New Japan General since the old one hit the bump limit and the other new one got deleted
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Will Japanese girls start dripping just because I am white?
>travel in Japan
Oh, okay, sorry. On topic, if I ever go to Japan, they will be the first thing I do and see there. How difficult would it be for me to find tickets? Just go to/look up the venue website like normal?
keep an eye on their website/facebook page and if they ever announce dates that coincide with your travels then click on the link to buy the ticket, using googletranslate will be enough to get your through the process
learning japanese to a proficient level may be possible in that time, but you will not be "fluent" or have business-level (keigo) down well enough to function as a full member of an office.
So you would be about on the level of an untrained Indian dude coming to the U.S.A. looking for work, if that gives you an idea of the situation.
You didn't mention any other skills so I assume you have none.
I spent a month in Japan. Just got back yesterday.
Cities, felt like, cities. But once you get out of the cities, the place really turns around and becomes something else. Very calm, everyone is pretty friendly, old people are fun to talk to, gaijin gets thrown around a lot (ohohohohoh soo mad amirite?), cars are pretty lackluster most of the time.
I went in, not sure what I was expecting. I came out realizing that Japan is an interesting place, but it doesn't warrant the attention it gets on the internet. It's a very normal country, with pretty normal people most of the time.
There were some small cultural adjustments, like how small everything is, or the fact that I can hop on the Yamanote and get basically anywhere in Tokyo. Sapporo is a kickass place as well.
If you go to Japan, don't stay in the cities, get out and see more of the countryside / rural areas. They're boring as hell sometimes, but I've found that the people there are very friendly towards foreigners and love trying their (sometimes broken / totally incorrect) English. But, you just need to pay attention and give very basic wordings. Having a knowledge of conversational Japanese is a bonus as well. Don't forget a fucking dictionary too, what a lifesaver. I used my phone occasionally too, and was incredibly fast. ATT has a pretty decent plan for international, but it's balls expensive. Wi-Fi is still hard to find, or you need to purchase it. Starbucks has it, however, you need to sign up for it on another network.
8/10 would probably go back in the near future.
I'm on a budget and going to Tokyo with a couple of friends next year. We are mainly staying in Tokyo. I'm thinking of buying a 7-day train pass and arrive a week earlier than everyone else (nothing is booked yet so).
So, here's where I start to wonder if this plan is doable. I can only afford the 7-day pass and I know that I likely won't get to see Japan again for years after this.
So here's the plan
>Tohoku prefecture, 2 days
>Chubu prefecture, 2 days
>Kinki, Chogoku, Kyushu prefectures, 3 days
>Tokyo and hopefully Kamakura and Nikko for the remaining 18 days
I'm mainly just gonna ride the living hell out of the shinkansen, which is why I'm only listing the prefectures that the Shinkansen serve. Realistically, I'd like to start by heading to Nagasaki and work my way back to Tokyo from there and then head up Aomori and back to Tokyo again.
It sounds unrealistic, but can it be done? Obviously there's only a few towns I'm going to be stopping by, and in a lot of cases I'll likely just check out the area by the station, or if there's something I know I want to see, do that and move on. Just thought it could be fun to do a quick roundtrip through the whole country.
Asking here before I start looking up stuff around the country that looks fun. I don't want to tempt myself if it's downright impossible to do this and have a good time doing it.
Where should I go to get out of tokyo? I have about 7 unplanned days. Would love to see some countryside. My foot is lightly injured though so heavy trekking cant be done. Close to a main JR line would be nice. Suggestions?
Well, as far as the summer goes, it's a very straightforward city to navigate, as it works off a coordinates-styled layout. I rarely used the subway, as the stuff I was doing there didn't require it. But, I'd wager that Odori park is the main hotspot in the winter. That's where they hold all the winter festivals and stuff. It also has the TV Tower, so it is kinda the main area.
I wish I could help, but I was there in the summer. If you want to know about the weather and whatnot, check out the wikipedia page, it gives some good data. Bring warm stuff.
Well that's okay!
I hear they have bath houses over there where they'll let you do anything to them with your dick short of vaginal/anal intercourse but won't let you have that if you're not japanese. Are they still that racist in japan or is that something that applies to the older generation?
I live in Sapporo. It's 9:30 Tuesday night now. Please give details of what you're interested in and what you'd like to know, and I'll reply in the morning.
99.9% of all onsens (bath house) are gender separated. I know that some onsens in extremely remote and rural areas are not separated, simply because it's not worth the payoff.
I'm thinking what you've heard of is some kind of fetish thing, but I could be wrong.
When you're in, nobody really gives a fuck about you or your body. It's a place to relax and get away from a lot of stuff for a while. You'll see a lot of dicks, but they don't care. Nor should you. It's a cultural thing.
If you have tattoos, you might be turned away, but there are some ones that don't really care all that much.
My friend who has been out here less than a year could probably easily pass N2 if he studied for it. I met another who was out here for a year in bumblefuck Japan and passed N1 in a year.
Both knew no Japanese before coming.
If you actually put the work in you can quickly get good at Japanese. The problem is lazy fucks who don't study at all and hang out with only other expats
Study for the test when you study, practice your real Japanese on Japanese people. The test is the only thing that matters when it comes to jobs but its dumb to learn a language without being able to really talk. The test can be gamed
Has anyone ever had any success with japanese girls?
I've been in Tokyo for 5 days now and I leave on friday, and I haven't had any success yet. Just this evening, I was on the train and I approached this qt and said "Denwa number" and gave her my phone but she was all like "sumimasen" and shit and when I sat down again everyone was staring at me on the train. Pretty Embarrassing.
I thought maybe it had something to do with the way I dress, because it's so hot that I wear shorts and a short sleeved shirt. So I picked up this cheap suit and went to a bar this night and everyone was looking at me weirdly, and I don't understand why since 90 % of men I see in Tokyo are wearing suits. Also, no success this time, despite the fact that I managed to convince some people that I was rich businessman on vacation.
So how do I do it?
I know you're a troll, but for real advice for other people
Japanese girls live in extremes. Either they are super into you and its hard to fuck up or they will play games and make you work overly hard for it.
If you don't speak Japanese it is basically moot since you wont get anywhere with anyone worth getting with without Japanese
On friday i'm traveling with a 3 week rail pass in Japan.
I got the basic places like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Hiroshima covered.
Is there any other worthwhile places to go?
Maybe in the north?
Also in these cities, what is worth seeing that not every tourist knows about?
I guess i'm looking for hidden gems.
>Where should I go to get out of tokyo? I have about 7 unplanned days. Would love to see some countryside.
Kyoto maybe, I think you'd be good with going to Sapporo and travel around by the train.
Just reading as much as possible is very good practice. If you're still fairly low level, start with simpler sentences (obviously). I used this website when teaching Japanese to a Chinese student. It has Japanese fairy tales with English translations, but the Japanese is written for a young audience, so the sentences are fairly simple. It also contains definitions for some words.
Hey, hope you're still around...
Not really into specifics. Basically I'd like to hit up the ice festival in February, but am wondering how many days it'll take to exhaust that activity, then what else is good to see in Sapporo itself and what day trips, if any, are worthwhile.
Thanks for the help.
>ice festival in February
Funny that you should ask about that, as it's really fucking hot in Sapporo right now. Anyway, IMHO the Ice Festival is not all that great, but of course YMMV. You should be able to do it in a day - a few hours walking around the Odori Park section of it, and then another hour that evening in the Susukino section (smaller ice sculptures plus outdoor drinking).
>what else is good to see in Sapporo itself
It's a relatively new city -- there's not a lot here that's much more than 50 years old. It's nice to walk around, there are some good parks (Odori Koean, Nakajima Koen), there's a good concert hall (Kitara, although it's mostly classical stuff), and of course the ramen and seafood (especially scallops and crab) are Japan's best.
>what day trips, if any, are worthwhile
There are actually quite a few, including some pretty good ones. It depends on (a) whether you're looking for outdoor sports type stuff or just plain touring and (b) whether or not you're willing to rent a car and (c) the season. Please answer all 3 and I'll try to recommend some appropriate things.
>Will I get cancer if I go to Japan?
You are cancer, so it doesn't really matter, does it? Anyway, >>>>>>>>>>>/pol/ is thataway; take your spamming there.
Sorry, but there's not much out there. Furano is in a really rural and isolated area; they relied 100% on agriculture until relatively recently. Nowadays there's a lot of tourism, particularly people from SE Asia (a lot of Thais and Taiwanese). They go to see the lavender fields in the Spring and the Summer; in the winter there's skiing (I'm guessing you'll be there for that). So, what to do at night? If you're up for it, try to pick up/screw said tourists. If not, then stay in your room and cruise 4chan, etc. Sorry, but there's not much else!
p.s. If you need to get away for a bit, go to Asahikawa first instead of Kushiro. The weather will be marginally better, and Asahikawa is the bigger/more international (by Hokkaido standards, anyway) city so you'll be able to get some non-Japanese food there.
Hmmm... ser in tour.... That was an interesting one.
Anyway, glad to be of help. Kamakura is a great day trip from Tokyo and also a very interesting place in and of itself. I'd suggest the Hasedera Temple and Zeniarai Benten; many of the other temples/shrines are worthwhile as well if they're on your way. If you're up for it, there are 2 really good hiking trails -- Daibutsu Hiking Course and Tenen Hiking Course. They're both really good -- I prefer the Daibutsu (more sightseeing sports) but the Tenen is good, too. Lastly, Kamakura will be quite hot when you go -- if you have time, go out to the beach. It's really really popular with Japanese (especially younger people) and you'll find plenty of beach bars and restaurants -- guaranteed all of them will be packed at night.
*(more sightseeing spots)....
Sorry, one more suggestion -- Hachimangu Shrine. You probably would have gone there anyway (it's an easy walk from the JR station), but I thought I'd still mention it.
Yes, but it will be extraordinarily crowded. Really crowded. Unbelievably crowded. You have to be prepared to deal with the massive crowds, long wait times at attractions and restaurants, long wait times for trains, etc. It would be best to stay in Kamakura during that time, but unless you already have a booking that probably won't be possible for 2014. For 2015, maybe, but you'd better get moving on it. Yes, I am serious.
hmm well I was thinking of going there by train actually...or is there any better way to get there? I'd probably go to Kamakura another time too, when there's no festival (at the beginning of October or so)
is there a chance that you can update a traveler about upcoming events? I am rarely even close to Furano at that time, I think I am 2-3 miles away from the next town while my stay and I can only load/send emails and if I have a good day access my blog
tomorrow's the flight, I'll miss you /trv/elers ;__;7
Thanks for the info. Regarding day trips:
(a) whether you're looking for outdoor sports type stuff or just plain touring
Not that I mind sporty stuff, but I guess more plain touring.
>(b) whether or not you're willing to rent a car
Don't drive, so that solves that.
>(c) the season.
Thanks -- that helps. If you'll be here in winter a rental car isn't a good idea unless you have lots of experience driving on ice and snow (a lot of roads, even in the major cities, aren't plowed out). On the sport side (I have to mention it, it's what Hokkaido in winter is famous for) you can easily do day skiing at Niseko (the best) or, close to Sapporo, Teine or Moiwa.
Non-sporty day trip stuff: (1) Train to Otaru (nice to walk around, old port city, really good seafood/sushi); (2) Train to Asahikawa/bus to Sounkyo (their ice festival is smaller than Sapporo's but much more interesting IMHO); (3) train to Noboribetsu, see volcanos/volcanic activity in the snow and then go to an onsen; (4) train to Hakodate, old city with one of Japan's top-3 views (certified by the Japan Top View Association, no shit -- the Japanese are really really into ridiculous ranking lists of just about everything); and (5) Train out to Abashiri, go on drift ice sea tour.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head that doesn't involve sporty stuff (there's ice caves and snowshoe stuff that's pretty cool to do, but it can be a bit strenuous). You can also do the onsen thing, there's plenty available and you don't need my help for that.
If you do come in winter and are not used to the cold, dress properly -- if you don't you'll be miserable and very, very sorry. You can buy stuff here but it's expensive.
I'm from Sweden... Any chance they will let me teach English to their kids? And if so, is there any way I can seek employment without going to the country? JET and similar programs seem to only take native English speakers.
You can do it if you have native- or near-native level English. Some companies will determine your level through a test that they provide, others will look for test scores such as TOEIC. It's definitely possible, just look into each company's requirements when you apply.
LOL, no. White 5'7" manlets do OK in shit-tier countries like the Philippines and the Dominican Republic; you're nothing special in Japan, Europe, the US, etc. and nobody is impressed by you. Will girls "start dripping?" I'm guessing when you come into the room they start running. Anyway, the money helps in Japan, but you'll have to be willing to visibly spend a lot of it -- that means several dates, expensive gifts, etc., which means you need to speak passable Japanese, etc. In other words, it ain't gonna happen. Save yourself the trouble -- go to Las Vegas and get a hooker.
Sorry, but how does military power strengthen your argument?
There is no doubt that America's measuring system is weird and unlogical as fuck.
It might have been smart when we didn't have the equipment we have today, but it's not smart anymore.
>i leave because I'd rather be visiting historical places like the great wall than be in a fucking arcade
>i leave because I'd rather be visiting historical places like the great wall
>historical places like the great wall
>the great wall
>Going to be in Tokyo on the 4th August all on my own :(
If you can speak basic Japanese, let go of (most) inhibition, going alone is FUCKING fun!
>dat meeting random people speaking Japanese
>dat making new friends
>dat sponteous adventure without a bunch of "friends" who can't decide on what to fucking do.
Traveling alone builds character. You don't have to be the lonely guy walking around, only if you choose to be.
What geeky/nerdy/cool things exist there to see in Kyoto? Besides Manga museum or Nintendo.
Really not in the mood for temples.
Is there something more active, even if it's kitch/not exactly great cultural stuff? Like a laser arcade where you dress up as Gundam or shoot friends or anything else fun.
So this question might get some hate, but I was thinking of making a list of anime related stuff I'd like to see while I am over there
So far I have:
>Den Den Town in Osaka
>Kyoto Animation (maybe some other studio too)
>Kamou Sou and town where Hyouka is set
>Maybe Fuji Q Highland if I have time
Anything else that is recommended? I was thinking of Ghibli museum, but I have only seen one or two movies, so I don't know if it's worth it.
Shirakawa-go, the town Hinamizawa was based on. Even if you're not a higurashi fan, it's a nice little place, though pretty far out of the way.
There's also Otome row in Ikebukuro if you're a fujoshit/fag.
ah I heard about Nakano Broadway, but I wasn't sure whether it's really worth visiting. I'll check it out thanks
Hirugashi is on my watchlist for around half a year, so I'll try to watch it before I go
those are shops aren't they? that's good, since I didn't know what exactly to visit in Akhibara
Hey anon, I live in Tokyo. Go to the Suginami animation museum. It's small and off the beaten path more, but it's worth it. Also if you like Gundam you can check out the Gundam experience thing in Odaiba. You should go just to take pictures of the lifesize gundam there at least.
Nakano Broadway is not better than Akihabara. I don't know if you're just trying to be a hipster by saying the more obscure thing is better, but it's not.
>I didn't know what exactly to visit in Akhibara
Just walk along the main drag out of Akihabara station and around the side streets there. There are a lot of small kind of labyrinthine toy shops and stuff everywhere. Also, do you know what UFO catchers are? They're like claw machines but the prizes are high quality anime toys and dolls and such. Stop by one (or all) of the big "game centers" and play them, in addition to other games.
>Japanese girls live in extremes. Either they are super into you and its hard to fuck up or they will play games and make you work overly hard for it.
This is the god damn truth. They are either kinky maneaters or frustrating game players who end up being maguro anyway. True story.
>If you don't speak Japanese it is basically moot since you wont get anywhere with anyone worth getting with without Japanese
This, however, is not. Lol. Hot girls in Tokyo who are out and drunk aren't looking for gengo koukan. If you're confident and maybe know some bullshit nanpa Japanese you'll be fine.
Thanks to Non Non Biyori, I now wanna visit rural Japan, especially on Fall or Winter.
Any interesting rural towns to visit and maybe interact for a bit with the locals?
Not that I'm gonna arrive with the ''I'm a baka gaijin special snowflake, praise me!'', but it would be nice to visit a place where I could have fun times.
Or at the very least, a place where I'm not gonna get kicked out at every chance.
Tip for UFO catchers, usually Japan UFO catchers have a special way to catch the prize (maybe you have to match exactly the hole in the box, or the ring, or you don't really have to catch it, just push it in the hole when the claw closes) They are positioned so there is one way to catch it and maybe from all the stuff only one in positioned in a way that is possible to catch. If none of them is positioned right you can ask a staff member to open the machine and change the positions.
sup /trv/ started my hokkaido trip today
anyone else traveling around in hokkaido?
pic related, viee from my hotelroom
Anyone know about the visa situation? Japan allows my country to stay up to 90 days without a visa.
So say I go to Japan and stay for 30 days, can I visit Japan 3 months later and stay for 90 days? Or I can only stay in Japan for 90 days in a 365 days period?
You can technically take the ferry to Korea (maybe stay for a day or two.) and back to renew that period. Unless you do it repeatedly or run into a racist immigration agent I think you'll be fine.
Not sure how active the thread is right now, but I'm a 20 year old white American. My dad is teaching for a few days in Tokyo this may and wants the whole family to come so we can stay for a week or so after and have a family vacation.
Anyway, I'm curious as to what it's like for someone who speaks zero Japanese to travel around the city. Like, are there certain places where people are likely to speak English, like hotels, maybe restaurants, or something? Is there anything I should avoid so as to not offend people(I know there's a big emphasis on respect there)?
Thanks in advance for any help
you will be fine most signs have english script on them, many restaurants have either picture menus or english ones. use a guidebook to plan. You will not be spending enough time in japan to get into any real trouble anyway.
The only places I can think of where peoeple are "likely" to speak English are big nice hotels. Staff in the train stations generally do not, but every sign is in English.
Don't worry about offending people. You will not. Yes, Japan has a lot of social customs, but even if you made a faux pas you would get a pass because you are foreign. In general, Japanese are more polite to foreigners than they are to each other.
>Maybe even try some phrases to the point that I don't butcher them
Will be hard to completely butcher any phrase. Japanese is relatively easy for an English speaker to pronounce. There are only a couple sounds Japanese has that English doesn't, and only one that is completely different (the tapped R). The "chi" sound is slightly different but they will understand you if you say it the English way.
He's probably a public school ALT. Yeah if youre in Nara city its a great location. Close to Osaka and Kyoto and Nara is great in its own right. But if youre not in or near Nara city its very rural.
Going to be in Japan on my own in September. My folks are freaking out because I'm single and the like, but I haven't seen much issue in traveling alone in Japan upon doing searches. This is however, my first ever trip to Japan, so nothing will be particularly known to me. Safety guidelines,tips?
I just read my post back and forgot to mention I'm a woman. The usual things parents always freak out about I guess, I've already noted most of the sketchy areas to steer clear of, though I am somewhat curious in checking out Kabukicho even though I probably shouldn't.
I was in Akihabara yesterday, and it was horrible. I cringed all the time I was there.
All of the foreigners were either fat neckbeards or people with fedoras.
Why cant foreigners be normal? No wonder the japs hate us all.
I'm currently in Japan by myself (first time travelling alone). I can assure you that there is nothing to worry about. It's easy as hell and man, do I love their train systems.
I arrived about a week ago. You cant really go wrong over here, you might step a few people over the toes because of manners and such, but most japanese overlook mistakes because we're just dumb foreigners.
I'm planning to visit Japan in the near future but there are a few things i am unsure about. It will be my first trip overseas.
>How much money will i need to save roughly to cover airfares, accommodation, food etc?
>Are there any good deals i should look out for when booking plane tickets?
>Would i be okay travelling there alone?
I am going to try and plan this thoroughly so i don't fuck anything up.
tip for plane ticket: order in good time and make sure your date of department is a weekday, as It's a lot cheaper.
>will i be OK?
Okay, people seriously needs to lurk the threads before posting.
>I was in Akihabara yesterday, and it was horrible. I cringed all the time I was there.
>All of the foreigners were either fat neckbeards or people with fedoras.
>Why cant foreigners be normal? No wonder the japs hate us all.
Why would they have a district made exclusively to market to NEETs and neckbeards, and then complain when NEETs and neckbeards are common tourists?
Any time I go there it usually a pretty standard mix of foreigners. I see neckbeards every time I go but I always see normies too. Idk.
Also, protip, have you gotten a load of the Japanese neckbeards in Akihabara? Really shouldn't bash just the foreigners.
>walking round shops in Akihabara with fucking huge bag full of shit from rental case stores
>pretty sure I overheard one shop worker commenting about me not looking like a strange fat american (He was quite quiet and my Japanese is shit)
Not looking like a autistic ponyfag Fedorian tends to help a little bit in Japan. I've been in hotels and restaurants where I've received much better service than some obvious weebs that are also there.
>I am somewhat curious in checking out Kabukicho even though I probably shouldn't.
You can go have a look, it's sketchy but in a fairly sanitised way. The African touts and other nuisances will pretty much leave you alone as you aren't going to be interested in their "You want sexy time with a Japan lady?" scams.
I'm studying in Tokyo for already 4 months. Visited following places. Where else in Tokyo should I go?
>Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree
>Asakusa, Kamakura, Yokohama, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Yoyogi, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, Shibuya, Roppongi
>Ueno Park + Zoo
>Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectual Museum
I thought about just taking the train and getting out at random stations to see some of the living hoots. Any other recommendations? One month left.
Assuming I know no Japanese of any kind, and have no money saved, what would need to be done in order to permanently move and start a small business somewhere in Japan (in this case, I've always wanted to start an indoor skate park), and how long would it take? I'm not asking to live in a big/popular city either, micro-living in a small town/city would seem ideal to me (I've never really had high standards for living).
will you stop using japanese slang words? i get it that we can google it but it's just fucking stupid to do
By the way anyone else "Maguro" Means sashimi so basicly saying girls who lay in bed like zombies during sex.
"gengo koukan" = exchange writing so basicly saying they aren't out looking for some gaijin to teach them english
What hotel and how much did it cost? im thinking of getting a hotel in tokyo for 2 weeks which works out to about 2k but i was thinking maybe i could find a hotel in kyoto or some other big city in japan and just go visit tokyo and end up spending much less on hotel cost.
What yall niggas think, what might be a good city thats on the JR line or w.e it is that everyone uses to get around japan
I guess I would just find it convenient to live in a small city/town because it would be less expensive (or at least, that's what I'm assuming, unless there's ways to live inexpensively in larger towns/cities). I guess as long as the city doesn't already have a skate park in it, I guess it would be okay.
But from my understanding in the US, it's not impossible to start one in a small city. I've lived in a city practically my whole life with a <100,000 population and it's had its share of popular skate parks that have been successful for several years, although they're closed now (I think I might've contradicted myself there, buttfuckit).
There are also successful skate parks (still open) that are in small towns, yet near larger cities that are quite popular. So maybe something like that would have been more fitting to say?
Fucking shit dude yes 13 grand is alot to travel anywhere.
Honestly alot of people say japan is super expensive but i find the prices of things to be on par/cheaper in many cases with things here in canada.Ontario specifically
Is it just me or has any other canadian noticed this?
where in tokyo is this doge?
A friend and I plan to go to Tokyo during winter (spec. Dec.26-Jan 8)
1. What did you guys do for plane tickets, are there any ones cheaper than 1600?
2.What is the weather like there at that time? I know its around 40F, but does it snow/rain still during that time?
Because all of the people talking about sex here are just hoping they will find a 3dpd version of their anime waifu and she will fall in love with her gaijin hunk and want to marry him and they will live happily ever after, All while having the best sex ever.
Wait that reminds me , what happends if a japanese girl ends up wanting to get married with you. Do you move her back to the west or should you live in japan with her...hmmm
I'm going to stay in a rental apartment or dorm, more likely dorm, so the rent should be around $500-700 per month.
You're a broke nigga? Start hustling. If broke Nigerians can make it in Japan so can you.
Will Japanese girls start dripping just because I am white? and 6'1?
I moved there at 26 but that was after a masters and a few years toughing it out in an office in south africa. English teachers are disposable so if that is your way in then good luck because the competition for those miserable jobs is fierce
Best city to live in for a year?
Thinking of saying fuck it and getting a ob abroad.
Most of those jobs are snapped up by english teachers ( so they tell me) after being in the country for a year or two and taking the proficiency exams. The few people that stay after a year or two gravitate to crappy paying translator jobs or some kind of journalism/ marketing gig if they are lucky. It is a tough job market here TBH, I switched jobs once and it was pretty scary making that jump
It's a pretty expensive business to set up initially, and then there's bills and insurance, maintenance etc.
I skate here, it's not huge, but there are always some other dudes at the park.
Back where I used to live, city of 600,000+ and a large Brazilian population, the skatepark just closed for good this weekend. The park was always pretty busy, but it couldn't pay for itself any more.
You'd have to have a lot of money and good Japanese to pull off something like this, simply to rent / buy the initial building and set up insurance.
I didn't have time to read through all the posts on here but I am travelling to Japan in two weeks with my girlfriend and have a few questions you can hopefully answer!
I will be spending a week in Tokyo and one week travelling to other cities on the main Island (Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima). Is it worth it to get a two week JR Pass? Does it work in Tokyo as well as for national travelling? I can't seem to get a straight answer.
Secondly, I am having trouble finding a capsule hotel that allows women as well as men! It seems most are just for men. Any recommendations for one in Tokyo, or the other cities listed?
Finally, what are some recommended restaurants and other tourist spots for someone with a taste for nerdy/bizarre things? I hear Sega Park is interesting, but anything else that is truly unique and bizarre to visit?
>tfw staying in Japan for a month
>tfw not cheaping out, I'm going to rent a room which cost $800-$900, as oppose to a dorm room which cost $500
>tfw will be pulling chicks back to the dorm
I booked the hotel really close to Harajuku/Shibuya.
Will report back with pictures of nekkid Japanese women.
So, the day after tomorrow, I'm going to Osaka. But I have trouble figuring out what to see in Osaka.
I heard the Castle should be pretty unfulfilling as it is a reconstruction, and it shows. Other than that I dont have any ideas, and was hoping for some inspiration here. Preferably not night-club related.
Thanks! I'm going to Nara tomorrow to see the illumination festival or whatever It's called, with all the lit light in the park.
Also interested in Osaka, my company has a group trip there next month.
How hard is it to go from there on the Shinkansen to see Hokkaido? I have a vague interest in northern Japan because of "Dr. No".
>yes I'm fucking old
going to Osaka myself later next month, here's what I have written down so far:
>Sumiyoshi Taisha (old shrine)
>Den Den Town
If anyone has some more (maybe a hostel recommendation), I'd glady hear it
it takes most of the day to get there, you'll transfer at Tokyo (takes about 2.5 hours to get there) and terminate at Aomori (another 3 hours from Tokyo) in the north. Then it's another couple of hours via normal train to Hakodate in Hokkaido, so far 7.5 hrs.
Depending on where you want to visit in Hokkaido, it might be another few hours before you get there. There's lots of express trains to get to Sapporo from all over Hokkaido, assuming that's where you want to go, but even those take a few hours - e.g. the Hakodate -> Sapporo takes around 3 - 3.5 hours.
If you're pressed for time, have a few more bucks to spend, and you can't spend the whole day on trains (don't worry, all of them have toilets!), you're better off just flying up to Hokkaido.
I like trains, I was not pressed for time, and I needed to save a few bucks, so I went from Hiroshima to Hakodate by train, it was great, I wish I packed lighter though!
Nara City itself is okay. I liken it to Williamsburg Virgina which has that historical park which is pretty darn cool, but that is only good for a day or two of exploration. Everything is about an hour's train ride away from you. Not the end of the world, but for a college student... i dont know
just double check that it actually is cheaper if that's a factor. I was going through during peak domestic travel and looking for transport just a few nights before - if you're planning it well in advance, an airline ticket will probably be cheaper.
and hit up hyperdia if you haven't already, it's super fucking helpful.
I'm european and have black hair and brown eyes, would I get treated differently from other 'gaijin' or is every foreigner equally pig disgusting in the eyes of some japanese people? I don't really mind, but it's something I've always been curious about.
I'm going to Japan soon but have a 4 hour layoff in amsterdam.
if I were to smoke something during that time (not sure if 4 hours are enough) could that cause problems when I arrive in Japan?
>if you're planning it well in advance, an airline ticket will probably be cheaper.
This. Heading up to Hokkaido is do able for under £50/$80/9000yen return flying on a budget carrier like Peach or Jetstar and takes 2-3 hours depending where you fly from.
I can't even remember the train price when I looked at Osaka-Sapporo, it was so ridiculous compared to flying I just went and booked the flights straigthaway instead.
>black hair and brown eyes
You are not a unique special snowflake who will be recognized as "more likely to be Jap" than another foreigner. Jap bitches will not drop their panties for you any easier.
This is probably irrelevant but would i be treated like a nigger if i am latin-american, I know they basically don't know we exist but i wonder if because i have darker skin then white people (i get mistaken for a white person often as i have very European/spanish features instead of like Mexicans)
Would they treat me as a white gaijin or some nigger?
What can i do to increase my chances with japanese girls? im pretty good with girls here as they find me pretty good looking/ charming i guess but i know east asian girls are alot more shallow
i have short hair (about a 3 clipper size with a fade) and a full beard. Should i shave that beard and grow my hair out?
>(i get mistaken for a white person often as i have very European/spanish features instead of like Mexicans
So, I'm planning on attending Comiket one of the days I'm in Japan.
Is there a preferred date where I would want to go? Is there like a day where all the cosplayers are there, because I would love to get some pictures of them.
I was there on the second and third days of Winter Comiket and will be this year too. All three days will have cosplay galore, just make sure you abide by the basic etiquette of asking/thanking the cosplayers and staying out of the flow of traffic when you're taking photos. Make sure to visit both cosplay areas for the full experience.
Yeah. I already read the english etiquette for attending and taking pictures.
I was just wondering if theres a day where there is a more prominent amount of cosplay?
Also didnt know there was more than one cosplay area?
Pic related should give an idea of the two areas, the Xs and arrows relate to the rough area and direction that each photo was taken from.
Not sure if this is the right board for this, but I'm trying to get to Japan and I'd like to do this through the military. The question is of course, which branch? Archive searching has narrowed it down to Navy and Air Force, but I've gotten conflicting answers on which branch is more likely to visit and which branch is more likely to actually station you there. Any advice?
considering the number of bases and how many servicemen/women there are. You may go your entite career and never see a "destination" base. probability wise you are more likely to be deployed outside japan. It
I am from germany and from september on, I will study for one year in Japan.
Does someone have some experience with staying in Japan for a longer period and can give me some advices?
For example, is it difficult to make friends as a foreigner and how about girls in general?
And how should I behave if I dont want to disturb or annoy the local inhabitants?
>For example, is it difficult to make friends as a foreigner and how about girls in general?
How extroverted are you in your home country? On a college campus it might be the easiest because these are the kids who are curious and want to learn about your culture.
Girl's are tricky (like any country) most won't give you the time of day, the ones that are have a lot of preconceptions about what a foreign guy is like and that can work to your advantage if you practice a "ladies first" mentality since most Japanese guys are pretty self centered, in secure and think in a traditional "men first" chauvinism.
Be charismatic, treat a girl right and you will have no problem scoring on a college campus.
you can get by on 100 dollars a day if you are thrifty with housing and stick to cheap walk up food places/ cook your own. You can go cheaper if you pitch a tent and eat only at convenience stores/ buy food from grocery stores after 5:00PM.
You can go even cheaper by robbing people
thank you for your response.
usually I have no problems to talk to people. in big groups a may be a bit quiet but it is not like I am not social at all.
well, people in my country tell me that I'm a polite person and I usual treat women well. Maybe I'm going to be lucky in Japan.
Thinking of visiting Japan for 3 weeks on my own in December (just an idea at the moment) and I have some questions.
I'm mixed race half white half black originally from England but living in Australia how will I be treated?
I would like to see some of the POW camps if they have them or any other else WW2 related what can you suggest?
I'm into food i'd like to eat some yakatori and I want to experience the best sushi, sashimi, soba, shabu shabu, ramen and tempura what places can you suggest?
Also what other food destinations should I visit? (especially food markets) I already know I want to go to the Tsukiji fish market.
I'd like to go and have a look in some cool Japanese shops. shops that will sell manga or odd food items, interesting gadgets and hentai and that sort of stuff what places are good for this?
Is it worth climbing or visiting mt fuji?
I'd also like to see ancient japan, advise me on what temples and other sights I should see.
What hot springs/spas can I visit?
whats a ryokan like and is it worth it?
What things are uniquely Japanese that I can't find anywhere else and should definitely see/do?
What about f?zoku i want see or possibly take part in some bizarre Japanese debauchery like soapland what can you suggest I try?
Thanks for help would be happy to answer questions about Australia or France in return.
So i was on kayak and found a non stop round trip flight + hotel (Hotel metropolitan which looks nice as fuck) For $3000 (It's for 2 weeks in tokyo)
Now, as much as i love the deal and the hotel and the city it's in. i can't help but wonder if i could find a hotel that's just as nice (4*) but maybe in a different district/section of tokyo that might end up being cheaper? or shit maybe in a neighbouring city so i can take the train down to tokyo to see the sights.
Anyone know of any places where you aren't paying such a high premium for being in the middle of tokyo? Thanks!
there is no "middle of Tokyo"
Tokyo is has many districts, which are as vibrant/safe as the other and usually around the bigger train stations, making getting around pretty easy.
As for that deal, I guess that depends on a) how much of that money actually goes towards the plane ticket and b) whether you want/need the comfort of a 4* hotel