something lighter, maybe with an extra pair of socks

If you have any other questions feel free to ask
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>>1071418
I am a network security specialist for a fortune 500 tech company.

how do i go about joining the Yakuza with my services?
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>>1071816
From what I've read the main trail doesn't open till July 1st, btw.

Did you do the overnight climb? Would you recommend booking a room at the 8th station or would it be fine to go there and chill without a room until it's time to climb?
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Sup guys Im thinking of planning a solo trip to Japan sometime after August (maybe even before) and would know what to do.

I've been to Japan before but it wasn't really for sightseeing or anything though we did do some of that. Been to onsens and temples before and I think Shibuya or Harajuku don't really remember... not that we really knew what we were doing when we were there so we just randomly explored.

I'm looking to actually plan every day of my trip out if I do go. I'd really be interested in going to small cafes, restaurants, or bars that seem like little hidden gems. Or visit places that are really well done interior wise. I love minimal design and I love browsing through pictures of modern Japanese houses. I like how they are able to make the most of such small spaces while keeping things looking relatively open and minimal.

Really into design and fashion so would love to go shopping but not really looking for things that would totally break my wallet. I'm thinking of saving maybe 2 grand for the trip but would that be enough?

Not really looking to tour nature sites unless they are really breathtaking as I live on a tropical island full of greenery.
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>>1071824
yes I did it overnight. Many people recommend it, I personally didn't find it all that exciting but if you really want to see the sunrise, go for it. Also the starry sky is pretty damn impressive if it's not too cloudy so that's a plus. If you do it overnight, I would recommend staying at the 8th station. But honestly, yeah you could just start later and do the whole climb in one go if you don't want to pay for the bed. It was very cramped so I personally couldn't sleep anyways.
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>>1071856
Your plans sound very similar to mine. I'll make a Googlemaps map soon, which I'll probably share here. Keep an eye out. If you're not aware, August is stupidly hot. 2 grand for which duration?
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Hey, how would I go about travelling in the Shinkansen when I have a rather large suitcase? I've sometimes had problems with the overhead compartments in trains being too small, how is this done in the Shinkansen?
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I will be going to Japan in about 6 months and will be staying in Tokyo. I was wondering if anyone knows of any useful phone apps that they would recommend to someone for traveling around Japan and/or Tokyo?
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How much does it cost to "get a private place to sleep" (internet cafes... capsule hotels....) the CHEAPEST- cheapest option?
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>>1071907
if you consider under the bridge "private", then 0

Otherwise I'd say you're looking at 1500 Yen for the lowest if you can find a place with that fare
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>>1071892
https://www.google.com/search?q=%E6%96%B0%E5%B9%B9%E7%B7%9A%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BC%E3%83%84%E3%82%B1%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9%E7%BD%AE%E3%81%8D%E5%A0%B4&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5nYv2irfKAhWIOj4KHeJiBd0Q_AUIBygB&biw=1536&bih=732

http://tabiris.com/archives/nimotsudana/

Some Shinkansen have a little space where you can leave your suitcase; space is very limited though. The Tokaido Shinkansen doesn't have these, but their overhead shelves are 45cm. You can also put your luggage behind the very last row of seats in the car, but ask the people sitting in those seats before you do, since putting luggage there will stop their seats from reclining.
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Alright, I definitely think I'm missing something.

Every time I've looked up some sort of "things to do in Japan" or "Tokyo attractions" or whatever, on every single list, in the top ten, is always the Tsukiji Fish Markets.
I've looked into it, and I've read reviews and to be quite honest it looks terrible. Even the reviews saying it was really good make it sound bad.
You have to get there at some god awful hour, wait around in a cramped room without seats for potentially hours, and then the reward is you get to be surrounded by a huge quantity of fish.
What am I missing? Why is it so good?
Any experiences would be appreciated. As far as I can tell the only reason to go would be if you plane lands in Tokyo super early and nothing else is open.
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>>1071911
you only have to be there early to watch the tuna auction. Otherwise you can just roll around 9-10AM and have some sushi breakfast.

It's actually not supposed to be a tourist attraction, that's also part while it's going to be moving. I think the appeal was always to see a huge market with all kinds of exotic fish as well as the fresh sushi and other seafood that's being sold there.
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>>1071910
Great, thanks!
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>>1071911
Raw meat that still resembles an animal is considered dangerous and thrilling in traditional American culture.

Almost as heart-pounding as eating raw egg, or even lamb.
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>>1071418
I've wanted to visit Japan for a while. Is it worth visitng alone or will I get weird looks?

Is there and way I can get laid? (tall and built, not an ugly neckbeard)

What are daily expenses like?
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>>1071816
>Definitely don't go on weekends and holidays though.

Sure, avoid if you can, but if not it's not a big deal. I went during Obon even, and it was fine.

>pleeenty of water (3-4 L or more)

To the guy who asked, this is bad advice, imho. You don't want to be lugging 4 damn liters (or more) of water with you while you climb. My advice: Get one 2L bottle of water to bring with. You can find them at any convenience store. There are literally vending machines on the mountain that dispense water. If the 2L absolutely isn't enough you can get more water from them.

>pleeenty of food (you'll get pretty hungry. I made the mistake of just climbing it with a pack of kit kat and it wasn't a nice experience)

Also bad advice. Limit the amount of food you bring with you. Bringing a bunch of food will just weigh your pack down... As with vending machines, there are actually rest stations that serve ramen, curry rice, etc. right on the fucking mountain. It's a bit pricey, but favorable to lugging a bunch of food with you. I brought a pre packaged conbini sandwich, onigiri, and like a granola bar. That was fine.

Fuji is definitely no mole hill, but it's not a technical climb and for a mountain its size, quite easy. From the 5th station it should take a normal, relatively fit young person about 4 hours to the top and 2 or so hours down to the buses again. DON'T OVERPACK.

Oh, further advice. BRING 100 YEN COINS. Like 1000-2000 yen worth. The outhouses on the bathroom require payment. also use the coins for extra water etc.
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>>1071882
2 weeks lol but im mostly looking to shop around I guess. I literally have no idea what I'm doing though as I've never planned a trip before.
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Comfiest places in Japan?
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>>1071648
i'm feeling nice so here you go, have a pic with the rei billboard. taken in june 2015.
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>>1071982
What exactly is going on in the bottom left of that photo?
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>>1071990
A man with glasses, a red bandana and a bag of his waifu is taking a photograph of something he enjoyed. Probably more of his waifu, I dunno.
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Ise ebi miso soup
These threads need more good pictures.
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>>1071814
Karl Pilkington did it.
You'll be fine.
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>>1071982
Thanks, I found mine as well a bit after posting. I like yours better though

>>1072034
I've been training like a mother fucker to climb this mountain (stairmaster, treadmill on max hill, step-downs from a stool) but when I think about that episode it's just brings my training motivation to a completely apathetic level.
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>>1072034
Literally children and the elderly can do it. Its by no means easy, but its definitely doable by anyone even halfway kind of in shape.
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If anyone has any questions about Okinawa i can answer em the best i can, been living here for about 7 months. Heres a pic from my recent Kyoto trip.
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going to tokyo in a few months to study abroad for a semester, super hyped up for it!!!! i really want to go to that kayabukiya tavern with the monkeys
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>>1071944
might've all been because it was the last day of the climbing season then, but it was

a) ridiculously full, where the part from the 8th hut to the top was just like waiting in line

b) there was no water or food in the huts on the way because they were all closed. The 8th hut only had a few portions of Katsu curry left which we were lucky to get.

But yeah, certainly don't overpack, I only had a small backpack with me that wasn't even full
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How do you go about riding the bus in Tokyo using a pasmo card? Do you just swipe when you get on then swipe when you get off?
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>>1072137
I'm curious about that as well
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>>1071965
2 grand should definitely be enough for 2 weeks, but it will of course depend on what you'll spend on flight and accomodation. I suggest spending as little as possible on accomodation.
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I'm planning a trip to Tokyo on the 1st of February but since I live in the tropics, don't have much in winter wear. Would a small parka be good enough?

Also regarding accommodation, I'm planning in staying in capsule hotels for 4 nights, are they easy to spot around town?
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>>1072137
Pretty sure the bus is one flat rate, but it'll be obvious the second you get on the bus
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>>1072087
If I were to go there during a 2-3 week summer trip to Japan, how many of those days should I spend in Okinawa? (including going to the airport, waiting, flying, arriving, etc.) And what can I even do there, except for visiting the aquarium and going to the beach?
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If I arrive in the middle of Tokyo around midnight, anyone know how I can find some sort of accomodation for cheap?
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>>1072242
I slept at the airport. As cheap as it gets
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>>1072137
>>1072140
If it's a bus where you get on the front, you just tap your card on the fare machine, if it's flat rate fare. If it's not, tell the driver where you're going, so he can adjust the fare, and then tap your card. No need to swipe the card when you get off.
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>>1072149
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo#Climate

As for capsule hotels, they are usually located near train stations.
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Tips for sending a parcel from Tokyo to the UK? I want to send a box of snacks over.
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>>1072335
Uh what kind of tips?

https://www.post.japanpost.jp/english/index.html
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Thinking of going to Japan by myself (friends can't go/don't have money). Not too sure if this is realistic though.
I like culture & history, I don't like shopping, I like entertainment and just walking around.


Plan is to do this in May:

1: Doha/Qatar
2: Flight to Tokyo 7AM, arrival at 10PM
3: Tokyo
4: Tokyo
5: Tokyo
6: Tokyo
7: train to Kyoto, visit there
8: Kyoto
9: Kyoto
10: Kyoto
11: Nara (train in evening to Osaka?)
12: Osaka (including castle)
13: Flight to Hong kong from Osaka (evening)
14: HK
15: HK
16: flight back home from HK (evening)
Other thing I'm thinking about is going to tokyo & Okinawa. But Okinawa doesn't really seem interesting, as I don't enjoy spending hours on the beach.
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>>1072399
Okinawa is cool, but if you only have two weeks, I'd stick to Tokyo. Seems like a decent plan, maybe replace a day of Kyoto with Osaka
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>>1072336
Cheapest way of sending a parcel overseas? Can I just shove everything in a box with the address on or do I need to do anything special? Is it easy enough to communicate, do post offices have any English or will it be a ball-ache? Just looking for advice to avoid looking like a baka gaijin.
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I've been to Japan a couple of times and love it. My friends girlfriends always give me awesome little gifts. Are there any popular American or Hawaiian things I could bring for them?
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When i first started luving here, i thoyght of okinawa as a must-go place. But slowly over time interest faded, now i dont think i'll go at all.

I mean take away the beaches and theres nothing else right? I think i'd rather spend that money and time off going to another country
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>>1072445
well it's a tropical island so yeah it's mostly beaches. But there's also jungles, unique food and culture, water activities (diving, surfing etc.). I mean if you're not into beaches and swimming/diving etc. you're probably better off going somewhere else though
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>>1072449
Yeah i mean beaches are alright, but i dont know if a beach exists where its worth spending several hundred dollars/euros to fly to. Especially after growing up in florida and going to several caribbean islands

I didnt need to post this, just thinking out loud because my job is so fucking boring
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>>1072232
Yea not much here besides the aquariumand awesome beaches, but if you like castles and stuff there are a lot here that differ greatly from stuff on the mainland.
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>>1072441
Honolulu Cookies or some other snacks, dont give useless shit that takes up space in the home
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>>1071681
Just grabbed a pair of auido technica.
The price was comparable to online both in Japan and back in my home but it came duty free when I presented my passport which saved me 8% and I could have saved a further 5% if I had used a visa card.
Not sure how their prices are comparatively with other brands though.
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Yofobashi is great for trying headphones. Dont expect any better prices though

Bic camera and others are not as good as yodobashi, in headphone selection or anything really
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>>1072435
Cheapest way to send a parcel would be by surface (not airmail), but it's slow as fuck though (6~8 weeks). I haven't sent a package from Japan, but I've received them, and they've always had this form on them:

https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/use/writing/parcel_en.html

IMO I'd use SAL, since surface is slow and air is expensive.
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>>1072435
Cheapest Japanese shipping method is Unregistered SAL (USAL), except for actually having them send it by boat, which takes anywhere between 6 weeks and 4 months. I live in The Netherlands and receive my SAL shipments within about 1-3 weeks. There's also Registered SAL (RSAL), which'll cost a bit more, but they'll give you a tracking code. As for the post office, I don't think you'll end up struggling too much. I only send postcards from there (none of them spoke English), but I think that if you just bring a box with an address on it, they'll understand what they're supposed to do with it.
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Stupid question but here goes:
My Japanese is rudimentary at best. Will i be able to get through with mostly english?
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>>1072635
Yes, if you're just going to visit the country you don't necessarily have to speak Japanese at all. You should learn how to say "thank you", "excuse me", etc., though.
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>>1072639
Thank you
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Currently teaching in Korea. Have been to Japan 4 times this year (third time was all expense paid by my sister because she wanted the best experience).

Done all the major cities.
Now i'm going to spend a month in countryside Fukuoka working (woofing) on a strawberry farm with a Japanese family.

Aw yisss
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does anyone have any experience with the couchsurfing app? ill be arriving in japan march 30 and have to find a place to stay for a few nights till i move into my dorm at sophia
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>>1072399
p-pls respond
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Is it actually THAT expensive to live in Tokyo? I was thinking about moving there for 6 months-a year. how much are for example a cheap meal, pack of cigarettes or rent for a month somewhere that is relatively close to where things happen?
and is getting a job without a college degree actually impossible?
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>>1072500
>>1072441
would Japanese girls living alone have coffee makers? I think kona coffee might be a good gift since it's expensive elsewhere but there's like coffee shops and vending machines at every street corner.
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>>1072746
I did respond. It's pretty much the "I am going to Japan for the first time" itinerary, nothing wrong with it. Cut Okinawa though if you only have 2 weeks
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>>1072759
I think Japanese girls living alone have achieved no unanimity in deciding whether or not to indulge in ownership of coffee makers.
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>>1072795
yeah but is it realistic, as in will I have enough time to do all of the good stuff?
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>>1071796
I don't know anything about Sapporo really, despite the fact my aunt lives there.

What I do know is Asahikawa, which is an hour away by train. Near Asahikawa is a pretty awesome zoo and even better, Daisetsuzan. If you're a fan of winter sports or exploring the outdoors, Daisetsuzan will blow your breath away.

I wonder if the cranes are there. You can sometimes see them, they're beautiful creatures.
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Another Fuji question. Once the mountain opens in July is there anything stopping me from climbing it late at night then chilling at the top till the sun comes up? I figure that would be a good way to beat the crowd. Maybe bring a blanket and a meal in case I get there too soon.
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>>1072847
that's what most people do actually so you won't really beat the crowd
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Anyone have any advice on tourist traps to avoid in tokyo?
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>>1072848
Sorry should clarify, I don't mean early morning. I mean like 10 or 11 at night. Is that still the norm?
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>>1072859
for starting? yeah people do that if they have a slower pace, since the climb an take up to 8 hours so they'd make it just in time for the sunrise
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Where do I ask my teaching english in Japan questions?
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>>1072869
>>1066828
Check the catalog.
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>>1072862
Cool, just being sure there wasn't a park ranger or something dictating times. Thanks.
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>>1072869
You can ask them here. As the top post states, you can ask about teaching in Japan.
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>>1072752
You can get an apartment for a pretty reasonable rate in the heart of whereever you want to live. Its one of the really cool things about Tokyo, that a normal working person can afford an apartment by themselves. However it will be extremely small compared to anywhere you've ever lived.

But since you're not Japanese and not actually living in Japan nobody will rent to you except for special long term stay places, which will be more expensive, atleast 100,000 yen a month to be anywhere in Tokyo
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>>1072856
What is a tourist trap? Just look up whatever you want to go to online and decide if its worth it. Everything famous in Tokyo is famous for a reason and the only people that will try to rip you off are hookers
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>>1072856

The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku is often cited as a tourist trap. It is overpriced for sure, but I think it's still worth it. It's kind of like a live episode of Power Rangers + there's cute cabaret girls.
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>>1072816
Not that guy, but define "good stuff". It's easily enough to do the most basic things; eat Japanese food, visit temples and shrines, go to bars, etc. But if you really want to experience every little thing there is, you won't have enough time. Oh, and don't bother going to Okinawa. You're not staying for a very long time and you also plan on moving quite a lot during that time. Cutting out even more time to make room for a visit to Okinawa, even though you aren't very interested in the beach, seems like a waste of time and money.

The only thing you should do next is plan what you're actually going to do each day (besides visiting the castle in Osaka). Don't reserve a whole day for something like "visit Asakusa shrine". Unless you tend to wake up at 2 PM, you'll be there for 4 hours max, for example (unless you really want to explore the entire neighborhood afterwards). If you were to go there at 10 AM, you'll be done at 1 or 2 PM and then you have to figure out what to do with the rest of your day. Also, try to think about things you want to do at night. At a certain hour, every place, except for konbini's and maybe some restaurants, close. Are you just going to sit in your hotel room from 7 PM 'til you go to bed? Are you going to take a walk on the mostly deserted streets? Will you go to a bar on your own and have a few drinks?
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>>1072643
I forgot to mention that your ability to speak English is almost completely useless there, though. I was there for almost 3 weeks with two friends and, though we didn't really go out and socialize, almost nobody we spoke to knew any English, beside the words "yes" and "no", except for about 5 Japanese people.
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>>1072752
You can get a cheap decent meal in a konbini (they microwave it, if you ask them to) for around 250-400 yen. A bit more if it's sushi. A pack of Marlboro costs 418 yen, which 40% cheaper compared to the price in my country. No idea about renting and living abroad, but do you even have any idea how moving (to another country) works, though? Because I'm pretty sure you can't just decide for yourself that you want to be a Japanese resident for 6 to 12 months.
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>>1072952
>You can get a cheap decent meal in a konbini (they microwave it, if you ask them to) for around 250-400 yen.

What kind of "meal" can you get at a conini for 250yen? Lol. 400 is like the minimum for those things.

100yen - conbini rice ball
250yen - microwave burrito thing
500-600 - Microwave 'bento' or "(something)-don" -- udon, rice based thing, etc.

Conbini food really isn't that super cheap. Not sure why everyone cites it as being a cheap alternative.
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Anyone know how I find a manga or internet cafe that has a bed in Tokyo? I need cheap accommodation and it's either those cafes of capsule hotels
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>>1073026
You can get an actual hotel for not much more than a capsule one.

Also
>tfw can't experience the Shangri-La from Yakuza because it's £400 per night
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>>1072956
Agreed.
What can be actually cheap - various bentos and other perishable food at local super with last hour discount.
Still not 250 yen thou.
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>>1072087
I lived in okinawa for eight years. How do you like it so far?
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>>1073041
What kind of hotels are we talking about here?
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>>1072399
I went to Japan for 14 days in December. Tacked it onto the end of a 3 month trip.

I did
Day: 1. land in Tokyo
2. Tokyo
3. Tokyo
4. Train from Tokyo to Sapporo ended up missing a train and spending the night in Aomori
5. Arrive in Sapporo
6. Sapporo
7. Train over night from Sapporo to Kyoto
8. Arrive in Kyoto
9. Kyoto
10. Hiroshima
11. Train from Hiroshima back to Tokyo
12-14. Tokyo
14. Flew home

Was pretty relaxed and didn't feel rushed at all. I wasn't hell bent on seeing every possible thing each place had to offer. The only places where we were kind of rushed was when we missed a day of Sapporo because I missed a train. And we cut a day short out of Hiroshima because we wanted to get back to Tokyo to do some Christmas shopping.
Looking back there's nothing I really regret or feel like I missed out on. I know there's tons of things in each of those places but I don't feel like missing out on them made my trip worse.
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so, in kyoto atm, just landed here 3 days ago due to an internship for the next 8 weeks, the city seems pretty calm, anything interesting to do besides the sightseeing?
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>>1073141
Well, beside sightseeing, there's the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, International manga museum, Shijo-dori shopping and there's a lot of food to try
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Is it worth buying a prepaid data sim for travelling over there?

The places I'm staying provide free poket wifi things while I'm there but just for in between
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>>1073124
>7. Train over night from Sapporo to Kyoto

Was that on the Twilight Express?
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Hey, would you guys recommend doing a tour through a travel agency? It seems to me like the best option for someone who is a little worried about going to a place were English is relatively rare.
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Has anyone ever hooked up with tourguides like this?
http://tourguide.jp/

It probably isn't but it sounds a bit shady, I don't know.
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So I want to go to japan for about a year with a working holiday visum, and i need some help.

Anyway i can live cheap in japan? Anyone got tips about places i shoud live or visit? Is it hard to get a job without speaking japanese?
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>>1073124
Cost?

What kind of places did you stay in?
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Hello everyone! I have a special someone that lives in Japan, Hokkaido, Sapporo, and I would love to send her flowers! Does anyone have experience or know how I would go about doing that?
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>>1073321
Dude, you can't hook up with a woman from the internet. This is just sad. If she's hot I wouldn't mind giving her the flowers. ;)
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>>1073321
Do you know any Japanese? I'd use an online florist, but I'm not sure if there are any that have their site in English.
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>>1073322
Haha it's not like that! star-crossed lovers, can only meet a few times a year.
>>1073323
None whatsoever. I googled some but all the english sites look so low-budget/sketchy I'm not sure.
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>>1072940
yeah with good stuff I mean eating good, seeing some culture & just spending some enjoyable time walking around. Evenings will be spent drinking & maybe trying to find some life shoegaze show.

Will probably sleep at hostels
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>>1073321
Amazon fool
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Kyoto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs_u2maoSqQ
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Cheapest / best way to get from Korea to Tokyo?
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>>1073360
Cheapest: Walking and swimming

Best: Book a flight with a LCC
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>>1073363
Damn son even cheapo airlines cost $250 round trip, I know that's not a lot but I can go to Seoul for $20 from where I live
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>>1073352
fucking selfie sticks man

Also funny how this is supposed to be a sign for foreigners, yet the only ones who it obviously is advertised at are Chinese and Koreans (which are also the only ones shown using their selfie sticks in the video)
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>>1072137
Depends what bus you take. The keio line buses are tap when you get on and tap when you get off. otherwise your card will freak the fuck out when you try to use it to check in to somwhere. This mostly only applies to buses that are rear entry but i recall all buses being like that. If you dont have passmo/suica you just take a ticket or remember the stop # you got on at and watch the price go up and pay whatever it says above the driver.
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>>1073217
We took an over night train from Sapporo to Aomori then Shinkansen to Kyoto.

>>1073315
Didn't keep track of the exact cost for the Japan portion of the trip. I budgeted $2,000 but didn't spend more than $1,500 and that includes Christmas shopping at the end and JRpass.
We stayed in a capsule hotel in Tokyo.
Hostels everywhere else.
There were 3 of us so sometimes splitting a private room was cheaper or as cheap as staying in a dorm.
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>>1073426
>>1073315
I should add that one of my friends came very close to spending $2,000 and the other went over.
The one that went over could've easily budgeted more so he didn't really care.
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>>1073426
Forgot to add the $2,000 budget DID NOT include the plane ticket.
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I'm Taiwanese-American, spending a few months in Japan. Will locals take more kindly to me if I say I'm Taiwanese or American?
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>>1073458
They'll smell the chinese on you regardless of what you say and then discriminate against you. Both for being chinese and for trying to lie about it.
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Anyone want to pick apart/shoot down my plan?

Last year I spent 2 months in Japan, rented a car and did over 6000km of driving in that time. Slept in the car or in a tent wherever I stopped. Had the best time of my life, and want to do it again on a motorbike.

The plan is -
>get a working holiday visa (1 year)
>buy a motorbike and deck it out with bags/camping/cooking gear etc
>spend a year exploring the entire country, working odd jobs here and there (I know some people in furniture removal/contruction that I can work with near Nagoya for a while)

Can anyone see any plot holes?
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Hey /trv/. A handful of friends and I plan to visit Japan this summer for two weeks. We're all filthy weebs. Any ideas for an itinerary? I'm thinking Tokyo for 5 days, 3 days in Kyoto, 3 days in Osaka, 1 day trip to Nara, then back to Tokyo for two more days. We're flying into Tokyo from the US, and out from Tokyo to Seoul. Advice would be greatly appreciated.
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>>1073458
I'm Filipino-American and I'm mistaken for local in any Asian country I visit.
In Japan they would apologize to me for thinking I was local after trying to talk to me in Japanese. I just told them I was American. None of them seemed to care where I was from.
The average person isn't as racist as the ones you see on the internet. But I don't know what they say when I leave and I don't really care.
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>>1073368
Where do you live?

>>1073426
>over night train from Sapporo to Aomori

Oh, that's the Hanamasu. Too bad it's going to get discontinued after the Hokkaido shinkansen opens.
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>>1073525
Sounds about the right amount of time. I have spent a lot of time in OSaka, while a fun and worthwhile place to visit you may want to make Kyoto your home base and do day trips to Nara, Osaka then maybe one more day trip to Kobe, Arima Onsen, or Himeji. But that's my opinion there are plenty of ways you can use those two days in Osaka. Don't repeat things you already did in Tokyo for example Den Den town which is more or less a more condensed akihabara
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>>1073557
This, most Japanese are not racist in the way Americans form the south are. They are more ignorant, or have silly outdated stereotypes. Once in a while you might get a Japanese person who is more old school nationalist or just a dick who will say something to you but that's rare
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Hey

There's a 2 year school exchange program at my university and I've been selected.

I have a chance to go to any university except for Tokyo University (School require a 85 average for that one)

I was thinking of Kyoto University, since it's on the west, people say it's a little boring and there's nothing to do.

Is this true?

Kyoto is 2nd best university I've heard? Should I just go to Waseda or Hitotsubashi?

Also anyone have experiences (Long ones) living in Kansai? How is it

Also how expensvie is it to go to Tokyo from Kyoto?
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>>1073631
Tokyo is one of the greatest cities in the world. All the interesting things in Kyoto can be seen in a weekend. Either stay in Tokyo or Osaka, and just visit Kyoto
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>>1073632
Yeah but the quality of education is somehting I want to consider as well though

Would Osaka university compare to Kyoto?

Honestly I thought Tokyo/Waseda were the best but after searching Osaka/Kyoto's better than Waseda and just slightly below Tokyo?
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>>1073631

when are you going? sophia university is a good option if you have that.
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I'll be going to Japan on a WH visa for a couple of months. I'm a German native speaker, but I've studied English, French and philosophy in university and I'm currently working as a teacher in an international school in Singapore. Is there any chance I can find work as a teacher there (I'm thinking of crappy Juku as state schools are basically impossible from what I know)? What about just posting ads offering language classes (German, English, French)?

And what about other crappy jobs? I'd basically do almost anything just out of interest, but I heard about many people with WH visa that literally couldn't find a single job. My Japanese is basic at best, I can survive as a tourist, but barely hold a conversation.
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>>1073634
What are you studying
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>>1073684
Psychology/Biology
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>>1073727
Osaka has a strong life science program don't know much else
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does anyone know if i can teach english without having a degree? i have a 2 year diploma, but who gives a fuck right.
also im an old fuck, 32
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>>1073043
Love the island, working here not so much haha
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>>1073764
This gets asked way too much. In Japan absolutely not. 2 year thing doesn't cut it.
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Going to Tokyo, Nara, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo, Aomori and Furano in a few weeks.
What are some must see/do's that won't be nearly so popular on tripadvisor and the likes but are amazing?
Mainly going to experience the culture and for photography with my girlfriend.
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>>1073608
>Japanese are not racist in the way Americans form the south are

Kind of an irrelevant aside, but I think your perception of the South and its people is ignorant and at best outdated.
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>>1073806
>Nara

Go if you like deers

Literally the only thing there are free roaming deers in the streets + temple
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>>1073809
we're going for some festival thing there and it's only for 1 night
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>>1073809
Yeah, I mean it's not like it's the home to one of the largest wooden structures in the world and a magnificent huge and old Buddha statue or anything. Who'd want to see that stupid shit.

Also stop using "literally" incorrectly you twat.
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>>1073825
literally autistic
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>>1073825
why would you go there when when kyoto tokyo has that but better though
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>>1073835
Neither Tokyo nor Kyoto have daibutsu.
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>>1073836
there's one in Kamakura

But yeah I generally agree that the Temple and the gardens itself make the visit worth it
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>>1073836
>>1073838
I went there twice cuz I like deers but honestly I don't think the place is worth spending one whole day, going from osaka to Nara at 12 -> finished tour at 6~7 -> drank -> came back to Osaka and went drinking again
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>>1073838
Kamakura is not Tokyo though.
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>>1073840
Kantou is basically Tokyo, everything is cheaply accessible and within an hour from the heart of the city.
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Is it worth staying overnight in Osaka on a 2 week trip, or should I stay in Kyoto and make a day trip there?
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>>1073809
The fucking deer. They're basically glorified goats. You can buy "shika-senbei" (deer cookies) which you can feed them, but they'll eat tourist pamphlets too.
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Does anyone know the best university/city for civil engineering?
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>>1074143
An American, UK, or German one. Seriously if you want to get hired by an engineering firm that has international projects/ contracts or works in japan you would be better served.
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>>1074144
OK thanks
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>>1073944
Kyoto is the day trip
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>>1074198
You're going to want 2 days for Kyoto. The monkey park and its surrounding area, Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu are all worth hitting and they are quite far from each other. Osaka is just a city. You go to Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi and the canal and you've seen the unique, special area of Osaka. That does not take more than a day. If you are just a sight seeing kind of person do not stay in Osaka more than a day or two. If you're a nightlife kind of person then by all means stay a bit longer. Osaka castle is overrated, and not even that interesting because it's a reconstruction.

My advice would be to base in Osaka, make two day-trips to Kyoto and one to Nara. Make it like 4 days.

1 day for just Osaka
2 for Kyoto
1 for Nara

And that way you can come back for nightlife in Osaka if that's something you're interested in before setting out the next day for more site seeing.
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>>1073876
>everything is cheaply accessible and within an hour from the heart of the city.

Kamakura is 90 minutes from Tokyo. It's easy to get to and convenient, but it's still an hour and a half away. It's like saying, I don't know, that Milwaukee and Chicago are basically the same thing and super accessible and convenient. But they're 90 minutes from each other too. No one would say that Milwaukee is "basically Chicago."
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Plan on going to Tokyo Disney for a day. Are the Disney hotels worth it if your just staying there for the night or will I be better off staying at the Hilton?

It's about $350 for Disney and $190 for Hilton.
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>>1074203
As someone who has recently moved from Tokyo to Chicago how do I get to Milwuakee for 10 dollars?
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>>1074209
Tokyo Disney is not Disney World, its extremely close to Tokyo and even then you could just stay in Urayasu and be less than 30 minutes from the park
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>>1074202
Thanks for your advice. I currently plan to spend 5 days in Tokyo, a day in Nikko, a day in Nagoya, a day in Osaka, two days in Kyoto, a day in Nara, then back to Tokyo. Do you think it's worth visiting Nagoya, or should I spend more time somewhere else?
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>>1074219
Nagoya really isn't worth visiting.
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>>1074219
Kyoto is a day trip and Nara is a day trip within a Kyoto day trip
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do the japanese have drinking holidays like in the US/ western countries?

e.g., st pattys, mardi gras, cinco de mayo, marathon monday (boston).
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>>1074235
Literally every holiday in Japan is a drinking holiday. But specifically 花見, 花火、and halloween
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Has anyone done the 60KM bike trail from Onomichi across the islands?

My buddies and I would like to do it.
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>>1074209
maybe if they have magic hours like other parks. If not plan on getting there at least an hour before the park opens if you didnt already buy your tickets especially if youre going during any holidays, school holidays or weekends. I went the monday before halloween, disneyland was sold out and the shortest line in disney sea was 3 hours. Magic hours would be worth it but overall expect long lines for any ride and plan on mostly shopping
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Are there lockers/suitcase holding companies In tokyo station? A friend and I check out at 11am in shibuya and have about until 3 or 4 to be at the airport. We figured we would just go to tokyo station for last minute omiyage and get some lunch before going to the airport. our airbnb place said theyll hold baggage for 500 yen per bag per day but we dont really want to pack track it to shibuya especially if we take the limobus to the airport from tokyo station.


If there are companies do they charge by the day and bag?
Were going to japan to shop so carrying all our bags wont be an option
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>>1074249
we have until 3 or 4 to leave for the airpot
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Hey guys I'm in shibuya for 5 days before I hit the snow. What do you recommend doing?

Also what's the go with tinder in Japan?
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>>1074232
You are on fucking crack. Don't listen to this guy, man. Kyoto AND Nara in one day. Yup, cool plan dipshit.
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Is it just me or is it pretty annoying and confusing to have only one thread for all questions related to Japan?
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>>1074263
check out Tokyo if you haven't yet. See the ressources in the sticky if you need ideas of what to do. I recommend Shimokitazawa as a pretty cool area. Also check out the backstreets of Harajuku (not just the shitty takeshitty dori) and you'll be bound to find some cool stuff.
>>1074299
nah it's fine. You should've seen it before I started doing these regularly. At some point literally half of the threads were Japan related, most asking more or less the same questions
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>>1074263
Japanese girls who lived over seas are like 90% bat shit crazy. Ones who haven't are usually weirdos who are obsessed with foreigners but if it's a one time thing you probably dont have to worry. Tinder worked two years ago when I was living there but I don't know if it's still a thing.

If you can chat girls up at bars in your home town you can probably get fucked in the bathroom or a love hotel if you go out in ropunggi where other foreigners party.
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>>1074310
>Japanese girls who lived over seas are like 90% bat shit crazy. Ones who haven't are usually weirdos who are obsessed with foreigners

The moronic bullshit people spew about Japan and Japanese, I swear...
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>>1074275
You can easily hit the major highlights of both in 1 day. Two days tops if you want to see everything
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>>1074319
I lived there for a year and uni age girl I met who went over seas was bat shit crazy. I didn't mean all girls are obsessed with foreigners I just ment ones who are willing to tallk to you if you aren't a 9\10 usually are.
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>>1074310
>>1074347
>Japanese girls who lived over seas are like 90% bat shit crazy

I won't say i can confirm this, but I've had similar experiences.
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>>1073246
Everybody is always worrying about not being able to understand/read Japanese, but it really isn't a problem at all. Unless you're going to live/work there and have to communicate with Japanese colleagues and pay Japanese bills and get Japanese insurances and everything, there really is no need to worry. It's really hard to get lost there and every place is written in English as well. If you're alone, just get one of those cards or get a deal with your phone company that allows you to be able to use data roaming at all times. If you do that, you'll always be able to look up directions in case you do get lost or if you're just looking for a specific place.
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>>1073282
>Anyway i can live cheap in japan?
Don't go out for dinner every day. Buy (discounted) food at supermarkets. Live on instant noodles.

>Anyone got tips about places i shoud live or visit?
Any non-rural place, obviously, unless you're gonna WWOOF, but in that case you'd already have a living place. What places to visit is completely up to you.

>Is it hard to get a job without speaking japanese?
Yes, of course it is and you might actually want to think about how you're going to find a job before you start packing your bags. Do you have any skills and certificates? Are you looking for a grown-people job or are you okay with working in a store? How are you going to find job offers in your area? How are you going to apply without speaking their language?
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>>1074367
While I generally agree, it can all be quite confusing, and apart from train stations and popular spots there isn't that much English to be found.
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So I'm a week off travelling to Japan for 3 weeks and I heard that it was best to pack lightly.
I'll being staying in:
Tokyo (5 nights) - Hiroshima (2 nights) - Kyoto (6 nights) - Hakone (2 nights) and then back in Tokyo for a week.

Seeing as it's going to be cold, is their any information you could give me on packing and carrying around luggage from city to city?
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Hello, I'm helping to plan a trip to Japan with a couple of friends in April, since tickets are cheap this time of year. The plan is to fly into Osaka and stay a few days before flying into Fukuoka for around 9 more before heading back to Osaka and returning.

(By the way, Peach IS inexpensive right now; we found rt tickets from OSA to FUK for ~$73.)

My s/o lived in both cities for some time and would be able to give us a general tour of places to eat, shop and relax, but I wanted to know if anyone here has traveled there as well. If so, are there any notable destinations that you'd recommend? I'm open to all ideas, especially since it's so far out. Just dangling a line, would appreciate any response!
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I passed the application for the JET Program and I'm gonna be interviewed next week. Any advice for when I go into the interview?
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Anyone been to Zao Onsen for snowboarding/skiing? Or any of the other resort mountains for winter sports?

Share experiences please.
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Did someone here ever stay for about a week in a capsule hotel in tokyo?
I was planning to do so soon but I am not sure how comfortable it will be.
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>>1074451
in Fukuoka, make sure you check out Nokonoshima. Probably one of my favorite places in Kyushu, if not all of Japan. The flower park should be especially nice around that time of year
>>1074483
don't. Stay in a hostel, an Airbnb or a hotel but don't stay in a capsule hotel for more than one night
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>>1073469
>did over 6000km
Alone?
And did you pay a lot for the tolls?
What kind of visa did you get?
>can work with near Nagoya for a while
Don't you need a work visa first?
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>>1072087
Does it suck for being so far away from the cities?
How's the night life?
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>>1074347
>are like 90% bat shit crazy
>uni age girl I met who went over seas was bat shit crazy
>>1074319
It's mostly people who are virgins and actually think that they got their golden ticket and it's guarantee sexy time every night in Japan. Once they arrive and see the gaijin hungry girls not interested in them I'am going to guess it hurts them.
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>>1074481
You have a degree?
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>>1074512
Yeah, I graduated from college last year.
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>>1074540
Damn it! Thanks anyways.
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I'm going to Kyoto this year for japanese language school. Any useful tips?
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>>1074448
If youre like me and end up buying clothes along the way and other nick nacks; ie ends up with two suitcases. If youre not on a budget, you can ask your hotel to forward your luggage to your next hotel or podt office in the next city. It may take 2-3 days depending on the weather. But if you havent got much to bring around, it shouldnt be much of a hassle.
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>>1074484
Why shouldn't I stay in a capsule hotel for more than one night?
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So last night after clubbing my friend went into a 'special massage' place he was invited into from the street. I left almost straight away after the massage started because I just wanted to get the fuck out. So I'm standing out there on the street and be hasnt come out yet so I grab one the guys who I recognize form inside and say he has 10 minutes to get my friend out of there. He keeps trying to get me to follow him in but I refuse to move and then he gets more guys but I keep saying 10 minutes and that I won't move. Eventually my mate comes out with a girl and walks right by me and to and atm to withdraw 60000 yen because they had a gun to his head in the apartment and said they would kill him if he didn't give them the money. They made him strip and get head from the girl while they did this. I tried to get him to just walk away and not get the cash but be was too freaked out. They seemed freaked out by me not leaving and demanding him to come down but in the end we just walked away after we lost the cash. Is there anything we should do? Not going to go to the police as there was video in the lobby and we don't really give a fuck about the money. But I have no clue what to do and how as this some yakuza shit?
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>>1074507
It's kinda shitty especially since the military has a curfew, but nightlife in Naha is pretty good down Kokusai Street, it's about 45 minutes from Kadena, also theres a few decent bars out Gate 2 and a few around Torii station
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Anyone been to Nagashima Spa Land? The rides seem legit but undecided on if I want to visit the spa side with waifu.
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Is there much of a difference between going to Akiba on a weekday and going on the weekend?
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>>1074648
Yes, during a weekday it's better. Because it's not as crowded, and the game centers are more relaxed. I think on Sunday though they cordon off the street so people can walk freely in the street.
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>>1071418
what's a modest, realistic budget for spending a 2-3 weeks in Japan

I want to exclusively eat out
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>>1074649
Would the crowd add to the "feel" of Akiba or would it just get too crowded in the shops to browse anything?
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>>1074668
I always go with 3000 a day for food on average. Worked for me last time I went. Some days I go over, some days I'm under. Of course you can easily spend twice or three times that amount eating ou.
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>>1074671
Not really. Waiting for UFO catchers to open up and pushing past people isn't fun. The streets won't be a ghost town or anything.
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So I'm planning to stay in Tokyo for 5 nights with nothing but a backpack and just stay in capsule hotels for the night, or I might try and find those internet cafes where I can sleep in.
You guys think this is a viable idea?
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Anyone used Airbnb in Japan before? I'm booking a trip to Sapporo and I'm a little concerned a lot of these cheaper listings have no reviews.
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Are there any cities that have particularly easy access to less populated rural areas, or outdoor activities (e.g hiking trails)?

I am going to Japan for the first time in April and have made the rookiest or rookie mistakes by booking it over the golden week period. Currently I have accommodation booked in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo but I'd love to base myself somewhere where escaping from the crowds and towers is relatively easy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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>>1074608
because capsule hotels aren't really meant to be stayed at for more than a week? want to sleep past 9 AM for one day? well bad luck you're gonna be thrown out of your bed/room for 2-3 hours while they are cleaning. Can't even get your stuff. There's also just one shitty common room that has wifi, nowhere else. Really, for that price you're much better off in a hostel or an airbnb
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>>1074611
yeah don't be retarded and fall for the most obvious tourist scams would be a good start. Like come on m8
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>>1074706
Well to be honest I'll mostly be out and about by that time. I just need a place to sleep for the night and keep my backpack during the day as I'll be walking here and there.
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>>1074611
kek fuck I feel bad for you but still. I'm also naive enough that something like that could've happened to me. Now I know, thanks for sharing. Sorry though I have no idea how to help you. You probably should just move on with your life if you don't care about the money. Those guys aren't going to track you down to scam more money from you or anything.
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>>1071467
>wanting to visit Milan
Just go to Venice, maybe visit nearby cities like Verona and Padova, and just go straight down to Florence. Milan is not worth visiting tbqh.
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>>1074709
yeah a hostel is probably better for that. I mean it's really no different from a capsule hotel other than
>not run down 99% of the time
>wifi in all areas
>sometimes free breakfast
>friendly staff
>other travelers you can meet
>most likely cheaper
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I'm a black American working in Japan till August. I'm about an hour's train ride outside of Tokyo/Yokohama. Best bet to get laid is Roppongi right? Only been here a week but I guess I'll check that out soon. I have no social skills so its a hopeless cause but I'd kick myself if I didn't try
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>>1071418

So any advice from /trv/ that can help me in the JET interview? What kind of questions they ask, any curveballs they'll throw me, etc?

As for myself-

>Bachelor's in History
>Master's in Asian Studies, focus on Japanese Contemporary Society
>Substitute Teaching Certification (hired, haven't begun working yet, waiting on district to fit in my orientation)
>Community Service (read to children at preschool a couple years back, helped out with an aftercare program)
>Studied in Japan for one month in 2014, received glowing letter of recommendation from them
>My final goal is becoming a teacher later in life
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>>1074722

>Black
>No social skills

It's looking grim, but a chance exists. Try looking for girls with more eclectic tastes. You may need to use the internet.
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>>1074723

Lol this humble brag.
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>>1074725
yea story of my life, its a bad combination. I'm not expecting miracles, was just looking for my best bet, even if they're all bad bets. Guess I'll make a tinder or something. Thanks
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>>1074727
You will at least get some girl to fuck you for the simple fact you're black.
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>>1074728
I can only pray
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>>1074729
I hope those fake tanned, bleach blonde sluts are your thing man, best of luck.
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>>1074728
What would make you say this? He's got no social skills and you have no idea how he looks. No idea of the guy's age or anything, but the number of young Japanese girls willing to get blacked is pretty low. I think black guys have better success with the mid 30's to 50's set, which in many ways those women are more fun. Also 30's to 50's women in Japan are still often very slim and good looking.

My advice to you (black spaghetti monster) would be to make a JapanCupid profile. It does cost money but probably going to be worth the price for you. JapanCupid is overflowing with 30s-50s Japanese women (not to mention young women as well, but in particular the older ladies). I don't like to shill, but I have had pretty good success on that site, being a milf lover myself.

I'm not sure why Tinder has such a reputation for being a "hook up app." My honest experience with it has been a bunch of nice girls. Half of them even have something like "NO HOOKUPS NO PERVS" on their page. I mean you might as well just download the damn thing and do your daily, swiping, can't hurt. But I think Japan Cupid will honestly be the most fruitful for you.
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>>1074730
>I hope those fake tanned, bleach blonde sluts are your thing man

>he thinks "gyaru" fuck black guys

Gyaru aren't interested in black guys. Or any other foreigners for that matter. Their English ability is god awful, and being a cliquey subculture they stick to their own. If you are not Gyaru-o (male gyaru) or else an alpha nampa Japanese guy who looks like he belongs in J Soul Brothers. Add to the fact that our friend is beta. Gyaru like alpha, macho guys. The fact that I actually hooked up with one of those kinds of girls is nothing short of remarkable. I did have a proper wingman though. Will probably not happen again though.

Why do you say shit when you clearly don't speak from experience.
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>>1074736
Maybe if I could finish my sentences... That is,

If you are not Gyaru-o (male gyaru) or else an alpha nampa Japanese guy who looks like he belongs in J Soul Brothers, *they're not going to want to fuck you*.
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>>1074733
I'm 25 and look fine. I'd say 6-7.5/10, with 5 being average. It'd be easy to blame failures on looks or dress, but I really just can't carry a conversation for my life.

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into it. I'd never heard of this, and it seems promising. Gotta do some research first though
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I wanna wwoofing this spring in Japan. What is the best place?
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>>1074726

Wasn't bragging, just giving some background. Are you going to give me some advice, or what?
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will be in japan from 3 May until 16 may(leave at 1AM).

Should I get 2 week's JR rail pass, or only 1 week?
Definitely want to check Kyoto & Nara. Besides that I don't know if there's anything special.

I'm afraid that spending 6days (13d - 7d rail pass) will be a bit too much for Tokyo.


I'll be by myself btw
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>>1074853
>will be a bit too much for Tokyo.
It's never going to be too much. What you should have said is, you want to mix it up a bit. And with that I do agree. Only if you've already been to Japan once.
>>1074723
I can't help but I'd like an advice also. If I get my work visa myself will JET hire if I have a three year diploma?
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>>1074868
> What you should have said is, you want to mix it up a bit. And with that I do agree. Only if you've already been to Japan once.

yeah this. So better to stay in tokyo for that long? I honestly can't fathom its scale as I live in a village with 1000 inhabitants and never been to very large cities. Most cities I've been to can be done in 1 to 2 days. (only cultural stuff, no shopping&amusement parks etc)
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>>1074739
Honestly if you're only trying to fuck you might as well just save up $300-400 to go to a mid-low tier soapland for ~2 hours. The girls will be in the same age bracket as the only type you'll be able to pull with no social skills, will probably be hotter, fuck you better, won't possibly give you some hulked-out std and won't be crazy (and if they are, it won't be your problem).
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its very cheap to fly to japan this march just a heads up to anyone interested

Also, I was wondering if anyone knows if i could just wander around (im going alone) tokyo at night and go into bars to meet people?

I noticed in these japan threads you guys seem to plan everything but im more of the type to just wander around a city and going into what looks interesting, I don't know if tokyo is really the type of place that has people who do that though.

>tldr
>if i wander around tokyo at night will i make friends or will everyone be out with their own groups of friends?
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>>1074887
Are you travelling alone to Japan? I'm planning on going alone in mid-October. I don't really have a hard set itinerary yet, but I just keep thinking I just want to sit on a bench , look around and just enjoy being there
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>>1074889
i feel the same, though i would love to see some blossoming i don't think anything blossoms there in march and unfortunatly my year is too busy to book any time after spring.

What are some things you plan to do? in general
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>>1074853
I was in Tokyo for 2 weeks and I doubt I'd have nothing left to do/be bored if I stayed for 2 months instead
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>>1074894
I'm going to meet some friends at night, but I'll mostly be alone. I'm a really big tokusatsu fan, so I plan to go to the Kamen Rider diner, hopefully the Toei museum, have an onigiri from a konbini, and Shibuya during the morning. I'd also like to go to Nara, but I'm not sure yet.
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>>1074887
You can't just wander around the city without even planning a little. Besides restaurants, you're most likely not going to find anything interesting that way. Tokyo is huge and has many districts. You'll want to know what place you're going to visit. You can't just wander around the area at night and expect to have an amazing time. Most likely, you'll just pass some konbini's, closed restaurants and closed stores. If you're in a place like Akihabara, the only thing left to do would be visiting an arcade, but even those close before your night's finished. Japan's nightlife happens in certain areas, so if you're interested in drinking (in Tokyo), you'll want to go to places like Roppongi, Shibuya and Shinjuku. There may be some other nice places to go to at night, but again, don't expect to find anything special by just walking around your hotel's neighborhood. Most places don't have anything to offer during late night.

Also, about the itinerary stuff, you don't necessarily have to plan 6 activities for each day or travel across the country every other day to visit a different city, just to have good time or to feel like you spent your time 'correctly'. What me and my friends did was make a list with places to visit and things to do. Then, in the morning, you wake up, have breakfast, get some coffee, grab your laptop and decide what you're going to do today (if you didn't already decide the night before) and then you look up directions, etc.
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>>1074723
Not sure how accurate it is but Tofugu has an interview guide, in case you didn't find it already. Hopefully someone who did JET will stop by to answer.
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Traveling to Tokyo this year on April 24th and home on May 4th.

Here's my itinerary so far, need suggestions. I'm going mainly to do some weeb shopping, food eating and sightseeing.

And what is that other Akihabara like place? Nakano? Nanako?

I'm aware that I'm traveling during Golden Week.

It's late here and English is not my first language, so sorry if the formatting is weird.
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>>1074929
Should mention that I'm staying in Minato-ku Shimbashi
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>>1074677
Okay, thanks anon.
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Is it more viable to get a Suica card instead of a JR pass if I'm just staying in Tokyo for 5 days?
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>>1074853
>>1074872
You could definitely do a week in Tokyo if you want. I would recommend you start planning an itinerary, but leaving some time to freely wander is good too. As an aside, since the 7 day is the smallest duration anyway you don't have to use it ASAP - as long as you do a round trip on the shinkansen the pass should pay for itself already.

Going from a 7 to 14 day JR pass costs about another ¥16,000, so if you stick to Tokyo I don't think it'd be worth it. Tokyo Metro/local JR is pretty cheap. If you want to take the Shinkansen somewhere that's a different story.

>going from a village of 1000 to the Tokyo metropolis
That should be quite an adventure (I mean that in a good way), best of luck.
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>>1074972
Yes
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>>1074929
I know it's not finished yet, but you'll need a bit more than that. Some things I'm not so sure about:

>Ghibli museum from 10 AM to 4 PM
I haven't been there myself, but isn't 6 hours a bit too much for a museum visit?
>Interested in weeb shit, but only visit Akihabara once for 2 hours
Akiba isn't even that big, but you can easily spend some more time there. Especially when hunting anime figures, going to arcades, going to a maid café and eating food.
>Roppongi from 4 PM to 6 PM
You're planning to go there on a Saturday, but you're both arriving and leaving way too early. The only thing to do there is visit bars and clubs. You should go there no earlier than 7 PM.

As for some other common things you could do, most which I enjoyed myself as well:

>Asakusa Shrine
>Tokyo Sky Tree
>Tokyo Dome City
>Ueno Zoo + Park
>Sunshine City + Aquarium
>Imperial Gardens/Palace
>Yoyogi Park + Meiji Shrine
>Tsukiji Fish Market
>Edo-Tokyo Museum
>Shibuya crossing

The 'other Akihabara place' is Nakano Broadway, but the two places weren't that similar to me. In my opinion, it's not really worth visiting either.
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>>1074929
very specific with the waking up, breakfast and going to bed part..I hope that's somewhat flexible lol

Just from the top of my head, places to check out include
>Asakusa
>Shimokitazawa
>Shinjuku+backstreets
>Odaiba
>Nakano
>Ikebukuro
>Kamakura
>Ginza
>Emperor's palace and garden (even though you can't get inside)
>Hama Rikyu and Rikugien garden
>Ueno

I also enjoyed wandering around the Meguro and Ebisu area quite a lot. Check out Japan guide for more ideas
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Have any of you guys bought and brought back some lewd stuff from Japan? Were you ever worried a customs agent would find out?

I'm talking like JAV stuff or nudy mags. Does Japan have more promotional items for their JAV? It would be cool if there was a 12 month calendar with JAV actresses for every month. Or even a cut out of Yumi Kazama or something.
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>>1074928

Thanks, also since I posted that I found a list of some questions people posted from JET interviews. Making my own answers based on my SoP/Teaching orientation. (Good thing I have classroom management training.)
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>>1075050
I don't know where you live, but as long as you don't bring extreme loli shit with you, it shouldn't matter. Alternatively, some people tend to buy a lot of books and shit and bring them to a post office to send from Japan to their home address. You could do that as well, but you will have to pay shipping costs and you most likely won't have your stuff the same time you get home (unless you're staying in Japan for a really long time or choose a very fast shipping method).
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>>1075050
>Were you ever worried a customs agent would find out?

Just don't worry about it. There is technically some rule about seizing porn, but it's one of those wonky unfollowed rules I imagine.

>lewd

Why is this always the word of choice when people are talking about JAV. I've noticed that.
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>>1075057
>Why is this always the word of choice when people are talking about JAV. I've noticed that.
I don't know if this is the answer to your question, but lewd is part of regular /a/ vernacular.
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>>1075075
It's not the answer to my question. Why is it part of /a/ vernacular? And in all the AV threads on /hc/? I'm just curious why this came to be associated with Japanese things.
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>>1075081
Because it's meme shit, dude

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lewd
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>>1075037
The time I set for the Ghibli Museum is so that if I feel done I can leave early.

I should've mentioned this and put it in the itinerary but completely forgot and just remembered. I'm planning to visit the stores one of the days probably that Friday, scout the goods and then return on Saturday/Sunday and do the shopping. I should also make sure that I plan the time correctly, adding the half hour marks screwed with my head.

I don't drink and the time set for Roppongi is for mainly visiting Don Quijote, unless they have a store elsewhere and then walk around some.

About the suggestions, I will add those to my list and look them up. Same with Nakano Broadway.

Thank you!

>>1075040
Those are not the exact time I will be waking up, breakfast and go to bed. More like a guideline. I'd like to be out of the hotel at around 10am.

Will be adding those suggestions too and check them out..

Thank you!
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Thinking of flying to Sapporo in two weeks. Staying perhaps 4 days, seeing what's around Hokkaido and such.

Any recommendations?
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>>1075110
Hmm, well, I don't know how serious you are about weeb shopping, like, if you're an avid figure collector or just want to buy some Miku keychains. I stayed in a hotel a few steps away from Akihabara and me and one of the guys I traveled with are collectors. Because of that we went there pretty often, and I can tell you that some stores can be quite hard to find. We easily missed half of the figure stores the first two times we went there.

And yeah, if you don't drink and just want to visit a store located in Roppongi, then I guess my previous advice can be ignored. Sucks, though, because you'll want to do something at night. You should just google what to do in Tokyo at night and try to find some things that don't involve alcohol, so you can fill in the later hours of each day on your itinerary.
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>>1075133
I will be buying some figures and plushies for myself and for friends and some other anime related merch depending on what I find.
Any specific figure store you'd recommend?

I'll plan one of the days to be a full-day trip to Akiba while also trying out some maid cafés, arcades in the same go.
Do you recommend any good food places in Akiba? I'm not a picky eater.
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>>1075162
>Do you recommend any good food places in Akiba?

There are kabab stall, Japanese fast food joints, American fast fooods and whatever else you can imagine. Just go wherever.

Personal recommendation - at 総武線 platform 御茶ノ水方面 there's an ice cream vending machine, its 160 yen matcha ice cream is pretty good. Well, better than the 300 yen one you can buy in Akihabara itself.

As for merchandise I can't really recommend anything, unless you want eroge shop recommendations. That I could do.
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>>1075165
Alright, thanks for the tips Anon! Not into eroge, but would be fun to check the shops out.
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>>1075162
Do not go to 野郎ラーメン theres always a line there and it stays packed for some reason but they charge premium prices for ラーメン that is like 60% bean sprouts with a few pieces of extremely dry pork. Easily the worst ramen chain
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>>1075050
US I'm assuming? Smuggled some doujinshi in a manilla folder with my school documents. It is something to be concerned about, but as >>1075054 says you probably wouldn't get into any serious amount of trouble, at least with JAVs and porn magazines, if you were unlucky enough to get searched by customs.

>>1075081
It likely came about for the same reason 4chan is sometimes ironically referred to as a "Christian imageboard".
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KYOTO OR WASEDA FOR 2 YEAR EXCHANGE????

Kyoto: Better academics (Also much better school environment)

Waseda: Still top tier, right next inside Tokyo so I can weeb out


Is Kyoto that fucking boring? Is there no 'teenage' hangout places?
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>Me; white american
>22, in shape, tall, blue eyes
>Looking to catch a few qt pokemon when I visit Tokyo
>Have tinder and getting mad matches

Question is where is the best to post up in town for easy pulling from bars/clubs? I've read Roppongi and Shibuya are good but if yall have any other tips/strategy I'd appreciate.
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>>1075264
i feel like if you need to ask you probably won't have alot of luck anyways

I know this sound vain as fuck but i personally have never had trouble with women (thanks parents for the genes) and ive never found myself needing to ask anywhere online "any tips to get girls?"

if you are tall, blue eyed and in shape i assume you must be pretty ugly if you need to ask how ot get asian chicks, Because usually you should have them go for you/flirt with you commonly.

Post a pic senpai im actually curious
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>>1075252
I would say Tokyo but Tokyo is my favorite place so I might be a bit biased. It's probably gonna come down to your preferences. Tokyo is amazingly huge and as such, can be stressful if you can't handle the big city life that well. But Kyoto isn't small either and there's plenty of stuff to do there too.
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>>1075277
Is it completely absent of teenage/weeb hangout places?

Some people said Osaka is boring compared to Tokyo but Dotonbori/Denden Town was more than enough to satisfy my weeb/outdoor needs

If Kyoto has anything even similar to that I'll be ok
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>>1075278
well, I can't actually remember Kyoto having much weeb stuff other than the obvious Kyoani and the manga museum, so for that you'd be better off in Tokyo. I think Kyoto is nice if you enjoy a bit more of a tranquil big-mid city life
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>>1075269

I don't live there have never been. Thats why I'm asking for information to raise my chances.

I already mentioned my tinder profile I put there is getting mad matches. Attractiveness is not my limiting factor.
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>>1075279
Is it normal for Kyoto residents to hang out at Osaka every week? or even twice?

I heard it's only like 1hour away, which is reasonable but I wasn't sure
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>>1075281
probably not THAT common but yeah sure it's pretty close that you could go there. Doesn't mean that they always do it, but they could if they wanted to
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>>1075278
Tokyo is better if you can't speak Japanese. Theres just more to do. People in Osaka tend to be friendlier but you won't notice if you can't speak to anyone
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I can't imagine going to Japan for Anime. Cringe.
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>>1071418
Besides sleeping in manga cafes and such, what's a good way to get an enclosed, private space you can use to write or draw in Japan, just on a tourist visa? Libraries?

Also how feasible is staying entirely in a manga cafe providing your well behaved? I know they have cheap rates for over night stays but how much would you run up staying in one 24/7 compared to something like a business hotel?
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>>1075334
K
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>>1075343
That's just my opinion. If that's what gets people going, more power to them.
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I'm traveling to Japan for anime.
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>>1075345
I'm planning to go to Japan to see Hatsune Miku live
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>>1075346
Anime is for plebs
Manga is the real magic melon
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Can anybody recommend any ryokan in Osaka or Kyoto? Also, any onsen you guys recommend near the two places?
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>>1075227

Yup, US. I just really like asian ladies in porn and the Japanese porn actresses are so gorgeous in Japan. They hardly use make up (at least the MILFs don't) and they have nice soft realistic bodies compared to an American pornstar's hard plastic breasts.

>>1075054
That's a smart idea, does that actually work? How do you mail stuff in Japan? I mean, I would need a translator, right?
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How easy is it to get laid as a 6'2 white guy thats 200lbs muscle
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>>1075162
I have no idea what most of those figure stores are called. There are some easy to find ground floor stores with a decent amount of figures. Other buildings also have figure stores inside, but they might not be on ground floor. From the outside, you can read what kind of store is on each floor, though. It won't always say "Figures", even if it says "Collectible goods", "Toy collectibles" or just "Toys", there's a good chance they sell figures. You should definitely check out Mandarake. They exclusively sell used goods. If you've ever ordered online, you might know about them already. You should also go to Animate. They only have a handful of small, newly released figures, like Nendoroids, but they sell a ton of other merch.
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>>1074679
No capsule hotels are expensive. You're better off with a hostel or cheap place on airbnb.
>>1074683
I'm using it next month but check the "owner" while searching in shibuya I found some people had a few places and reviews just not for that room. If the person is Japanese its a good chance the place will be in great condition.
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>>1075367
Impossible.
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>>1075110
I hope u bought your ghibli tickets in advance. They'll likely be sold out unless you're going in an poff season. No tickets at the door. It takes about max 3 hours if you get food at the cafe.

Also akiba has don quijote as well as asakusa, shinjukju and shibuya to name a few. I've only been to ropunggi a few times and I think its only worth checking out if ropunggi hills has something interesting on display
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>>1075367
Not gonna happen
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>>1075367
If you have too ask your chances aren't good.
A Spanish friend who was 27 and balding got chicks in the bathroom weekendly if not more often . personally he was a 7/10 but he knew how to talk to girls mostly in ropunggi specifically jumanji
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I'm very new to smart phones. Can someone give me simple breakdown on what I need to get a bit of internet in Tokyo, for Line, Googlemaps, etc.
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>>1075428
Pretty much any smart phone released in the last 6 years
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>>1075385
Yes, of course. I got my tickets about a week ago. And I was planning on bringing a small food pack with me. Is it okay to bring food from the outside?

Well if Akiba also has Don Quijote I'll go do something else during that slot then instead of going to Roppongi exclusively. Thanks for the info!
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>>1075445
That's not what I meant. I have a smart phone. I wanted to know how to best get some mobile data.
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>>1075467
>>1075445
Never mind.
https://t.iijmio.jp/en/index.html#service_overview
This sounds pretty damn good to me.
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How easy is it for a foreigner to get a phone in Japan?

I gotta live there for a year and I heard to register for games/online services a phone by your name is neccesary

A-also make some friends and call people
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Going to Japan. Spending money.

Do I bring loads of yen?
Am I okay with a Visa Debit card?
Any other options?
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>>1075481
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2196.html
Read this, it's good. But the jist is to bring your Visa debit card and take out yen from the 7/11s as you go. Bring like $100 cash so you can exchange at the airport.
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Is it possible to reserve seats on ANY shinkansen service with a JR rail pass once I arrive in Japan?

I was reading an article today that seemed to suggest that I would be unable to reserve seats on shinkansen Nozomi using my rail pass. Travelling during golden week.
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>>1075506
There are two issues.
(1) Are there any seats left that can be reserved by the time you arrive in Japan, over golden week? I can't help you here.
(2) Do you have to pay anything additional beyond the rail pass to obtained a reserved seat? For ordinary seats in JR trains other than NOZOMI or MIZUHO, the answer is no, reservation for such seats are included in the price of the rail pass. Green cars and private compartments cost extra, but the rail pass knocks the price down somewhat. For NOZOMI and MIZUHO, the pass does nothing for you.

See http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html#bm_004
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>>1075469
All I know is they usually don't let you do a payment plan with your bill to pay for the phone. You usually have to pay for the whole device upfront because too many people used to get nice phones then leave the country.
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