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New Japan General since the old one is about to die

As always, feel free to ask about:
>travelling to Japan
>living in Japan
>teaching in Japan
>how do I become a Yakuza

Please refrain to the old thread while it's still up >>954114
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>tfw you're so hyped for Japan that you don't feel like doing anything
>your trip is at the end of summer

Welp, time to waste half a year with no motivation
just go with the flow..
- just have a basic itinerary where i list down what you 'might' want to do if you are in the city.
-short list down few cities that you may consider checking out, and the attractions
- short list some accommodations of each cities (keep in bookmark etc)

basically you can work the rest when you get some feedbacks from other travelers at hostel lobby on what to check out n what to skip.
Expat hangout spots/ side work/ where can I find English speaking friends when I move Sapporo. General Sapporo advice?

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Old thread is on autosage and found here: >>943712

Post here to ask:
> Where is good to go
> How to overcome <random paranoid bureaucratic rule>
> Where to meet qt3.14 (Skout app is a good start, momo is expert mode)
> How to facebook (just use bing to find a free vpn)
> What phone apps to use (Pleco is 1st, Wechat is 2nd)
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>how long do L tourist visas last
There are different kinds, the standard is 30 days. You can get 60 and maybe 90 and definitely one year.

The stay is usually 90 days, then you visa run. Single entry is standard but you can get multi-entry on the one year visa.

The one year visa is complicated to get, unless you're in LA where it's handed out without question. You can get visa agents who will send your passport to LA to get a visa there.

The 30 day one can...
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china doesn't need a bunch of faggot foreigners zerg rushing the country like japan and korea

please stop making these threads
Im interested in travelling to china and doing the usual (drinking, eating street food and partying) but I'd also like to maybe speak or learn (from people) about the political side of things , and some cultural nuances unique to china. I guess anthropology type things if that makes sense.

Would I be able to get a government official to speak to me about china , I know itll be "propaganda" but I'm very interested in hearing about such things

>inb4 le communist anarchist

I dont know why but I want to...
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Questions that don't deserve there own thread go here.

Please refer lame and other one-liner threads to this thread to prevent other great threads from getting bumped to deletion.
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>>952265 age for god tier containment
Will they hate me cause I'm white?
In which kind of material do I buy my pants in if I'm going for a walk/dayhike in the mountains in a tropical climate if the temperature could easily rise to 25 degrees on the sea level but gets as low as 10 degrees in the mountains?

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This worked great in the Thailand thread so I figured I'd play a game with you folks

1) No reverse image search
2) One location per post
3) Thailand photos ONLY
4) Must give a little background if it's not an obvious photo

#1 is extremely easy
First day in Thailand, our host family recommended we go here. I should have been suspicious of their advice when they told us to only eat "safe foods" such as McDonalds or Burger King (I'm not kidding). Anyways, they suggested "a must-see" in the city and we went....
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Nope. We arrived by plane in a major airport a day before this picture was taken
Very few places in Thailand actually make people (especially men) wear long pants at a temple. The grand Palace is in BKK and has white walls like that.

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First time poster, looking for any advise where to move, that I can live on US $500 a week, without needing a job and is easy for an American to live without running afoul of the law. Also not married and no kids, mid 40 WM, Thanks.
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Are you handsome?
Continually invest and compound the $500/week and continue working.
OP here.
I'm better than average in the looks and body. 5'10" 200lbs Told I look similar to Russel Crow.

General advice and pro tips on travel in Thailand.

Previous thread here: >>948102
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What's the full moon party like bros?
Prepare to spend all of your precious bahts on alcohol. Overrated but you really gotta do it because it's a touristy thing.

I have trouble partying all night without drugs (and that isn't an option). I was waiting for the boat back to samui and some Brit claimed he got mugged and got his shoes stolen :p sucks to be him.

Also there are magic mushroom shakes for 300 baht at the end of the beach in the cliff side bars. Don't split it with anyone because they're weak, but they're legit....
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But also its super expensive and although I don't regret it, I'd never do it again. Consider staying in Ko Samui because its cheaper and safer and take a ferry there and back.

Mae Nam in samui is essentially a private beach and we paid $14 USD a might for a beach bungalow

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ITT: God-tier travel literature.

This is amazing. Paul Theroux (Louis Theroux's dad) went by train from London to Japan via India and SEA, then back through Russia, on his own, in the 1970s.

But as with all good travel literature, it's not just the journey that makes it interesting, it's that he's an amazing writer (his description of his feeling guilty about travelling aimlessly hit me right in the feels. He says he was "nagged by the seamless guilt of the unemployed man, who moves from failure to failure"- anyone who's been...
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I am a huge fan of travel books. The Great Railway Bazaar is one of my absolute favorite books, and what really got me into the genre. The parts taking place in Burma were the most memorable part in my opinion, with the descriptions of the train going through the mountains in Burma probably being my favorite part of any book I've ever read. I actually just finished his The Happy Isles of Oceania recently and it was quite good as well.

Two other travel books I would recommend highly are North of South by Shiva...
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Sounds good, OP, might pick it up and read it.
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This. It's not necessarily a "Travel" book, but it's a great look into the lives of those who live on the street, going from place to place. Highly recommend it.

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The neverending Japan General. Want to go to Japan? Check in here.

#Please check out the previous thread (as long as it's still around) to see if your question has already been answered.

#For the basics, including transportation, hotels, and ideas for things to do, please do give a look at the Japan-related posts in the sticky.
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So how necessary are reservations on the Shinkansen in March? Is there a good chance all the seats will be booked ahead of time or can I just show up and hop on with my JR pass?
If so, is it possible to ride from Tokyo to Aomori without a reservation and visa-versa? I read somewhere that you need a reservation for that route but I'm thinking it may have refereed to a specific train on that route.
You can just show up with your JR pass. If I remember from when I used mine you're not entitled to a reserved seat anyway. You just show up 30 minutes or so before your train, go to the JR Ticket office, flash the pass and your passport and they'll give you a ticket. I was there in May so it was a little closer to high season and it was fine.
How does this itinerary sound -

>2+ months. A budget of $7000 in total. Two JR Passes.
>Travelling from town to town in the evening rather than the morning.

>Day 1: Tokyo -> Overnight bus to Aomori
>Day 2-4: Aomori with daytrips to Akita pref. and Shimokita peninsula
>Day 5-7: Sendai with daytrips to Ishinomaki, Zao and Yamadera
>Day 8: Nikko
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Did travelling "change you"? I have never travelled, but I hear this a lot from people who travel.
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It definitely made me more independent and self-possessed, and helped me to lose some of my sillier inhibitions. I think it's such a great experience that you can't help being a little more positive about life in general afterwards.
Any experience "changes you", that's just part of life. How it changes you depends on you and the experience you had.

Traveling hasn't turned me in to a radically different person, but it's helped me overcome some social issues and given me a fresher perspective on things. You realize that every country has things they do well and things they do poorly, and that mostly people are nice but assholes exist everywhere too.

I'm mostly a normal American. I have a job and a car, I watch Netflix and sports. My diet did change, though. I realized...
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I'm more out-going and more confident with women (at least abroad, somehow my shy inhibitions are gone in a strange place where I don't know anyone).

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my girlfriend just decided to 'tag along' on my trip through canada and is really fucking with my plans
>complains about staying in hotels less that have less than 4 stars
>wants to do tours designed for old people
>wants to micromanage every second of 'our trip' (where to eat, how to get there, what time we need to be awake etc etc)

shit is starting to get expensive so how the fuck do you ditch a travelbro/girlfriend without completely...
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Stop being a beta bitch.

Seriously dude
>Anon tells his gf that her plans ruin his trip
>They get into a fight and she agreed she wont go
>Anon leaves for trip on bad terms with his gf
>He comes back from trip
>His gf is cold and distant
>Anon searches his gfs phone
>Anon finds text messages and calls to another man

Have fun with that OP.
Either you deal with it or you dump her.

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Show us some of your favourite photos from your travels. Try to make us fall in love with a place you love.

>The Cobbler Mountain, Arrochar, Scotland
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Hozu river, Kyoto
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Northern lights and a crazy bright moon, Just outside Reykjavik, Iceland
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Technically work, not travel. Didn't particularly love this place either but hey-ho. Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

General backpack thread as I didn't see one in the catalog.

I'd also like recommendations for a backpack. Will be traveling for around 2-3 weeks. Lost on size, brand, what to look for etc.
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im a newbie backpacker, but i have 2 packs, 50L Explorer high sierra and 38L Kestrel Osprey

unfortunately for me, i dont have friends thats into backpack, so i started with zero. my 1st proper pack is the 50L, and i used it on my hokkaido summer trip (20days). i found out that i always have it 2/3rd full when my camera bag is not it it.
I did much reading and tips esp on multipurpose tool and travel version items (travel towel etc) then for my trip to Japan Tohoku Winter, i toned down to 38L and i achieve handcarry size (altho the weight marginally exceed 7kg, but...
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What do you want to pack? If you're not planning on going out every night or bringing lots of formal wear, you don't need something very large. I've taken trips of up to five months and the biggest bag I've brought was about 35L. It was big enough to accommodate clothes, a couple of small electronics, my tent, and a sleeping bag. If I want to buy souvenirs and shit, I'll usually just pick up a smaller pack in whatever country I'm visiting and bring that back on the plane with me.
Some really great advice here in this thread. I'm thinking of spending two weeks around Istanbul and then 3 weeks travelling around Greece and island hopping.
What backpack do you guys suggest for this type of vacation that's somewhere inbetween an urban vacation and "backpacking" (as in, I am not always in the middle of nowhere but I will be quite nomadic).

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Its been awhile so I guess lets do this again. I am an American English teacher who lives in Thailand. I currently live in southern Thailand, not to far from Phuket in a small town. I also taught in Japan for one year. The school year is done and I'm not working until the school year starts again in May. So feel free to ask any questions or talk about your experience if you are/were a teacher.
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How many years until TEFL crashes as a market?
When people want to stop learning English so they can get higher paying jobs and improve their lives. Which isnt gonna be for a long while.
At the same time as when the world economy goes to the shits. There are still countries with major shortages of TEFL instructors to market demands, don't let /trv/ fool you into believing otherwise.

Anyone here has experience or tips on sleeping in airports?

Somehow my friend who booked our hotels didn't check the departure date and booked our flights arriving a day early from the date we are supposed to check in the hotel. The airport in question is Narita. I read some people say that the security guards will herd up passengers who are sleeping in the airport and will bug them with questions.
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You couldn't spend the night in a capsule hotel?
I think I might have to but trying to see if I can save some money by sleeping in the airport. Is it not allowed to sleep in Narita?
I've only been to terminal 2 at Narita and the arrivals has nothing apart from the road and stairs to a train station and a 100 yen shop. Not many places to sleep I don't think.

I'm not sure about Japanese law but wouldn't that be considered loitering since you're in arrivals not departures.

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Better or worse?
I never had the opportunity to try my country's food in another country.

Have you /trv/?
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It's weird when you go abroad and they give you funny looks when you ask for vinegar on your chips. They tend to not really get the concept of chips abroad either and just call french fries chips or try to sell you a packet of crisps.

My step brother went on an exchange to Germany once and while they were there they did actually encounter a takeaway that sold real chips instead of French fries and convinced the German students to try vinegar on their chips as well as salt. The resultant babyish fuss and disgusted faces the Germans made after tasting a chip with the...
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vinegar on chips and or crisps is absolutley disgusting

KFC is Asia in a wonderful thing. Otherwise, I'll stick the local thing.

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