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>Your favorite Japanese drinks, bars, and degenerate drinking activities
>Getting drunk with salarymen
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

"Dude what should I see in ________?"
>https://www.japan-guide.com/
>https://www.jnto.go.jp/
Solid general guides - sights, sample itineraries, pre-travel considerations, etc
>https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1fmfaySQHmojbRGKWCwRecq6Ln1Bb2Xdh&ll=35.67928012473078%2C139.68638283648374&z=12
/JPG/anon put together an autistic supermap of sights, restaurants, and shopping. Go nuts.

*Info on prostitution*
Please try to refrain from asking questions about prostitution. If you're coming to Japan solely for prostitutes you should probably consider a different country like China or Singapore.
What is available can generally be found in the following links
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/
>http://rockitrisingsun.com/
>http://hentaitokyo.com/

*JR 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¥ (approximately a Tokyo-Kyoto round-trip bullet train trip)
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥

>https://www.japan-guide.com/railpass/
Super-easy rail pass calculator. Fill in your planned trips, get a quick yes/no response.

Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel. Old >>1534182
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Thoughts on the Kintetsu Rail Pass if you're going to be traveling within Kyoto and its surrounds, Osaka, and Nara for 6 days? Is it a good deal or are there better?
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My Jap girlfriend is dragging me back this summer for two weeks again. I'm a US born rooftop korean so I pass for jap as long as i keep my mouth shut. Last time we went it was very hot and humid, only things to do were go eat the usual japanese rotation (sushi, yakitori, shabu-shabu, grilled meat, "italian"). Awkward threesome with her married friend who was hugely sexually repressed and thought koreans were basically how niggers are treated in america. My complaint is that after 2 days, there is nothing fun or special about japan and the days become very repetitious. Gf booked tickets for us in march so here i go again. Any of you faggots got any ideas on what to do? Staying at her place in shinjuku.
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>>1538995
Cherry blossom season ?
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Visit Kamakura.
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>>1539085
It's a spambot that's been here for a few weeks.
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Went out with a girl two times, she’s asking me if I know kokuhaku and wants me to know how dating in Asia/Japan works but isn’t giving me any more info. Is she waiting for a “I like you” confession? I do like her and want to date her though I am a tourist.
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What time are the parades for National Foundation Day in Tokyo?
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Visiting Nagoya soon, is there much to see there?

If not, any good day trip locations? Ise maybe?
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Anyone know if it would be a bad idea to go in June 2020 before the Olympics? Will only Tokyo become overpriced or will everywhere else also get their prices hiked?
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>>1539281
That's what I've been assuming. I'm not sure if the difference will be that big, though.
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>>1539281
Everywhere prices will be jacked up
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>>1539281
We're all collectively fucked.

I went to Japan in 2009 there was no airbnb I think? Hostels where about 60% of the price the are now.

I went to Japan in 2016 prices were 80% of now
I went to Japan in 2018 yeah...

Tourism has exploded and theres not enough space. Plane tickets during sakura season are 50% more expensive if not more. Hotels are sometimes up to 70% more expensive.

Japan for tourist is going to get more and more expensive.

Maybe the tourism bubble will burst once the chinks and koreas get bored but I woudn't count on it.

The only good thing for us westerners is that whites are still the "best tourists".

Koreans are polite but they're koreans so there natural hate.
Chinks and SEA faggots are dirty and rude.
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Booked some flights, be in Japan from May 16 to end of May. Thinking of seeing Sanja Matsuri festival, then travelling South seeing Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara before ending on a few days in Tokyo. Very roughly based on this itinerary: https://nerdnomads.com/japan-two-week-itinerary

Is this a solid plan? Anything I should watch out for /trv/?
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One country to go to from Japan that is not South Korea? Would spend 4 days there probably. Was thinking Hong Kong.

>>1539242
How long will you be there. What do you want to do? You can check out Osu Kannon, the castle, some of the parks maybe the science museum in a day in the city then check out Sakae at nighttime. That's about it though. There is some stuff in Gifu prefecture. Nagoya also has an aquarium with miserable orcas.
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>>1539412
Dude you can get hostels for like 25$. Despite being on the same economic level as like Western Europe Japan is still very cheap to do on a budget since you can also get easy good meals for like 3$
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>>1539558
2 nights in Nagoya, that’s why I’m thinking of doing a day trip on the second day
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>>1539598
Yea you got some option for a day trip, you'll probably be full of "nagoya" after one day.

>Gifu
Never spent much time here but I'm sure there is stuff to do.
>Inuyama
There's a castle and a few other activities, monkey zoo, little world. Actually a fun place desu
>Toyota
Cool little city where the car company is HQ'd there's a toyota museum
>toyohashi
Not to be confused with Toyota-shi a nice place with plenty to do for a day.
There's actually a few more too, Nagoya is a nice place for day trips and travelling to other parts of japan. I lived in Aichi for a while if you or anyone else have any questions.
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>>1538892
Spending 3 days in Tokyo before going to South Korea for a couple weeks. How do I maximize the experience given the short time frame? staying close to Shinjuku if that matters.
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>>1539281
Curious about what kind of effect the Rugby World Cup is going to have. Thinking of visiting again in October but it's going to be smack in the middle of the RWC. Obviously a smaller event but it takes place across the country so I'm wondering how fucked I might be with accomodations and the like.
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>>1539412
well, thankfully most people tend to stick to the trampled Tokyo-Mt. Fuji-Kyoto-Osaka-(maybe Hiroshima) route

There's plenty of other areas in Japan where you can go days without seeing another westerner thankfully
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>>1539412
The Japs don’t seem to mind Asian tourists (Chinese etc.). Never seen a Jap get up and move from a Chinese tourist the way they always seem to do for whites on the subway/train
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>>1539862
Are you kidding me? Where do you live? I live in Osaka and every Japanese person I know hates Chinese tourists more than literally any other tourist other than MAYBE tall black people.
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Why is nightlife in Japan so shit?

Literally everywhere is so dead night at night it's ridiculous
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>>1539862
Nice anecdote let me give you mine.

On Keisei Line going for Aoto to Ueno. Two chinks females in their 40s loudly talking on train obviously going from the airport to Ueno. They're too cheap to buy a Skyliner ticket so they're using the local train.

Some nip woman in her 20s comes in sits next them while they're quiet for time. They start speaking Chinese after the train departs some station. She literally stands up and goes to sit elsewhere.
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>>1539862
How about me capturing a Chinese tourist. He crossed the edge of the bridge the policeman/security fucking ninjad behind him and grabed him by the shoulders, the chink visibly afraid decided to maybe not do it.
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>>1539862
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/2145150/why-japans-gamble-casinos-and-chinese-tourists-wont
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>>1539908
wheres this pic from
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>>1539912
China?
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>>1538995
That's a pretty strange post Anon. How the fuck can you not find shit to do in Japan? Literally youtube it or just read the fuckin guide in OP's post. Onsen, food, arcades, shopping, bars, scenery, watching drunk salary men etc. What do you enjoy in life?
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>>1538995
>>1539918
>sushi, yakitori, shabu-shabu, grilled meat, "italian"
>Onsen, food, arcades, shopping, bars, scenery, watching drunk salary men
I find it funny how these two posts summarized Japan completely
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>>1539281
Man I was thinking about this too. I'm going a couple times this year but I could be fucked because Olympics.

How long do you Anons think it'll take for it to blow over and prices to come back down? September? Or avoid 2020 altogether?
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>>1539922
https://www.ukessays.com/essays/tourism/impact-olympic-games-tourism-9291.php

Going by this you should be safe in the non direct Olympics peroid as the games seem to have no lasting effect on tourism.
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>>1539932
Thanks my dude, I'll take a look. Do you think it'll just be Tokyo that's affected? Kinda silly if prices start getting fucked in places like Kumamoto when the Olympics ain't near there.
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>>1539935
Well I imagine most people will come for the olympics but say for Japan.

So imagine an increase in overall tourism 3+/- months of the Olympics.
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Are Japanese girls really this attractive and sweet most of the times?
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>>1539951
In aggregate, they're probably less attractive in the face than most other countries. There are fewer pretty/beautiful faces around than I'd find in Western cities. Probably something to do with dental crowding and the general "flatness" of the faces of certain bloodlines.

But again on aggregate, they're much, much less fat than westerners. If you're into petite girls it's a veritable paradise. If you find a girl with a passable face on a dating app, the body at least not being fat as fuck is usually a foregone conclusion. That being said, never used a dating app there. Sitting in the hotel bar in a suit after work was enough and over the course of 3 weeks 2 of the female wait staff had basically just said "let's go drink after I get off at 11pm, but I'll have to stay with you because the last train is at midnight."
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>>1539951
these girls look Chinese or Korean
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>>1539951
Maybe?
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Since the thread is past bump limit...

>>1539972
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>>1539956
It does seems like it on there.
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>>1539955
True, plus you can easily find them hanging out in clubs at times.
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>>1539281

Planning on going late March into April. Didn't realize it's Sakura, just trying to avoid Olympics. I'm planning on staying in hostels. I don't trust airbnb since they put the new laws into place and I got cancelled on last minute while in Osaka this past summer. I assume flight prices will have a sakura season hike anyway, but at least hostels will stay low-ish. I'd say if you do go in June, try to book everything well in advance because things will be taken up.
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>>1539955
>Sitting in the hotel bar in a suit after work was enough and over the course of 3 weeks 2 of the female wait staff had basically just said "let's go drink after I get off at 11pm, but I'll have to stay with you because the last train is at midnight."
you literally spent 3 weeks sitting in a bar by yourself every evening?
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4,5 days tokyo (hakone daytrip)
3 days fujigoku
5 days osaka/kyoto/nara/kobe
1 days Kirishima
2 day Kagoshima/Yakushima
1 day Matsune
3 days Oki Islands
1 day Kinosaki
2 days tokyo (not counting early flight day)
First draft itinerary, any advice?
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https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/2274/what-should-i-know-about-booking-a-home-in-japan

You may be able to get some kind of reimbursement out of airbnb if you email them.
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>>1539956
they are cuz Japanese girls have smaller eyes if you look more closely.
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>>1539957
pretty much so
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Infrequent /trv/ visitor here so sorry if you've already been asked this a bunch of times but is it possible to ship a bunch of things to yourself from nipland while having no return address?
I'd like to buy at least a couple knives, artwork and things like that but I tend to stick to carry-on luggage
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>>1540033
Just put down whatever residence you are currently staying at, don't bother trying to explain it is a temp address to them. They will just get confused and probably don't care either way
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Is this thread only travel related?
I've lurked for a while but haven't found anyone who actually lives in Japan.

I'm moving to Tokyo soon (2 months), would like to talk to people who live there.
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>>1540040
Oh boy
Alright thanks
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Anyone been to Hokkaido care to share their experiences?
How does it differ from the rest of the place? Other than general climate and geography (which, admittedly, is a big point of interest for me). Stuff like, if and how natives treat and react differently to (western) foreigners there, how's the cuisine differ, etc.
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>>1540007
you are harshly underestimating distance.
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>>1540062
What do you want to know?
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>>1540073
I'm sorry, maybe it's stupid, I didn't really have any question in mind, I just wanted to hear about people's experiences of living there.

Like, was it what you wished for, do you enjoy living there. It seems like many people hate living in Japan, specially Tokyo.
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>>1540007
You're going to be spending a looot of time on trains...

Maybe look at doing an open jaw flight, enter through Tokyo and fly out through Osaka. Or fly directly to Kyushu when you arrive in Tokyo and steadily make your way back eastward. You can arrange your itinerary in a much more efficient manner than you currently have it.
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>>1540007
>3 days fujigoku
I'd cut this down to 2 personally
>1 days Kirishima
Not exactly sure what you want to do there. I'd just spend the extra day in Kagoshima, especially considering you want to somehow do that and Yakushima in two days
>1 day Matsune
*Matsue. While 1 day is enough to see Matsue Castle and Lake Shinji (maybe the O'Hearn residence if you are keen on it), the travel time between Kagoshima and Matsue is massive. You're probably only going to see one thing there.
>3 days Oki Islands
I'd say you need roughly one day per Island of the smaller ones and 2 days for the main island. Also keep in mind that even if you leave with the earliest ferry, you're going to be at the Islands at lunch time, only leaving you with a half day to explore the island (same as leaving). Overall, I'd just stick to the Dozen Islands (I recently shot two vlogs on the Oki Islands, if you need some ideas how the scenery looks like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJcPknDjD_I & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sS-2oJEJBw)
>1 day Kinosaki
quite the stretch reaching that in a day from the Oki Islands. I'd skip that considering you're going to Hakone. If you need a stop between the Oki Islands and Tokyo, consider just sleeping a night in a cheap business hotel in Nagoya or so
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>>1540033

I shipped boxes out of Kyoto and Tokyo. Put the return as the airbnb address. Make sure to make an itemized list with prices on the label. It's ok to estimate. Don't ship anything with beef if you're American- it's considered an export (check your cup noodles desu).
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>>1540068
>5 hours between osaka and kirishima
Wow i’m retarded. Even if I fly down there and work my way back to tokyo it would be a lot of train hours.
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If my biggest Japan-related interests are traditional craftsmanship and architecture what cities and towns would you recommend visiting? Kyoto and the big castle/shogunate ones are a given but I was wondering if there were less famous ones worth considering.
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>>1540079
It's not stupid but know what you are asking is subjective, and depends on the area/job.

I liked
>Ease of getting around a city quick
>low violent crime
>if in a big city usually something going on somewhere that you can get to easily
>literally any kind of food you could ever want in tokyo
>quiet, even in tokyo
>getting outside a big city is easy, but costly depending on route
>Nature, seasons, etc are all unrealistically good
>if you don't mind second hand stuff you can get things very cheap

>It seems like many people hate living in Japan, specially Tokyo.
I wrote >>1534818, which always gets someone thinking I hate japan, it's just gripes that all countries will have and issues you need to be aware of otherwise it comes of as a bigger shock.What a lot of people I found don't seem to realize is that if coming from most european, or north american standards of living japan is a huge stepdown in terms of overall living. Set up shop in Japan after visiting once or twice, the starstruckness of the place wears off and people have an ass of a time adjusting. If you have specifics you'd like to know about I'll do my best to answer them.
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>>1538995
>Awkward threesome with her married friend who was hugely sexually repressed
Aah Asians and their fucked up view of intimacy.

Also there is a shit load to do with regards to activities and nature. Maybe try hiking,cycling and/or extreme sports?
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>>1539166
>she’s asking me if I know kokuhaku and wants me to know how dating in Asia/Japan works but isn’t giving me any more info.
Modus operandi for asian women
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>>1539862
>Asian tourists (Chinese etc.)
>Imagine being this delusional

Mainland Chinese are some of the worst tourists in Japan.
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>>1540064
>Anyone been to Hokkaido care to share their experiences?
It's far more liberal in terms of everything, most people have cars, roads are super wide, towns are much more "mid size town usa" style, farms everywhere, not much to do unless sticking around Sapporo/Otaru or dipping down to Hakodate. Love visiting there would love to go back to sapporo in the summer.

>How does it differ from the rest of the place?
Read up a bit on the history, there is a lot of euro influence as well as russian. People are a lot more outward on things compared to mainland, english was actually better in a few spots I found, people are more accepting to tourists. Biggest issue is getting around the place to interesting areas. After you get out of Sapporo/Hakodate hubs, you're really reaching for things to do that isn't something surrounding local food or nature. Portions are larger, food is surprisingly cheaper, everything feels a lot more westernly influenced in a non shit way.
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>>1540140
I actually come from a 3rd world shithole but I'm "kinda" rich.

Why do you live in Tokyo, did you choose it because of the advantages you listed or is it too hard to find a job in your field elsewhere?

If you could live somewhere else in Japan, where would you live? Personally, from everything I've studied about Japanese cities, Fukuoka and Sapporo look like great places to live.

This will be my first time living in Japan, I don't know anyone there. I've read a lot about the bad sides of Japan, so much so that I wonder if anyone actually likes living there lol. Any tips for a first timer? (not obvious things like "don't play loud music on public transportation" etc - I'm aware of these things).
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>>1540110
If that extends to contemporary architecture then absolutely the art islands on the Inland Sea should factor in. I hopped around three of them during my trip last year and it was collectively the single best part of my visit.
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>>1540148
>Why do you live in Tokyo
Best work for my field outside Osaka, when I said tokyo is was Asakusa, but you get the idea. Work generally will dictate where you live far more than where you would like to live. My friend lives in Chiba just because work has been known to call him at 3am and ask him to come in(he is employee status). Also I had stuff lined up even before moving.

>If you could live somewhere else in Japan
Anywhere I would want to live in Japan wouldn't have my job skill, Maybe Sapporo would but most stuff is centered around Sendai-tokyo-Osaka and to some extent Nagoya. Again your job will be more the factor if you want to make a living without dealing with small shoebox old apartments.

>Fukuoka and Sapporo look like great places to live.
Yeah Sapporo has far more Jobs that would work for me than Fukuoka, haven't looked up too much for Fukuoka since I just generally see it as a tourist economic powerhouse for asians. Dunno what Job field you are looking into doing or going for so kinda hard for me to give you any advice, I'm an IT/Cs guy obviously those skills are underpaid in Japan for the most part.
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>>1540148
>Any tips for a first timer?
Get a used bike, you'll need it as well as good shoes.
Keep a close eye on your health, daily vitamins are a very good idea.
Everything is based on appearances, so stock up on good clothing that fit well before coming to japan. Finding your sizes may be hard, especially shoes
Japanese knowledge will be a life line, not sure what level of japanese you know but practice it, especially anything related to a hobby.
Have a hobby, regardless how dumb have one, it will be the easiest way to mix in with people and something you will be asked about constantly
Keep an eye on Cheapotokyo for events, google maps also promotes them somewhat, TV will talk about it too
Don't give up when you get shot down, which will be a lot. Plenty of people are going to seem super friendly but not want to get close
Expect to be confused as a tourist every single time
Realize that people have different ideas of fun and how to manage time, freetime will quickly become a thing you realize is a luxury
Expect to drink a lot
For the ever loving fuck realize how thin the walls will probably be in any place you stay before you yell "aw fucking piss" when mad at a game or something
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>>1540148
>>1540154
I lived in Sapporo for 5 years. It’s a good place to live (good food, good public transportation, relatively inexpensive for Japan) but before you decide on it you have to understand its drawbacks. Air travel to/from the city isn’t cheap, and it’s not an exciting or interesting city — you can cover pretty much every tourist destination and then some in 2 days. There’s not much to do, especially if you don’t have a car and/or aren’t interested in winter sports. And the winters are pretty severe — they last 5 or 6 months every year, with a minimum 3 meters of snow. Oh, and the city doesn’t plow most of the streets and most of the sidewalks aren’t shoveled either, making getting around during those 5 or 6 months a total bitch.
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>>1540175
My interest in Sapporo comes mainly from reading about the winter (and general outdoor) activities like skiing and the winter/snow festivals, which I really like. Cold isn't that much of a bother for me, I lived for some time in Northern Norway/Finland. Also, it's said that you can rent apartments in Sapporo for the same price you'd pay for a parking space in Tokyo haha a Japanese guy told me that once, not sure how much of it was exaggeration though. I've also read online that the people in Sapporo are more relaxed than Kanto people in general. Still serious and reserved, but nothing like Tokyo people.

Got anything to say about Fukuoka? Where do you live now?

>>1540154
>>1540156
I've heard that there are places where you can buy used bikes for really cheap. Do you know any place I could look for a used bike? Is a bike lock needed in Tokyo (how likely is it that someone will steal your bike?)? Other than obvious parking spaces, how do I know where I can park my bike?

>Have a hobby, regardless how dumb have one, it will be the easiest way to mix in with people and something you will be asked about constantly

I have filmography and photography as hobbies, I imagine that is something really boring for Japanese people though... In any case, thanks for all of the points mate. I'm definitely working on my Japanese and I'll try my best to improve my language skills as much as possible, as I do like the language a lot and find it disrespectful to live in a place and not make an effort to speak the host nation's language.

>everything is based on appearances
Yeah. This is one that I worry about, although I don't like not being honest. You see, I'm a musician (please don't ask for band name, I don't disclose it), more specifically a black metal one man act. You can imagine what I look like, lol.
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>>1540196
>Do you know any place I could look for a used bike?
Craigslist, some small stores in Asakusa, maybe some places on the outskirts of Shinjuku/Shibuya.
>Bike lock
Suprisingly no, but I'd get one regardless that's just me though. You may also will want to register your bike at time of purchase.
>how do I know where I can park my bike?
Usually there these big racks around some part of the building, but depends on the area.

>sapporo
Yeah it's fuck loads cheaper but what the other anon stated is more or less true about winter being shit. It also really depends a fair bit on your skillsets how "cheap" any area is to live in. I know a good fair bit of places that are cheap like nagano, but living and working there I dunno.

>You can imagine what I look like, lol.
Yeah just understand you'll get looks, however if there is a decent amount of effort put into looking clean then it's better than just wearing baggy everything halfway done.
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>>1540151
Neat, thanks
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I posted last thread an got some pretty good responses, any advice for studying abroad in Tokyo for 4 months?
I know not to be a cringy weeabo, not to be disruptive or loud, and to be generally respectful and quiet. Any other advice or experiences other anons have? Any do's and don'ts?
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>>1540215
Personally I'd recommend near Nakano, second being asakusa. Price and distance away from immediate distractions is good. Nakano also provides a good location to a good amount of events that take place around Tokyo. Really is going to depend on how you learn though, I know many people who "go to X country" to learn something only to get frustrated by local dialects, slang, etc that kinda hinder the overall experience. Are you planning to attend a school during your time? Or just Tourist Visa free time spent self study?

I personally never went to japan with the intention of learning japanese more, so I really can't give too much insight on the latter part of your question.
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>>1540201
I've heard that if you're doing groceries you can park your bike in front of the store you're buying at (if they don't have a parking space). That true? On google maps I often see lots of bikes in front of certain stores so I imagine it's accepted?

Oh - do you use Amazon.jp? I checked it and they have lots of things that would work well for me, but I don't know how good amazon Japan is.

As for living in Tokyo - are there any places you'd recommend? Do you think it's generally just a good idea to live close to where you work regardless of price? I can choose to live either in Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Bunkyo or Taito. There are accommodation options @ these 4 that I can freely choose from. Prices vary greatly though and they're all share houses. I do have pictures from the places and they all seem ok (It's Oak House if you're wondering), I'm just not sure how comfortable I am with being 45 min away by train from my place of work (this is what google maps tell me). The closest place to my work would be Taito, I could bike in 5-10 mins I imagine, but the accommodation is also almost double the price of Nakameguro's one.

Lastly - I do make an effort to be and look clean. It's just that, since I make a living literally writing music (specially black metal) I look the part. Long hair, all black, graphic long sleeve shirts, boots. But everything is clean, no greasy/frizzy hair and clothes. No baggy items. I'm also an extremely reserved person so I avoid being loud and touching people, things like that. Do you think I'll make Japanese people uncomfortable just by looks alone? If so I'll take a look into acquiring more.... "social" looking clothes. I don't like making others uncomfortable (as weird as it may sound given my line of work).
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>>1539862
Is it a meme? I've never seen Japs moving away from whites.
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>>1540224
>Parking infront of a store
Yes, very common in non high traffic areas, don't expect you can do it everywhere. Usually a lot of people will park it near a train station then walk to places, and hop back on. There really is no rule I am aware of so I just do what locals do, half the time they don't know either.
>Amazon
Nah, unless i need something specific. Playing the tourist card for Tax free shit works nicely for things.Most own't check or know how to check outside just flashing your passport(or copy of said passport).
>Locations
Taito, Bunkyo, then Shingawa. Taito is really nice and neighborhoody, my only issue with the location though is the lack there of metro access points. You may need to walk a bit to get to one, can suck in rainy season. I stayed there didn't have for a while didn't have much issue, things close fairly early there but ROX is a good place to get a good amount of things.
>looks
As far as in Tokyo, you probably won't get looked at too hard, if at all, given the amount of tourists and various people in it. Gothic fashion is a known thing so you won't look alien, just understand older people and some kids/women might be like wtf. Aside from that it will be fairly regular experience. The issue of looks will be more a thing for like going to country sides or outside tourist areas. I wouldn't think about it too hard really, pretty sure most people in Tokyo have seen gothic lolitas walking around once in a while
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>>1540234
Thank you very much for all of your help anon, I really appreciate it, your advice is great.

When I asked about Amazon it was mostly because they sell things in bulk for quite cheap it seems, but I suppose I can find a "local" Gyomu Super, those are said to be pretty cheap too. Heard Niku no Hanamasa is good for meat (we eat a lot of meat where I come from).

I can't wait to be there.
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>>1539910
They're gonna bend over and take the Chink Dink like everybody else.

Like, imagine thinking that a country in the midst of a 30 year recession is gonna start clamping down on tourism, one of their only remaining sources of revenue...
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>>1540088
Yes, probably need to look at flight(s).
>You can arrange your itinerary in a much more efficient manner than you currently have it.
Traveling late march to early april so I would like to push oki islands into april but ye.
>>1540089
Vulcano hiking is the idea for kirishima, I should probably increase time spend in kyushu if I go all the way there. Videos looks beautiful, nishinoshima and ama is probably a quite good scope for 3 days. Definitely some changing and/or cutting needed
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>>1540196
>>skiing and the winter/snow festivals, which I really like
There’s a couple of ski areas that you can reach from Sapporo via public transportation, plus you can also take a train to Niseko. The snow festival, forget it — the one in Sapporo sucks (once cool, but now a corporate advertising event) and other, better ones (the one on Lake Shikaribetsu is awesome) are pretty hard to get to without a car.

Sapporo apartment prices vary in inverse relationship to their distance from a subway station (it’s cold in winter and as mentioned above the streets and sidewalks are perpetually in shit condition). You can get places as low as 40K or 50K a month, but they’ll be small and/or sketchy and/or badly located. If you don’t mind small, you can get a place in Susukino — very convenient. Otherwise a 2LDK, maybe around 75 sq mt will run around 80K near Kotoni, which is a nice area to live. I consider this fairly cheap, but YMMV.

Hokkaido people are pretty down to earth. Sorry I can’t help you with Fukuoka — but the airport there is nice. I don’t live in Japan any more; 5 years was enough and I needed a break. DESU, I may move back in the future, though, for non-weeb reasons.
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>>1540265
Fucking word filters
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>>1539998
For sure. Not every evening, just most. My coworkers took me around a bit and I did a bunch of exploring during the day but desu I don't think I could've landed any better tail than I did just sitting downstairs and relaxing with a book and a cocktail on the company dime after a hard day's work. It's not like everyone you work with goes out every evening, although we did have a few good ragers drinking victoria bitters (vomit) at some aussie themed bar in roppongi where some disgusting white piggus tried to make a pass.
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>>1539976
The network is okay, it's just heavily influenced by the governments thoughts on the matter ALMOST to an untruthful level, imagine CNN if everyone was gutted then replaced by authors who tie into the governments ruling party for good PR and such.

Everytime I watch reports the outside worlds information is butched a shit load
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>>1540265
not that guy
where do you live now if you don't my asking
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2 weeks trip this summer and taking rail passes between Osaka and Fukuoka - JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass first, then the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass.

Any important sights anyone could recommend, or changes to what is listed, I would sincerely appreciate! Love nature, animals, onsen. Seen/done as much as I have wanted to in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Thanks in advance!
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>Olympics talk

You guys seriously overestimate just how much disruptions the olympics won't do. Will there be an increase in tourists? Sure, but not too much aside right around it and mostly in Tokyo with a good amount going to Kyoto. If you avoid those areas and go slightly off the beaten path, and I mean slightly, you'd be surprised how unaffected some places are by tourist season. Avoid the Shin-Osaka Shinkensan hot spots, Fuji Five lakes, and bam you just dumped a lot of tourist crowded headaches off your plate. The biggest hits will be hotels around the Olympics, which if you're going for a hotel during that time of year just fucking LOL, you already know you are dropping serious cash for inner city hotels.
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>>1540223
I'm studying abroad at a University. My home University in the US has an exchange program with them, and my dorm is going to be around 20 minutes away from Tokyo Disneyland.
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>>1540299
Only thing I am confused about is why so many days in Hiroshima, not trying to shit on it but you can really get through Hiroshima in a day or two max. I guess the day in Miyamjima makes a bit of sense though, but I'd do one less day in Hiroshima and add an extra day for Kyoto unless you've been to Kyoto before.
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Hi guys. I'll be in Japan on April for a month.
I don't know anything about Japanese, and I'd like to know the very basics of oral conversation before going there. Problem is there is an awful lot of apps, video, books, etc and I'm kind of lost here. What would you recommend me? I'm not interested in reading btw
I'd like something on Android if possible
Thanks guys
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I'm flying into Tokyo the Thursday of Golden Week. Planning on going to Kanazawa the following Monday. Are there are day trip places you guys would recommend that won't be shit full of people? Or should I just stay in the city?
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>>1540345
Youtube has a lot of videos
https://soundcloud.com/user-205837469/learn-japanese-while-you-sleep-learn-japanese-125-basic-phrases-subtitles-from-youtube
was posted a few threads back and something you can just listen to and get enough phrases under your belt. For the rest just download google translate+offline pack, and understand when to use it. Some flash card apps, any work okay I guess. For everything else just realize english will get you around well enough.

>>1540347
Nanao is pretty cool to see, Hida/takayama is about 2 hours away and fairly good spot to spend a day as well. Hida Beef is a lot cheaper than Kobe, and probably better imo. You can compare them online but overall Hida beef was not crossbred with european cattle so it's somewhat more authentic to japan
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Are there any websites or airlines to keep an eye on for good flight deals? I'm planning on visiting in June from the US and want to make sure I consider every option.
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>>1540349
Thanks bud
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>>1540349
I probably should have worded my question differently. I meant day trips while I'm over in Tokyo. I was originally thinking Nikko or Fuji lakes area but second guessing that know.

But on the topic of Kanazawa - I was looking maybe spending a night in Takayama before heading south.
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>>1540355
Oh my bad, misread that post.

Kamakura/Enoshima
Yokohama is good for China town
Skip Kawasaki unless you just wanna fuck
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>>1540196
Btw, /int/ has great /djt/ threads for learning Japanese, the guide is awesome, tl;dr use Anki, pic related, less than a year and at 1,250 words
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There is now a /trv/ Japan Line group!
Got questions? Looking for people to meet up with? Join us!

Please email your LINE Messenger ID to Japantrvchan@gmail(dot)com
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>>1540393
I hope you're reading boy.
>>1540439
Is this actually legit?
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>>1540441
Yeah. Alot of the people in the group are seasoned Japan travelers, and know their way around most of it. If you have any specific questions they can help you out. Otherwise the Meetups in Japan are typically towards the end of the year.
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>>1540226
Not white myself, but never seen it happen. I'm sure the people of Tokyo and Kyoto see tourists/foreigners all the time that they don't even care. I have seen people move away because of them being rowdy and loud though.
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Im pretty introveted but Ive always wanted to go to a nice quiet beach on japan. Is there any place like that. Im going for the 2nd half of may, if that helps
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>>1540683
Kujukuri is fucking enormous. I'm pretty sure you can find a private spot somewhere among the miles and miles of beach.
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>>1539907
Because you're supposed to sleep, dumbo.
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Anyone hear of inside Japan?

They do guided tours and stuff, was wondering whether doing something like that would be good for a first timer like me, never been abroad by myself other than Germany.
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>>1540828
Yeah, those can be good if you're going solo and want to make sure you definitely have some interaction. Sites like Govoyagin, airbnb, Viator and Tripadvisor have similar offerings.
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>>1540828
I've heard of various tour groups inside japan, they are always a complete rip off. If you want to cram in with 0 research then they are fine, but cramming is all you will be doing. Most are almost always overprices as well. Like the other anon said look those up, generally you can find "airbnb experiences" to be the exact same thing a tour group offers just much more manageable.

I'd rather take my time taking in places around japan than hear a script about a temple I can get from the brouchure counter or wikipedia, while power walking through it because can't be late for the next thing!
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>>1540828
>>1540853
I ended up using Inside Japan's advertised itineraries as a basic framework to start setting up my own trip last year. It actually was pretty useful for that purpose to get a sense of how much time is reasonable to spend in a particular place or how far a distance is reasonable for hopping from one location to another.

Beyond that though I set everything up completely on my own, as mentioned elsewhere being locked into a guided itinerary is generally a shitty way of going about it. Back when there weren't smartphones and English support was way more rudimentary I could see the value in it but nowadays being self-guided is completely doable and in a lot of ways preferable. If you're looking for guided experiences check out what's available on sites like airbnb or govoyagin instead, you can typically drop into them with only a day or two advance notice and the experience will be relatively brief and focused on something you're specifically interested in.
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Fellas, looking to get to Shin-Hotaka Ropeway today. Google maps told me to get a bus at Inotani bus stop and that’s where I’m at atm. Thing is I’m the only person here and this place is a barren wasteland of snow and snow. Did google maps dick me around?
Pic related, my suffering
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>>1540909
What does the schedule say for the bus route, also it's obviously snowy shit runs late.
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>>1540912
This is the only sign at the “bus stop” that I can see. It’s also the only place that looks remotely close to a bus stop where I am
Hope you’re able to read kanji
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And the photo of google maps’s directions
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>>1540917
google maps is never wrong. just believe.
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>>1540917
Nigga get the fuck back on the train and go from the mega big bus stop in takayama that takes you up there. That big X on the sign is kinda concerning, like maybe that route is no longer in service
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>>1540923
okay fuck google maps
thanks anon, seems like there’s a direct Nohi bus that gets me there
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>>1540928
It's more likely the routes closed down due to excess snow, they put some tape up in an X to mark it is closed, but no one updated the schedule that google pulls from. A small station like that probably isn't taken by much anyone out side locals who know when the roads are snowblowed and closed.
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>>1540915
Wait isn't that just saying, essentially, the bus stop location has been moved this direction please use it 210m?


or am I having a brain farth
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How feasible would it be to walk from train station to station in Tokyo?

Google maps shows that most of them are pretty close but it's has not been the first time I've been lied too. Take a stroll and explore or am I better off sticking to the trains.
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>>1541012
>train station to station in Tokyo
huh?
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>>1541012
Oh wait, it depends what train station you mean anon, many of them are hubs that exchange rides. So what exactly do you mean. Overall you really could just use a train, day passes are a thing and cheap enough 800yen/day for metro lines which have far more stops, and 1100 yen for JR lines. No real use not to use them, you'll see far enough buildings and downtown areas during your time in japan.

With the amount of walking you'll be doing stick to the trains to get to where you need to go, so you have more time at your destination to do what ever you want.
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>>1540828
Seems fucking pointless.
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>>1540439
>>1540443
If I used LINE, it'd check it out to know who to avoid.
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>>1540345
Nothing you can learn in that time will be more useful in any meaningful way than simply nodding or using basic English.
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>>1540062
Don't come. Japan doesn't need more hapless English teachers and/or junior programmers.
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>>1541013
>>1541017
I'd be staying near Okachimachi and was wondering if it be possible to take a casual stroll to Ueno park/Akihabara or is it generally not worth the effort and I'm better off just taking the train.

Or Areas like Shinjuku to yoyogi or Shibuya to Harajuku.
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>>1541012
I once saw a video of a guy getting off the train, running to the next station and getting back onto the same train. I'd still recommend taking the train though.
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>>1541039
You can easily do that I've done Namba station->Ueno with a friend once spent the better part of an afternoon doing it. It was a good way to knock out Akihabara, some cool food, sea the zoo and park, before heading somewhere for late afternoon/evening.
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>>1541037
>doesn't read the thread properly
>makes a nigger of himself
>still thinks he can speak from his high horse

Couldn't be more delusional.
neck yourself.
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>>1541046
Look, just don't come. I don't care what you are, I just don't want you around.
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>>1541037
Maybe you're the one who should leave, you're in a foreign country but you kept posting on a Botswanan Machete grinding instructions forum, that's pretty sad Ken-Sama.

In any case, enjoy your 220k yen a month.
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>>1541048
Enjoy social exclusion.
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>>1541047
>>1541049
Look, I'm already coming, sponsored and with more than you could ever dream of, and if I weren't, I'd find a way in just to spite your child brainlet brain.

Enjoy it, I'm going all in and there's literally nothing you can do. I'll also post once I arrive just to make you freak out, brainlet.
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Any special etiquette I should follow if I want to have a picnic under the cherry blossoms? By sheer coincidence I'll be in Japan during the spring so it seems like a nice thing to do, grab some food and drinks and enjoy the scenery.
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Proud descendant of true Japanese Samurai.
I will say this. Yankees ruined my homeland. I go in cities now, youth addicted to cartoons and pornography. Decadence abounding plenty.

We do not appreciate your degeneracy.
We do not appreciate your tepid endorsement of it in the thread with "degenerate drinking activities" And information concerning >prostitution. We reject it.

This post is to remind you that weebs are not welcomed here.
Reminder
Japanese Nationals ----
>will reprise the Emperor's proper role
>will ban anime one day.
>will ban prostitution
>will ban porn
>will resume Japanese nuclear program
>will reinstate our once glorious military
>will retake lands lost from Yankees

You are not allowed to disagree. My great, great, great great, grandfather would have chopped all of your heads off with Katana. My great grandfather served honorably in 日中戦争.
I have more right to state these statements than any man in this website.
Japan will be great again one day.
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>>1541058
>>1541049
Based Ken Sama.
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>>1541057
As far as I know there really aren't any rules aside from cleaning up trash from your area, not getting fucking wasted, and being quiet; normal shit. Aside from that it's up to the park rules, some want you to keep off the grass, so more realistically it's far easier to eat on a park bench.
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>>1541039
Unless you're disabled these distances are very comfortable to walk and you tend to see more of the city than when you're in a train. If the weather was good I'd always walk these distances
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>>1538995
>not Ramen
>not Udon
>not Okonomiyaki
>not donburis
>not thinking that travelling five hours by car just to get udon from a small countryside restaurant run by grannies is worth the entire trip to Japan
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>be me
>visit Japan a bunch and have a great time every time
>get a good job offer in Japan at an international company
>start coming here to read about living in Japan
>everybody bitches about how much of a shithole it is
>think I might be making a mistake
>move anyway
>turns out I like living in Japan even more than I expected

Honestly one of most toxic parts of living in Japan are all the jaded expats who make terrible life decisions, blame Japan for it, and than bitch about it on the internet
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>>1540226
It was somewhat true 10-20 years ago. But yeah, nobody in big cities is going to give a shit about sitting next to a gaijin unless you smell like shit or something.
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I'm going to go with five of my buddies to Tokyo in August. We already planned on going to Comiket and Akihabara because we're supereweebs.

I heard that Akihabara has become a tourist trap. Do you guys have any recommendations on where to get cheap anime merch and training card games?

Has anyone of you ever been to Comimet? How was it and how were you treated, was being a foreigner disadvantageous? Do you have to keep something in mind when buying stuff?

How is shipping in Japan? We'll be staying in a Airbnb and maybe would order something while were there to avoid proxyshopping. What happens to your package when nobody's home?

Also what can you guys recommend to do in Tokyo for a rather large group?
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>>1541148
Yeah newbie. Everyone experiences that. "oh thank god they were just exceggerating, Japan is great for me!" There's a 50% you won't make it to the 3 year mark and a 99.99% you won't make it to the 5 year mark.

Only the most delusional people and people that come from third world countries will put up with Japan's shit long enough to stay longer than 5 years.
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>>1541148
This thread is full of failures from the US mainly who hate themselves and want to make everyone feel miserable, like this nigger right here -> >>1541213
and some others you can clearly see in this thread.

Ignore them, do what you want with your life.
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>>1541241
And honestly a lot of complaints I read are things that a foreigner would experience in any other country. It may suck that as an outsider you may never be fully "socially accepted", but that's life.
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>>1541050
I'm glad to hear you'll be thrown out once your contract ends.
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>>1541261
kek imagine being this butthurt
>I'm sponsored
and not on your shitty english teacher 1 year contract basis.

Not leaving Ken-Sama.
How much does your anus hurt right now?
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>>1541259
just look @ this -> >>1541261

these people are pathetic.
Enjoy your life bro, don't be fooled by what these people who thought Japan was literal anime tell you. If you're having a great time there, stay as much as you want. I'm glad you're having fun and enjoying your life there.
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I am going to be in japan for two weeks and I am not sure how to go about it.
My first idea was using the 14 day itinerary found on japan-guide
I like this because I could visit a lot of placed but it is kind of fast paced
I see other itineraried focus on just a few cities
I really dont know how I should go about this
Does anybody have a suggested guide? Will this guide et repetitive? https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2400_best.html
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Was it last thread someone was moaning about not going to HUB for a drink? What would be a good place to drink then and while we're at it, drinking with the locals?
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>>1541272
Stay in your country.
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>>1541241
>>1541259
Kek, this level of weeb delusion. Pathetic
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>>1541058
all your country are belong to us now tching tchang-san
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>>1541266
Seriously. "Life in Japan was tough. Therefore the country is absolute trash". Give me a break.

>>1541280
Ironic, considering the unhealthy and delusional hate that you and some others have expressed here.

At any rate, I'm far from being a "weeb". Partially because I am Japanese (born and raised in Canada), but mostly because I don't deny that the country and its people have their flaws. However, it's far from "worst country ever" that some people here claim it to be. I just laugh at the idea of guys like you living in a country that actually does "suck" and how much you would suffer.
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>>1541287
For a comparatively wealthy country with reasonably high living standards, Japan is a terrible place to live in for anyone non-Japanese. Sure, there are enough places on the planet that are worse than Japan, but no one is comparing the country to Nigeria or to Yemen. People are judging it as a first world country.
There are more than enough interviews on Youtube of half Japanese half SEA kids that regularly get bullied because of their looks in Japanese schools. That the teachers don't care. There are more than enough horror stories about gaijin not being able to rent a fucking flat. These are things you would expect from apartheid South Africa, not from a modern first world nation.
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>>1541148
A lot of the time it just depends on what field you come from and what country. If you're doing IT in the US you are among the best paid for your skillset, and in america generally cities have access to a fair amount of good somewhat harder to obtain in japan.

It's all relative to the person talking about their experiences. I know people who love tokyo, and others who hate it, everyone is different. There are so many factors that go into what makes it a good or bad decision that it's impossible to say if japan, or anywhere, is an improvement over where they came from.
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>>1541272
I think you're misunderstanding that's mostly a guideline aspect of it, you can change it as you want, drop Hiroshima to an afternoon and just spend more time somewhere else. If you state what you are interested in, it could be of more help. With that guide I'd drop shirakawago off and just do Hida Folk Village in Takayama for more or less the same shit

I know people who do 14 days of
>7 in Tokyo, and surrounding
Activate JR 7 day pass
>6 days in Osaka/Nara/Kyoto/Hiroshima
>last day of JR pass head to tokyo for a final day before leaving

Lot slower paced but may not be as interesting.
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>>1541290
>getting bullied based on looks racism
>teachers not caring
>foreigners finding it difficult to rent a place

And these same complaints you would hear from a foreigner moving to the US, considered to be one of the "greatest country in the world". Again I'm not denying that racism doesn't occur or that Japan's culture is perfect, but these aren't issues found only in Japan.

And using YouTube interviews to gauge how good or accepting a country just isn't accurate, especially when you can easily find videos of people who love living there or were just ok with the experience.
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>>1541241
These are people who are miserable failures at home, move to a foreign country and are miserable failures abroad.
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>>1541276
Any friendly looking bar you see. There are countless around.
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You know what, fuck it. I've tried time and time again to warn against living in Japan. But people just use all opportunities to lie to maintain the dream in their head of them fleeing their shitty lives to live a life of paradise in Japan.

No matter what I say I won't change your minds. So I give up. I tried to help you people but you guys never learn and rather stay delusional and ruin your lives so you know what I don't fucking care anymore.

I hope you have a nice life in Japan.
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>>1541290
You wouldn't expect beheadings in broad daylight and acid attacks to happen in a first world country and people being arrested for hurting feelings, yet, here we have England.

You wouldn't expect weekly school shootings and people unironically advocating for teachers to be armed in class, yet here we have good ol' USA.

You wouldn't expect being bullied for being against illegal immigration of North Africans who lie about being refugees (and invalidate the plight of real refugees) and invade Germany, yet, there Germany is.

You wouldn't expect a first world country to top rape charts and grenade attacks, yet, Sweden says hi.

Oh wow, it's almost as if nowhere is perfect. But maybe Japan is a shithole because it wasn't exactly like the anime you watched when you were 15. Or maybe racism just exists in Japan, I'm sure all European countries and Australia and other such first world countries have no racism.
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>>1541329
Three out of your four examples are mindless hyperbole.
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>>1541328
If they're so delusional that they think Japan is a "perfect" place to live, I don't think anything you say can help them to be honest. Though telling them Japan is a terrible place to live wouldn't help either since that too isn't true either

I just find it ironic that you think people wanting to live in Japan are "delusional" when you're living in your own delusion.

>>1541329
I mean yeah, this too. I thought pointing out that other countries have the same problem Japan has, but this works as well.
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>>1541329
based and redpilled
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>>1541338
Which one wasn't?
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>>1541342
The school shooting one maybe?
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/02/us/school-shootings-2018-list-trnd/index.html

Yeah fuck Japan and their students bullying other students, I'd rather have a shooting take place once a week...I guess?
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can someone explain 10,000 yen is sometimes referred as 10 million yen.
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>>1541360
It's not unless it has a . Instead of a comma
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>>1541299
Yeah you right, I didnt word it correctly
I guess what I wanted to say was that some of the places seem more or less the same, and that I wanted to know if you guys thought if some places arent worthwhile
I understand that this should be used as a template. And I will get more informed about what the country has to offer, I just wanted a bit of inside
The tip about shirakawago helps a lot, thank you
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>>1541328
I think people know that life is shit anywhere you are. Visiting south africa must be nice, but thats about it, and the same goes for Japan
You still wont change the mind of those who want a new life in a new land
It might be shit to live in Japan, but fuck them, theyre adults, they should know life is more or less the same anywhere you go
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What place in Japan is Non Non Biyori based on?
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>APA Group distributes writings and publications written by its president, Toshio Motoya, a strong supporter of political and historical views aligned with those of Japan's far-right. For example, in a series of interviews published online from APA Group's magazine Apple Town, Motoya claimed that "Japanese aggression, the Nanking Massacre, and comfort women" were "fabricated stories" or "fictitious".[2][3] Such views are known to create negative feelings in neighboring countries such as China and Korea. These publications are widely distributed in APA Hotels. In addition, Motoya disclosed in his books that he plans to give maximum support to the Abe administration to rebuke China and Korea on these historical issues. Some Chinese tourist organizations are boycotting the chain.[4]
On one hand, their hotels are cheaper than those of the competition.
On the other hand, I'd feel wrong for sleeping there.
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>>1541385
Just from a quick google search (never watched the show myself), from my understanding some of the places are based on real life locations but the village itself is fictional.
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What's the company to use to get a sim in Japan? needing around 16-18 days of data, calls and texts, ideally more than 5GB data
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>>1541213
I’ve lived here for close to 3 years now, I’m well past the honeymoon phase. To be honest, there’s just a lot of things in Japan that just appeal to me. It also helps that I don’t make a peons wage and don’t have to follow Japanese work customs.
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>>1541402
5GB is a lot for 3 weeks. You planning on watching Youtube outside or something?
Also choices are going to be a lot more limited if you require call/text.
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>>1541420
5gb isn't a lot i went to japan for 2 weeks and used 3.5 gigs while watching my usage, and never watching videos unless i was on wifi.
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>>1539078
I used to live there, please don't.

Or if you do, don't visit in summer when the hordes of unthinking Tokyo zombies descend on the town and it turns in to a fucking mess.
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>>1541388
Thanks for letting me know, that's where I'll stay next time.
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>>1541342
All were true.
>if I disagree and deny reality it's not real!
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>>1541338
Keep denying reality, I'm sure it works well for you.
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>>1541328
>Does this mean the anti-japan shitposter will finally leave??
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>>1541402
I use B-mobile from Japan rail pass, it's unlimited data and high speed. 16 days is like 30 bucks and well worth it.

https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/services/simcard
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>>1541208
> heard that Akihabara has become a tourist trap.
You're weebs so you'll get what you want out of it, this is more a common phrase for people who feel they got the "golden years" of akihabara. Which really is laughable to state, since it is still weeb central you just need to explore past floor 1. Nakano is a good place to look as well, the JOJO DIO bar is nice and fun, Aniclub or whatever is cool too.

>Has anyone of you ever been to Comimet?
Winter and Summer, It's alright if you know exactly what you want and memorize it. For niche shit from creators it is sometimes the only way to get it. I go get some things, but usually like Reitaisai more or smaller stuff. I'll pay the 100-500 yen markup on shit the day after(or after 5pm) go get the "exclusives" in akihabara.

>How is shipping in Japan?
It's fine but you may as well just buy an extra suitcase, do it as checked luggage, and roll on through. Probably be cheaper/easier.

>guys recommend to do in Tokyo for a rather large group?
Depends how large? 4 or less? tons, 8 or 9? oh fuck break into smaller groups PLEASE
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>>1541276
> What would be a good place to drink then and while we're at it, drinking with the locals?

There are so many it's easy to go, most warn against the HUB because it isn't geared to locals just tourists who are too afraid to try something new. Walk around till you find something, go in and have a laugh. Any Yakitori place with a bar will be good enough. HUB is just a last resort.
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>>1541366
Since you have 2 weeks what are you looking at in terms a JR pass? Also have you been to Japan before?

I have a 13 day planned around the 7 day JR pass I can share if you want, It does mostly what is posted in the JR guide just slightly different order. I did it last year and enjoyed it alot, doing it this year again with my friend
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>>1541297
This. Like, if I had some dream contractual work for my home government or some shit I'd continue to live here too.

If you're from a 1st world Western city (not America either, because I have free healthcare back home too) then Japan is, honestly, a step down in terms of quality of life.
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>>1541397
Hmmm. Thanks.
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>>1541468
There's still nothing like Akihabara in the world. It's great if you're up-to-date on the current anime, you're into niche interests or you follow a lot of indie artists. It's not so great if all you care about is Evangelion or some other show you watched on Toonami as a kid.
Like the other anon said, you'll find some real gems if you stray off the beaten path. Explore the smaller streets. The entrance to pic related was in an alley, going up several floors in what initially looked like an apartment building so keep an eye out for signs and banners.

For cheap(er) shit, check out Mandarake. It's a used goods store but everything is generally in good condition. I don't play card games but I remember seeing a bunch of them in Trader. There's also piles of second hand cards in Book Off.
I see Nakano Broadway recommended a lot but it's kinda lame compared to Akiba unless you were specifically hoping to see decades old shit and it's not particularly close to any other tourist attractions.
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>>1541486
>I see Nakano Broadway
Nakano and Ikebukoro is good for near tokyo, Nothing tops Nipponboshi is best for old shit
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>>1541451
We can only hope.
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>>1541471
I am going to get the JR pass for 14 days, and no, this would be my first time
Pls share it, I would really help me, since I am kind of overwhelmed at the moment
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>>1541492
I think Japan sucks
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>>1541499
Sure, it's really like 15 but not counting landing/takeoff days aside from meals
All are Morning8-1030/Earlyafternoon1030-1/afternoon1-330/evening330-6ish/Night6->late, just because hours japan operates it's best to break it down like this
D0 Fly in around 2PM, check in, eat and rest for tomorrow
D1 Sensoji, Ueno, Akihabara, GInza, Shinjuku
D2 Edo Museum, Tokyo Tower/gardens, Shibuya, Yokohama
D3 AM-afternoon Kamakura, Back to Tokyo for anything missed
<JR pass active>
D4 Train to Takayama, Gero Afternoon and Night in Takayama
D5 Morning Market, Hida Folk village, Hikaru Museum, Hot Spring, Drinking
D6, Ropeway mountains, Castle ruins, Food tasting, Drinknig
D7 Train to Osaka, Afternoon NipponBoshi, Night Dotoromi
D8, Hiroshima, Himeji castle, Kobe night
D9 Nara deer, Kyoto, Night in Osaka
D10 Kyoto + last train to Tokyo
<JR pass ends>
D11 Tokyo+day trip or anything missed
D12 Shopping or Day day trips
D13 Touhou Convention+blowing the rest of our cash on a night out
D14 fly out around 4PM

Obviously if you have the 14 day pass you can fluff way more into Kyoto and such, but Takayama is a lot less touristy and getting around is far easier for stuff though it doesn't carry the Kyoto name. Kyoto has a lot to offer in a small area, but I'd rather go to Takayama+Kamakura/Enoshima and Himeji castle to get my fill rather than wait for Japanese/Chinese/boomer tourists and others to move out of the way. Depends when you are going, and what you are interested most into. Aside from northern japan and some islands I've been most all over it.
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Is 6 days in Tokyo too much?

Rechecking my schedule and I'm starting to think I might have made a mistake by staying 6 full days. Any nearby areas I should checkout for a day trip of sort? I've heard Yokohama has alright food.
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>>1541545
Should mention that I'm travelling from Osaka to Kyoto before heading to Tokyo.
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>>1541546
Depends, when you traveling over there at?
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>>1541514
>> Oh really now?
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>>1541545

I've got 7 planned with one day going to Yokohama Zoo.
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>>1541547
First week of April.
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>>1541545
>Is 6 days in Tokyo too much?
No, it's not if it's your first time or you have plans. Tokyo for me was a bore to revisit my second time, but I really didn't have much planned so the wow factor kinda was worn off. I revisited a few places I saw before and got joy out of it, but the 4 days was enough on my revisit.

6 days is enough to take in each place, museum, and sight without crunching things. Also some things are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays, which can throw off visiting things.
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>>1541553
April's definitely the best month to go because of the activities and the interesting sights. I would highly recommend going over to Yozakura to see the cherry blossoms at night.
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>>1541545
The good thing is that there's a ton of really great daytrip options within an hour or so train ride of Tokyo, so if you feel like you're tired of the city proper it's no big deal to head further out and experience something different
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Where can I find a restaurant or even a diner that sells amazing grilled patties just around Tokyo?
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>>1541605
>>1541608

Any steakhouse will have these, Hero's Ikinari, Takeru are all good. Shit IIRC denny's and outback even sell em
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>>1541611
I might give them all a try and see, Thanks.
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>>1541486
Good post. I feel exactly the same way. When I see people shitting on Akiba I just feel like they are trying too hard. Akiba may cater to toursists in some regards but it is also legitimately the center of genuine otaku culture in Japan.I live in Japan pretty close to Akiba and it is simply a one of a kind place.

Also Nakano seems to be in a not so great state right now, last time I was there lots of stores were closed/shuttered and it had an overall desolate atmosphere. However, having said that, it is located in a cool area and if you are interested in Japanese retro shit it is the best for that
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im staying in tokyo from monday to wednesday leaving to osaka on wednesday afternoon.
is a tokyo subway ticket for 48hours worth?
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>>1541727
As long as you don't mind the bumpy ride then it should be alright.
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Happy Valentines Day!

How much chocolate did everyone get?
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>>1541276
Golden Gai.
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>>1538995
Go to Kyushu and pretend you are in Korea
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Is the day trip to Himeji worth it if I'm going to Osaka Castle anyway?
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>>1541782
yes
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>>1541388
Sounds perfect, then. I usually use the Mystays hotels, but they've been getting more and more expensive as the years march on.
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>>1541470
Seconding this. I dropped into a random hole in the wall yakitori place in Asakusa, and had no regrets. The food was good and the drinks were cheap.
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>>1541624
There's also Darrel's as well.
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>>1541727
>s a tokyo subway ticket for 48hours worth
It's like 10 dollars, so if you ride most metro's at least twice a day then yes it is.

>>1541782
Both are fine but Himeji castle is worth the stop by
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>>1541457
ta pal, looking at this now

in other news, what are some things to do with 15 days in japan? I'll be based in kyoto but we'll be wanting to go to tokyo at least a couple of times
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Where can I borrow a sim card for my cell phone if I'm traveling in the country?
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>>1541884
You mean buy one? Not sure who will lend you their sim. 711s sell sim cards pretty much anywhere usually like 1gb or so of data
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>>1541868
If you're based in Kyoto I'd probably stick around that area unless you really want Tokyo. Osaka has a lot of things much similar to tokyo just not as big. If you have a chunk scheduled for tokyo different story, but don't make more than one trip at a time for it.

Two weeks if my first time I could easily see:
4-5 days in Kyoto,
1 in Kanazawa,
4-5 in Osaka+ surrounding
1 overnight trip to hiroshima+ island
rest of the time use to do whatever you missed or want to revisit
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>>1541884
Yesh, no one will lend you one, but you can buy one in any cellphone shop for any gigs you want, theyre not that expensive
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I would like to do roughly this route in 3 weeks. Plan is to stay in Tokyo for 4-5 days, then slowly make my way to Kyoto along the coast, spend the remainder of the trip in that area and fly back from Osaka. What are the best areas between Tokyo and Kyoto to stay if I don't know Japanese? Areas that I'll want to avoid? Tips for nice areas/potential excursions along the way are welcome.
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>>1541911
Pretty much any of that route will speak japanese if following the Shin-Osaka route, it's ultra touristy you won't have any problems with anything. If you cut through Nara or Dip through Wakayama, maybe some issues, possible less speakers of english in Shizuoka but it's not like you can't feed yourself or sleep anywhere bad.
I take it you are doing slow train, bike, walking?
How much ground are you attempting to cover each day?
What is the reason you are doing it if any?
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>>1541914
I'm interested in the culture and I'm studying the language a little bit, but food and scenery are the main reasons for this trip. I haven't planned anything in detail yet but I basically just want to walk around, enjoy the nature and architecture, try local dishes and relax. I more or less picked the route at random but it seemed like a nice combination of major cities and land marks. Might do some day trips by bike if I'm able to rent one but I'll mostly be moving from city to city by slow train.

Thank you for the info.
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>>1541947
If that's the case I really would recommend against that route, aside from some newly build beaches, resorts, and stuff there really isn't all that much until Nagoya and then not much till Kyoto/Osaka.

I'd strongly recommend a better route to get to Kyoto
>Spend time in Tokyo, Visit Kamakura, Nikko, Enoshima
>Start from Shinjuku On the Chuo line
>snake to Fuji 5 lakes
>Proceed up to Kofu, Suwa, Matsumoto (maybe day trip or two to Nagano)
>Bus to Takayama, fair amount of history here actually as well as Hida, and shirakawa-go is a short bus trip away
>snake down to Gifu, Nagoya OR shoot over to Toyama/Kanazawa
>proceed to Kyoto
>find Kyoto and surrounding

I'm sure a good deal of historical things have taken place along the Shin-Osaka route, however a lot of it has been converted into, business, tourist destinations, or attractions. I usually find a lot more cool things when I avoid stops that are directly on the Shinkansen routes, and far less tourists.
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Would you recommend Kannazawa?
A friend told me he had a great time, and thst I should at least spend a day there, but from what I can see there isnt that much that I can get in other places. I understand there is the castle, but from what Ive seen in videos and read, the castle just looks nice and that is it.
Apart from the castle and the geisha district, is Kanazawa intresting as people tell me?
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>>1541960
It's a good day trip with some things to do such as what you listed.
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>>1541058
based
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>>1541953
Thank you very much for your recommendations. It does sound a lot nicer to see more of the interior parts of the country and avoid tourists, but will I be okay with just English along your route? My Japanese won't be good enough to get around and I don't want to burden the locals.
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>>1541058
>Yankees ruined my homeland
G8 b8 m8. They may have bombed the shit out of your country, but all your green text dreams are invalid with the way the Chinese and Koreans are raping your country. If you can't control your ports and rivers, you never stop the heroin trafficking the Koreans are pulling off. You let the wolves in and now you'll never be rid of them.
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>>1541988
All those are easy without knowing Japanese fluently, you may want to do a little research on places to eat first though https://gurunavi.com/ is a good resource, so is trip advisor(only for referencing it). Most all hotels/hostels will know some english, google translate will get you through the rest.

> I don't want to burden the locals.
Unless it is really busy in the establishment you won't be. Surprisingly many in the country like to practice a few terms and phrases if you are open to it, so they can speak to the next tourist or just refresh their memory on the topics.


In all honesty after being in Japan and stuff, you aren't that bad so long as you at least try to show respect and common practice(no shoes in homes, be quiet, polite, etc). Drunken Business men and drunken Japanese or worse chinese/koreas, will completely erase anything silly you think you did. I wish my first time in Japan I say shibuyameltdown twitter first, holy shit looking back I was so self conscious for no reason
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>>1538892
Great OP pic

>we have a nice natural stream that occasionally floods (like literally any river in the world)
Yeah let's fuckin concrete it to support our bros in the construction industry
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>>1541999
while they might have some tie in with that, the main reason they do cement like this is to stop erosion from the floods where there isn't enough space for an ample flood plain to exist. It's also really fun to walk down way easier than mushy flood plain or stepping on rocks like at the base. Up the river you can go to the dam and past it where it isn't guided for erosion, it's just outside town easy walk.
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>>1541999
Im not sure why exactly they do that, but just as the other guy said, its modt likely to avoid erosion
In mexico we do that with creeks and canals. Especially with canals that cross the farm lands, so that it wont eat swsy at the land and we can safely pass heavy machinary close to the edge of the plots of land
And like he said, its fun to play in them, even as an adult
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>>1541388
Who gives a shit? Marriott gives you a book of Mormon in your room.
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I read a lot about places to visit, and see, but I just came across the shimanami kaido and I am thinking of doing it
Does anyone have similar "adventures" one can have?
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>>1541960
The castle is new construction, but the museum inside has some really good exhibits on how they built them historically. The gardens are beautiful as well. There's also a lot of nature and daytrip areas within easy reach if you're interested. Shirakawa-go, Haku-san, Kurobe Gorge, Noto. There's also an onsen town called Kaga-onsen nearby that has a cool maritime trade museum in the historic household of the shipping company's head family.
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>>1541388
woops I'm staying at that exact hotel in two weeks. can't beat the location after a long haul flight to NRT.
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>>1542062
I know some better, but for the price APA is good.
>takes bags way fucking early so I don't have to pay for a coin locker
>checks me in at like 10 am for all the paper work out of the way right then and there
>english is actually damn good
>relatively priced near the metro
>ask me if I want extra pillows, fuck yeah I do
>lawsons connected to the lobby so no issues getting any shit like a razor or shit
>only like 5 or 6000 yen a night or something
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>>1542066
the one at ueno keisei was a bit more expensive than that, but I'm not too bothered since it's tourist central and I'll only be in tokyo for a single night. hopefully I'll find better ones when I go back.
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I'm boarding in madaro like the filthy aussie parasite I am
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>>1542078
I find the closer you are to a train stop, the higher everything is
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>>1541960
I spent a couple of days in Kanazawa and thought it was great, it has a really eclectic mashup of traditional and contemporary architecture that really made it stand out for me. The landscape garden there is regarded as one of the best in Japan, the principal geisha district is pretty touristy but fun to spend a few hours in (there's another much smaller one directly across the river that has a much more authentic feel to it). The contemporary art museum is expensive as fuck but there's a bunch of free interactive pieces in and around the grounds that make for great photo opportunities. It's also an easy launch-off point for taking a bus trip to Shirakawa-Go. If you're travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto anyway and have a JR pass it's a pretty logical place to stop off.

I wouldn't go if you're just interested in visiting a castle though. Kanazawa's castle grounds don't have a main keep, there's a bunch of reconstructed auxiliary buildings but the area is much more of a park than a castle site.
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Why does everyone shit on Nagoya?
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>>1542165
It's the detroit of Japan. It had a lot of industry in the 1980s but after the bubble collapsed in 1991-1993 they all disappeared so there's a lot of homelessness, petty crime and degradation of infrastructure going on.

It's basically Detroit in Japan. Don't tell this to /pol/ though because according to them niggers caused it instead of the sectors disappearing.
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>>1542167
its a shame out of all the cities available to get placed as a teacher in japan, they put me in nagoya.
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>>1542167
>detroit in Japan: homelessness, petty crime and degradation of infrastructure
>detroit in the US: murder, rape and an infrastructure like Berlin in '45
It's like you want to prove /pol/ right.
>>1542179
Honestly, Nagoya is far from the nicest city in Japan but it's not as awful as its reputation here. If your expectations right now are low enough you might actually be positively surprised.
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>>1542179
Nagoya doesn’t have a lot going on as far as major tourist destinations, but it’s a livable city
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Any way i can hang out with japanese ppl, are they friendly to strangers?

Vest place to meet them?
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>>1542167
>comparing Nagoya to Detroit

Just imagine being this delusional.
This is your brain on red1t.
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so, 16 nights in Japan, 19th of July to the 4th of August, my GF wants to stay in Tokyo whereas I'm leaning towards Kyoto, Probably getting a JR pass either way to go from one to the other, help spoon-feed me an itinerary.
What are some good bullet train day trips, good places for shopping (weeb shit and used tech shit) and generally enjoying a slice of life in japan. I'm not really too bothered about tourist traps and just want nice countryside/cities to do photography.
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>>1542390
Kyoto got old after 3 days.

>t. Not a weeb
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>>1541388
An hotel chain where you are sure no to find any chinese tourist in is a surefire way to get me as a customer.
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>>1541388
Talking about APA, how do they compare to Toyoko Inn? I stayed in the latter, but I'm curious whether it was worse or not.
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>>1542165
In context of Tourism, there isn't as much to do, fine place to live judging from people I've met from and at there. Even they consider Nagoya a bit boring, and trying to find an identity. It would be like telling a European "oh oklahoma city is a must stop by"

>>1542269
Go to a bar, literally any, or an event from cheapotokyo japan guide.

>>1542390
more than a week in Tokyo or Kyoto would make me feel like I am missing out on far too much the country has to offer. Why not split the areas up? 5 in Tokyo 5 in Kyoto and surrounding 4 day trips?
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>>1538892
Can anyone with experience tell me what it’s like studying abroad (college level) in Japan? I’m thinking about studying somewhere outside of the US for part of my college education and have been wanting to visit Japan for a while now. What kind of requirements would you have to meet to qualify to study there? I’d appreciate any advice I can get.
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>>1542474
>What kind of requirements would you have to meet to qualify to study there?
Totally up to your school, you need to start there. It changes program to program, and school to school. No one here unless they have been to your school know exactly what the requirements are for an exchange program or study abroad
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>>1542474
If you can't do this research on your own, given that English is your native language, you're not ready for it.

t. Brazilian monkey who managed to study in Japan.
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>>1542486
>If you can't do this research on your own

I have, I'm just asking here to get input from people who have. I've lived abroad for a good bit of my life [spoiler] I'm a Amerimutt who lived in Kenya for a few years [/spoiler] but have wanted to go to Japan (or Hong Kong, or Dubai). Japan is the first that comes to mind because my family has some history there and I've never visited myself.

[spoiler] My great grandfather was part of the group of men sent to help reconstruct after Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I've heard many good stories from my grandfather about his father's experience there so I'd like to visit myself. [/spoiler]
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>>1542503
Flights to Japan and staying there is really cheap, my last flight was 430 dollars from LAX, and my average hostel cost was 25/night around Japan.
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>>1542390
>stay in Kyoto the whole time
Enjoy tourist central, I mean this place is hotter than Tokyo because at least Tokyo is so fucking big it's all spared out or to very niche sections. You will also spend a decent amount more staying the stay as well.

You really should just break up the trip, Spend 4 days in Tokyo, 3 days getting to Kyoto, 4 days in Kyoto, come back to Tokyo do some day trips and all the shopping. Don't impulse buy until the last day, carrying all your shit around all the time is annoying.
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>>1542095
God you're all the worst

Other countries' skiers are generally okay as they'll have a ski culture and norms of behaviour.
Aussies? Forget it, absolute animals, and embarassingly bad too.

>on the chairlift
>see some clown flailing about underneath it, desperate for 'freshies'
>shieking gibbon behind him with a GoPro "yeeeew, fuckin powdaaaaah"

I'm sure the garbage edit you put on youtube afterwards will be entirely worth it
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>>1542404
>walk around kyoto
>any of the cool things I want to see is a endless sea of tourists making it almost impossible to enjoy
>shrines charging money for shit even though much of japan has free shrines to visit and walk around in, maybe not as nice looking but still
>you can always tell that the person speaking to you doesn't give a shit you are from america or fuck all where or the conversation
>prices for everything at least 10% more than elsewhere
>want to go out for the night have a beer sit down and relax, all bars either stupid expensive clubs or filled to the brim with korean/chinese/english tourists in a race to see who can be more an ass
>speak japanese around some tourist someone notices and wants to know if you can be their personal translator for free

I know it's great to see those iconic things on a time crunch visiting japan but there are so many better places that offer most all what kyoto does for way less crowds and cost. You just need to research a bit, and you'll be surprised how much of it you can find in japan relatively close to you
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>>1542526
I used to live in Kyoto.

Like with anywhere else in the world, if you know where to go, you know where to go.
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>>1542530
Speaking from a tourist perspective, been there more than once because friends love heading down there. I just am annoyed by it.
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>>1542503
If you've done your research then you should know that most "Colleges" in Japan are absolute trash, and that Unis in Japan don't transfer well to Western countries.. if you care about that, that is.
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>>1542565
Gathering from his post he seems to be going to school in the US but looking for a foreign exchange program to finish out some credits in Japan. Probably most all will be free electives or credits, anon seems more looking for an ez way to japan though
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>>1542569
I see.
In that case I can't help him, not familiar with exchange programs, as I graduated in Japan to start with.

In any case, I imagine he'd be better off sending e-mails directly to his Uni's international department, even shitty Unis have those. Check which Unis in Japan have exchange programs with his and that should be it, really.
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>>1542565
lmao my home uni cut ties with Kyodai because their exchange programme was so shit
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>>1541388
nice, I'll be staying there when I go now that I know this.
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Someone recommended I stay at J-Hoppers. Anybody have experience with these?
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>>1542619
They are basic hostels all over, what area specifically?
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>>1542619
they're all pretty above average in terms of feeling comfy, clean, having a pretty steady stream of people to talk to, etc.

only complaints I have are that they're not all conveniently located and they tend to cost more. if you only have 14 days or so in the country they're a good choice
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>>1541338
you can literally google key words and get results spurting his claims.
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is wife hunting a good idea to do in japan?
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>>1541988
>My Japanese won't be good enough to get around and I don't want to burden the locals.

Google translate app is pretty good. You can even scan characters with the camera and translate to English. Make sure you dl the language pack so you can use it in areas without mobile data.
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>>1542167
What’s the murder rate in Nagoya?
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Where to go for accommodation for mid length trip (couple months, less than a year so not many give leases) that doesnt have many of the fees and such? Anything other than oak/ sakura house?
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How do you deal with your parents acting like nigger?
I'm close to going on a murder spree and I've also never hated chinks as much as now
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>>1542722
So far is there any need to become racist here?
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>>1542526
Can you list some of the better places?
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>>1542717
Highest in Japan.
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>>1542752
is it because of all the brazilians
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>going to Japan
>read /trv/
>chuckle at the posts about older women trying to use younger foreigners for sex, think its just a joke pasta
>mainly get matched with older women on all dating sites in jp
>got a mommy gf now
wew that was a little too easy
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any quick tips in splitting up time in Japan? 19 days, start in Tokyo - leave out from Osaka. Headed for the majority of November
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>>1542752
Aichi ranks 26th in murders rate.

Osaka is number 1.
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>>1542778
Not per capita
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>>1542759
>He thought it was a meme
Nigga if you are a white dude you can't even walk at night for fear of being raped and kidnapped by obasans
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>>1542775
Is it your first time? What are your hobbies and what do you like to do in Japan?

First time you're probably going to feel you had too little time if it's just 19 days. Tokyo has a lot of things to see and do after all.
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>>1542784
Yeah first time, I'm looking just to immerse myself in the sights and experiment with different food/dishes. Is 19 really that short of a stay?
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>>1542787
It's more that you will feel like you are seeing something completely new and if you are staying 19 days and visiting a lot of sights you'll have a lot of moments where you'll think "Fuck that looks interesting and I want to see it but I'll have to skip it to be on station on time to move to X instead".

My tip would be to just explore Tokyo for as long as you are interested and only start doing things outside of Tokyo once you think you've seen most of it. Otherwise you'll feel like you've missed out on a lot of things and there is no worse feeling than the irritation of missing out on things you saw but couldn't experience during your trip.
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>>1542757
it's because of the brazilians. the other people are literally lying to you if they blame "industrial policy"

becoming poorer doesn't make you kill people. being half subhuman makes you kill people
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>>1542790
They are Japanese brazilians though. They have 100% Japanese genetics, they just grew up in Brazil due to being born there before returning to Japan.
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>>1542789
Sounds wise and prudent, cheers bud!
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>>1542779
Yes, per capita.

Osaka has a murder rate of 1.69 per 100,000
Aichi is 0.63.
Tokyo is 0.95
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Going to Comitia 127 in Tokyo tomorrow.

I’ve never been, any last moment tips?
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>>1539951
these girls are 1000% not japanese
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>>1542837
They are but are probably from northern Japan and have Ainu blood in them.
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Where should I stay in Osaka if I want to experience the night life proper?
Which ward/district would be best?
Also, is that district a good starting point to get to kyoto and/ or nara?
I've read so much now that I'm not sure anymore.
I'll be staying in osaka for 7 nights if that has any bearing
Thanks for your help guys
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>>1542841
I knew there was a reason I liked Sapporo more than Fukuoka.
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what is shopping for clothes like in japan?

i've got a bit of a beer belly (w33) and i know they're all stick thin over there
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>>1542759
>shave up
>fix hair
>dress nicely
>go to ginza
>get picked up by any number of christmas cakes

Thank you weebs for staying in Akihabara and shibuya
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>>1542921
I'd buy before hand but no they are not all sticks over there. I can't tell you how many overwieght business men I see constantly smoking or drinking in a park
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>>1542852
>Where should I stay in Osaka if I want to experience the night life proper?
Near Namba station, dotonbori is close and that thing has a party going on all the time. You will find something

>I'll be staying in osaka for 7 nights if that has any bearing
Just Osaka? probably. If you've been to Tokyo, much of Osaka will come off very samish. Maybe people get confused when anons are telling them to stay in Osaka because it feels boring, but Osaka is a great place to use as a jumping point for surrounding areas, try many kinds of foods and bars and decent night life.

Personally I did 3 days in osaka, got pretty much all i wanted out of it. If you dedicate 2 days to Osaka, and have seen stuff tokyo has to offer, you can blow through it fairly easily excluding amusement parks
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How are the law enforcement like in Japan? Do cops treat foreigners differently?
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>>1543154
>How are the law enforcement like in Japan?

More like social servants than anything, lotta other powers keep things in check, also social pressure is a huge thing in japan.

>Do cops treat foreigners differently?

Got patted down once, dude didn't like my visa or other shit had to show him my old american drivers license before he fucked off. Most don't give a shit, and to my fault I hadn't shaved in like 3 days because I was partying with some friends who were visiting japan for the first time. Cops are most likely not to bust your ass, the worst they will do is throw you in the drunk tank for the night and give you a stern talking to(not joking). If you get in trouble just say you drank too much
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>>1543154
Also pulling the tourist card for shit is usually instantly "get out of shit free" card with the up coming olympics, you essentially have to perform the offense in front of an officer and camera.

>>1542759
It's true, and stupid easy to do as well I'm just glad most otaku's and foreigners focus on the "lol japanese maid girl! kawaii~". Them office ladies can fuck right.
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>>1542852
Stay near Amerkia-mura

Triangle club is there and it's fucking great if you're a techno/music elitist

>turn up with m80 moos, m8's m8 gets me some acid
>tripping nicely having a great boogie
>a few japanese people off their tits on some kind of substance in there too
>head up to the rooftop lounge to chill and look at the lights a bit
>some yakuza dudes up there but their vibe was chill, I'm just an irrelevant gaijin after all
>6 AM it's closing time, we decide to keep drinking and go to the aquarium drunk to laugh at the seals once it opens
>get too drunk
>lose my friends, make it home for a two day hangover
>one friend wakes up on a train deep in Shiga prefecture, headed for Fukui
>another in an elevator surrounded by naighborhood cops

That was a really fun night
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i am not really into fashion but want to get a new hoodie and some tshirts/shirts maybe. where should i go in tokyo? any good stores carrying lots of different brands rather than just one?
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>>1542921
It’s though, I have the same waist and I’m 6’3, so pants are almost impossible. Shirts aren’t that bad though. I can fit into stuff from GU or Uniclo so I mostly wear that
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>>1543082
Thanks guys
Yea some of the days in osaka will be spent going to narra and kyoto, so it's mainly about finding things to do in the evening
I already spent a week in tokyo, but I was staying in a hostel in nishiarai so experiencing the nightlife there was a little fucked
Are the distances from the hostels to the nightlife areas in osaka walkable?
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>>1543159
Even with the custom’s officers they get a little more strict when it comes to traveling as well.
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Anyone ever travel with a US temporary passport? Any problems? Im traveling to JP, Singapore, SK and recently got issued a temporary 1 year passport and am worried about getting through immigration though the us embassy said it should be fine but its ultimately up to immigration coming in.
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Is there any chance for me to witness a typhoon in march/april?
I wanna get the same comfy rainy feels I get from my horror chinese cartoons.
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For the people that are ending their trip with cash on them and knowing they'll return in the future, do you usually convert your money back to your own currency or keep the yen? Would you be losing money to exchange rates by keeping it in yen?
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>>1543236
>Are the distances from the hostels to the nightlife areas in osaka walkable?
Yeah plenty use hostelworld's map thingy

>>1543240
Well yeah but I meant just police, post customs. I don't consider customs officers police.

>>1543249
Highly unlikely, you might get a storm blow up that is gone in like a day or so. Rarely any storm lasts longer unless in the mountains. It won't be a typhoon though, just a bit of some rain

>>1543247
Not US but my friend did on UK temp. Basically make sure you can provide all answers to your itinerary and proof of return flight.

>>1543250
Same thing each time when I fly back home, keep the coins for next visit or give them away to homeless. Bills exchange at the airport.
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>>1543253
>Bills exchange at the airport.
Also depends on how much the currency rate is though.
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>>1543161
It can be a hassle.
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>>1543264
It's the best you'll get unless you plan shit out. I got 109 yen to the USD when the going rate was 113 yen to the dollar, not enough for me to care with left over cash. If going into japan, yeah don't do large exchanges but leftover bills? who cares. I've done 150 dollars before lost like 10 bucks oh well
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I'm a bit of a /fa/ggot
I'm currently in tokyo
Are the best thrift shopping place in harajaku and shimokitazawa?
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>>1543290
Im also intrested in this
What about thrift tech shops
I really want to see if I can find an old thinkpad or some strange vintage japanese tech
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>>1543331
Currently in harajuku
Takeshita Street is super crowded but you can find good stuff in the back alleys.
tech stuff probably in akiba
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>>1543270
I can understand why now.
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Have any of you used Amazon.jp to ship something to their hostel? I have to get a few accessories for my Bike for the Bikepacking tour but I didn't have any luck in the few bike stores google maps gave me
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I'm looking for some modern architecture to take pics of in Tokyo. Think lots of glass and natural light. Preferably indoors. Similar to pic related.

So far I plan to take pics of:
- Shiodome which is where I'm staying
- Tokyo City View observation deck
- Tokyo International Forum
- Roppongi Hills

I was also thinking of going into hotel lobbies to take some pics but i would probably be kicked out, any other ideas?
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>>1543337
I was hoping for a certain store, but that is okay. Ill just explore. Thanks anyway.
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>>1543161
>>1543030
w-what the fuck
do i have a chance as a easst asian guy? i want a mommy gf ;-;
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>>1543478
But you're not the Asian guy that's around here.
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in a few months i am going to live in japan for a year for a job in a research lab and i am trying to work out the logistics of moving there
i have a prescription medication that i know i will need the special certificate to bring with me, but i am something like a functional addict to cough syrup and would like to bring an amount of that with me that would look insane/suspicious for a normal person to bring. i imagine the yakkan shoumei is needed for things like that as well? should i expect this to cause any trouble as long as it's not actually a controlled substance?
alternatively, how easy/cheap is it to get cough syrup containing dextromethorphan in japan (and is buying it on the internet from overseas ok)?
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>>1541468
we're 5 dudes. Is it smarter to split up?



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