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New Japan General since the old one hit the bump limit

As always, feel free to ask about:
>weeaboos
>English teaching
>Yakuza
>Will Japanese girls start dripping just because I am white?
>travel in Japan
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This is my current itinerary:

1 - Leave home
2 - Home -> Tokyo
3 - Tokyo
4 - Tokyo -> Mt. Fuji (Climb)
5 - Mt. Fuji > Tokyo
6 - Tokyo
7 - Tokyo (Akihabara) -> Nagoya (Korankei + Science Museum)
8 - Nagoya -> Kyoto
9 - Kyoto
10 - Kyoto (Day-trip to Nara)
11 - Kyoto -> Osaka (Castle/Aquarium or Nipponbashi)
12 - Osaka (Day-trip to Koya-san)
13 - Osaka -> Okayama (Kibi plain)
14 - Okayama -> Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park)
15 - Hiroshima (Day-trip Itsukushima / Miyajima Fireworks Festival)
16 - Hiroshima -> Fukuoka (Canal City / RUins ??)
17 - Fukuoka -> Kagoshima
18 - Kagoshima -> Yakushima
19 - Yakushima
20 - Yakushima -> Kagoshima
21 - Kagoshima -> ???
22 - Filler day (???)
23 - Filler day (Hakone?)
24 - Filler day (Kamikochi?)
25 - Tokyo -> Home

Anybody feels like weighing in what to do with the filler days? Or of course general comments.
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Reminder: Being white doesn't guarantee you'll sleep with a Japanese girl. It only guarantees you'll have nignogs trying to sell you sex with a Japanese girl.
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>>877546
spoken like a true beta. But its true. If you're a dork you won't get laid anywhere on planet earth and if you talk to the girl about cultural differences and the way things are back home, and try to do the english teacher thing with a Jap girl, they will identify you as beta and friendzone you.

If you demand that she has beers with you and fucks you, she wont say no. in their culture they arent allowed to disagree with men and if you are dressed okay and dominant they will think you are powerful and have a huge penis and sleep with you.

The funniest part is most gaijin are so unbeleivably beta that its like shooting fish in a barrel if you have any game
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>>877556
>If you're a dork you won't get laid anywhere on planet earth
We know, anon. We know.

;_;
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>>877546
>>877556
I still love this pic >>609360
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>>877546
>It only guarantees you'll have nignogs trying to sell you sex with a Japanese girl.
Those guys are fucking hilariously inept. Does any one every fall for their shit like "YO YO YO U WANNA FUCK JAPAN GIRL?"
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>>877624
>YO YO YO
Oh god, I'm having flashbacks of Takeshita Street now. What a shithole nig-fest that place is.
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came in here to see what is going on
>Beta
> sex
>nig fest

another useless thread to hide
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>>877634
it's basically just a continuation of the old thread
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I spent 2 weeks in akihabara, spent over 3000$ on stuff and $400+ in maid café's
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>>877640
You cray dawg
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>>877640
What are maid cafe's like? Are the maids kawaii? Also, how expensive are they?
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>>877657
They just serve you food. It's like Hooters but with maid outfits.
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>>877659
I'm from england, what the fuck is hooters?
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>>877670
>I'm from england, what the fuck is hooters?
Hooters (owl logo) restaurants are restuarants known for their tight t-shirt and short shorts wearing waitresses. (Low cut Tshirts and orange dolphin shorts, something that was popular in the 80s). Though they probably don't have an official rule anymore about it...they were once upon a time known not to hire any woman who wasn't a D cup or larger. Hooters restaurants serve chicken wings, fries, and pitchers of beer, and have sports TVs for every table, so yea, you go to watch the game. Their wings come breaded, which in the naked-no-breading purist kind of world, was unique. I think their breading is decent, has a bit of parmesan in it and it sogs up and holds quite a bit of sauce. I do prefer naked wings with crispy skin if given the choice.

Hooters, if you don't know the term is also slang for boobies. "She had big hooters."

For a while, their Florida owner operated a Hooters airline, with flights to and from the Bahamas, with the same kind of big breasted Tshirt wearing flight attendants. This was before economic downturns, when Freeport used to be a pretty common weekend casino trip from non-gambling Florida.
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Anyone got any advice on how to find get hold of concert tickets in Japan? I can't seem to find anything really beyond "buy tickets for gigs from combini" and sites just listing club nights. Is there a Japanese equivalent of Ticketmaster or anything?
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>>877640
what exactly did you buy? Also, how exactly does a maid cafe work? You just sit there and get served by maids?
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>>877694
buy your tickets from a combini website directlty, just use google translate and stumble tour way through buying it until you get an email confirmation.
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How much would Japan cost if you're travelling on a budget?

Like sleeping in hostels, eating supermarket/street food, transport and the occasional beer.
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>>877712
Girls in Maid outfits serve you wildly overpriced and questionable quality food/drinks. You pay for the experience of being with a cute girl in a "look don't touch" environment. Complete waste of money, unless, you know, you have never been touched by a girl.
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>>877718
around 15000 $ after taxes

seriously, with a question like that, not even specifying a time frame or anything will not get you good answers
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>>877720
Daily expenses. Let's say two weeks for Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka? Something along those lines.
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If someone go to the kyiomizudera i need the measure of the wood thing and of the tetsu shakujo
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>>877725
I'm going in two weeks.
But no way in hell am I going to stand and measure that shit.
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>>877776
So why did u respond ?
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>>877670
A place in America full of fat Americans being served fatty food by skimpy clad sluts with big boobs. Awesome chicken wings but not really worth the money. They don't take their tops off but treat you like their best friend and imply that a big enough tip will get you a blowjob (it doesn't). Servers get butthurt if you tip less than 25%.
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>>877790
That sounds awful, over here we're never expected to tip at all
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>>877516
About how much will it cost to go to japan for 2 weeks?
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>>877804
I'll be going for three weeks in a little over a month.

My initial budget was around 2600€, but I added some, so now I have around 3000+€
>Flights
Vienna-Tokyo roundway: 580€ and Osaka-Ishigaki roundway 150€
>Accommodation
For three weeks, I plan around 500-600€
>Rail Pass
for three weeks around 430 € (for two weeks, it's around 100 € cheaper)

This leaves me with around 70€/day for food, public transport, maybe some drinking and some shopping

I guess you could do it cheaper than that, since 70€/day is a lot imo
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>>877811
Fuck man. Round trip from here is $2000
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>>877823
Heh, I was just thinking that same exact thing.
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>>877823
sounds rough...where you flying from?
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>>877516
I'm planning a 2-week trip this winter. Haven't planned much yet but would like to start in Tokyo, travel west to Hiroshima stopping in Kyoto and Osaka along the way, and then loop back and end back in Tokyo before departing. My question is, how much time is it worth to allocate to Tokyo, versus the other cities? And any other interesting places worth stopping in along the way, maybe somewhere to get a taste of something more naturesque? Definitely would like to try to do Onsen a few times.

Also, how insane would it be to try climbing Mt. Fuji in the winter?
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>>877833
Mt Fuji in winter should only be attempted by professionals seriously. its 3776 meters high and has horrible fucking weather. Don't do it you will kill yourself.
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>>877828
Florida
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>>877840
Figured as much... I wish I could go during official climbing season (now) but unfortunately because of the friend's im going with, we have to wait til the next big school break (Christmas season)
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>>877849
There are other mountains to climb and being stuck in hours long lines while you are on the trail is really a pretty shitty experience IMO
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So I'm 20, turning 21 this December, and I'm going to Japan tomorrow. I don't drink (personal reasons), but I like parties and dancing stuff, is it worth going to a club in Tokyo, even if I don't know the language and I'm going to be pretty young? Do the bounce gaijin often? Are the rules like American clubs and parties where you just go up to a girl and start dancing, or is the a different etiquette.
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Does anyone know if japanese girls generally go for bearded westerners (English)?

I was just wondering since I notice that it seems quite rare for asian guys to have full on beards, it's usually a really wispy stash or an old guy with a really long and fine beard
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>>877868
Asians in general are anti beard. Since few men there can grow a good beard it's not a fashion symbol you'd see on tv so it's not viewed as something attractive by women.
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>>877868
Shave that shit off
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>>877868
No women of any culture like beards. If they say they do, they're only being nice.
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Does anyone have any tips for visiting Sapporo?

Live in Shanghai and am keen to visit in the winter.
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>>877868
>Still having a beard
Come on mate it's not 2012 anymore.
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>>877868
I can grow a full beard and my great grandfather had a hairy chest. But it really isn't common.
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>>877870
>>877877
>>877879
>>877889
>>877891
I feel I should clarify something, i've not got a shitty weaboo bumfluff neckbeard, mine is a bit shorter and similar to pic related
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>>877525
go to the Aokigahara forest, its near mt fuji and its known as the suicide forest. Who knows, you might find some dead bodies on your hike
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>>877895
Shave it. You're not a bad looking dude. It makes you look older than you are. The haircut doesn't help either, but at least its clean.
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Any cities with a good punk/post-punk/experimental music scene? Also will having a facial scar scare people? I have a scar from an embaraassing cooking accident.
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>>877811
I'm planning to visit Japan in the near future. Problem is I only have $2500 which is roughly like 1800€. I mean, depending on how to live and spend, I can maybe last like 2 weeks? However, I really want to try to stay in Japan for as long as I can...like at least a month. How shitty of a situation do you think I could be in? Do you think I'm in over my head? I've got pretty much everything I need in my pack and don't mind being a little hungry or lost every now and then.

>>877823
>>877847
Dayum son.
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>>877917
I've beaten some shitty situations before and I can make my way through life but I guess my real question is...is it worth it to go to Japan with $2500? Or should I go somewhere else? I reeeally wanna see Japan...
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My girlfriend is visiting her grandparents in Japan this January and invited me to come along. I'm not quite sure where they live, but I know it'll be like a $200 train ride from Tokyo.

So, given the seclusion of wherever he grandparents live and that it is a family-centric visit, I probably wouldn't get to explore that much. Does /trv/ think it'd be worth the costs to go?
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>>877897
>Who knows, you might find some dead bodies on your hike
Because, I would totally like that, right?
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I dont get how you guys spend so much cash.
I am in Australia, have common sense and Air fare costs me 800$ Inc taxes , 500$ p/w PRIVATE apartment (new, comes with wifi and sim card!) $250 Food p/w
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>>877516
>weeaboos
disgust
>English teaching
There are thousands of foreigners who speak English in Japan, if you want to find work as a English's teacher must have a grandiose mastery.
>Yakuza
You will slice the dick...
>Will Japanese girls start dripping just because I am white?
No anon...
1. You're Amerifat that means you're Amerindian, the Japanese girls only are excited for European's whites.
2. There are thousands of white foreigners visiting Japan, if you want to take a good impression must have good attributes:
A. Being Handsome.
B. Good Body.
The dick dont worry so much, if you have the height average of your country yo will incite orgasms in the Asian girls. Oterwise,
you could go to a rural area and presume off your PSEUDO "superior race".
>travel in Japan
Japan is a pretty beautiful country to visit, but to live is very VERY boring.
Bon voyage!
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>>877907
>I have a scar from an embaraassing cooking accident.
Just play it off as something metal, like a fire or a bear, just for the fun of it.
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>>877927
>Does /trv/ think it'd be worth the costs to go?
It probably means something to your girlfriend, and it's a trip, so yeah.
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Hey guys. I really want to move for a year and teach/learn/just not be in America right now. I'm having trouble with figuring out the visa system and the best way to get one so I can work in Japan as an English instructor. I'm learning some Japanese, and should be able to speak decently in a few months. Advice on what visa I should apply for? I might go as a student, study and work part-time. I want to see if there's someway around the Bachelors requirement for work visa as a teacher. Anyone know?
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I'm going to be studying abroad in Japan next year, and I was wondering how the fuck i'm suppose to even buy something in a store or order from a restaurant if I don't speak any Japanese. I also wanted to see the last Evangelion movie if it's out then, but how would I even buy the ticket?
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>>877951
>buy something in a store
Find what you want, take it to the register, pay the amount of money that comes up on the display.

>order from a restaurant
Point at what you want. Some restaurants have pictures on the menu and some have English menus.

>how would I even buy the ticket
Pretty sure the ticket machines at the theater have an English option. If not, go up to the counter, say "Evangelion" and the time, maybe make hand gestures if it doesn't get across.

That being said, obviously you should make some effort to learn the language. It'll make it easier on you and the people around you. While you can't be fluent right away, little by little really does make a difference.
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Will be able to save up $3200 in total for a trip to Tokyo for two weeks next summer. Bear in mind, there'll be around $1800 left after accomodation and my flight.
This is a what would /trv/ do kind of situation:
>Keep saving as planned and just stick to exploring and shopping in Tokyo for two weeks
or
>Have months where I take an extra high student loan so I can stay for, say, a month and go outside of Tokyo as well

I'm in college currently, and this is a graduation present for myself. I've still got many years of uni ahead of me, so it's gonna be a while before I have to worry about paying any of my student loans back.
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>>877957
I don't think i'll have time before then to learn it.
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>>877960
Learn as much as you can is the point I was making. You really plan on living in a foreign country for half a year or more and not learning the language at all?
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>>877961
It's only for a month for one of the requirements at my school
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>>877964
You should still attempt to make the best of your experience, m8, and that includes learning a bit of the language, even if it's just how to order in a restaurant.
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Been looking around at language school courses during the summer over there. Original plan is to arrive in the beginning of august, but thinking it could be fun to go earlier for some language classes.
I can only afford 10 out of 50 days on the course that I'm looking at, and the only dates that make sense for me is in the middle of the course.
School I'm looking at does allow people to start way longer after the actual course, but at the same time I'm looking at a beginners course and wondering if I'll learn anything at all from joining weeks after everyone else at the school, and then leaving 10 days later.
Alternatively, the school offers cultural month-long summer classes that has classes in the morning and cultural 'whacky japan' stuff in the afternoon. It would cost 10 days of the other classx2 so I'd need to save up even harder.
Yes or no? Would it be better to teach myself just a little bit of japanese whenever I have time to take a break from my other studies and then maybe spend these money on exploring the country even more?
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>>877951
just out of curiosity: is a date announced yet? I thought I heard it was late 2015 or something
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I'm in distress whether I should bring my laptop or not to Japan.
It would be nice to have it to transfer pictures to in case my SD card burns down in my camera, but it's 15.3", which is a rather large computer to bring.
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>>877983
You can get SD cards for relatively cheap prices in convenience stores.
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>>877987
Yeah, but the problem is not the card itself, but what's on the card.
If I brought my PC, I could transfer them onto the PC every day so I wouldn't lose the content of the card in case it burns out.
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Full weeb here going in Sept for the miku concert. I'm terrified I will spend every dime I have & come home destitute. Side trip to Kyoto & Osaka.
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>>877998
>miku concert
I would love to see this, even though I don't care for vocaloid shit.
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>>877855
Asking first in some kind of way is expected in both America and Japan moreso in Japan. Good luck getting a girl to dance with you outside of Roppongi since you don't know the language. Most people in the club are between 20 and 35.
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Aside from Gaspanic, what clubs in Shibuya are popular for tourists?
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>>878034
Gaspanic in Shibuya is absolutely the worst place to go. Its a little better in Roppongi but in Shibuya its super small and the ratio is always 9 dudes for every 1 girl. Plus its not even a club in Shibuya, its a bar

Camelot is much better
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clubs are the worst.

Go to a place like Samboa bar and pick up a highclass lady in her 30s-40s who will pay everything for you. Also a woman who is experienced is amazing, just saying.
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>>877951
You're going to watch a movie in a language you don't understand at all?
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>>877964
you are pathetic
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>>878038
>Samboa bar
Where is it?
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>>878041
You can get most of what's going on if you've watched a lot of anime, just from their "body" language, events and how characters react.
I would also love to go if it was on a premiere day, because it's probably a cool experience.
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>>877629
Takeshita Street too? I can only see about two negro standing there and adverting for their cool fashion store.
Roppongi and Kabukicho much more worse
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>>877855
Imo clubs in Tokyo are shit and for shit people. Went to Womb (one of the most famous clubs in Japan) several times and there were about 90% males. Many people are smoking. Maybe Club Ageha is better.. I don't know.
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I'm
>>877983
>>877988
would people in hostels let me borrow their computer to transfer pictures to, so I can transfer them to my external HDD if I bring that?
Or will people likely not let me, or not have brought a PC?
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>>877895
Shave it + picture
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>>878072
Womb was easily the worst club in Japan I've been to. Its expensive. There are much better clubs in Japan. You wasted your time if you went there several times since pretty much everywhere else is better
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>>878073
You're taking too many pictures.
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>>878078
The issue is not emptying the card because it's full.
The issue is if the card burns out or is lost or something, and I don't have a second copy of them.

How did you come to the conclusion I take too many pictures?
I like taking pictures, I like having them as a memory, and it means a lot to my grandma to see the pictures.
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>>878075
>>877900
I don't think that's an actual picture of him, but just of a guy with a beard that looks like his
>mine is a bit shorter and similar to pic related
>similar to pic related
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>>874470
>>874462
>Hold me /trv/ ;_;. I wanted to visit akihabara so badly.
Is this guy still alive?
I'm in Hakodate right now and I'll pay him $500 for a round trip on the trains to get to and from Hokkaido and Akihabara but I want to crash at his place for like a week or two in August.

It looks like he already went ahead with willer express instead though, fuck. I really like it in Hokkaido but there's so little accommodation in the high season.
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>>878073
>>878079
Probably, if you ask nicely and you don't come off as a total jackass to them.
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>>878065
http://www.samboa.co.jp/english/column/column_2.html

It is a classy place so dress nice, It is also small, just sit at the bar and ignore the tables because you will never engratiate yourself into a group. its a britphile bar, so chances are you will get someone who speaks good english.

Remember treat, her, pay compliments, be confident and don't throw noodles everywhere and you will get a wonderful night at worst, or a patron for your travels for your stay in Japan at best.
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>>878098
>classy
Define classy, please.
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>>878098
>It is a classy place so dress nice
Is it expected I wear jeans in 30 degrees warmth, as well as a long sleeved dress shirt?
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>>878079
I love taking pictures, too. Sometimes, I think I take too many.
If you're trying to make a backup, that makes sense. I was under the impression that you needed the space of a HDD to store them all.

pic related cuz i took it
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>>878101
If its a bar shorts are fine
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>>878128
Pretty nice picture.
But nope, it's not because of the HDD space.
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I dunno if this is more of a /jp/ question or what, but has anyone been to comiket? It will be my first one and I want to cosplay, but I am also going to be alone. I read that cosplay in the main hall is discouraged so do I have to just hang out in the courtyard? I figure I can take pictures of other cosplayers to make things less awkward, but still, might be awkward.
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>>878158
I would really like to go, but it doesn't quite match my itinerary, unfortunately.
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>>878098
Sorry, but I can't find the address anywhere on the website.
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>>878182
Found it.
http://www.samboa.co.jp/english/profile/index.html

Literally closes at 24. That was rather early.
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>>878182
THe address is not in English:

??? ??? ?? 5-4-7 ????????

You can find it on google maps using this. Or when you get into a taxi show the driver this copied address. Samboa bar has a big cheesy unionjack sign out front you cant miss it on the street including the group of older women smoking out front
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>>878158
Planning on going to Comiket next summer myself, as a cosplayer.
First off, Comiket is free, but if you're cosplaying I think it costs 800 yen or so. I can't quite remember where I read about it and I can't remember if my number is correct. Just be prepared for it.
Don't show up in cosplay, obviously I don't know for sure if Comiket downright forbid it, but it is very tacky to show up in your full costume. (I will guess that Comiket get super crowded so it's a distraction if there are people in costumes running around and stopping in the main hall to have their photos taken) They have changing booths inside of the venue, close to the cosplay&photog hangout
So yeah, you basically just hang out in the courtyard. When I go, I plan on checking out the main hall before putting on my cosplay.
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>>878197
See >>878194
for english address.
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>>878197
>>878204
>>878182
Doesn't get much easier for me.
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Okay.
So I want to spend ONE night in luxury.
I'm talking about bar on the roof of a skyscraper or the like.

I've found one hotel, but it's like $400 bucks a night.
Can it be done cheaper?
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>>878207
Have fun, remember it is a bar, not a nightclub, and there is a clear distinction between the two in Japan. That having been said, the women are awesome and fun to get to know. Every night is a different night, so if is quiet or more dudes than women, come back another day
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>>878210
>Have fun, remember it is a bar, not a nightclub, and there is a clear distinction between the two in Japan.
Yeah, I know.
I'm not particularly fond of night clubs, so that suits me fine.

You said the women are awesome and fun to get to know, but does the women speak english?
And is it only foreigners visiting the bar?
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>>878215
On the times that I have been their I was the only White dude. A couple times I went it was mostly retired salarymen so I had a whiskey with em and then left to come back for another day.

The women are a mix, some of them will hate your guts and not speak a word of English to you. Others might take a mild interest and it is up to you to take advantage of that opportunity. These ladies are used to living expensive, fair warning.
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Stop with these Japan generals

Nobody gives a fuck about Japan anymore apart from you 3-4 obese weeaboos and creepy nigger sex tourists
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>>878209
>Want luxury
>But it needs to be cheap
uhh
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>>878181
Maybe one day, Anon.

>>878199
Yeah, I have enough common sense to not wear it there. I'm just kind of afraid I'll spend money on making a costume, changing into it, and then wearing it for five minutes because there's nothing to do in the cosplay area.
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>>878223
you on a weeabo website nigga
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>>878209
Peak bar or New York bar. A hotel room is a hotel room and they only get really good once you hit the 1000 dollar mark. so get a decent hotel and splurge on the food and drinks and girls
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>>878223
>nobody gives a fuck
>113 replies after one day

anon I...
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>>878223
Sorry. Would you prefer we made 3-4 threads then?
Kindly fuck off, with your shitty logic.
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>>878225
Personally I wouldn't go to Comiket on my own just to wear a cosplay. Exactly for the reasons you stated.
Going with a large group of cosplayers myself, so we're guaranteed to stay for a while, chilling out I hope. Try to ask if anyone wants to come along maybe? Or just bring a camera and take photos of other cosplayers, you might meet some cool new people who likes the same shit as you!
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Are stores closed on sundays in Japan?
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>>878252
Most stores are open on the weekends but are closed for one day during the week. What kinds of stores are you thinking of?
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>>878223
>Nobody gives a fuck about Japan
i do. also this is a weaboo site.
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Going into my third year of learning Japanese and traveling to Tokyo next year. It'll be planned and whatnot, but any tips for someone that's never been to Japan?
Captcha nkbased sake
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>>878158

Pic related is the cosplay area at the back of Tokyo Big Sight. The crowd basically just flows around cosplayers and their harem of photographers. Assuming you're a gaijin you might not get a lot of attention, which would leave you standing awkwardly around the fringes. I'd recommend just taking in the sheer scale of the event before cosplaying; for example going in regular clothes on the first day and then deciding if you're game enough to cosplay on the second or third day.
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>>878376

Apologies for the giant file size.
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>>877879
Bullshit, I've had Canadian women tell me beards are hot,
for clarification, I don't have a beard, she was just talking about what she liked. Also, she was a hambeast, so there you go.
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>>877948
You need at least a bachelor's degree to teach english you uneducated swine. Seriously, what school do you imagine just hires foreigners with no idea of how much they know?
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>>878376
Thank you for posting this. I was thinking the cosplay area was much smaller, but looking at the size of it, it would probably take me a while to make the rounds. I'm only going to be there for the first day so I won't be able to gauge what the scene is like.
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>>878288
Akihabara.
I read that I should visit Akihabara on a sunday since there's usually cosplay and shit.
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Is it feasible to enjoy the Ghibli museum without knowing a lick of Japanese?

Because outside of going hiking to see rural temples, drawing people on mass transit, and aimlessly roaming around the Tokyo metro area that's all I want to do. I would be happy to fly to Japan just to see the museum and then go home.
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>>878464
the museum os designed for xhildren who cannot read so you will be fine
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>>878067
I get what you mean, but Evangelion?
I dont think your statement applies.
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>>878464
>going hiking to see rural temples, drawing people on mass transit, and aimlessly roaming around the Tokyo metro area
this sounds fucking lovely. share your drawings somewhere afterwwards!
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When approaching a person, say in a shop or if I have a question, should I try English or Japanese first? My Japanese is on simple conversational level so I am not sure which one would be better...
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>>878514
They will like you for trying japanese.
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>>878514
any attempt at the host language I think is better than not trying at all. Shows that you are at least trying.

I remember an instance where I was in line for buying some crappy souvenir in Kyoto and the lady in front of me kept getting her card denied and the woman behind the counter (in near perfect english was telling her the company was declining it.) So the lady turns around and tells me "God why don't these people learn to speak English". I guess she was looking for some kind of validation from me for her stupid comments? Anyway I just said "I don't think your card being declined has anything to do with the salesperson being able to speak English, maybe you should call your card company. Bam completely defeated that shithead's ego, the woman behind the counter immediately lit up and was grateful that someone had the capacity for empathy. I apologized in my crappy Japanese words and I got a few free souvenirs out of the whole exchange.

Sometimes empathy and trying to communicate go a long way.
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So i'm going to Japan in 1 week for a month.
I've got a 21 days interrail pass.
I already planned the obvious like Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima.
Where else should i be going?

Is there any hidden treasures or places you just had a good time i?
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>>878535
Koyasan is brought up a lot, it is a pretty magical mountain top temple land.

I honestly think one of the best experiences is Ise Grand Shrine in Mie prefecture, but that is so far out of the way for most travellers that they usually skip it in favor of Kyoto.

I don't know if you are into theme/amusement parks but FujiQ is fun, but completely packed and miserable in summer, lesser parks like Nagashima Spaland in Nagoya is better value for money and the local girls hangout there seem more interested in striking up a conversation.

Tottori Sand dunes is fun and Kanazawa are further outside of the Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto triangle, but worth the visit in my opinion.

Kyushu and Fukuoka are worth a visit for Ramen alone if you are a connoisseur.
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>>878535
>Where else should i be going?
There's some lovely day trips to Nara, Koya-san (As >>878536 mentioned) and stuff like Miyajima/Itsukushima.

Miyajima have a firework festival August the 11th. Miyajima can be reached from Hiroshima.

Cheers.
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>>878523
Fuck, this story reminded me of when I was 11 and followed my dad on a business trip to Tokyo. We had to get some traveller's checks cashed at a department store but one of the girls messed up and my Dad was just yelling at her in English while she tried to apologize. Then he gave me this shitty Japanese phrasebook and told me to tell her she messed up and needs to learn her lesson. Instead I just looked up 'I'm sorry' and the two of us were just standing there furiously apologizing to each other.
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>>878557
>>878523
I am not a SJW by a long shot, but sometimes I wish my parents hadn't imprinted some horrible memories and prejudices in my young mind. Its damn hard to undo some of that shit even if you realize how aweful it was.
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Anyone stayed overnight at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari? Specifically staying in one of their traditional japanese rooms.
Tl;dr I'm looking for a traditional japanese room that I can stay in for one night, complete with breakfast being served in the room and everything.
Looking around, the Oedo Onsen seems to be one of the few places in Tokyo that offer the full deal, although I could be wrong. Tried to translate their room descriptions with the help of Google translate, so asking here hoping someone has actually stayed there and can tell me what I'm getting if I book a room.
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Anyone here who has been to H?koku-ji in Kamakura?
Also known as "Bamboo Temple" it seems.
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>>878818
I don't think you know how tl;dr works.
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>>878818
>Oedo Onsen Monogatari
How much is a night?
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>>878821
You're right, I did indeed forget to remove that after I wrote out the entire post. My bad.

>>878822
Looking at a room for 4 people, the price is 32000 yen in total. As far as I can tell, it's for the room, not per person. With all the stuff I want to see in Odaiba, I'll likely be going there for 2 or 3 days in total, so if this room is any good, then it's perfect.
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>>878825
>Looking at a room for 4 people, the price is 32000 yen in total. As far as I can tell, it's for the room, not per person. With all the stuff I want to see in Odaiba, I'll likely be going there for 2 or 3 days in total, so if this room is any good, then it's perfect.
Do you know if there's single rooms?
I'd love to try an Onsen out, but they're usually so expensive.
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>>878828
The Oedo Onsen in itself is an onsen theme park, so you won't need a room to stay there. I can't quite remember the entry price but I think it's less than 3000 yen, and then you get a couple of many different hot springs to choose from.
If you're male, then you can rent a capsule for 4100 a night there. Their traditional rooms are a lot more expensive if you're alone, since they only offer bigger size rooms.
17800 yen for a japanese&western style room, 22m2
17800 yen for a fully traditional japanese style room, 20m2
And 23800 yen for a fully traditional japanese style room with a private outdoor bath and sauna (if Google translate is giving me the correct answer that is) - 29m2

Price is for one person only, breakfast included in the price! Also, you need to book in advance. Personally, with the price of one room+entry admission for the actual onsen park, it's smarter to find someplace else, unless you're loaded with money. I'm ok with doing it because I'm with other people so we can get the price down a bit.
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>>878834
Oh. Didn't know it was a theme park, haha.
Just thought it was a regular onsen.
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>>878834
Just occured to me, I forgot to say thank you.
So thank you for the kind help!
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>>878514
Should always trry Japanese first.

If you're vocab isn't up to scratch but you can still structure a question well enough, just do a quick look up of the words before you approach - hell, even if you sound like a robot, it's better than just going straight to English.
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>>878852
*your vocab, before anyone calls me out on it.
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>>878536
>Kyushu and Fukuoka are worth a visit for Ramen alone if you are a connoisseur.
Any recommendations for ramen places in Kyushu?

Also, any good stuff to do in Kyushu in general?
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>>878857
Ganso Nagahamaya (?? ???)

just google it. Like in the last thread, stay away from Ramen stadium it is not good.
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>>878464

Yeah its fine if you don't know Japanese, you have to Preorder tickets to the ghibili museum at lawsons though.
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>>878871
>you have to Preorder tickets to the ghibili museum at lawsons though.
Or you order it through your local JTB agent. It costs extra, but if you aren't in Japan for long, then it's the best way to guarantee a ticket.
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So, no cities in Japan with a good (experimental) music scene?
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>>878892
You throw out a lame term like experimental without defining your preferences? How is anyone going to recommend anything relavent?
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>mfw the only japanese-speaking friend that should've come with us to Japan in 3 days can't come for some reason.

We're fucked, 5 of us and none speaking or reading japanese. Any recommandations?
Like how do you deal with the train stations (apparently nothing's written in romaji)?

Also looking for otaku-related things to do in Kyoto (I'm doing both Tokyo and Kyoto).
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>Like how do you deal with the train stations (apparently nothing's written in romaji)?
The station names are written in romaji. If you can't figure out the ticket machines, go up to a booth and tell them the station to want to go to. The station attendants will help you out. It's really not that hard to get around Japan without speaking Japanese.
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>>878908
>train
Fuck, I meant subway, sorry.
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Same thing still applies.
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A while ago I traveled to Japan on a trip with some friends, then the next year we were able to host some of the people we stayed with when they traveled to America. Now, I hope some of you will laugh at this. (Please note I'm a sixteen-year-old angst machine and relationships are still new to me) Now, the only girl I ever really liked enough to consider went on this trip with me, and both times one of the Japanese girls flirted with me... a lot.
>Lucky bastard!
But, the girl I liked eventually caught on to this. Definitely one of the most hilarious times of my life when I had a girl seem actually jealous over somebody I knew for around a month.
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>>878915
Oh, thanks.
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>>878918
No problem, m8. And really, don't be afraid to ask the station attendants for help. I've never met a rude attendant in my 3.5 years here.
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Quick, what are the best Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants?
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I've heard the English teaching jobs in japan are hard to get and suck now. Is it pretty easy to land a decent teaching job in rural japan?
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>>878937
Yes, it's easy. And it shouldn't be getting harder; if anything, it should be getting easier what with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming up and how the Boards of Education are trying to ramp up English education in preparation for it.
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>>878924

Pepper Lunch
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LEts get some retro feels ITT
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>>878535
I'm still traveling in Japan right now so I can't speak to anywhere north of Tokyo, but if you have a few days, spend some of it in Shikoku. Matsuyama is one of my favorite cities visited in Japan besides Kanazawa, and Takamatsu is decent as well, especially with daytrips to the Inland Sea islands and areas to the south of the city. This is not even including the Iya valley and the southern half of the island which we did not have a chance to go to. If you like hiking, Mount Ishizuchi is one of the most fun mountain climbs in Japan and not frequently visited by foreigners. (The priests running the checkpoint to the mountain trailhead were apparently surprised enough to see gaijin that they wanted a photo with us.) Also the Matsue area is not frequently visited and besides being a nice city, with your JR pass you can make daytrips to see the Izumo Shrine which ranks close to Ise in importance in Shinto and the Iwami Ginzan silver mine which is a UNESCO site and a nice place for hiking.
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>>878990
I should clarify, Matsue is not in Shikoku but is another area of Japan that is not frequently visited that I enjoyed.
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>tfw going to Japan on Thursday... Tokyo for a few days, will go back to Aki and maybe even Harajuku perhaps, any other recomendations for Tokyo?
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>>878995
just check the timeout tokyo website.

the problem with tokyo is you have to know what you want, because it's too big to just "go to downtown and wander about."
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>>878995
hahahahaha

That is so... Indian to do. (yes, I realize he's Bangladeshi). I'm sure other anons who've been to South Asia also got that treatment as foreigners.
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Alright, so I'm going to leave for Japan tonight, but I still have no idea what to do in Tokyo besides eating food and visiting Akihabara.

Anybody got recommendations?
I also wondered if the Tokyo Skytree is worth visiting at night?
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>>877516
how late does the trains in Tokyo run?
I'm afraid that if I am out late I will be unable to get back to my hostel?
I'll need to go to Asakusa station.
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>>879009

I think the last train runs either 12am or 1am. i forget
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>>879009
Subways usually send off the last train at midnight. I'm not entirely sure about the Tokyo area trains specifically, though.
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Anybody have experience with reserving seats on the Shinkansen with a JR Pass?
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>>879044
also interested in this.
and how often does the Shinkansen leave stations? (westbound)
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>>879006
I'm a Japanese lives in next to Tokyo.
If you can eat raw fishes, why don't you go to a fish market called Tsukiji to eat Japanese food.
I'm sorry I have no idea about Tokyo Skytree:(
But I think you can enjoy in Asakusa.
If you could speak simple Japanese like SUMIMASEN(means excuse me), it's gonna be helpful.
Have a nice trip!
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>>878517
>>878523
>>878852
??????????!
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Should I carry around my passport at all times when I am out? Would a copy be enough? I am afraid of actually taking it with me in case I lose it. Happened to me a few months ago (even though I was completely wasted back then).
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>>879044
Go to the station the day before you ride, go to the ticket desk, pick a departure time and get a ticket. It's pretty easy for most days and there are a bunch of trains, but you should reserve more in advance is you plan to travel on a holiday (national holidays, Obon, etc.) Many shinkansen have unreserved cars as well which means if you know the train you want to take has non-reserved cars you can just hop on without reservation.
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>>879058
can I go to any major station, or just the station the train will be departing from?
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>>879055
I know a few things in Japanese, like hello/thank you/goodbye/sorry/I cant speak Japanese, haha.

I'll be living in Asakusa, so good to know that it's an interesting place, I might enjoy.
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>>879061
Most major stations should be able to take reservations, even for trains that don't pass through them.
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Is Kyoto small enough to get around by bicycle?
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>>879082
Likely very useful for general exploring, but depending on where you will be overnighting some attractions can be quite far away. Probably only 20-30 minutes of cycling tops though, but the humid summer heat will be tiring and make you sweaty as fuck.
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>Should I carry around my passport at all times when I am out?
It's the law to carry your passport with you all the time as a filthy unclean foreigner. Do you want to break the law? Do you DARE to break the law of Great Japan?

To be fair though, I imagine you'll only need it if you get involved with the police. I never carried mine around and I never needed it outside of airport/hotel/reservations where I'd given passport number at the time of booking.
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Here is an overview of rail passes that is not the national Japan rail pass.

If you can break down your passes you can save moeny. Some of them don't require travel on consecutive days as well which is a bonus so you do not have to rush around.

Osaka Amazing Pass- better value 2-day pass.

Kansai Thru Pass- Unlimited travel throughout the Kansai region with lots of discounts on attractions and it can even be used on non-consecutive days.

Feel Kobe- Bunch of coupons that can be used in conjunction with your passport around the Kobe area, including the city loop bus.

Tokyo Metro Open Ticket- International visitors can get a discounted version of Tokyo Metro’s 1- and 2-day unlimited passes.
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>>879097
>>879057
I was never asked for my passport in Japan in over 4 years. My black friend though... almost once amonth because obviously he is up to no good???

Anyway if we are out together and he gets stopped, I ask if they want to see my passport and they say no and laugh like it is a silly question.
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>>879098
>Feel Kobe
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>>879099
Oh Japan, how I love your blatant racism.
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>>879098
Bic Camera offers 5% discount to tourists with visa card, which by itself ins not amazing, but combiend with sales can be worth it for electronics.

Aeon offers 5% discount for foreign tourists.
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>>879097
>>879099
I always wondered what would happen to a Japanese citizen who is not ethnically Japanese in that situation. As far as I know, Japanese citizens aren't required to carry any identification with them. Would they get taken to the police station?
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>>879103
In Japan and most countries in the world you are guilty until proven innocent.
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I booked a small group tour to Japan, I booked it because my girlfriend of 4 years died and I didnt want the stress of planning anything.

I arrive in Tokyo a day earlier than the tour begins, anyone got any suggestions to what I do for the day? I was thinking going up Tokyo Tower, walk around Shibuya and then a look around Akihabara.
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>>879110
Skytree shits all over Tokyo Tower and now that the hype has died down there is no wait anymore
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>>879111
Thank you, I will check out Skytree instead of Tokyo Tower, close to Akihabara as well so I can head over there earlier.
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>>879110
I'd also add that you can get a decent view of the city form the Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku. It's not as good as the Skytree (no where near as tall) but it's free, and the evening I went there was no queue.
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>>879114
I plan to check this out late at night to get a nice view of the city lights, going to try sneak in a tripod for some decent pictures. Thanks for your suggestion
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>>878038
>>878210
>>878222
>>878215
>>878194
>>878197
Does people approach you, or do you have to approach people?
I like talking with people, but I'm so bad at approaching people myself. Every time I think about approaching people, I can't stop thinking about; "What if they don't want to be bothered?".
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>>879132
You're just another punter in the bar. They won't ever meet you again if you don't hit it off.
Just remember that - it doesn't matter if you get blown off, because you'll never see them again. As long as you don't do anything criminal (which you'd actively have to try for), you shouldn't be afraid of chatting up people out on the town.
Now I know the feeling of the autismi from myself, but just get in a drink or two and repeat to yourself how you'll never see each other again if you don't hit it off - and even if you do, it won't matter.
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>>879132
If you want to meet people you talk to them, why the hell would stand alone and wait for other people to maybe talk to you? What is the worst that could happen if you ask a question or say hello?
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>>877884
>Does anyone have any tips for visiting Sapporo?
Sapporo's a lovely city but it's quite small. Which makes it a nice change to the rest of Japans jam packed citys. If you're only sticking to Sapporo and not heading out into the rest of Hokkaido you really only need a couple of days there at most. I went in April and there was still plenty of snow around so if you go earlier in the year, take a good coat.

It's easily walkable and all the major tourist spots like the Clock Tower, TV Tower and Old Government Building are close to each other. The few times I bothered with the subway it was only because I was fed up with freezing my nuts off.

If you want to get a good view of the city don't bother with the TV Tower. It's pretty shit. if you want to get a good view of the city go to Mt. Moiwa. There's really nice views from there, but you may feel like a sardine in the cable car.

I'd definitely recommend the Sapporo Beer Hall and the all you can eat/drink Genghis Khan. Staff have probably the best English I encountered in a Japanese restaurant and grill mutton is tasty but you will stink of it for ages. Two weeks later, the shirt and jeans I wore there STILL stunk of mutton fat (and spent those two weeks stuck at the bottom of my suitcase).

I've heard quite a few people talk about Susukino and how it's full of touts/pests/black people but it's nothing compared to Kabuki-cho or similar places elsewhere. For comparison I'd get harassed by touts at least 5-6 times in half an hour in Kabuki-cho where as over 2 nights wandering around Susukino I only got accosted once by a really inept tout trying to get me to pay 3000 yen for a map who buggered off when I shrugged my shoulders and spoke Hungarian to him.
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>>877823
>dad works at airport
>$100 and I can fly as much as I want for a year
You should seriously try to befriend someone who works for an airline. Even if you just use their buddy passes you could probably get round trip tickets for around $500.
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>>879319
>Hate with a passion every single North American airlines
>tfw always have to fly United because my Uncle is a pilot

The service and food is shit but it just makes no sense at all to not fly United
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>>879320
Can you not get on any codeshare or Star Alliance flights?
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Question

How much would a cheap but decent apartment in Shibuya cost me each month?
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sup /trv/

I'm wanting to do a Japan trip about a year from now with my wife. I was wanting to make it a combination Honeymoon since we never had one, and I'd like to hit up Chara Hobby since I've never been in person before. Was planning on staying for two weeks.

I studied Japanese all through High School (am 30, almost 31 now) and still keep up on reading and speaking regularly, although I haven't gotten much more in-depth on it than what I previously learned or picked up on the net.

Wife has never learned Japanese outside of what I've taught her here and there and through us watching subbed anime.

I've been to Japan twice, but that was as an exchange student during my time in High School (two weeks each time). I've never traveled out of country on my own before.

I've been reading over some of the stuff that people recommend when traveling to Japan, and it seems a little daunting. I've gotten travel and hotel costs mostly figured out, but I'm lost from there.

2-Way airfare is around 1,500-2,000 per person according to Google. Can I whittle that down any? I only saw 1 stop flights, for instance.

Hotels in a decent range are around 120-200 a night per person. I was wanting to stay at a Ryokan around the Tokyo area. Any recommendations?

For transportation, I see that a Japan Rail Pass is highly recommended. I also see something about a SUICA Card. Is that necessary if I get a Japan Rail pass? I'm a little lost on this stuff since our Sensei guided us around on our exchange trip.

As far as locations, Akihabara is a given with our interests, but what about other areas? I was thinking Kyoto to get some old fashioned cultural experiences, but any places in particular that you'd recommend? I never went to Kyoto on my exchange trips. I was also wanting to do something romantic (no love hotels, please) since this would be a trip for us. Any suggestions?

Sorry for being so newbie at this sort of thing. I'm about as green a traveler as the come.
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>>879364
Adding on since previous comment was too long:

-Wife will start studying Japanese so she can have a basic understanding when we go. I was thinking of picking up Rosetta Stone for her, unless there's something better out there. I was going to start studying again as well to make communication easier.

-I guess, if anyone has a nice database or guide for newbie travelers making plans in Japan that they can share to streamline this process a bit, that would be great.
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>>879364

FAT BOY FAT BOY

UP AGAINST THE WALL
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Can anyone tell me some good places I should visit while I am at the Sapporo area? I'll settle for half a year at a small farm in the area of the Mt.Asahi, anyone knows some good places in that area?
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>>879376
Wh-what?

Anyways, disregard what I wrote for now I guess. I completely brushed over the sticky. I'll read up on the information there.

Sorry about that.
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>>879359
25 square meter studio apartment that is realtively new in Shibuya might be around the 129,000 Yen mark of $1,200 a month.

There are places cheaper, but they are in older buildings, maybe next to train tracks etc.

Keep in mind that 1,200 does not include Key money (1 months rent) you need to pay to land lord, Agent fee (1-2 month rent) for helping you get that apartment, and sometimes a renewal fee 1 month. New buildings have also a monthly maintenance fee which could be for a gym, commona areas, landscaping a pool (unlikely) etc. and that can be an extra couple hundred bucks each month .

So really in your first month it could be 4-6 thousand USDs. and that is for an average small apartment with nothing spectacular.


SHibuya is about the worse location to rent IMO as there are immeadiately cheaper neighborhoods nearby. Either that or live in a guest house and if you decide to live long term then find a place to rent when you understand the neighborhoods better
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>tfw you'll probably never see Akihabara duck man again in your life
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>>879381
Jozankei is fairly nice but very small. Probably worth a half day trip for the onsens.

>>879312
Is good stuff about Sapporo itself.

If you're there for half a year maybe go a bit further afield on days off and head to Hakodate or something. Chitose Airport also has very good connections to the rest of Japan so it's doable to go for short weekend breaks to other citys if airlines like Peach offer cheap flights.
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>>879371
fuck Rosetta Stone. If you want a fast and good course, get her (and yourself probably too), the Michel Thomas and Pimsleur audio guides (in that order). Gives a great overview over grammar, as well as the most important things that you might need on your travels
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>>879434
just took apeek with google,look awesome,I forgot to mention that I'll be alot around the Furano area too, any recommendations for that area?
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>>879435
This. Rosetta stone is seriously shit. It'll teach you the words but you won't be able to string a sentence together for ages.

For example I went to Japan with my brother last year. I'd learnt Japanese using Pimsleur and he'd used Rosetta Stone He was barely functional and used the wrong terms all the time. I on the other hand, h?a?d? ?b?i?t?c?h?e?s? ?d?r?o?p?p?i?n?g? ?t?h?e?i?r? ?p?a?n?t?i?e?s? ?a?s? ?s?o?o?n? ?a?s? ?I? ?t?i?p?p?e?d? ?m?y? ?f?e?d?o?r?a? ?a?n?d? ?s?a?i?d? ?O?h?a?y?o?u? was perfectly competent ordering food in r?e?s?t?a?u?r?a?n?t?s? Lotteria.
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>>879441
food lotteria was my favourite game in the first time travelling to japan too
especially if the waitress is determining the winner
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>>879444
>food lotteria

nani?
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>>877657
For the food you get the price is not worth it. Also the one i went to you had to pay just to get in, don't know about others. It's a cool experience as the girl's were quite attractive, but i wouldn't want to make a habit of eating there.
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>>879438
Unfortunately not. I've only really spent time in Sapporo and the Jozankei area unfortunately. I think Furano has a decent ski area but I'm not sure beyodn that.

General tips for anywhere in Hokkaido would be find nature trails/dams/lakes/bridges anything outdoors and walkable and to go have a look. The parts of Hokkaido I've been to have been really beautiful and the whole island has a great reputation for outdoors/nature type stuff. It's pretty mental going from Osaka or Tokyo one day and then being in the middle of a snow covered forest in Hokkaido the next.
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>>879450
I heard about the nature stuff too thats the main reason why I searched aplace to wwoof there, but if that's all it got then I am superfine with that
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I'm leaving my home in 1 hour and 20 minutes to catch my flight to Frankfurt and then to Japan.

Anybody got a good checklist or any last-moment advice?
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>>879499
I fly from the same airport on friday
where are you heading to?

well my adviseis, if you fly with alitalia keep the important stuff with you they might loose/forget it.
Also try to check everything important on you, credit card,some cash,clothes, mobilephone+ charger and sunglasses and a hat
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>>879364
You don't need a Suica/Pasmo if you only travel via JR. But in all likely hood you will probably use some other companies lines and tickets are the biggest pain in the world so I would get one. They're only a 500 yen deposit and you can get it back if you really want.

Akihabara is pretty lame, Nakano is better
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>>879431
I saw a guy taking a cat for a walk and the cat was totally fine with the leash. I think it was one of those breeds of cats that are a bit like dogs but I don't remember the name.
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>>879499
WTF is wrong with you people. Doesnt anyone research anymore?
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>>879500
>where are you heading to?
Haneda, Tokyo - you?
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>>879506
Sapporo Furano
Only staying in tokyo or traveling around?

>>879505
ever heard about being spontaneous?
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>>879507
I'm >>877525
Changed it a little bit though.
How about you? Gonna stay and enjoy the nature in Hokkaido? Or also gonna move to the other parts?
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>>879511
here's >>879507
I am doing something like work and travel at a farm/fcafe over there so I will propably stay there for the whole 6 months, if time and money lets me I'll travel to tokyo to do some shopping for friends
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>>879516
>>879507
Well...
Gotta go to the airport soon, closing down!
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I've got a trip to asia including 9 days in japan in late October. I know no japanese but I'll learn some basics before I leave as to be polite.

Where can I find offbeat travel suggestions? I love to see the weird side of cities and experience things I wouldn't get outside of the host country.

Any other good suggestions for english speakers?
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>>879553
google, offbeat travel experiences in Japan
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>>877847
really? I just found a flight from NYC for 1200. and I regularly find cheapo flights between NYC and Florida

try changing days a bit and see what you can come up with
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>>879553
I don't really think there is an "on beat" side to Japan and that's speaking as someone in Tokyo now. If you wanna see something weird walk down the street.
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I have a dual canada-american citizenships

Should I bring both passports ? Would their be any reason too? If not which one should I be. A Canadian or an american?
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>>879646
Just one should be fine. I'd guess you should take the passport of the country from which you're leaving.
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>>879501
What parts of Nakano? As someone who enjoys things like idol groups and shopping around for electronic components, I think Akiba is still pretty decent (worse than it used to be, I'll give you that). I went to Nakano Broadway once and was pretty underwhelmed... maybe it's better for anime/manga fans?
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What's a good way to meet people while in Japan? Other foreigners, locals, whatever. Just people to chill with and have a good time. And don't give me that "just walk up and start a conversation on the street" BS. That would creep me out in my home country, and I doubt it works particularly well. No one wants to just hang out with someone off the street.
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>>879681
did you ever try the j-list hookup website? I got to meet some of the people there the last time I got to japan
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>>877868

The general jap-culture opinion of beards is that if you have one under the age of 120, you're a mindless criminal.

Source: Japanese high school teacher whose language I have 90% forgotten through disuse. :^)
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>>879682
I'm not really looking for the whole Online Meetup type thing, unless it's a group. I was kinda just wondering if there were good places foreigners like to hang out, or events where it's easy to approach people. Also areas of the city where English levels are high.

Plus, correct me if I'm wrong but I'd imagine J-List hookup would be something like 99% neckbeards looking for a Japanese waifu.
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>>879685
I thought the same way but there are actual people that look for someone to talk with, it was a surprise for me too.

You could always visit a jetlag bar, thats what I did when I was in Narita to get some people talk to while my group left for the beach
people there are mostly nice folks, met 3 irish guys once and the other time some american with his japanese friend, both groups were really cool people to hang out with
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>>879686
I mean, as long as it's not skeezy like Craigslist personals and stuff I guess I'd be open to it. I've heard similar things about japan-guide.com, know anything about that?

Any good bar or club recommendations? I've been looking at AgeHa, but I don't know if there is a cover charge or a minimum drink requirment.
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>>879697
depends on where you are heading too, the first jetlag bar I have visited was in Narita in the direction of the "Backpackers Fuji" which I can highly recommend, in that street there is also a ramen restaurant with some pretty cool owners

in tokyo you could go to asakusa, not only that it got some really cool places to visit but also such little restaurants where you can hook up with people
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>>879685
what about couchsurfing? there are always people there who are looking for somebody to accompany them and it also has the weekly meetup
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Going to Japan in February, hopefully for a month. I want to see -everything- of paricular note. (Akiba, Hokkaido, fuji, etc). But I've never even been on a plane. What should I do, expect, round about cost? (From LAX)
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Would it be possible to travel in Tokyo just by train? I googled JR Tokyo and got this map (pic related) and it seems to cover pretty much all of the area. So, there's no need to take the metro and instead I could save money just using the Rail pass right?
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>>879720
You could BUT there'sa problem, you can't travel every line in tokyo with the railpass, some are private lines and they require an extra ticket bought from their stations, so it makes not that much of a sense except you'd only want to go for the places you can get with the JR, the last tiem I tried it that way ended in spending at least 400 everyday in a ticket from a private line
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Not >>879720, but I have a related question. I'm under the impression that a JR Pass is worth it if I were to go all over Japan. If were to stay in Tokyo only, should I still buy a JR Pass or should I stick with a Suica/Pasmo card?
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>>879731
JR long distance, Suica/Pasmo for tokyo
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>>879731

Thanks, anon. I also didn't notice my question was answered over >>879501 until after I asked.
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>>879722
alright thanks. Is there any way I can figure out which ones are private and which ones I can use?

Just bought my railpass today. Trip is still one and a half months away, but I am getting /HYPED/
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>>879697
If you total club sluts and no no Japanese, Greenland or Line club are your best bet. Camelot is good in Shibuya if you know some. International Parties are amazing if you're 25+ and have a job. Everyone at those events is working. Not sure how it would be for a tourist though since the girls there usually have their shit together and are looking for something a lil more serious
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>>879775
Get a Pasmo and it won't matter at all. Tickets are for old ladies afraid of change. After the tax increase you actually pay more if you buy tickets. Its obvious as shit which lines are JR
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>>879781
yeah I was planing on getting one anyways. but I'll use the Rail Pass when I can.
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Everyone who says being white isn't automatic sex is only half right. If you are going to a place popular with tourists then people are sensitized to your whiteness. If you go somewhere obscure where not many white people go you'll get sex so long as you talk with them.
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>>879793
it's funny because it's true, well, except for that one area in tokyo where crossdressers hook up with tourists for some fine kinky trap time

>>879775
they are pointed out, they have different entraces and they are strongly labelled
but trust >>879781 with the pasmo you can't do anything wrong
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>>879793
as a non-white
Please tell me that you guys don't want to goto japan just because you think you'll get some easy pussy cause of your skin color?
There is so much more to traveling then getting pussy

Please tell me yall niggas aint like that
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>>879802
Asking because it seems to be a reccuring theme in these japan threads
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>>879802
I go for the landscape and the great culture and the food, that stuff is just a side note for people that go there.

when I went there the first time the main mission of my friends was to get laid, over the good food, the culture, sightseeing and the good weather they totally forgot about that women exist

on the serious matter, to have sex you go to thailand.
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I have a glorious Aryan master race ubermensch complexion. I'm heading out to Japan in a few weeks and will be hitting up some bars and clubs but Asians freak me out. The general consensus from what I've read online seems to be that Jap chicks will be getting wet just at the sight of me. How do I not get laid in Japan?
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>>879823
just be yourself :)
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>>879793
If you don't speak Japanese the only places you'll have even a chance of hooking with people are the places the girls go to specifically to meet foreigners. Most Japanese people are apprehensive about meeting and fucking people outside their social circles but are open to the idea. Not being able to speak the language at all makes it so you never even have a shot with most of the women here. Stumbling through even a few basic phrases puts you so far ahead of most tourists its crazy.
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Most wineries and breweries here have tours and tastings. Are there similar tours at sake breweries in Japan? If so, do they do tours in English?
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Are 110 $/day enough for food, public transport and entry to sights? Staying in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka and Okinawa.

Also, anybody knows any good onsen around Hakone?
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>>879924
I got threw with less than the half of that

to the onsen thing, nope sorry
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Me and my girl are thinking of going to Japan for maybe 12-14 days in the fall.

We were thinking of pretty much doing this: http://www.tofugu.com/2012/05/08/traveling-to-japan-for-the-first-time-planning-a-1-2-week-trip/

But perhaps renting a car in Kyoto, rather than taking public transport. Would that make life easier or harder? Money isn't really a big deal, we'd prefer comfort and convenience. I get that the trains are amazing, so not really sure whether a car makes life easier or not.
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>>879939
actually a car makes your life a lot harder
on one side (seen from a german) they drive on the left and that is pretty confusing, also at some times you won't go anywhere with the car because some main streets are just fillled
I think you should rather take the train or maybe a cab since they are comparably cheap
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>>879939
If you rent a car make sure you pay your respects to the Road Yakuza. Pay 200% at tolls and you will never have a problem with the traffic police.
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>>879943
>they drive on the left
Nowt confusing about that m8
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>>879943
>they drive on the left and that is pretty confusing
But the left is the right side of the road to drive on.
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>>879939
The public transportation system is so good and renting a car is so expensive (including insurance and the tolls that will rape you) that it doesn't make sense economically. Most city centers are a hellscape to navigate even with a GPS and parking can easily equal the cost of staying in a hotel.

I only rent a car in Japan when my parents come for a visit and I need to ferry them from the airport to our house.
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>>879907
There are tours of sake breweries, and I went to one last year. I don't drink, so it was a bit lost on me, but the tour was interesting - got to see some of the giant vats of sake being made and whatnot. It definitely wasn't in English, though. As most sake breweries are run on a fairly small scale, it's doubtful that they would hold English tours.
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>>879939
Thirding for scrapping the car and going with public transport. Tourist destinations and big cities are terrible for driving in Japan, and if you choose to use the highway, you'll pay quite a bit in tolls. Buses and trains ought to do the trick nicely.
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>>879907
I found this...
>http://jdkai.com/sake-tasting-tour/
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>>880024
Nice find, m8. Thanks for the info.
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Does anyone here have knowledge about the different universities around Tokyo? What are the main differences between Waseda, ICU, Tokyo University, Sophia etc. for a gaijin student applying?
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>tfw spent all night signing up for a language exchange website and hooking up with Japanese girls
>tfw spent over 50 msgs ...
>tfw no real replies ...
>tfw forever alone
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>>880159
which website did you use?
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>>880159
I used Hello Talk and had 5 Japanese chicks talking with me right away.
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>arrived yesterday
>walk around, everybody glaring, mistaking me for an american
>afraid to go in and eat
>finally decide to try MOS BURGER
>walk in
>everybody claps
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>>880159
>tfw just messaged two girls
>tfw got two immediate replies

good way to practice I guess
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>>880181
use the j-list hookup site then
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>>880183
>sit in the hostel
>friends talk with a chinese guy
>he talkes about guessing where we are from
>since I wore no arm shirts and had short hair the insider was that I am the russian worker
>we're all german except one who is half korean or some shit
"So, uhm,you are german, german, aand korean?"
>yes
>he points at me
"Russian huh?"
>the whole group says yes
>everyone bursts out in laughter
"Nah,jk he is german too"
>have to hear for the next two hours how russian I look
>the russian joke is running till this day
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>>880130
How did you end up going for uni in japanland?
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>>880130
How high was your N1 score?
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>mfw seing tourist groups walking around in tokyo.
>mfw they consist of social outcasts who think japan is the blessed land they will finally be respected
>mfw they are dressed in fedoracor
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>>880337
I was really surprised to see so many fedorians in Tokyo. Although they were out numbered by pasty little white kids dressed in bizarre attempts at business casual like dress shirt, blazer, camping trousers and brogues - I can only assume they think they have to dress "smart" since they're on holiday somewhere as foreign as Japan.
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>>880340
I saw some white kid in a horrible fitting suit yesterday at shinjuku station. cringed hard
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>>880337
>>880346
>>880340
I had fedoramasters at my hostel in asakusa and man they we're hella annoying, using weaboo as their mainlanguage
>the first trip was to akiba getting stuff for them
>the second trip was to akiba getting stuff for them
>the third trip was akiba getting stuff for them
>the fourth trip was to shibuya to check out palces from anime
>everytime they came back even in the night they were tripping wet
>one dipped his fedora to the japanese girl who was sitting with us to recommend temples to visit
>saw them eating at a ramen stand 100 meter away from the hostel, every neckbeard let out about 3 tickets for ramen

It's not like I didnt buy doujins and some CD's but they came back with 3-4 bags with figures and shit
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>walk around japan in islamic clothing
>constant nervous stares

funny as fuck

too bad it doesn't work anywhere in western europe, noone gives even a look
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>>880159
Anon here.

I msg about 50 people, I got 3 girls talking to me.

1 girl, who's 20 years old, talked to me for an hour and promise we'll go out together when I head over to Japan.

Another girl is a 30 years old woman who works in a pizza shop. I promise to talk to her tomorrow again on Skype.

Feels good man.
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I'm going to Japan for the first time, for 30 days. I have a feeling I'm going to regret not extending my stay for a max of 90 days.

Any one have experience with Japanese customs? Do they require that I show my return flight? I bought my ticket online, so I don't got the paper.
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>>880386
You dont need to show your return flight, someone I know went there and said he'll travel to china after his stay
You can always extend your trip to the full 90 days, when you arrive they ask you what is planned but you can consult authorities to stay longer

if you intend to go for the 180 days (I think you are from euw/na) you can just tell them right at the start that you want to go for the half year and then you just have to go to the autorithies once, the chance that they say no is close to zero
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>>880389
What, so you're saying I can stay for 6 months if I talk to the customs?
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>>880391
Not directly, when you arrive you get to a place where you fill out some traveling stuff, your intend on why you came to japan, how long you intend to stay, where they can contact you such stuff

someone from na/euw mostly have the right to stay 90 days without asking for a visa since this is costum, you can extend it by 90 days, either you cantact them for the visa at the autorithies or you write up directly that you want to stay for longer than 90 days, then they'll set up the stuff to get the visa right away, you bring that to the authorities with you and then they either approve or decline, but I never heard that they declined it without a good reason, so basically never (they might turn you down for having the chance that you try to run away from your homecountry or if you did something against the law which they'll get on when you arrive at the costums anyway)
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edit from me >>880394 it's the Immigration Office you have to bring that papers too thats what I meant with authorities (5 am working nightshift)
but the rest is as I said
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>>880394
>>880395
Very nice, I didn't know that. Take you so much!

It's my first time in Japan and 30 days is pretty hardcore. I'm sure I'll stay longer in 2015.

>feels good bro, will somehow gain citizenship in Japan, going to get a girl preggo.
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>>880181
Care to explain what the app is like?

I'd get it and try it out myself but the site looks sketchy as fuck
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>>880405
>feels good bro, will somehow gain citizenship in Japan, going to get a girl preggo.

dont forget that you'll always be a gaijin, after 10 years you'll just upgrade to an immigrated gaijin
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copying my post from the other japan thread:

poorfag here. so i'm just dicking around and daydreaming by looking at flights and hotel prices and i stumbled upon a $45/night love hotel in osaka. (hotel fine garden sakai)

as a gaijin, would it be a horrible idea to stay at a love hotel as a tourist? those rooms look big and fantastic for the price. the only downside i see is that it's a good 15 minute walk to a station, the locals say it's "a bad area", and well, it's a fucking love hotel.
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>>878038
More places like this?
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>>880389
>>880394

So I've been lurking this thread hard and have decided to visit Japan for 90 days visa free in the Fall... and you're saying this visa free period can be extended another 90 days? Anyway I almost died in agony this January, and so I've decided to become a hardcore traveler. I'm not just going to see the sights, I'm also looking for opportunities in business, entertaiment, women, ect...

>>880422
citizenship maybe not (you have to give up your other citizenship, but permanent residency sure. I'd love to get a rich high class woman pregnant, so this >>880452 too.
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>>880444
After reviewing the website, it looks like it's not $45/night but $84/night. The $45 prince is for a "brief rest" - usually only two hours or so. Be careful when looking at prices for love hotels, as they have many different prices depending on the "package". What you want to look for is ??, or overnight stay.

That being said, rooms in love hotels are generally much larger and nicer than regular hotels. They are sometimes cheaper because, well, it's not exactly good to be seen entering one. They also usually have room service including meals, but they deliver it in a way that you never have to make contact with someone, so if you don't like people or you're afraid of miscommunication, it's right up your alley.
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Since this thread has hit the bump limit, there's a new thread here:

>>880409
>>880409
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>>880570
Well the old new thread got deleted. Here's the new new thread.

>>880600
>>880600
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>>880219
accidentally
>>880234
going for foreign student program, which means I get taught moonspeak at uni. when applying only english scores matter
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Any suggestions on a day bag for around town shopping and sightseeing? All the traveling by train and crowded streets are a pain with a messenger and is generally frowned on?
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