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New Japan General:

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

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

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

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New Japan general, guys. Sorry I messed up, here is the old thread. >>1060767

Note that I have tweaked the top page a bit, adding information about the JR rail pass. Please try to use this version if you make the new thread after this one.

>>1065313
>My main problem is getting lost and such. Has anybody that has traveled to Tokyo or Japan in general ever gotten lost or how did you get around? Did the taxi drivers speak some English? We're there signs located?

All...
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are there any areas of tokyo or kyoto that i should be careful of due to safety concerns as an obvious tourist?
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> tfw spent 2 weeks in Tokyo last year
> tfw would love to visit more of Japan, but also want to know new places/cultures
> tfw would love to see Japan during the Sakura season, but I'm too late and flights are already expensive

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How do, lads? I'm going to be visiting the south of England late this month for a week, around the Reading area. I will mostly just be hanging out with a good friend and spending time with them, but we don't have much of an idea of what to do aside from visiting 2 or so places and traipse around the woods near where they live. I would really appreciate it if any anons from that area could advise on the what/where/how of things.

I'm a quiet sort, I like history, I like greenery, so nightlife is a moot point of sorts. I would like to visit some natural wonders like waterfalls or quarries as I'd love to find some sort of quartz as a souvenir from the hills or rivers. And might also be a weird request, does anyone know of any good tabletop shops around those areas? That sell Warhammer and all that. I figure I might as well have multiple goals in the places I'd visit.

Forgive me for maybe being vague, but I'm quite open-minded when it comes to suggestions.
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Well how far are you willing to travel? You could be in the Cotswolds or the Surrey Hills within an hour by train. Or are you just thinking Reading and surroundings?
I know there's a warhammer shop in Oxford but there's probably one in Reading too.
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>>1065095
I think the farthest we've settled is Windsor on account of me wanting to walk that big stretch of pretty greenery leading to the castle. Friend told me Hungerford is a nice quiet place with lots of antiques too. I have been told Oxford is very pretty but it might be a bit too far/out of budget, I'll check it out.

As for warhams, I don't mean an official Games Workshop store, more an independent store. Those stores usually have much cheaper prices and a friendlier atmosphere.
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>>1065098
Actually thinking of Hungerford, we might not go as that's crossing the entire Berkshire county, farthest out of any of mine or even your suggestions. I need to check train prices for all suggestions, they take me by surprise (we don't have them in my country)

Can we start banning threads created by delusional fucking weebs about uprooting to japan, asking about how to fuck prostitutes or how to find japanese girlfriends?

See the most autistic shit daily clearly made by people with obvious social issues and demented fantasies, when they have their own containment board anyway.
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You seem upset.

But no, "we" can't ban anything. 'We" are not mods. If you want to take that up with the mods or admin, do that rather than making an off-topic meta thread
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>>1070708
>I want more rules

the cancer is you op
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>>1070708
no, because then they'll post their weeb shit in other threads. Let them have the Japan general, most of the weebs in there don't even qualify as travelers as they just want to hang out with other overweight slovenly failures in their sick fantasyland.

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Hey guys, first time posting on this board (/n/ says hello). Anyways I have booked my ticket to Europe for the summer before my last semester at college and I was looking for a way to get around the continent. A British friend of mine who studied abroad in France told me about the Eurail pass and said it was great. My question to you, is it "great?" To generalize my trip I was planning on taking trains from;

> London -> Paris
> Paris -> Düsseldorf
> Osnabrück ->...
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Eurail pass is great if you're looking for more spontaneous type of travel. It's nice to be able to hop on a train at any time and take it anywhere. With that being said it's somewhat expensive but if you use it a lot you'll get your moneys worth.

Reservations are only really relevant in France, Spain and Italy. You have to pay about 10 Euros or so(might have changed since I was last over there) to get a seat on your train. If you don't they WILL NOT kick you off the train you will just have to keep moving seats all the time because someone else...
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It's a bit on the expensive side in my opinion, but you'll probably end up paying even more without it if you don't want to spend hours scouring the web for cheap last minute tickets, so i'd say go for it.
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>>1065801
Did it this summer, but as an european citizen, so interrail. Its fucking awesome. You are free to go wherever the fuck you want, you see europe passing by in a comfy chair you can sleep in the trains instead of going in hostels.

All in all 8/10 would recommend and do again!

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How do you guys handle translation when in other countries. I personally use my phone because it's faster, but as a kid, my family used to use the books, but they were very hard to use. I've heard of renting people to translate, but that sounds way to expensive.

Also share experiences. My worse was obvi Thai.
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>>1070312
The books were nice, because they had subjective categories like "restaurants" and phrases that gave you fluency in real situations, from asking for a bathroom, to getting a price for something, with included nice pleasantries and courtesy. A little time spent with a book gave you travelers conversational vocabulary quickly.

I like the 10 minutes a Day series....if I know I'll have a month before going, I might buy a workbook. It's missing someone speaking to you, which is probably what is...
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>>1070312

Hungary was fucked up. Their language is really hard (I'm Italian) and people just turned away when I asked them if they spoke English. I had to learn a few words to get by, also because I was hitch-hiking and had to tell the people who stopped that no, I am not a Syrian refugee.

I usually try to learn a few words of the vehicular language of every country I'm in (This means trying to know a bit of Russian in Georgia and Armenia. No way you can learn the alphabet staying a week in those countries)...
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Just pointing shit in russia and saying this this this and this. Got no problem

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Hey guys,

I'm heading to Charleston, SC to spend this next weekend there.

Have you ever been to Charleston? Did you enjoy it?
Do you have any tips?
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I've been there, it was awesome

if you like museums there's quite a bunch in there, plus a few historical buildings with a interesting story, like the exchange and provost building.

it's all more or less in the same place (historical district). there's also a pretty nice market there, if you're into shopping.

Fort Sumter is also a pretty marketed touristic area but I wouldn't recommend you to go there, it's kinda boring unless you really like civil war forts.

if you're into military stuff there's a place...
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I live in Charleston. I can tell you about some things to try and some things to avoid.

Things to avoid: Hymen's Seafood Restaurant. It's a tourist trap of the most foul levels.
Avoid America street unless you like getting mugged.


Do your research and ask the locals, they are really friendly and willingly to point you towards whatever food you are in the mood for. I recommend Basil for Thai food, Poogan's Porch for southern cuisine, Edmond's Oast for craft beer and food ( they have a brewery in the restaraunt) , and the Tattooed Moose...
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>>1070386
Did you visit the plantations?

We were thinking about Magnolia.

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Amerikaner here. I'm thinking of getting my masters (philosophy) from a German-speaking university, since its much cheaper than getting one in the US. Its looking right now to be between Vienna or Berlin. I'm in to old shit, so I'm leaning more toward Vienna atm, but I've heard that Vienna nice for tourists but not for living. Any advice or thoughts on the subject? My German is ok, btw (B2-C1)

tl;dr should I spend two years in Vienna or Berlin.
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>>1068995
Go to Vienna because Berlin is fucked up due to all those "refugees."
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>>1069019

Human refuge in Vienna was one of the prime reasons for Hitler getting into politics.

Still, probably better than Berlinistan at the moment.
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>>1069019
retard

As a Mexican i never thought id say this.. but im planning a spontaneous trip to Guatemala.

The place has guns and blah blah blah. What do i need to know thatll really help me? Ill be living like a vagabond but ill have some money. Ill be there for spiritual purposes.
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>>1070591
kek if most americans said they wanted to go to mexico id say no its too dangerous
then
if most mexicans said they wanted to guatemala id say no its too dangerous

you must be crazy or some sort of danger junkie who thinks mexico has gotten too basic for his tastes

why not try something exotic like somalia?

I'm American visiting London. I know we don't have to put on a British accent to be understood, but should I sub in British words for American ones or is that pretentious? Like pants for underwear or lift for elevator?

Also french words that English people tend to pronounce in the french way like filet with the hard t. Should I do that or just speak like I would in America?
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>>1070400
They'll know your an American either way and hate you the same.
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>>1070401
>and hate you the same

I'm an Englishman, and I can assure you that Americans are both well-received and well-respected here.
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>>1070400
Nah. The British aren't daft. I sometimes use American words by mistake in Britain as well.


But please, think twice about what to do when a girl tells you to put it in her fanny....

The wife and i are thinking of moving to Philadelphia from New York. we are from California and have been in NY for 2 years now but want something else. Good idea? bad idea? why? thanks
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Your levels of stress will decrease, and you'll save a ton of money given how much cheaper rent is. More affordable. More open spaces. Better cafe culture. Better beer culture.

One weird thing is how far from the city people commute. A lot of people have a rural life, but commute to center city. It's sprawled out pretty bad. It's also a bit younger as uni kids make up a large portion of people who live in the city.

Seedy areas are a little less predictable than they are in NYC. There are pockets all over the place.
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>>1069932
Are you from there? any places you recommend for renting and eventually buying?
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>>1069939
Different person: this interactive map should give you a good idea what to expect.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/08/us/census-race-map.html?_r=0

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Hey /trvl/ers

Has anyone here been to the Galapagos? My family and I have been invited to my cousins wedding in Ecuador and see this as the perfect opportunity to go.
So, what's the best way of going? Good to know? Price? How long should we take?
Thanks in advance friends
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>>1069408
bumperoo
btw we're from Denmark if that makes any difference
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I've been -- spent a week om one of the boats that goes from island to island and takes you ashore to see stuff.

>So, what's the best way of going?

See above. Though, there are small towns on a couple of the islands presumably touu clould stay in inns/hostels/B&Bs in these towns and charter some guy to tkae you around. My understanding, though, is some of those guys a re sketchy as fuck, unlicensed and operating outside the law, which may lead to issues for...
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Dumping a few more pics

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Hi guys,

i am planning a bachelor party for my best friend.

The idea is to rent a holiday home in Alicante/Spain.

Now i am looking for some entertainment + party locations in Alicante.

Do you have any hints and ideas for me?
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is this bate? assume your a moronic yank. its alicante just turn up.
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Just looking for some hints!
We are going in the first week of april.

Whats the best bars, pubs or discos?
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just turn up. if its not the uni hols it wont be busy, u may be in luck as its probably easter hols i think. if not will be full of old retired northern brits and fat germans and be even shitter than normal. should have chosen somewhere in balearics or canaries

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Does /trv/ collect currencies? My girlfriend just told me it's stupid.

My list:
Dirham, Pound, Ringgit, Rembini, Bath, Lev, Koruna
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>>1068623
I collect currencies, yes. My girlfriend even bought me a folder to put them in, your girlfriend sounds pretty shitty desu
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Yup. I collect a sample of nice crisp bills in small denominations from countries I visit.

I've only cheated when it came to Nork bills and Zimbabwe monopoly money (purchased from ebay)

My list: Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Iceland, North Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Euros
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>>1068652
What word is desu filtering out? I forget.
Senpai is f a m.
Cuck is back.

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A few friends and I (all mid 20s, some guys, some girls) are trying to find a fun all-inclusive tropical resort to go to this spring for a few days. None of us have ever gone to one of these type of places before so we're not sure where to start. Any suggestions? Looking to be around mostly people our age. Ideally at a place that's less family or elderly oriented.
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>inb4 RealTravelers®
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Barcelo Solymar, Varadero (Cuba)
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Which hemisphere? Rough budget?

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Getting to Rio 2016 Olympics with 53,000 AA miles.

Is it possible? Have never flown, but I churned out 53,000 miles. I already have tickets to a couple events, so it's just a matter of getting out there.

How does this shit work? Even if I can't afford the full ticket with the miles, I can still use them for a fat discount, right?
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All I can say is

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>>1067861
5 2 3 1 4 6 7

imho mate
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