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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
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

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

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

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

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

Please refer to the old thread while it's still up: >>1133206
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First post for Beppu! : 3
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Starting my Asia trip this Tuesday. I will arrive in mainland Japan in august and will stay there for a month.
Any recommendations on what to visit? I got JRPass so transport isn't an issue.
I have already been to Japan before twice. This is what I have seen so far:
>Yamadera
>Sendai
>Ooarai
>Suwa
>Tokyo
>Shirakawa
>Kanazawa
>Kamikura
>Nagoya
>Osaka
>Nara
>Hiroshima
>Itsukushima
>Nagasaki

I will be starting from Fukuoka this time.
I am mostly interested in nature, architecture and generally good photo opportunities.
I seriously have a problem finding new places to visit. help.
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>>1136923
Kyoto's nice.
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>>1136927
I will go there again, but what in Kyoto is worth seeing?
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Is there a way to get a tourist visa outside your country of residence?
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>>1136928
It wasn't on your list, figure if you're into architecture and photo opportunities those are aplenty in Kyoto.
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>>1136942
You need visa to get into Japan?
Anyway, you just call/go to nearest Japanese embassy. This is how I got US visa while living in the UK.
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>>1136923
Did you do any mountain hiking on the previous trips? If so, what time of year and where? I've got a bunch of places that I'm trying to narrow down for my trip, mostly in Tohoku.
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how much have you payed for foot fetish stuff in japan
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Anyone been to Izu Peninsula? Planning on going there in August and I was wondering if anyone had more information on getting around.

I found this http://www.izudreampass.com/english/ and not sure if it's really worth it. I am getting the Japan Wide JR Pass anyways, but there isn't much info about what I can really use it in that area.

And I'm not planning on renting a car.
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>>1136865
Like every single one of them has one
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>>1136923
Same here. Im going to fukuoka for 7days with my family. What to do there??
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Need portable WiFi hotspot for about 28 days. What's the cheapest one?
I only keep finding ones with outrageous prices (£100+)
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What are some of the best hiking trails/mountain climbs that you guys know about?

Is Fuji even worth climbing?

How about the Shikoku Pilgrimage?

I'm willing to go further than the jrpass areas if it's a nice enough hike. I'd just need to know where to set off from or if I'm better off taking my lightweight one man tent (if it's in the middle of nowhere).

Planning to go in either Spring or Autumn. Is that a good time for hiking Japan? Or should I aim for Summer?)
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>>1136984
climbed fuji in april last year. Pretty chill experience,without anyone around,really worth it for the feeling of being at the top of the country.
But don't do that outside of official climbing season if you are not an experimented climber. Shit is dangerous.
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>>1136978
Don't know about pocket WiFi, bit i got unlimited data sim at Bic camera for 3000 yen for 14 days that I can extend online
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>>1136995

Which route did you take and what was the conditions like in April?

I don't want to go in the peak season if that means walking along side hundreds of others unless there are harder routes which aren't crowded.
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I'm planning to visit Japan in October.
Is ~~6500 JPY / day enough for travelling and food? I do not count trains (JR Pass) and hotels/hostels in this.
Also, can you take trains inside the town with JR Pass? For example if I would like to travel inside Osaka or inside Tokio?
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Was wondering, hard to imagine. But what kind of scams should people be aware of?
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>>1137025
Don't buy rice cookers in yodobashi-akiba
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Has anyone been to the Daimonji Gozan Okuburi festival in Kyoto?
Thinking of going to see it this August but from the pictures I've found it seems underwhelming. I mainly want to see it to take sick photos.
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>>1136984
I was just wondering this and was also wondering if anyone has been to Nachi Falls?

Looks like there would be good hiking around there.
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just got insta deleted from jp so I'll ask here. how's akihabara? my gf just went without me and complained it was porn everywhere and how it was disgusting and that she'd never step foot there again. is this true? did she just go to a bad part? or was this feminist 'problematic' vision?? i really want to go with her again but i feel it'll be a big issue.
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>>1137066
It's more like that there's just so much anime stuff there, and a percentage of it is tentacle porn and the like, even a small percentage means there's tons of weird ass porn there.

That said I don't really care about the place, been there twice over multiple trips to Japan.
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>>1137068
i told her about it because i figured that would be the easiest place to find gunpla. she frequents harajuku i know you arent /m/ but are there any places to find cheap gunpla there?
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>>1137072
Dunno about cheap as I don't really pay too much interest to that part of Japanese culture, but I used to live in Nakano near Shinjuku, there's this big shopping center close by the jr station called Nakano Broadway that has tons of that kind of stuff.

On another note, I'm in nihonbashi sweating my ass of waiting for the hotel checking to start
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>>1137066
If akiba was a shopping mall, porn would be about as common as areas in a mall that reek of perfume. So, yeah it's there but not like, bearing over the entire area.

Not that it matters. You won't be able to convince her that she's exaggerating, especially not because 4chan told you so.
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>>1137072
The Yodobashi in Akihabara is probably the cheapest place I saw gunpla.
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>>1137066
just go without her. i could see a western woman hating it because it all signals that she's replaceable.
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Hey guys, I'm going to Japan in Nov for 9 days. I will be staying in Tokyo for half the time and then Kyoto for the other half. I just want to know if its possible to do day trips to Osaka from Kyoto? One of my friends who is coming along wants to go to Universal Studios and a few other places but I'm reluctant to find a hotel in Osaka and have to lug my luggage to a 3rd city for such a short stay.

What do you guys think?
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>>1137088
They are 30 mins apart by train, so yeah it's fine
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>>1137026
why not?
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>>1137092
Thank you.

I have one other question that you might be able to answer; would it be better to stay in Osaka and do day trips to Kyoto rather than the other way round?
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>>1137066

Eh, there's only porn if you go up to the top levels of some places. Some of that stuff up there will freak normies out.
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>>1137096

I personally thought Osaka was a good visit just for the night life, there isn't really much else to see especially when compared to Kyoto.

Pic related is the view from my hotel in Osaka.
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>>1137100
Thanks, I thought so. I think Osaka will be similar to Tokyo in that regard, and Kyoto will be great for all the traditional culture and history.
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Has anyone here done Hakone round course from japan guide in one day? How long does it usually take? My plan is to do the course starting early in the morning, take a small side trips like the museum, and end up at a hot springs before going back to Tokyo around dusk. Is it possible?
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>>1137020
>Is ~~6500 JPY / day enough for travelling and food?
How would you even spend that much on a single day just for food? You will be fine with half the amount per day.

>Also, can you take trains inside the town with JR Pass?
In most cities, yeah. But don't count on it. Some cities have several railroad companies and if you want to take any line that isn't "green" on the map, you will have to pay. Tokyo won't be an issue with JRP, you can even travel from both Airports without any issue. The Osaka "loop-line" is also a JR line so you will get around Osaka without any hassle.
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>>1137100
>Pic related is the view from my hotel in Osaka
And I thought the view from my hotel was nice. How is yours called? Might check it out on my next visit

>>1137096
Kyoto hotels are quite expensive imo. Got a 4* hotel in Osaka for 55€/night, the same amount will get you a somewhat decent hostel in Kyoto.
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>>1137016
I took the classic way up from the 5th station. There was a lot of snow and overall it was quite hard,so if you are gonna do it off season, be prepared and equiped.
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>>1137066
>just got insta deleted from jp so I'll ask here. how's akihabara? my gf just went without me and complained it was porn everywhere and how it was disgusting and that she'd never step foot there again. is this true? did she just go to a bad part? or was this feminist 'problematic' vision?? i really want to go with her again but i feel it'll be a big issue.

>being this innocent
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so im gonna spend a whole year in japan and i really want to learn japanese as fast as possible, money is not a issue, what are the best academies or places to go to learn japanese and have fun doing so for a 28 year old lawyer??
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>>1137119

Maid cafes with the maids outside hanging out brochures, arcades, and capsule machine stores. That's basically all there is in Akiba.
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>>1137025
I had the old monk trying to give you a gold plate scam tried on me a few times. Other than that, don't go into some touts place in Kabuchiko or Roppongi and you'll be fine
>>1137106
possible, but rushed. I would stay at a Ryokan overnight if you can afford it, much better experience. If you can't afford a Ryokan, I can absolutely recommend Hakone Tent. One of the best accommodations I've stayed in in Japan. Awesome staff, great mix of travelers, good location (Gora, starting point of the 5 transportation tour) and they have their own onsen in the basement which is free for staying guests.
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>>1137122
Well if that's all you're into, then that's all you gonna find.
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>>1137126
>old monk trying to give you a gold plate scam
what
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anyone know how much entry level accountants make over in Tokyo? My friend tried telling me around 2.4mil yen but that sounds incredibly low. Any validity to that?
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>>1137131
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/nyregion/fake-monks-begging-buddhist.html

Happens in NYC as well apparently
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>>1136945
Well, yeah. Not every country has a visa exemption treaty with Japan, you know?
And knowing how to get a visa for another country doesn't help me here.

So, is there a way to get a Japanese tourist visa outside your own country of residence?
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>>1137139
Yes, go to the nearest Japanese Embassy in the country you are currently in, tell them that you are from X country and would like to apply for visa.
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>>1137135
>entry level accountants
>2.4mil yen

I live in Japan and wouldn't be surprised if this were true. The Japanese are cheap bastards when it comes to salary/benefits.
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>>1137140
Doesn't seem like it's as easy as you're trying to make it look.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/faq.html
Questions 5 and 6.
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>>1137149
In order to allow me to assist you more effectively, please answer the following questions:
1. What passport(s) do you hold?
2. What country are you currently in?
3. How old are you?
4. What languages do you speak?
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Japanese bitches are hot. I got 4.
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>>1137149
Probably easier to move to a first world country senpai :^ )
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Heird question...

Is there a HEMA scene in Japan?
I'd like to do some fencing whilst I'm over there...
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>>1137164
Probably easier to move to Japan, then.
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I like to buy old posters as souvenirs. Generally old travel posters of the destination I'm at, but can be anything e.g. Retro fashion posters of that country. Does anyone know where I could find some of these in Tokyo? I thought jinbocho would be good but I didn't see any there really.

Thanks
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>>1137175
go away matt
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>>1137183
nah, still easier to move to the US or something and then go to japan. you don't move to japan without being rich, educated or talented and being third world you're not
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Being the lonely bastard that I am, I booked a solo trip to Japan for next month.

I'll be staying in the Park Hyatt Hotel.
Mfw, I'll basically be Bill Murray
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>>1137252
Lonely and filthy rich, I take it.
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>>1137252
You're staying the whole month in just one city?
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>>1137302
Yes?
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>>1136908
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
I would like to know as much as possible about these two things... I would be grateful if someone could help me
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>>1137310
Way too broad to get any kind if response. Try to narrow down your questions a bit.
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>>1137313
okay let's restrict the question to
>Teaching in Japan
I don't even know what OP meant by this. Let's say, is it possible to live in Japan and teach another language (not English)?
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>>1137316
It's possible but more difficult to find such a position because they are in significantly lower demand.
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>>1137109
Well, in that price I wanted to include food, non-JR bus/trains and attractions tickets. What is the regular amount of money to spend on food? I do not plan to eat anything really fancy, but I want to taste the Japanese kitchen. From what I've read in the net, I should count 1000 JPY per breakfast, lunch and dinner, so it sums up to 3000 JPY/day. Is that correct, or is the breakfast and dinner cheaper?
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>>1137317
Would it be teaching in a school or giving private lessons/reps?
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>>1137321
For languages other than English, it would almost certainly be something outside of school. But again, it's rare; I don't know if you could even find an organized to sponsor a visa for that.
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>>1137322
I see. How could a young European earn a little money and survive in Japan without knowing Japanese?
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I'm going to Okinawa for military stuff fairly soon. I'll be there for a while. I plan on getting a car over there, so what is there to do there?
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>>1137330
Scuba diving, beaches
There's a famous bridge called Koori Bridge (I think) that I didn't get to go to because it's like a 3 hour drive from the airport.
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>>1137325
By being a native english speaker and getting an english teaching job. I think you can WWOOF but that won't get you any money. If you're just an useless child taking a japs job, why should they let you stay in Japan?
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>>1137333
>If you're just an useless child taking a japs job, why should they let you stay in Japan?
Savage

Anyway, is it like in Australia? Do they "expel" you if you're not qualified?
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>>1137334
you don't get a visa, you become a illegal imigrant and you become deported
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>tfw got japanese gf pregnant for permanent residence card
>broke up with her so now I can sleep with some other women who aren't as annoying and don't have to worry about getting deported
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>>1137322
At the language school I used to teach at the biggest schools could sometimes support a single Chinese, Korean, and/or French teacher. My home school was pretty big but the Korean girl only lasted about a couple months because of lack of demand. For the other languages they have video conferencing but only a few of them are enough for most of the country.
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>>1137365
And all it cost you is child support for 18 years
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>>1137370
Child support is not a thing in Japan. The downside is that if you actually want to be in the kids life you have no rights to see the kid and if the mom wants the kid, unless there is some crazy circumstance like she is hospitalized or a drug addict, she will get the kid. Theres a lot of news articles about Japanese wives basically kidnapping the kid after the relationship goes bad in the US and running home to Japan and the father having literally no recourse
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going in December with a mate, are there any train passes that i should look at if i only intend to go from tokyo to kyoto and back ?
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>>1137371
the two issues are not in any way tied together. extradition is almost impossible in japan because japanese courts refuse to enforce the decisions of foreign courts.
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Best places to visit in April? I'd be there for 14-15 days and I'm interested in history/monuments.

Is Mount Koya worth a day or two? The site looks gorgeous but I don't know what there is to do there.

I'd also like to try out a ryokan with onsen while I'm there. Are those worth my time and money or are they just tourist traps?

Probably stupid questions but I don't know much about this country.
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>>1137384
I'm planning a three week trip in the same timeframe, similar interests. The Takayama festival takes place about halfway through April, and Nagasaki has a Tall Ships festival at the end of April (really cool thing if you're into old sailing vessels, I got to see them several years ago in Savannah, GA).

Here's my tentative map for my trip, you may find some good stuff in there. My only concern is how accessible some of the northern areas are for hiking in mid-late April.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1cYO5ZOeqEMNS3tL8Klo1Ntb1vQM
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>>1137386
How about you open up your map so peopel can actually look at it senpai
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I am here in Japan now

I can confirm that the memw situation is out of control!
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>>1137387
Sorry, first time I've used the google account maps.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cYO5ZOeqEMNS3tL8Klo1Ntb1vQM&usp=sharing
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>>1137384
I'm going to Mount Koya in August and spending a night at a temple. It's the thing to do there I supposed. You eat their monk vegetarian meals and get up and do morning chants with them.
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>>1137394
>memw situation
Are you talking about Pokemon Go?
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>>1136923

Dude, KYOTO obviously.
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>>1137126
>>1137131

Happened to me too. Told the cheeky little fucker to piss off.
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>>1137154

Assuming you've actually been to Japan, I'd imagine you didn't 'get' any Japanese women, let alone four.
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>>1137386
Sadly, I'll miss both festivals : I'm a teacher and I have to go during the first half of April.

Thanks for the map, I'll definitely have a look at it.
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>>1137100

It's called Kyoto Century Hotel
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>>1137330

don't ruin Japan liberty for the rest of us.
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>>1137330
rape some girls so all americans are shot on sight
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If I had to visit one japanese aquarium, which one should it be?
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This was nearly a year ago, but someone had posted a photo of an old house in some suburb that was partially covered by greenery and apparently it was actually a well known suburb for these sort of buildings. As it is slightly run down.
Does anyone still have the picture or know where it is?
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>>1137432
the osaka one was nice, they had otters and i really fucking love otters. ended up buying a shirt with otters on it even though it was a kids shirt.
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if one has lived in japan for years and been to everywhere but the following, i imagine theres not much appeal in going way out of ones way to visit nagoya, sapporo or naha (not interested in beaches)? even nagano seems kind of samey as everywhere else if not far less to do there

maybe its time to turn my attention towards the rest of asia
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>>1137404
I meant meme

Also, i am i tokyo from tomorrow to the 21st if any anons want to meet up :)))
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>>1137450
If you havent been to Hokkaido theres no reason to write off Sapporo
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Is air very polluted in Tokyo?
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>>1137488
Its probably cleaner than whereever you're from
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If I wanted to visit Japan and have a translator with me so I don't feel retarded all the time, could I pay a reputable business or would I need to set up something like that on my own?
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>>1137494
Let me guess, you are a native English speaker, aren't you?
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>>1137495
Your detective skills are truly remarkable.
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Can I live there relatively comfylike albeit frugally on 188K yen per month?
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>>1137492
Thank you for the info, though you've been prejudiced and rude.
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>>1137507
>>1137488
http://aqicn.org/map/tokyo/
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>>1137504
If you live atleast an hour away from anywhere you'd actually want to go, are fine with renting your whole life, and don't go out more than once a month
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>>1137318
bump
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>>1137507
>though you've been prejudiced and rude
>anonymously profiled
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>>1137533
Exactly. You don't know where I live, so save your useless comments for yourself.
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Some questions about groping on trains. Is this actually something that happens frequently? When it happens do women just quietly bear it or do they speak up? If I see it happening to someone who looks uncomfortable, should I say anything? Does it happen to guys too?
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>>1137564
>Unhand that lady this instant you nefarious uncouth ne'er-do-gooder!
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>>1137564
The trains have cars segregated by gender. What does that tell you?
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>>1137564
Yes. Yes. You won't see it. No.
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>>1137564
>Does it happen to guys too?
You wish
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>>1137574
>>1137578
>>1137584
>>1137587
Well, I asked because I am a grill and I certainly don't want a hand up my skirt while I'm commuting, but I also don't like to rock the boat. I guess I'm trying to figure out how much of a scene I'd make if I spoke up. I also may or may not be trying to figure out if I can grope a qt jap boy and get away with it.
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>>1137608
It doesn't happen often but when it does, it's illegal. Always speak up.
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>>1137608
>In Japan, men who grope women in public are called chikan (痴漢, チカン, or ちかん); and the term also describes the act itself. Crowded trains are a favourite location for groping and a 2001 survey conducted in two Tokyo high schools revealed that more than 70% of students had been groped while traveling on them.[4] As part of the effort to combat the problem, some railway companies designate women-only passenger cars during rush hours.[5][6][7] While the term is not defined in the Japanese legal system, vernacular usage of the word describes acts that violate several laws. Although crowded trains are the most frequent targets, another common setting is bicycle parking areas, where people bending over unlocking locks are targets. Chikan is often featured in Japanese pornography.

>This issue affects men in a different way. Since Japan has a very high conviction rate (99% by some sources), innocent men may have difficulty proving their innocence in court.[8] The film I Just Didn't Do It by Japanese film director Masayuki Suo, based on a true story, focuses on a male office worker acquitted of groping after a five-year legal battle.[9] The criminal courts have traditionally been lenient in cases of groping and have only recently made efforts to combat the social problem with tougher sentences.

Some copy paste off wikipedia
tl;dr don't do it, and don't let others either
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>>1137202
I can't help you as I'm not in Japan but here in Toronto in Chinatown all the stores have back areas or rooms full of jank they never sold in the 80s and 90s. So my recommendation would be Chinatown haha or really old Knick knacks shops cluttered with shit
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Here comes an age-old question... So there is a high chance that I'll go to Tokyo for 7-10 days within a month. Any tips on how to befriend a not so weird nor normie whom could show me around Tokyo? (read the sticky)
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>>1137619
I doubt anyone would just show you around for 10 days for free unless it was your airbnb or couchsurfing host, and even then it'd probably only be stuff at night or on the weekends since they presumably work. If you are white then there's a chance that a random local may offer to help you with directions and end up treating you to a meal, which sometimes turns into an all night drinking party. I've never experienced this myself since I am asian (and therefore look like a local) but pretty much every white person I spoke with in hostels had this happen at least once.
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>>1137664
>be white
>go to an asian country
>everyone wants to talk to you

Why can't we Asians have it this easy when we go to Europe?
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>>1137670
Other think I found interesting was that everyone assume you speak English without asking.
Well, I'm not a native English speaker but I live in an English speaking country. I wonder how non-english speakers travel.
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>>1137619
Most Japanese you'll meet are probably going to be to busy to be your personal guide for the duration, but absolutely yes it is possible to get someone to hang out with you and show you around for a few hours.
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First time poster here.
I will be going to Japan for six weeks starting next week. What is the cheapest way to eat in tokyo (i can't cook btw)? I have heard about the cheap restaurants in the basements of office buildings, but i am not sure if i am courageous enough to go there.
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>>1137698
>What is the cheapest way to eat in tokyo (i can't cook btw)
Buy a bag of rice, doesn't get any cheaper than that. Otherwise there's 100 yen cup ramen.

It's going to suck ass to eat like that
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Do I go in January or March?
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>>1137714
March, is the perfect window for nice weather, decent temps and right before the raining season starts.
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>>1137318
Do you plan on eating in restaurants all the time?

I ate in restaurants once a day which cost me about 700-1500yen. The other meals I just got from FamilyMart/7/11 or foodstands. You can get decent sized meals from there starting from 200yen and contraire to the shit you get in germany for that money - it actually tastes good and makes you full.
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For booking Airbnbs, what is a good area to look for in Kyoto and Osaka?
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>>1137608
>>1137564
>>1137608
Caucasian male living in Tokyo here.
Harrassment in trains happens to guys too.

In a relatively packed train, there was this girl who just kept pushing unto me, kinda pretending to use me as support but no matter how much I backed off, she just kept trying to rub her back on me, despite clearly having enough room to stand by herself. No matter what people may think, when you don't want it, it's really creepy and annoying.
Another (chinese) friend of mine was also harassed by an creepy old dude, who kept touching his legs for the major part of the commute. It's super hard to actually react appropriately in such situations, people tend to freeze.
And don't expect support from the others around.
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>>1137752
So what happens if you tell them to fuck off.
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Long time /lit/ and /mu/ poster, so coming to /trv/ is something really new to me, but I'll be moving to Takamatsu in late July.

Any other expats have any advice for learning some Japanese? I took Chinese as a minor in University, so i'm able to learn a language, but what are some good resources?
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>>1137318
>breakfast
I usually skip it, or just get a pack of corn flakes that lasts a few days. I'm totally not doing this one the japanese way. (which would be cooking some omuraisu and bacon or stuff like that).
I've seen quite a lot of people taking their breakfast in pastry shops and cafes, so that's an option too. Probably around 500, 800 tops.
>lunch
usually get by with a bento. you can easily find those for under 500 in any conbini. for really cheap days, 2 onigiri (around 100 each) can be enough.
>dinner
that depends widely on what you want to eat. chain stores like Matsuya/Yoshinoya can get you some nice gyudon for 400, a more typical restaurant will average at 800. I've had great dinners for around 1200, and some days with izakaya taking me back 4000.
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>>1137754
Could turn agressive
Could realize they're being an annoyance and stop
Could just ignore you and keep doing it
Others around could take action

What ifs.

>>1137761
chinese might help to not be too shocked with kanji.
advice to learn japanese? use your broken japanese, you'll make faster progress by using it instead of studying it.
but you do need to get some basics first.I've used the books series Minna No Nihongo. others have used Genki for a start.
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In odaiba trying takoyaki for the first time, pretty good desu
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>>1137761
In order of effectiveness
1. Take a class in Japan, Japanese teaching in the US moves extremely slow and even the free to 500 yen a class volunteer classes are better than most college classes
2. Take a class in the US, its still better than studying on your own
3. Self study with Genki, moves a little slow for a lot of people but is one of the better English books
....
9999. Drink all the time and just hang out with other gaijin

No matter what you do, you should acquaint yourself with Anki as its the most used resource for vocab and kanji learning. I personally like the CorePlus deck as a base although some people seem to get something out of building a deck up themselves. Personally I find it a time waster.

Surprisingly /a/ has an amazing list of resources for learning japanese in /djt/
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>>1137763
Nobody except clueless Chinese would be bold enough to keep it going after an audible "チカン触らないで”
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>>1137752
was the girl ugly?
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Based on this itinerary, is taking overnight bus like Willer Express worth it or is it more recommended to buy a JR Pass?
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>>1137773
shit forgot pic, here's it
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>>1137740
For Kyoto, I say anything north of Kyoto station. If you look on Google Maps, find Kyoto Station and trace a line north until you start to reach the mountains. Anything along that line, not straying too far on either side, should be good. There will be food, shopping, trains, etc. Alternatively, I was thinking of living near Gion.
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/fa/ here
I post magazine scans on my home board and realized that this one might be useful here too
Masters of Walk - Tokyo Station
Enjoy
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0jc0NJQ4qefY2hPOVNnNzlhRjQ&usp=sharing
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>>1137794
Bane?
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>>1137795
the .zip is uploading if you wanna download it =)
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>>1137796
Lotta loyalty for a hired gun
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>>1137797
I saw that movie on opening weekend and fell asleep partway through
so I missed all of the memes
sorry
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Should i smile at the store clerks when they say their usual irasshaimase? I know nobody replies to those, but i feel a bit bad if i don't give any acknowledgement.
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Ive been in kabukicho with a friend for almost 2 Days now and weve been trying to find some Good stores to buy weird shit in but we cant seem to find any, do you guys have any recommendatins? If you know a Place that sells otamatones that would be great
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how to smoke in japan and getting taspo card ? or should i bring plenty cigarretes pack from my country ? (mexico)
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>>1137800
My Japanese friends called me a country hick when I did
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>>1137800
Do whatever you want, man.
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>>1137800
I'm going to say konichiwa at every fucking store they say hello to me. Gotta make sure they know I'm a tourist.
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>>1137827
Yeah, fuck the parts of their culture that lets customers walk all over employees. I see nothing wrong with giving them mutual respect.
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>>1137802
Who told you there were places like that in Kabukicho? Kabukicho is a red light district. You won't find places with otamatones or whatever. Just sex establishments, hostess bars, etc.
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>>1137881
>Yeah, fuck the parts of their culture that lets customers walk all over employees. I see nothing wrong with giving them mutual respect.
The bad thing is that you are already throwing them off their practised habits by simply being a gajin, acting outside of their programming would just make them confused
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>>1137885
No ragrets.
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>>1137800

I occasionally just nod at them.

>>1137881

Yeah you show em, gaijin!
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>>1137762
>>1137738
Thanks for the info. Taking it into consideration, 6500 jpy/day shouldnt be as tight budget as I originally thought.
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>>1135889
Thanks, no need for translation, I should be able to manage.

I see lots of people saying that there's not much to see in Osaka except for night life which doesn't really interest me. Would a day trip there from Kyoto suffice?
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I'm planning to go to Japan and I also want a taste of the women.

What are the do's and don't for hooking up with Japanese qt3.14's?

Also my face is a 6.8 at most, but I'm 195cm and I work out, is that a problem?

Do they speak english?
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>>1137969
I think people were talking about tinder for this.
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>>1137773
depends entirely on how much money you want to spend and if you prefer buses or trains
>>1137804
no you can just buy smokes at konbini as far as I remember
>>1137969
>What are the do's and don't for hooking up with Japanese qt3.14's?
try to act like a gentlemen (in a non Fedora tipping way). Things like holding the door open for them, taking the bill, making sure that they don't walk on the wrong side of the walkway etc. all go a long way since Japanese men tend to not do those things. Other than that, speaking Japanese certainly helps and well, be prepared since Asian women tend to be very fickle (no often doesn't mean no).
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>>1137999

Thanks. I'm not gonna date them though, just looking for some dtf charlies.

Can I be direct with them or do they like to play the game?
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>>1137955
a daytrip should be long enough. their aquarium is supposed to be good; I went to see the palace which is skippable but the surrounding park is nice for a stroll. Mostly you just walk around the shopping arcades at namba (dotonburi, shinsaibashi, denden town) for entertainment. Don't forget to eat okonomiyaki, it is said to originate in osaka.
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Has anyone here experienced the late nightlife in Akihabara? What's it like? I've heard that the only places that really stay open are pachinko, karaoke, Somali and Yakuza bars and soaplands.

Are there any comfy 24/7 stores or cafes you can find? Going to be stranded there until the early hours of the morning soon so need somewhere to go.
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>>1138030
as I said, they can be very fickle and say no when they actually mean yes. For you though, you can be pretty straight forward though
>>1138038
Akihabara is ded at night m8. Try Shibuya or Roppongi if you want nightlife
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>>1138038
>some Yakuza bars
Off topic, but have people here actually had any sort of an experience with the influence of Yakuza or such? I would imagine that uninvolved people, especially foreigners, don't really have to worry about much?
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Konnichiwa,
My name is Ken-Sama, I am a 27 year old male and a Japan enthusiast. Sadly, studio Ghibli rejected me as an animator, but prior to returning to the US I am going to visit a holy ground of Wonder Festival. I am looking for a company with such refined taste as mine to attend it.
Kind sirs, will anyone be in Chiba on 24th of July?
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>>1138058
you're not tricking me Kyouko, I know it's you
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>>1137752
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>>1137766
Can confirm.
I studied Japanese for 8 months without Anki and it was pretty much all wasted time for the last 4. Without vocabulary you can't do shit with all the grammar you learn, nor can you get much out of listening to native materials.

/djt/ is a great resource but avoid Tae Kim. If you want to know why, look it up.

The most important thing you can do is practice as much as possible, like hours a day.
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>>1137999
Is there any point in imitating those idols with the long hair and cool demeanor that I see in my Japanese animes?
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>>1138041
My friend got roofied, caned in the shins, and robbed out of about $1,000 USD at a Yakuza bar. He was laughing when he told me the story though.
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>>1137761
>>1137766
Primsleur isn't really mentioned in the /djt/ guide as far as I remember, but I've found it useful in addition to Anki.
Going for a walk while listening to study track is easier than looking at smartphone for the flashcards, and it does get you somewhat working on your speech too.
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>>1138038
There is no nightlife in Akihabara. Why don't you just go somewhere else more accommodating before last train?

>>1138092
Just so people know, this is probably a fake story this guy just pulled out of his ass based on oft parroted memes online and some news articles about such infamous incidents. Not saying this kind of thing never happens, but it probably didn't happen to his "friend" and he's just being a trolly edgelord.
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>>1138093
Pimsleur moves excruciatingly slow though. Its not that you won't learn from it, its just the worse way to get your listening practice in since it moves so slow.
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For all those filthy shotacons out there. The Mandarake store in Akihabara has a range of shotacon manga and doujins. Ikebukuro doesn't really cater for shota - just yaoi and a bit of shounen-ai thrown in the mix.
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considering visiting one day myself in 2020. would it be best to go before, during, or after the olympics?
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>>1138213
>considering visiting one day myself in 2020. would it be best to go before, during, or after the olympics?
its going to be absolutely packed during the actual olympics, you better order well in advance if you intend to go
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What's the cheapest ticket anyone has ever gotten going East Coast USA ---> Tokyo?

All the tickets I'm looking at are 1.5k, is that expected?
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>>1137800
When I was there I always just gave a big smile but then again I'm a fairly upbeat person so I generally smile at anything because I think its usually polite. I also always thanked the server in convenience stores and wait staff and stuff despite not having very good Japanese so you know you do you but I think if you smile at them because you genuinely want to smile it will come off as nice and polite. Then again when I saw people staring at me in public if your eyes met I'd usually give them a small polite smile and that seemed to make them feel awkward, especially children, so I stopped smiling at them, but in my country if I see kids looking at me I generally smile or pull faces and they love that shit so you know just use your own discretion I guess.
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>>1138230
I see JFK - HND/NRT for between 1k and 1.3k from now until end of August. 1.5k isn't crazy, if you take an American airline. Google Flights, learn to love it brother.
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How difficult is it to mail stuff back home when you are in Japan? I"m thinking of getting some JAV magazines or posters and mailing them back to America. The reason why is because I realize I will be flying to South Korea after visiting Japan and I hear they are sticklers against porn.
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>>1138288
Pack, fill the form, pay.
I think a trained monkey could do this.
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>>1138289

I didn't know if there was issues with mailing things over there. Especially if it was nudity magazines.
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>>1138291

So..... You're planning to show the postal office ladies what you're mailing? You're not going to arrive at the Post Office with a sealed envelope like any normal person would? Do you think there are different postage charges for different kinds of porn?
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>>1138295

Oh I didn't know. I've never mailed a package before so I don't know how they handle it.
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how much would cost me for a week long trip to japan incld. all things : hotel,food,trains etc
>tokyo
>osaka
both destinations
traveling from eu to be more specific
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>>1138299
tfw a ticket costs €700
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>>1138299
A million dollars
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>>1138299
tree
fiddy
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>>1138299
You can get the flight for around 500€
The train rides are going to be something like 170€ (Tokyo-Osaka = 85€x2)
Daily food expenses can be anything between 5€ to 40€ depending how much you splurge.
Staying in hostels will be cheap, though there are some hotels with night costing only 20€ or so.

But seriously, why would you travel to Japan for a week? You'll barely have time to adjust to time difference and won't have time to do anything. At least take two weeks, since flights are going to be your biggest expense anyway, and staying longer won't change the cost of that.
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>>1138340
>The train rides are going to be something like 170€ (Tokyo-Osaka = 85€x2)
You can fly from Tokyo to Osaka for half the price of a slow train and 1/3 of the price of the bullet train. You can also take the bus even cheaper.
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>>1138345
Tokyo to Osaka is the most competitively priced ticket between the bullet trains and the airlines. Theres often times a deal to be had in the off season but you have to do your research and usually they are very close in price since the two end up taking nearly the same amount of time to travel between.
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Tell me something I should do in Tokyo that hasn't been mentioned 1000 times on travel blogs and /trv/ a la "Golden Gai!" "fish market!"
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>>1138373
Go to a new half bar
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>>1138373
Rikugien
Sunamachi Ginza
Yanaka Cemetery and surrounding area
Otonashi Park
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>>1138349
Just checked skyscanner, you can easily get a ticket for $50-60 if you book a week ahead and even for tomorrow It's about $120 which is still cheaper than the train.
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>>1138176
ss?

>>1138230
1.5k seems a little expensive. Last year I flew for $800 from Chicago; roundtrip to Chicago from JFK is definitely less than $700 so maybe consider departing from other cities. My ticket this time cost $500 from Chicago to Taipei and roundtrip from Taipei to Tokyo is less than $300.
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>>1138388
They must doing some kind of massive push to become more relevant since most people just opt for the train. Theres gotta be baggage fees or something associated with the ticket. Thats just too low when compared historically
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>>1138391
well yes LCCs usually have baggage fees if you have more than hand luggage. Otherwise they save money on service (no food or drinks) and you won't have much leg space but it's fine for that short distance. I flew Tokyo-Fukuoka for something around 40$ as far as I remember
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>>1138388
>$50-60
Is that the roundtrip price? If so then that's a great deal. I wouldn't pay it for oneway though; after factoring in transportation cost to even get to/from the airport it's comparable to the shinkansen, plus the hassle/stress of having to account for transit time to the airport so you don't miss your flight.
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>>1137883
Yeah we kind of noticed that. Is taking a train to Tokyo station and walking around there the best Choice or are there better Places to be?
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>>1138406
If you had even done a tiny bit of research on google you'd know the answer
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I need to get from Kanazawa to a city really close to the airport, because I have a flight at 07:00 in the morning so need to get up buttfuck early and want to minimise the travel as much as possible.

Anyway, what's the cheapest way (preferably involving a JR pass) to get from Kanazawa to a really close city to HND? Somewhere like Yokohama would be nice, but the routes I've checked involve local trains, which are expensive, and I can't seem to find any other cities really close with any better routes.
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>>1138410
This guy is right, we don;t really need /trv/ at all. Why communicate with each other when we can just Google?
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>>1138417

Nevermind, I'm an idiot. I was looking on Google Maps and it listed 2 trains, but only one of them had a JR logo visible. Turns out if you expand the full journey, both trains are run by JR.
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>>1138418
This is true for 90% of the questions that get asked in the thread, but the other 10% are what makes this place interesting
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>>1137794
nobody gives a fuck =(
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>>1136919
Yooo mah Beppu shi nigga. Lived there for half a year on exchange. Loved it
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>>1138058
Guys please respond.
I will be travelling in a company of totally normal people who obviously won't accompany me to a chinese figurines exhibition, I badly need to find another infantile imbecile and I can't think of any other places but 4chan
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>>1138453
Sorry senpai, ill be there in august. Godspeed.
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Guys help me
I've been here less than one fucking day and already made a fool of myself.

>Get to my hotel last night
>LONG fucking journey, cheaped on tickets so took 43 hours
>No sleep in that time
>Want to go and grab a quick bite to eat before coming back for some sleep
>About 9pm Tokyo time
>Leave my hotel
>go and walk around
>look for a convenience store because I know Japanese have great ones
>find a Family Mart
>go inside
>the fucking dings and music is pretty overwhelming combined with the TSHINUMASAY or whatever it is they say when you walk in
>pretty fucking sensory overloaded
>manage to grab a flatbread looking thing, thinking it is just a sandwich
>take it to the cashier
>he takes it from me
>points at the microwave in the store and says something in Japanese
>I am really confused, and for some reason think he is offering to add cheese and toast it like you would at a Subway
>put my hand up and say 'OK JUST ONE MINUTE I'LL GRAB THE CHEESE'
>walk around the store looking for some cheese
>can't find any
>turn and the cashier is watching me
>get scared he will be angry at me for not finding cheese
>shout that 'I'LL BE BACK IN A MINUTE, I'LL GET THE CHEESE FROM 7-ELEVEN'
>walk off and find a 7-Eleven
>only realise what I did after 10 minutes
>ended up buying some ice cream from a vending machine and standing outside my hotel eating it
>didn't know if I could take the ice cream inside with me
>pretty sure the people at the desk watched me eat 3 ice cream cones whilst standing outside the doors

The worst part is that it is 7am and I have only had 4 hours sleep since due to jet lag.
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>>1138473
How the hell did you even make it to Japan?
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>>1138483
More like "why"
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>>1138473
you sound like a boring person trying to make himself seem interesting
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>>1138493
sounds like a shitposter to me
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>>1138473
Legit shocked you can dress yourself and you don't shit all over your pants whenever you have to use the bathroom
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>>1138473
>Guys help me
I'm not sure anyone can help you
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got a q about japanese sex shops. whats on floor 3-5 that make it so women cant go up there??
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Is there any way to pick up a pocket wifi in Japan without ordering it online? My flight is tomorrow, and I arrive the 15th, so it's too late for the ones I've found.
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>>1138552
my gf found one in akihabara
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>>1138554
What's the pricing like?
A better question would be "Is it even necessary", though.
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>>1138555
we were having a real rough time talking since she didnt get the japanese sim card. it was 70 to rent and 5 will be refunded when returned. she said local wifi was p garbo
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>>1138473
epic story dude xD sounds like life out of an anime!!!
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>>1137252
Meet a young qt and run around the city with her.
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>>1138569
Second that, I can give you some title recommendations to select your qt
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>>1138473
>Guys help me

I think you need a specialists help.
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Should I go to kyoto? Me getting the jrail pass depends if I really decided to go or not.
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>>1138587
Go for the train museum desu
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Just left Starbucks in ginza, seems like they have the same issue here as in the rest of the world, people ordering a small coffee and spend the rest of the day there using the free WiFi in their macbooks. Tons of customers turning around in the entrance since there were no sitting space.
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Had my dank meme pancakes today

Oishi desu senpai
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>>1138615
Japanese pancakes are too sweet and dry for my liking.
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>>1138608
Not to sound like a Realtraveler shithead, but:

>go all the way to Japan
>go to fucking Starbucks

No other way to get coffee, anon?
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>>1138629
Not the anon you're asking but I don't see a problem in going to another country and checking a global chain restaurant.
Sure it's a global chain and they try to make everything the same everywhere in the world but there are always some differences and I do find fun and valid to do at least once to see/feel the differences.
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>>1138629

>>1138631
Senconding this
Don't tell me that if you have been to japan that you never set foot in a 7-11 or whatever other store that you have in the country you live in.
Everyone wants different experience in life. The poster simply made an observation.
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lads I can get flights + hostel next year for 11 nights in April for 646 quid

worth it? it's in Tokyo, I've always wanted to go

I was thinking of doing that pilgrimage too, anyone who's done it here?
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>>1138587
Kyoto is one of the only cities in Japan that wasn't bombed to shit and all the shrines and temples had to be rebuilt. If you don't care about that Osaka is much better
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>>1138639
Why does everyone want to visit Japan with latterly no budget? Japan is the one place where you actually need budget.
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anyone living in japan go to the dentist for a cleaning?

how much does it cost with national health insurance?

how was the experience? effective? take a long time? japanese/english?

im pretty sure i have some cavities
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I'm going to arrive tomorrow, and I'll be in Narita until my friends arrive the next day.
Anything I can do?
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>>1138644
when did I mention budget? the money I save on flights and hotel means I just have more to spend during the day, what is your problem mate
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>>1138647
Oh shit, I read your post wrong senpai. I guess I look like a fool now.
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>>1138645
American dentist are better but especially for a cleaning a Japanese dentist will be just fine. I went to a Japanese only dentist because my girlfriend worked there and I could get everything discounted or free, but I've seen around town dentist advertising English and Japanese just do a google search.
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Guys, I have a jr pass and paid airbnbs, is 10 k yen per day enough for food (nothing exquisite, I want to eat local stuff like ramen/soba/gyoza etc) and everyday expenditures, e.g. tickets to shrines/museums, small gifts for family and so on
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What do you think about tokio hentai club?
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Where in Tokyo would I have the most fun being a semi socially retarded, geeky intellectual kind of guy?

I see you guys talking about bars and clubs and stuff but that aint me. Just hang out in Akihababra all the time? Just wondering if it's worth it for someone like me (relatively reserved) to travel. I mean, the money isn't an issue but...
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>>1138718
Let's be more forthright...

I don't want to travel to deal with Japanese normalfags and expat normalfags. I want to meet the cool weird Japs instead. I have no issues socializing, so long as a person aint a normalfag or whatever.
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>>1138718
>intellectual
Fedora.jpg
Akiba yes, ask if you need any place recommendations.
But really, if you're as intellectual as you say, forget about you being a geek and just explore main tokyo districts-kyoto-osaka, you know the drill, look up the guides. Japan is much more fun than it seems
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