Golden Week is coming edition v2Post about>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.Previous thread >>1573456
Also to the anon that was asking, October is better for fall colors, less storms, and cooler temps. September is good if you plan to do beaches and things of that nature, but overall i'd still go for october. Beaches in japan are fine and all but eh, I really rather have october in terms of things to do
>>1575732Thanks for the tip. I'll book for October. Also, I subscribe to premium Scotts and attached is the deal I am using. It will probably be gone within the day, but it has some good prices.
I just blindly booked a 1 week trip to Tokyo for the end of May and will be staying in Shibuya .Any recommendations of things to do/see while im there?
>>1575736Shibuya is more geared to some things like Music and entertainment. So if you're into idols, pop groups, etc you're in luck. Shibuya is also a train hub so you can assume you're about 30 minutes from anywhere not like Chiba or Yokohama.Whoopie gold burger in shibuya is a must do. Not sure what you are into but Trip Advisor has some good ideas on one off events to do.
>>1575741Not him, and not into jpop, but I'd like to experience some idol perfomance. Do they hold regular street performances or do you need to buy concert tickets? If so, are they hard to come by?
>>1575742>Do they hold regular street performances or do you need to buy concert tickets? If so, are they hard to come by?Many stores often hold events, it's rarely in the streets anymore if at all. I mean maybe a band here or there playing on a corner but not at all like it is potrayed. Last one I saw was in a DVD/CD store near the train station, I was buying some shit and there was a concert being held right there. All free.Generally you don't NEED to buy ahead unless the band or show is stupid big like Symphogear, Idolm@ster, or some LL shit. Most the time it's walk up buy the tick and give the cash, biggest issue is that you ain't going to get english or much any attempt at english for the shows. So know the cost and procedure and flake your way in at worst. I think most shows like for womb are generally around 3000-4000 yen cash only for a semi popular group, you also get a drink token.I've never been to the bigger ones, I usually just do mogra or some 2hu stuff if I really just want to go see a show. Circus in Shibuya, is really good for a mix of things.
>>1575741I picked shibuya more because I heard that the shops and restaurants close later so I can come back after being out ion other parts of Tokyo all day and still find something to eat
>>1575749I mean yeah that's true, it sure as shit isn't Asakusa.Realistically though the shops open are meh, and many chain food places are open till the trains stop. Shibuya really isn't unique for that aspect
I heard that "konnichiwa" isn't really a go-to greeting in japan. I heard it means more like "good morning". Is that true? And if so, is there a better go-to greeting that doesn't sound rude in any way?
>>1575753Ohio/ohayo gozaimasu is generally a morning greetingKonnichiwa is more just a general greeting
I booked my tickets for October today. I fly to Bangkok for a week and then into Tokyo for a month afterward. Pretty excited and got the tickets for $600 with tax and fees. How long ahead of time should I get my JR Pass?
>>1575756Oh I see, then I guess the Youtuber I watched was misinformed. Good to know, thanks.
>>1575757Atleast a week or so, because the voucher needs to be shipped home to you before you leave so you can redeem that voucher when you get to Japan.
>>1575757JR pass, that is the voucher you order, is only valid for 90 days. Only get it within 90 days of landing in japan. Also quick note on that realize you do not have to activate it that day/moment you can specify the day. I tell my friends to order it a week or two before their flight out. In the US I know it is a standard 2 day shipping with fedex, IDK about other parts of the world.>>1575758Please take any youtube video with a grain of salt at best. Abroad in japan is good, his food reviews are horrible though. I am unsure the context he used it in so he could be right, keep in mind slang is everywhere in japan. So when speaking, you can sound different from normal people, or when hearing things from people words don't always mean what you learned them as
Do you guys buying your SIM cards at the Airport?Do you get unlimited Data or do you go for talk/text + some data?
>>1575757You can only get it within three months of the day you plan to start using it. There's a place in my city that can provide them in person, within 15-20 minutes I had my voucher in hand. If you have to order by mail the earlier the better obviously.
>>1575762Depends, the japan rail pass site has an unlimited 28 day sim card for high speed. It's almost always data only unless you go to like Sakura mobile I think is what does it. T mobile gives me free text/data, and I have shit forward to google voice so I don't pay their oversea fees.u-mobile is pretty good 220MB of 4G per day and 200kbps(25KB/s) after, for like 25 bucks for 2 weeks. Realistically if you are just using discord, gmaps, and googleing a few things that should be enough. Just make sure you download the offline translation pack for google with the translation app. There are other options like Japan Visitor Sim for 3500 yen that gives you just flat 5GB of data for 21 days but eh, choose what fits.
>>1575764i was thinking of doing the $35 for 8 days of unlimited so I dont really have to worry
>>1575768I got 30 days unlimiter for 35 bucks on the railway site
>>1575768you overpaid anonhttps://www.japan-rail-pass.com/services/simcardSame sim is like 37 bucks on the website
>>1575769>>1575770I haven't gotten it yet but thanks these are definitely cheaper for what I want. Are you supposed to purchase it ahead of time and take it with you when you go to Japan?
>>1575771last time I used it I had to order within 30 days of my trip
>>1575772My galaxy s8 isnt on the list of "tested devices" not sure if I should risk it or not
>>1575773If it's unlocked it should workI've had my Honor 6x and Xiaomi not show up but they workhttps://willmyphonework.net/Provider is usually NTT Domoco, so long as it shows there, it should unless it is verizon locked, then you are good to go.
>>1575775ill take a look at it. Do these SIMs activate once you put them in or do you specify a time period when you purchase them?
How prevalent is the sleaze in Okinawa, especially around Kadena AFB? I'm going to visit there right at the end of Golden Week. I've never been to Japan before and was looking to check out some porn shops, clubs where prostitution goes on, stuff like that.
>>1575775Verizon stopped locking phones a while ago due to the terms of some merger they did anon. You can use any sim with them.
Damn you, new thread!>>1575528>I don't want to disappoint all the people back home who are expecting me to bring lots of cool stuff back with meAre you traveling for you or for them? My family and friends agreed to stop doing this years ago. Whilst it is a nice gesture, it eliminates the stress/pressure of making sure that you get the right thing and that you don't inadvertently forget anyone; it also means that you have more of your time and your money to enjoy on your trip.
>>1575730I'm scoping out some hostels in Ueno for my first trip in September, anyone have experience with this area?
>>1575833I was in the military (not Oki) but can almost guarantee it is close to the same outside any base. Every base I was ever stationed at had a sleazy town outside it. Porn shops, tattoos, strip clubs, bars, etc. I'd bet my bank that you will find that there.
Do someone of you guys use TanTan app in Japan? It's basically the asian version of Tinder. Did you score some qt?
>>1575871I thought Japs just used TInder
Hey Guys, as my academic program intend me to do a year abroad in Asia, and that I am interested the most in Japan, I was wondering if, for people who travelled here, Sapporo looks like a fine place to live ?
Can a flood occur underground?
>>1575882it's a good choice. Summers are not as awful as southern japan, and it's also not as expensive as tokyo, Then you also have the great nature.
>>1575871Tantan is mostly just mandarin speaking chinese.
Arriving in one week, what sim should i get at the airport for unlimited data for 16 days?
>>1575915Why do you need unlimited? Are you spending your whole time in Japan watching Netflix? Just get the 21 day 5GB b mobile SIM and keep your heavy data usage to accommodation wifi
>>1575915Just order one online and have it sent to your hotel, or for pickup at the airport, it will save you some money.
>>1575917The jr pass one cant be picked up at airport that i can see
>>1575919So look at another one?
>>1575938That is what I am asking for recommendations?
>>1575839Oh I will be enjoying myself plenty. I'll stay in Japan for 3 weeks so I won't stress myself out looking for things to buy for others too much. But if I can also take a few hours out of my last few days in Tokyo to find some stuff to buy to make people around me happy, that's a big plus for me. Thanks for the concern though.
Anyone know of any cool "urban nature" kinda places like 鴨川デルタ anywhere across Japan? Looks like a really nice place to just sit down for an hour and relax and take some photos.
>>1575946The b mobile one can be bought from Bic camera at the airport
when is it supposed to set in that i am going? one week out and to be honest my excitement has not kicked in yet
>>1575962I don't know man. I'm going on wednesday, and all I can think of is my fucking dumb ass project I still haven't managed to finish at work.
>>1575960I see online yeah I can order it and pick up at the airport, but can I just rock up without ordering and have a look? Seems like it will be a lot easier than trying to compare through different companies I've never heard of online.
>>1575969The companies at airport know that people are gonna be desperate for wi-fi access and are over-pricing their shit, so you can get much better deals online beforehand.
>>1575972I guess thats fair but I just think 5gb will be far too little for me for over two weeks of constantly using maps because i'm a tard.
>>1575771Yes, got mine 2 weeks before the start of my trip>>1575773My s9+ wasn't either but it still worked like a charm
>>1575839Eh, when I've gone I've always used a 26" roller suitcase with no issues. Had a rolling duffle inside it. Was pretty easy to get the various things friends asked for without sacrificing on space for my own sake/whiskey/trains/other souvenirs.
>>1575747>Generally you don't NEED to buy ahead unless the band or show is stupid big like Symphogear, Idolm@ster, or some LL shitAs someone who lost several lotteries for 2018 new year idolm@ster live, I can confirm this. Big events get sold out fast, and lotteries suck. I've been to Japan two times and going for the third time this Golden Week. Every trip I visited several live concerts, most of them were pre-planned but you can find random small events with tickets available at doors without any mark up. Especially in Tokyo. Asking around won't hurt, and record shops are good for that stuff.Speaking of events, one of concerts I'm going to visit this time is After Hours festival on 12th Mayhttps://www.afterhours.live/en/Anyone from /trv/ going to this event?
>>1576019I'm going from the 22nd of April to the 8th and wanted to try go to some kind of idol event, is there anything you know of for then? The lottery system seems good if you were Japanese to fight scalpers whatever, but I was looking at some other concert tickets (Hanazawa Kana) and it just seems impossible for a foreigner.
>>1576020True, but scalpers always find their way. Plenty of ticket reseller "buy at your risk" sites for Japanese out there.>it just seems impossible for a foreigner.Nothing is impossible with early planning and support (either proxy website or frineds in Japan). Maybe except for certain fan club only events which require you to be a member for certain period of time.Some bands even have international fanclubs with special lotteries for foreign members, really kind of them.>Hanazawa KanaGood choice. Any other favorite seiyuu?There is Kotoko concert in Tokyo on 28th April for example.If you are looking for specifically idol concerts, you can use eplus and see what events are available for your area and your dateshttps://eplus.jp/sf/live/idol/tokyo?block=true&sokensu=301&koen_from_filter=20190428&koen_to_filter=20190508Here are idol shows in Tokyo with dtes matching your vacation. Pink "受付中" concerts are not sold out at the moment, gray are unavailable.I don't see any of my personal favorites for your dates but you have enough time to listen to all of them and choose the best sounding (or cutest)Of course you can use eplus for other types of events (seiyuu shows, rock, jazz, metal, western music) and other areas. It's easy to use even with zero Japanese knowledge, but purchasing said tickets from abroad is whole different story.
>>1575975Pre-download the maps for regions you are visiting and write down important addresses. This is based on my experience working in literal woods where we only had radio to communicate. My phone could still use GPS and maps
>>1576075Not him, but last time I checked out the Google Maps map for Japan, it refused to let me download the maps. It worked for other countries but not Japan. What do?
This might be a retarded question, but if I have booked my flights with one company, but the actual airplane is operated by a different airline, do I check in at the desk of my booking airline or the airline actually doing the flight?
do you guys have travel cards that you use to get cash from ATMs? Im trying to look for one with no atms fees that I can use while im there so i dont have to carry around $2000
>>1576081Yes, you can't download Google maps for Japan. No idea why but you can't. >>1576075 anon gave solid advice, but not useful for G maps. But you can use maps.me instead. No idea how accurate it is with every little detail, but it should work
what are some good youtubers I can watch so im not a total autist when I get to japan?
From the other thread, Don Quijote in Fukuoka didn't have shit but I then found the regional Kit Kat flavors at the duty free shop at the Fukuoka airport anyways.
>>1576100I mean, they're all autists themselves so...I do like Only In Japan's livestream channel. His regular channel is pretty corny but with the livestream one he's a lot more down to earth and walks around some cool areas that aren't necessarily worth making a properly edited video for. There's also a handful of videos there where he answers viewer questions about visiting Japan so there's some practical info too.
>>1576081>>1576098Oh, well that sucks.Thanks for the correction Anon
Best place to avoid burgers?
>>1575891I’m pretty sure underground is usually one of the worst places to be in a flood, but it depends on the exact situation.
>>1576092The airline actually operating the flight.>>1576137Avoid burger schools breaks, then pray.
>>1575916how much is the sim?
>>1575975Google maps uses very little data suprisingly. Go with u-mobile, 220MB of 4G lte per day and unlimited 200kbps after. Google maps will work just fine, just don't upload videos or pics off wifi. >>1576137Unironically just go 3 steps off the beaten path>>1576100Any you watch take with a grain of salt, abroad in japan or some of pewdiepie's vids are the safest bet. >inb4 pewdiepie shitShockingly his videos show some neat and interesting spots>>1576097I use my own debit card, usually fee's are about 4-5 bucks, you can get up to 1k USD a day out so chances are you'll be fine. Though I get most my money out in cash and lock it up in my room/locker.>>1576097When at the airport go to whatever counter the airplane you are flying with. Example is like ANA is operated by Delta, but you still go to the ANA counter for the ticket/luggage dropoff, etc
>>1576137What's wrong with burgers?
Planning on visiting sometime in October and I'm trying to set a date. Is there anything that supposed to be going on regarding Naruhito's coronation? Anything going to shut down, or a holiday?Tried searching for more info online, but all I'm getting are clickbait articles about Golden Week being longer than normal.
What do you guys do with your phone plans back home when you travel for extended times? It doesn't make sense to pay ~$85 a month for a service you won't be using. Do you just get unlocked phones? What is the best to do this?
>>1576171I have t-mobile so it works in the US and in Japan. I don't pay 85/mo either I'd switch carriers in a second, I pay 50 or so.
>>1576174I only see $70 for T-Mobile on their site for unlimited.
>>1576178I have an older plan, only 2GB 4g LTE then 256kbps after, or I can set my phone to 3.5g/H+ for faster. Dunno what anything is now. Rarely ever use 2GB of 4g anyways, wifi is all over these days.
>>1576171I'm on MetroPCS so it's just $40 a month, not really a big deal.
>>1576143>>1576163Thanks for the check-in info, that stuff stresses me out, and the info on the airline websites is always shit.
>>1576171>>1576174Damn you guys get shafted when it comes to phones. I pay about $33/month for 20GB 4G where I live.
>>1576197My plan works globally so for 50 bucks I call that an okay deal. I could easily go to a lower paid plan but eh, the convenience is nice
>>1575730Please add some "should I withdraw money from the ATM or take money and exchange it there" info to the sticky.
>>1576209A few anons have talked about redoing the OP but given how many people actually read it, doubt much use would come of it. Seriously, fuckers can't even look at the JR pass link
>>1576212Maybe they should take out the dumb "editions" line, remove all the ebin ">Joining the Yakuza" lines and have more actual content fit before the post truncation line.
>>1576100I quite like InternatioanllyME. Pretty sure she's a native so she doesn't do anything autistic, but grew up in New Zealand or something so her English is perfect. She often goes out to the more rural and less popular places to show off the highlights of those towns and regions. The editing on her videos is good too.
What do you think of night buses? Seems like the only cheap way to leave Tokyo, but sounds rough as fuck giving up a hotel for two nights and arriving all worn out.but if you did go, Nagoya or Kyoto? or are there other deals for 1,900 yen?
>>1576209>>1576212You cannot withdraw money from most ATMs. Most banks do not exchange currencies. You can exchange money at the airport. It's probably easier to exchange money before you leave for Japan.
>>1576265>You cannot withdraw money from most ATMs. That's literally the main purpose of an ATM you cretin
>>1575762I bought a klook sim card at terminal 2 of Narita airport. £13 for 8 days of unlimited 4g.
A couple questions:- Some youtubers say 'you can do credit card only' others 'cash is king', should i get cash?- A friend recommended me to jump into the onsen the same night after the flight to relax, is this true? - I wanted to take my mom to taste a little of each district. (Shinjuku, Roppongi, Shibuya, Odaiba, Akihabara,Asakusa) is there any other one i should take a look at? we are really close on time, is 4 hs each good enough?- How do i get my mom to get into an onsen (naked)
>>1575851I stayed in Oriental Hostel 1 right near the Ueno station. It was a cozy capsule hotel with a great spa. It was pretty convent.
>>1576273take you mom to a soapland
>>1576273>Some youtubers say 'you can do credit card only' others 'cash is king', should i get cash?it's a mixed bag what accepts cash and what doesn't. I suggest always have 5k yen on you, that's more than enough for most anything. Chains will accept card, small shops eh mixed.> A friend recommended me to jump into the onsen the same night after the flight to relaxFuck no, after some days of walking? sure an onsen is really fucking good to relax in. After the flight get a good meal and an early night rest.>we are really close on time, is 4 hs each good enough?Yeah> How do i get my mom to get into an onsen dunno seems like a (you) problem, why do you care that much
Does it make sense for me to stick with verizon's travelpass for $10 a day for unlimited talk, text, and data while there? I get to keep my number and tether to my laptop to upload pics
>>1576265>You cannot withdraw money from most ATMs. Most banks do not exchange currencies. You can exchange money at the airport. It's probably easier to exchange money before you leave for Japan.This is blatantly wrong to a level I don't know where to begin, you sound like some euro's I met who throught they could get cash out on their credit card and were absolutely fucked in japan.Debt/check cards work just fine many people do it so long as you notify your bank and it is backed by something like visa
>>1576278depends if you want to spend that much, sim cards for 15 days can be like 2500 yen
>>1576268>>1576280I have a bank account with MUFG, so I can withdraw money from MUFG ATMs. Good luck trying to withdraw money from a foreign bank account with a Japanese ATM.
>>1576287Most banks support an out of bank ATM's but at a fee of usually 1-5 dollars, yes you can use your card in Japan.>Good luck trying to withdraw money from a foreign bank account with a Japanese ATM.Literally thousands of people use 711 for money holy shit they even have a fucking website on ithttps://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/index2.htmlCan you please stop spreading disinformation? >so I can withdraw money from MUFG ATMs. Well your bank fucking sucks lol, but should work at a 711/lawsons/e-cash place so long as you are willing to accept the out of bank atm fee
Been planning a trip in the end of August recently (I can't get time off work mid-september to november) and in about 2 weeks the tickets have shot up from $862 CAD to $1400 with terrible 7+ hour layover timesOriginal departure date was going to be around August 15 to September 4'th. Are the prices going to go back down or am I cucked boys?
>>1576291Okay. When all these morons are in Japan with no money desperately using their phone, wondering why they can't get any wifi or find a working ATM, think of me.
>>1576294You mean the retards who attempt to use their CREDIT card to get cash out and it fails? sure, will do. plenty of those fucks failing every fucking day and asking me how the atm works here.DEBIT and CHECK cards still work fine without using some dumbshit work around.
>>1575730Going to Japan at the end of the week for 2 weeks and have about 100000 yen with me. Is that a good amount of cash to bring or should i expect to withdraw more while im there?(for reference: Only staying/travelling around tokyo prefecturesGoing with a few friends)
>>1575730Just finished my 15 day exhausting Japan trip. It was everything I expected and more. Just didn't think there would be so many fucking tourists, then again with 30 million tourists a year it's expected.
>>1576297That's like 70 dollars a day you should be fine assuming hotels and stuff is paid for, be mindful of beers though.
>>1576298Where'd you go lad? I'm going in november for 17 days and have no idea what my itinerary will be/
>>1576300yes hotel is paid for and ill keep that in mind
>>1576302Just FYIpopular temples/shrines/museums can be about 300-800 yen. Most shrines are free but the popular ones often need you to "buy" a charm/pamplet/etc to walk the grounds, just go with it.Train day passes are easy 15 USD for 3 days of metro use, JR is 12 or so dollars for 24 hoursWhen going somewhere understand cover charges are a thing and no it's not "gaijin tax", most people just don't understand the kanji drinking in public is fine but don't drink on a train or something always keep movingAverage meal for ramen is like 6-800 yen for a good bowl
>>1576301This was my itinerary, couldn't do some of the things listed here, because I was so tired and didn't have energy to walk more, but everything I did and all the cheap places I ate fucking amazing food, was a wonderful experience.If you're going in November, maybe you should make some changes, because this was a plan for cherry blossoms, it might work for you, but you might want to add a few fall destinations
How much do train tickets typically cost?Ill be in Tokyo for a week and am planning to go around to the different wards and wondering how much money I should load into a Suica card
>>1576317Load up 5k yen and be set.Google does good estimations, in Tokyo the metro pass for 72 hours is 1500 yen
>>1576321can i buy this pass with a suica card?
>>1576322the pass is it's own thinghttps://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/tokyo_free.htmlhttps://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/ticket/value/travel/Difference is that Metro has more stops, JR is more direct to hub based. I recommend the Metro over JR but it is up to what your needs are
>>1576321Is it for all lines within tokyo?
>>1576326It's for all the little blips here.You need a passport and you need to go to a locatio that sells them.I highly recommend the 72 metro pass if you plan to travel more then 3 times a day.Prices for Trains/Metros usually are about 170~240 yen on a single line per ride.So if you're say going from Shinyuku to Ueno it's 200 yen with Yamanote so 400 yen to get back.Metro Pass would be 500 yen per day so you basically pay for it if you make 3 train rides.
>>1576346Also you'll notice that theres some lines that are not covered by Metro Pass or JR Pass Day PassThese liens you have to pay for with IC cards.Examples of these would include.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukuba_Expresshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei%C5%8D_Linehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiky%C5%AB_Main_Linehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisei_Main_Line
>>1576278Probably not. Pocket wifis and japanese SIM cards are much cheaper than that. Maybe if you reallllly need to make a lot of calls every day I guess.
Is 8 days too long to stay in Tokyo? Are there any good places to day trip relatively nearby?
>>1576353Tons of good places.I'd recommend Kawasaki Arcade.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_2KgQOqzBcTeamlab borderless in Odaiba (Technically Tokyo not sure what plans you have but that whole area is fantastic with fort Venus and the car museum)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruLHmSbYamkIf you go down a bit from Kawasaki it's Yokohama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRQodVnShsUReally good Railways museum in Saitama (North West of Toyko)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaKz0RIxyzcBut I don't know man whats interesting to you what type of tourist are you?
What are some tricks in getting cheap flights to japan? Are there certain week days I should be looking out for?
>>1576370Go to google flights daily and simply check several dates.Pick one that seems cheap and set it to watched. See how prices go up and down. Strike when low.
>>1576362team borderless and car/train museums sounds interesting, thanks anon
>>1576370I pay for Scotts and it ends up paying for itself. Got tickets from NY to Thailand and then Japan for $510.
>>1576372If you have a free JR pass day I'd recommend Kanazawa.JR pass covers the fastest way there. Kagayaki E7/W7 Shinkansen. It's all reserved so book before you go. Like 15 minutes before is okay.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_FeIqSPxGUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN9rSbWbI8Ehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_BZnUAzT5IIt's like a mini Kyoto with less tourists and tons of old stuff and an nice park.
>>1576263you can sometimes get good deals on flights, look up some low cost carriers. I got a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka for 2500 Yen for example. Also, if you are traveling during a holiday period, you can check out the youth 18 ticket which basically gives you one day of unlimited local train travel for 2000 Yen. Also do not go to Nagoya, there's nothing there. Kyoto all the way
What are some good watches shop in Tokyo? I'm looking for vintage Seikos.>pic related
I just arrived in my hotel. These pillows are paper thin. Almost literally. Any suggestions?
>>1576380I mean how rich are you?Can you waste money and time to go to a local donki and buy a pillow for 1000 yen?
>>1576382Guess I could just didn't wanna take it home with me. It's just surprising that the hotel pillows are like pancakes.
>>1576380Go to the front desk and ask for western style pillows.
>>1576383Actually might be fancy pillow. Japan really likes this shit.https://item.rakuten.co.jp/msaonline/fn005838/?scid=af_pc_etc&sc2id=af_109_1_10000237If you go to your local 100 yen store such as daiso or seria, watts, cando you'll probably find some extremely cheep pillows.Any Muji or similar retail store will also have pillows.But I think Donki aka Don Quijote is your best bet for a cheap decent pillow.My Airbnb had some dirty ass stained douvet cover so I just went and bought a set for 1200 yen in doki that included a pillow cover, douve cover and that thing you put on the bed.
>>1576294It utterly bewilders me to think how much pleasure it must bring you to tell lies for no particular reason on a fucking anonymous forum about travelling, especially on a topic in which 99% of the anons already know you're outright lying/clueless from your first postOn another note I'll be in Tokyo for a few days soon, I know there are Mandarake stores all over the place but which one is the biggest/best? I've got limited time so I'd rather go to the one with a wider selection of shit
>>1576385I don't think it's fancy. My room is like 100$ a night double at an APA.Not staying any place super ritsy.
>>1576386I mean the original Mandarake in Nakano is huge but it's mostly manga and books.You probably want figures and shit right?I recommend Akihabaras but do visit Nakano theres tons of used figure shops there.What are you looking for exactly? Old Figures? New Figures? Idols shit?
>>1576384Are all Japanese style pillows like this though? It's as easy as asking for "western style pillows"?
>>1576390Yes and yes.
>>1576388Yeah 100$ a night in APA is pretty fancy. With 3 friend we shared an airbnb in Hirai for 10$ per person a day. So 30$ a day for an entire apartment. a 2LDK too...Honestly if you ask me hotels in Japan are a waste of money, when you can get an apartment for the same price that has all the things you actually need.
>>1576392I'm splitting that price with one personI wanted to do airbnb. first time out of the country though and never tried it. I went safe with hotels.>>1576391I'll check.
>>1576392Anon, since you've actually done this lemme ask this. Me and one other friend are going to japan, we're currently planning on getting 2 separate rooms on the off chance either of us decides to partake in delivery health or end up bringing girls back after a night out and would end up being $50 a night each.The reason why I'm currently iffy about an Airbnb is because I hear the walls are thin and most of the airbnb's I've seen are mostly 1 br apartments with the living room area converted into a bedroom. Is this not the case and as a question, are the walls soundproofed enough? I've heard a lot of things about japanese homes having really thin walls.
>>1576400Banging girls in Japan is done in Love Hotels you don't bring them back to your apartments it's simply not a thing, and they'll be reluctant to do it if they're Japanese. Even the umm paying ladies kind.If you wanna bang you do it at bang places. You use your airbnb/hotel to sleep after a day out. Japan basically shuts down after 24 hours so the only way to your apartment after a night out is taxi and thats expensive as freaking hell.This is why most japs opt to do capsule hotels or even love hotels alone.And yes Japanese housing especially the really cheap 1K ones you're referring to old style Apaato.Apaato (アパート) (or Apartment) for rented unit buildings, which are usually only a few stories in height, without a central secure entrance.Mansion (マンション) usually purchased type expensive buildings (but recently some have been rented due to large vacancies) with multiple floors, elevators, and a communal secure gate, with centralized postboxes; they are usually more sturdily built than apaato, normally of reinforced concrete (RC) construction.アパート might as well not have walls thats how thin they are.
looking at getting this https://www.klook.com/en-AU/activity/3613-sim-card-japan-tokyo/and getting 2 x 8 day sim cards for my 16 days there for $60 aud in total with unlimited datais there any other sim that beats this? i really want unlimited or very high download.
>>1576404https://sim.telecomsquare.co.jp/data_unlimited.html30 days for 87$ actual unlimited.
>>1576404I think last time I had something like 50gigs for 30 days for around 4000-5000 Yen. Was a pocket wifi though >>1576403I banged my now gf at my airbnb in Japan last year
Golden Week's coming up and I have a last minute chance to head to Hong Kong. Should I spend an exorbitant amount of money or just stay in Tokyo all week and wish I were working?
>>1576410Go to some tourist trap that not as visited such as Kanazawa or Okayam or something like that.
>>1576395Anon were you able to get your pillow?
>>1576414It's just hard justifying the $300 roundtrip for trains it'd cost for a place that's basically the same as everywhere else.Considering that resort hotels/ryokan are $100/night each, at that point might as well consider leaving the country. A quick flight to Fukuoka would probably even be a better experience.I envy people who can enjoy the freedom of a rail pass.
Some people say October is a great time to visit while others say it's still a raining mess.So what's the deal?
>>1576421why still? rainy season is in June and it lasts one month. October is fine, still plenty warm and generally not that many people compared to summer or autumn color season
>>1576418Oh I was under the impression you had JR pass sorry.
>>1576431Thought I wrote in my original post, but nah, I've lived here for the past five or so years.
>>1576371Is there a bot for this?>>1576403>they'll be reluctant to do it if they're JapaneseWhy? Wouldn't they feel more like a whore by going to some hotel?
>>1576439Fuuuuuuck, why are the bars good, is it connected but not greenlit? Did they turn on the service last week when I got it instead of today when I actually got here?
>>1576440Okay first whats your phone might not have your LTE band.>>1576433No they'd feel more weirded out by some foreigner inviting them over to a hotel or airbnb.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_hotelIt is estimated that more than 500 million visits to Japan's 37,000 love hotels take place each year, which is the equivalent of around 1.4 million couples, or 2% of Japan's population, visiting a love hotel each day. In recent years, the love hotel business has drawn the interest of the structured finance industry.
Do Japanese women like people from foreign countries?
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>>1576442Galaxy Note 9?
>>1576468I'll tell you about my girlfriend. >she was a virgin >she wanted to take things slow>she was worried about a language barrier >she was worried I would go back to my home country >she's perfect in every way If I were travelling to Japan for only a week or two there's no way I would have met her or had a relationship with her. It took over a year to find her, and another year to build our trust up to where it is now. If you're looking for sex tourism go to another country. If you're looking for a wife you better be ready to work hard.
>>1576498Do they make good wives?
Does anyone know of a good camping spot that lets you rent tents for the stay? Already went to Wakasu
Best shops in Akihabara, especially of the videogame variety like Super Potato?
sacramusic(.)jp/fes/Anons help me out, i want to buy these tickets and google translate ain't helping- It says ' both days Common' does it mean both days have the same artists?- Where can i buy online?- Would it be a strech to buy it directly from a seven eleven a week before? Do these events usually sell out?
>>1576421I went in October last year and weather was a little all over the map. First several days were 30+ celcius and humid as fuck and there were two days with some periods of heavy rain, the rest of the trip was really comfortable weatherwise though
How is travelling alone? I'm planning a trip to Osaka.Any tips?
>>1576569Tips for travelling alone in Japan or in general?
>>1576287What the hell dude, I'm South American and I could withdraw in Japan just fine with my Maestro debit card, $2 fee per withdrawal. Do you have a Nigerian bank account?
>>1576306We fucking told you those were too many places but you would go "oh no I barely care about those places, it'll just take me 20 minutes I swear I will even have time to spare".We fucking told you man.
>>1576601Lmao, but I almost did it all. Finished everything in Kyoto, just couldn't do enoshima properly cause it got late and I spent time chilling at the seaside cliff instead, and the observatory shut. Did everything in Tokyo too except for Ueno, also I didn't get the studio Ghibli tickets, so just spent time more in Shinjuku/Shibuya, but did go to mitaka at night for the jazz performance.I did feel it was rushed, and wish I could get a couple of more days in Tokyo and an extra one in Kyoto, but all in all it was a fun trip
>>1576389I'm looking for old collectible shit from 15+ years ago really. Figures, cards, the works man. I've been in the Akihabara one briefly on my last trip but didn't know there were Mandarake places scattered all over until recently
How do you people get over your post Japan depression? I went last summer for a month and got so depressed about coming back that I went again in December for another month but now I'm still missing it so much I might go for 2-3 months this summerunfortunately I start my law school in the fall so I won't be able to realistically go after that for like 3 years and am in a panicwhat do Japan friends? and no I'm not going to ALT I have goals
>>1576646Is is such a life changing place?I will be going in a month, everybody tells me it's lovely but i thought It was pure. 'lol is just like animemes xddddd'
>>1576589Both I suppose. I plan on doing more travelling alone if all goes well.
>>1576648yeah. I'm already a married guy so I didn't really get swept up by waifuism or anime. we travel a lot and Japan has been the only place we both love immensely and made a second (and planning a third) trip toit's an amazing place to visit. I've heard mixed things about living there but by god do I spend about half my time day dreaming about going back
>>1576569Travelling alone is a mixed bag. A big plus is going at your own pace and looking at things that you want, but it can get lonely at times.I know some people absolutely hate eating alone at a restaurant, but I've gotten used it to fairly quickly so I wouldn't worry so much about it. Plus it's a little more common to find people eating alone in Japan, so it's not as awkward.If you've never been to Osaka, most of the touristy stuff there you can do solo. I still don't feel comfortable or have the desire to go to amusement parks alone, so the only thing I wouldn't go to is Universal Studios.
>>1576646boozeon a brighter note, I might try to get a scholarship for my master's after I'm done with bachelors, but I'm a stemfag, doubt that it'll be possible with your major.
>>1576657yeah, there's a school in tokyo that does 1 semester transfers for lawfags and it is ABA certificated, it's more expensive than just visiting for 3 months so eh
How do people do 1 month+ vacations don't you have jobs? If not how do you afford it then
>>1576661Nah, I'm talking MEXT, it pays for everything including the plane ticket. In theory you can go as> research student (1.5yrs)> masters (2 yrs)> PhD (? yrs)one after one, extending your scholarship. But I'll probably gun for masters and then just get a job, my field will allow me to file as a high-qualification professional right away (http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_3/en/). The only thing I have to do now is to avoid fucking up my GPA.
>>1576669Don't know about your country, but where I live we have 25-30 vacation days, which is more than enough to take one month off.
>>1576678Check with your bank of choice. Airport rates are here https://www.bk.mufg.jp/gdocs/kinri/list_j/kinri/kawase.html(CASH BUY column)
>>1576678I think you can use your. Credit or debit card. RBC allows me to do so
>>1576646Post vacation blues is a tough thing to get over. I've been to Japan numerous times, taken 2 week vacations for 4 consecutive years now, and it doesn't get any easier after each visit.Personally I usually find that after a few weeks of getting back to my normal routine that the "depression" part goes away. Reminiscing about it and looking over photos that you've taken during the trip does help as well, but I find that it also just makes you want to go back.
>>1576569I haven't been to Japan yet (2 days until I leave), but I've been to Korea once by myself for 2 weeks, and that was probably the best experience of my life, for several reasons.I'm a very introvert guy who can't stand being around other people for very long, and I enjoy my own company, so the feeling of loneliness doesn't really kick in for me. But the freedom you get for actually going alone is incredibly liberating. You do exactly what you want, for how long you want, and you can sleep in as long as you like and you can stay out as late as you want at night. There's no second person always nagging you to do things differently or who pulls you to some place you don't want to be, it's all up to you. And if you're not used to being very independant, because I sure wasn't before my trip, you can feel a huge sense of personal growth by only relying on yourself 100% of the time. You will get forced into situations you might not be comfortable with, but you still have to pull through yourself and not rely on a friend or a family member. It felt super satisfying to me to challenge myself and push my boundries.Ranting aside, I highly recommend you give it a try atleast once in your life.
>>1576678I've used my bank (CIBC) the last 2 times I've went. The rates were decent and far easier than having to withdraw a huge sum of money and going to exchange place myself.
>>1576669I work as a substitute teacher currently so whenever I don't wanna work I just don't take jobspretty cushy job and I make like 30+ an hour
>>1576513https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kDMItquUDkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkYeRJaLHFg>>1576569By far my biggest advice is throw away your embarrassment, pride, fear. My biggest problem while being alone is being afraid or embarrassed to try things out of my comfort zone like ordering in a Japanese restaurant with no English menu.Just do it, go inside and figure it out. Learn some basic Japanese and be really polite they'll be really friendly and happy you're trying.>>1576608Best deals are usually found not in akiba or nakano but random bookoffs, but they're very random. Like theres 2 places in Ayase, a bookoff and enterking they had amazing stuff there. Akiba is usually where you can find most things but they're expensive and know the value of goods. >FiguresAmiami two shopsLiberty Akihabara three shopsSurugaya two shopsThere is a really good shop called エックス (literally X) between the Liberty anime and Bookoff under the bridge near the station.All the big ones have some figures but usually knew onesSoftmap, Yodobashi, etc..MandrakeMULAN three shopsアゾン レーベルOffical stores for their own merch likeKotobukiyaCOSPAANIMATE>CardsAll of the above for figures +Amenity DreamTraders Card KingdomTrading of the cave AkihabaraI mean I know most stores out there. But I don't know the contents nor what you want.
What's the best equivalent of Hong Kong's Octopus card in Tokyo - is it Pasmo or Suica? I want to use it for the subway and for buying food and drinks at 7/11s.
>>1576648I wouldn't want to live there but it was one of the best trips I've ever been on
>>1576714In Japan all IC cards are equal in the vast majority of cities. So any of the ones pictured here will work.The brand depends on the city you buy it in and since most people come into Japan via Tokyo they buy a Pasmo or Suica but they're all equal so no need to buy Pasmo and Suica.
>>1576717Thanks, so they're equally acceptable at convenience stores, vending machines etc?
>>1576678https://acconversion.cibc.com/cholder/ccartwelcome.action?request_locale=enI ended up using one of these before my trip last year and it worked pretty great. You preload it with currency at credit card rates (which are still not in your favour but considering that's unavoidable it's way better than what the bank or bureau de change trades at) and because the money is already converted yen you don't pay transaction fees for credit card purchases. It worked perfectly fine with 711 ATMs, though you only get one free transaction a month.Plus when you're done you can swap whatever's been left into a different currency if you're planning another trip elsewhere. Now that I'm planning to visit again this year I've been using it as a defacto piggy bank, every paycheck I toss another 100 maple bucks onto the card so I have a decent stockpile of yen already saved up for when I return.
>>1576720Yeah they work everywhere and you can charge them anywhere too.So you can charge a Suica in Osaka or Kyoto.
Ok, so - using the Jr pass.As I understand it:1) I buy the Jr pass online, in my case for 7 days.2) I arrive at Narita, go to the JR desk and exchange my order for the actual passSo I then book my seat on the Narita Express using the JR pass?I'm also travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto. Can I just rock up to the station and reserve any seat with the Jr pass or do I have to book online prior or what? Is it valid even at peak times?
>>1576708I'm the anon who was asking about Mandarake. Thank you so much for the detailed reply my dude, I'll add these to the itinerary and look into them, my holiday is now better because of you, you're a damn saint. Thanks a lot.
My company allowed me to work from japan for a week (so i can extend my vacations)Is there such a thing as 'working cafes' or something? I don't want to stay in the hotel all dayI might need to work at midnight (Japan's time) are 24hs cafes safe to stay?Is there any district in particular that is safe for this kind of activity?
>>1576737Tokyo btw, staying in shinjuku
>>1576735You know one day I'll make a youtube video and use google to explain what each shop has... Every single youtube video out there just does a top 5 or some shit like that. And they don't seem to walk around the stores and stuff. They just sort of walk into the most obvious ones.Like wow you walked into Radio Kaikan... so amazing the first fucking store out of the station...
>>1576737It's too late but this is why airbnb is superior you get a real apartment with tables, cookware and stuff... Where are you staying at like what ku(city)?
>>1576745First week i am going with my brother. He didn't want to be in a capture or a ryokan Staying in shinjuku , as stated in >>1576739Money ain't an issue tho
>>1576171My phone carrier let's me suspend my service so I'm not paying while I'm gone. Give your carrier a call and see if they can do that. You just tell them what date you want them to suspend it on and when to resume it, or give them a call when you're back
>>1576739Ah damn it didn't refresh.PC cafes are your best bet plus they have showers and stuff and work 24/7Things like thisJust google seach for internet cafe and look at the pictures.
>>1576708KBooks is another good secondhand store to visit, they're everywhere. I really like the ones in Ikebukuro though
>>1576749Can i drop my luggage in there?
>>1576752Depends on place typically not, if you're checking out of the hotel rather use a locker.This is like capsule hotels but designed so you don't sleep there but play video games or watch movies/read manga etc...
>>1576752Most train stations have luggage lockers you can use.
>>1576750Totally forgot about it but yeah, you can't miss it since it's in radio kaikan.
>>1576756They have branches all over the city, not just in radio kaikan
>>1576744Make sure you post it when you do. My first trip to Tokyo I was memed into Super Potato and luckily discovered Book Offs and realised just how much I was getting ripped at potato. I see a few anons posting about Osaka being well priced for that kind of merch these days
>>1576544>anison festivaljesus man why would you put yourself through such fucking disgrace, you're better than this
>>1576767I only know one or two songsI just wanted to go to a concert.
>>1576735>>1576708To add to this, Rashinban (らしんばん) has a ton of stuff if you don't mind buying pre-owned, or are looking for older stuff. They have a little of pretty much everything, similar to Mandarake.
>>1576817Also good to note theres at least 2 in every big city.Tokyo (4 in TOkyo), Osaka and Kyoto
Anyone planning on going to Rising Sun? What's this lottery shit?
>>1576273>- How do i get my mom to get into an onsen (naked)What
How do prices work
We've been in Tokyo for a day now. We kinda passed out shortly after arriving at the hotel room. We are sitting our hotel cafe right and eating, However, my gf is kind of low-key freaking out from culture shock.Now I know more JP than her but really it's not much. I can read hiragana and katakana otherwise I'm flying by the seat of my pants and being just as confused as anyone else.How do I call her down a bit and just make the trip as smooth as possible?
I want to do some forest walking in Japan, but I'm terrified of snakes.Are there any areas with nice forests without snakes, or atleast no mamushi?I had planned on doing the Mount Hiei trail but I heard there are plenty of snakes at the bottom of the mountain, including mamushi.
>>1576708Where do you recommend for kaiju stuff?
>>1576669Uni student in down under. Get government gib me dats for being a student (and Uni costs are debt not straight out of pocket), combined with living at home with parents means i save most of the student payments. Uni holidays are very long so i get like 3.5 months off over november-february, took a month and a bit from mid november to mid december 2 years in a row.
>>1575736go walk around some parks and sit down on a bench or something and sip some tasty juice and eat some tasty food that you bought at 711. japanese 711 is out of this world. as are the foods and drinks on offer in the japanese market in general. they take things to the extreme with quality and variety.there are many nice parks. also, go to some yokocho. omoide yokocho is a good one. a yokocho is like an alleyway place with lots of small ramen houses and bars and stuff. google omoide yokocho and click images and you will see what I mean.also check out the golden gai. both are in shinjuku but it's right next to shibuya.don't bother with the skytree - it's overcrowded and overpriced and overhyped.instead go to the tokyo metropolitan government building. they have a viewing floor which is free. offers great views without the PACKED tourist crowd and without the overpriced ticket as it's free.eat some ramen. get some sweet pastries at a patisserie. enjoy some exotic flavoured kitkats. also get some exotic flavoured beers and drinks - the variety of stuff on offer is insane, as I said. there's plenty to see and do. depends what you're into but personally when I go this summer I will be enjoying doing the above and simply wandering around exploring the city.
>>1576817Yeah these stores are actually where i got a solid percent of my figures during my last trip. Bought from their stores in tokyo, osaka, i think kyoto and maybe even sendai.Got all my K-ON and GuP figmas from them, plus a few other bits and pieces.
>>1575749literally all over the city, except for suburban residential areas, you can and will find places to eat and drink open to late night.
>>1575757the JR pass can only be used on the JR lines. also - are you planning to go around japan outside of tokyo? if not, then get a suica card instead.
>>1576730>1) I buy the Jr pass online, in my case for 7 days.Correct, best to be bought back at home2) I arrive at Narita, go to the JR desk and exchange my order for the actual passYeah you go to their desk and you'll fill out a little form with passport info etc and when you want the pass to activate (immediately or on some specific day in the future)>So I then book my seat on the Narita Express using the JR pass?If you are certain you want your pass active from day 1, yes you would go down to the train station and get a NEX ticket by showing your JR pass.If you are spending time in tokyo before going to kyoto, are you sure youll still be back to tokyo within the 7 day pass period? if you have made sure that all fits then yes just activate your pass immediately so you can go on NEX, youll also be able to use the pass for JR trains in tokyo.>I'm also travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto. Can I just rock up to the station and reserve any seat with the Jr pass or do I have to book online prior or what? Is it valid even at peak times?First yes the pass works no matter the business or time of day. Just as it says when buying the pass, you can't use it on the Nozomi Shinkansens which are the ones with the least stops, doesn't matter though barely makes much difference time wise.Technically you dont even need to reserve a seat, they usually have train cars for unreserved, so you just show JR pass to go onto the platform. Handy for if you accidentally are running late/close on time and can't spend the time to go book a seat and just wanna hop on the train immediately.But if you do have spare time its better to go at least see if there are reserved seats free because you may as well guarantee yourself a seat (i didnt get a seat several shinkansen trips on my last holiday). Even better, if you happen to pass through the station the day before or early in the day get a ticket then as you'll have more chance of getting a seat and picking a window seat if you want one.
>>1576714>>1576720Suica has penguins tho, so get that one.>>1576737If you buy something you can stay in starbucks as long as you want and have wifi etc.Manga cafe i guess, a room gets you a little privacy but you are more out and about, with drinks and shit plus decent internet. These are 24H too so might fit that better.Probably other regular cafes again as long as you buy something every little while.Dont think any of these are quite what you want but idk.
>>1576852idk, what is she having problems with?I went there knowing only hello, thank you and excuse me in japanese as well as having never travelled overseas and it didn't seem that overwhelming and im not some overly confident and . I mean on the first day i got lost for a while at shinjuku station trying to find a locker and at the end of the day walked a couple KMs with my bags to my Airbnb because i couldn't find the right station. Went to some shops where no one spoke english and just got through by pointing to food or items and saying arigato a bunch of times while being smiley.Basically just say its one of the safest citys around, nothing too major will happen even if you get lost. No major problems will happen if you just act pretty much normally.
>>1576730>So I then book my seat on the Narita Express using the JR pass?I'm not certain if you could pre-book the Narita express, but your JR pass will allow you to ride on it.>Can I just rock up to the station and reserve any seat with the Jr pass or do I have to book online prior or what? Is it valid even at peak times?Most stations have a JR office where you can make bookings for any shinkansen you like (excluding NOZOMI / MIZUHO /HAYABUSA). You don't have to book online, the person at the JR desk will make your bookings and print out reserved tickets for you.Also worth noting that shinkansen have unreserved cars that you can jump onto w/o a booking using your JR pass.
>>1576840He's hoping to re-enact some of his favourite Doujins obviously
>>1576852I mean, what about it is overwhelming to her? If it's the crowds maybe take a daytrip to someplace like Kamakura that'll be a bit more spacious
would it be weird to get a hooker delivered to my hotel hotel instead of getting a lovehotel
>>1576910>>1576918Not sure honestly. She was feeling I'll this morning from nerves. I had her walk to sensoji Temple with me and after exploring that for a bit she seems to have calmed down. Weare back at the hotel getting a little phone charge before heading to akiba or Tokyo skytree.Also be any tips or train/ subway navigation? I was basically praying I was on the right one to find my hotel before and about to hit up another to go to akiba.
Can't believe there were still some cherry blossoms in Narita, I had to delay my trip a week so I thought for sure they'd be all gone
>>1576669I get VA neet bux ($3150 tax free) a month until I die. I literally have nothing better to do.
>>1576897I will be there 30 days in October. Not trying to stay in Tokyo more than a week or so.
>>1576950100% VA service connected PTSD from Iraq.
>>1576932set to-from in google maps and trust its pathfinding
>>1576932I can get that. I felt pretty damn nervous on the flight, it settled down when i got there, but I can easily understand someone else still being nervous once there. i'd say once you get a hang of the travel and feel for the city she'll be fine.For trains/subway, google maps is pretty great. Tells you the station you need. What line to catch including its name and colour code so its easy to follow signs to the right platform. Also tells you any station to change at if need be (and again the line to change to).Stations will have english signs, almost all trains will have english announcements of what station you are coming to etc. After a few trips you should get the hang of it.
My boss extended my vacations one week more.I had already planned to visit tokyo districts, is it worth to do one day-one city with the other perfectures?Which are worth visiting?
>>1576856Hiei-zan is great, especially if you're into temple touring. I've been there twice and never had a problem; besides, if you take the cable car you wouldn't be at the bottom anyway.
>>1576913JR Pass is valid for Hayabusa.
>>1576965if you have an extra week and are happy to spend it outside tokyo, thats a good amount of time to do kyoto/osaka/nara and that area. though that either means paying out the ass for a shinkansen or doing overnight buses (normal bus would just waste whole days travelling.)
>>1576913>>1576975Yep, the JR pass does cover Hayabusa. Please keep in mind that Hayabusa does not have unreserved cars though, meaning you always have to get a seat reservation beforehand.
>>1576974Wouldn't that remove the whole forest walking/hiking element though? Or are there still trails after taking the cable car?
>>1575730Hi anons, can anyone recommend any two bedroom Airbnb's in Tokyo? Also, is Shibuya a good place to stay? First time in Japan btw.
is nara worth going to if i am not interested by the deer park?
>>1576846Site?Also I read online that booking 4 months before is the cheapest option.
>>1577037Not sure about now, but during cherry blossoms it was great, the deers were just a Cherry on top. Todaiji is great too
>>1576737plenty of co-working spaces, I also worked one week there last year.Best I can recommend is the Yahoo co-working space. It's free, on the 13th floor with a great view and a really nice atmosphere. Only need your ID to register and you get a pass for one day
>>1576817>>1576824>>1576894Fuck yeah thanks anons, I'll say a little prayer for you guys when I'm wasting my money on figures and living the dream.
>>1577066Are the cherry blossoms all gone? Im arriving on Monday rip
>>1577074They were in their full bloom phase on 10th, so I'm guessing they must've gone. You'll get them in the northern regions though
>>1576852You don't every female I've been with to Japan did this freakout shit the first few days, she'll come down. It's even worse if it's peroid time.Try to occupy her with cute stuff.
>>1576873The best Kaiju shops I've seen where in Nakano Broadway just walk around there it's like a big square you can't miss the kaiju shops I don't remember the names but they had at least 3~4 shops that had tons of kaiju, ultraman.
Would the level of perfection be lost on a pleb like me if I made a reservation at a place like the ones from Jiro Dreams of Sushi?
>>1576894The thing anons need to understand is that Japan is a seasonal culture. You get limited only clear cola that will never come again. You get limited cucumber pepsi etc...Same thing with figures, the only time figures of old animes are released is if it's getting a new anime, manga or it's an anniversary so the studio who owns the IP is trying to milk money.You want haruhi figures? Good luck no new ones have been made in ages, so you'll have to go to second hand stores. Ranma 1/2 or Sailor Moon mechandice? Forget about it. You'll find stickers at best.Same with say Touhou used to be huge, now you'll be lucky to find a small corner with a few pins and acrylics.
>>1577074Depends on where you are.
>>1577103wait sorry wrong maphttps://tenki.jp/sakura/
arriving at terminal 3 and none of the pocket wifis seem to be able to be picked up there desu
>>1577117Well you can walk to other terminals it's not a crime.
>>1577071>I'll say a little prayer for you guys when I'm wasting my money on figures and living the dream.Haha thanks my dude. Can you make it a prayer to the money god, i spent way too much on exactly this when i went. kek.Good luck finding what you are hoping for.
>>1577097Oh yeah for sure. Its piss easy to find current stuff, but only if you are interested in the absolute most popular "old" shows will you find much stuff (Evangelion, Madoka etc). If less popular but still old you better get hunting at every second hand store there is.Fortunately my desires for figures were pretty easy to satisfy this time. K-ON, GuP, Madoka, NGE>>1577117There is a free shuttlebus that does a loop around all terminals, i had to do the same to go pick up my pocket wifi. Is pretty easy to find once you know its a thing.
Europoor going to japan for the first time here, i was looking for the cheapest flight there is, i don't care about the amount of hours i spend, any tips? should i wait some discsout they always make? i was checking air china and the price would be 600 euros for going/getting back and i wanted to see if there was anything cheaper, i'd rather spend my money there rather than on the flight
>>1577167Where are you from?I'm from Croatia I checked Zagreb, Belgrade and Budapest for flights. Check other airports, in 2016 I traveled for 470€ Via Belgrade > Doha > Hong Kong > TokyoIn 2018 it was 600€ Zagreb > Doha > Tokyo this was mostly because I had spare money.Like LOT is offering this for 500€ now
>>1577173I'm near Milan, and i forgot to mention i was going to Tokyo, tho flixbussing to the balkans to get a cheaper flight sounds like a good idea, not the sanest but not bad
>>1577176and i also forgot to mention the dates would be aroun the beginning of september, 4-19ish
>>1577177https://www.google.com/flights?hl=en#flt=/m/0947l./m/07dfk.2019-11-15.MXPWAW0LO318~WAWNRT0LO79*/m/07dfk./m/0947l.2019-11-25.NRTWAW0LO80~WAWMXP0LO319;c:HRK;e:1;sd:1;t:b;sp:2.HRK.374779*2.HRK.374779There really cheap flight in November.
>>1577176Antonio prenota un volo diretto Alitalia e non fare il povero. Fuori stagione con 5/600 euro te la cavi.
>>1577074Walked through Yoyogi today and they're mostly past peak bloom.Still quite a nice sight to see with the mix of pink and green flowers.
For those asking about trains i've only gone wrong once with a mix of google maps and the Metro and JR east apps
>>1577195The good thing is also if you fuck up stations. Just exit the next one and go back its free on everything except shinkansen.
Are there any places people gather to drink in parks at night? It isn't too uncommon in my country. Cheaper that way at least.
>>1576544>Do these events usually sell out?It's an event at Makuhari Messe, so it's probably going to sell out. It's not sold out yet but don't waste your time if you really want to go.>does it mean both days have the same artists?Probably so. Different days might have somewhat different setlists or different special guests.>Where can i buy online?If you don't want to risk with tickets selling out - just send this link to ticket proxy of your choicehttps://t.pia.jp/pia/ticketInformation.do?eventCd=1908809&rlsCd=001[spoiler]I used bridge jpn but there are several options you can google easily[/spoiler] Tell them to do domestic delivery to your hotel and that's it.
If you're not getting the rail pass, is a Tokyo -> Osaka domestic flight (and likely vice versa) worth it over a train? Price-wise it seems to be better but I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle.
>>1577233Depends how much you like the boarding plus security plus bus/train to city precedures
>>1577233if you are going to go to kyoto and nara from Osaka, the JR pass covers that, so take that into account for the JR pass vs flight. plus cost of getting to and from the airport at each end. Plus time and effort wise the train will just be easier.I have definitely seen people recommend domestic flights for tokyo to hokkaido or down to nagasaki etc because its a full day on trains otherwise, but from tokyo to osaka probably isnt worth it.
>>1577233ANA do cheap foreigner flights if you haven't seen it beforehttps://www.ana.co.jp/en/ca/book-plan/fare/special/visit.html
>>1576913>Also worth noting that shinkansen have unreserved cars that you can jump onto w/o a booking using your JR pass.Are the carriages specially marked or something? Is it easy to tell the shinkansen I can use with the Jr pass from the ones I can't use?
>>1576925Are hookers in the red light district actually Japanese or mostly Chinese etc?
>>1577366Markings on the platform say which cars are what, you just have to coordinate with the boards listing the upcoming trains
About to do a study abroad thing over the summer and the accommodations are homestay. Anybody have experience or advice about living with random Japanese families? Was there something about it that suprised you/ you were unprepared for? I'm guessing a lot of it depends on the attitude you go in with.
My favorite picture from my trip out of 1300 taken. I fuckin' love deer.
>>1577033Yeah, there are trails after the cable car that take you through all the temple complexes and beyond. The cable car doesn't taje you to the peak, just where the temple and trails are. There are a shitton of scenic stone stairs too if that's your forte.
>>1577233depend what kind of time frame you are on and what you plan to do. Tokyo->osaka->tokyo is about 100 bucks with a cheap flight after tax/fees, you also need to consider time getting in/out of each airports train cost, and then trains around Osaka.Assuming you want to do the Express to Nara, Shinkansen to kyoto, and maybe go see Hiroshima; you'll pay for the pass with those over the course of a week.If you do the JR pass you can hop on the shinkansen, see some of the country side, and use the JR pass to get around all the neat places around osaka with faster trains. You won't spend any cash on constantly putting out 1000-2000 yen to pop from city to city
Which of these stations should I stop at and look around before getting to my stop?
>>1577436Coming in eastward from Narita to clarify
>>1577437If you're doing the train from NRT to Ueno, just get to Ueno. That line is basically all residential stuff with nothing in it unless you know of niche places already.
>>1577211>spend hundreds of dollars to go to Japan>too penny pinched to drink before going to a bar>too stupid to realize you just need to order enough at the bar to keep the cheap buzz goingAdditionally, do nomihodai. 3000 yen all you can drink for 2 hours
Any good places to buy used manga besides Mandarake and Book Offs?Can't find what I'm looking for.
>>1577446Literally anywhere in akihabara, maybe some of the nakano branches. Which manga type is it? Most normal manga is only like a few bucks, used stuff is often all garbage shit.
>>1577447Oku-san 13 and 14, and the complete collection of Ashitaba-san Chi no Muko Kurashi.
>>1577097>Same with say Touhou used to be huge, now you'll be lucky to find a small corner with a few pins and acrylics.Touhou is still hugely popular, there are multiple stores in Akihabara dedicated to mostly all 2hu merch, doujinshi, or music. It's so big that it got a second convention for Reitaisai.I have no idea where you get the idea 2hu is small/shrinking but it's one of the most consistently attended fanbases out there
>>1576984Sorry, I can't remember nor can I find documentation for it. They do tell you what the rates are when doing it online, so you can check if the it's worth it or not before you commit to it.>>1576913>I'm not certain if you could pre-book the Narita express, but your JR pass will allow you to ride on it.Yeah you can't pre-book, but when you're trading in your JR Pass voucher (the thing you buy before you go to Japan) they usually book a NEX ticket for you if they know you're going to Tokyo.>>1577366There will be signage telling you which cars are "non reserved".
You can't reserve the Narita Express coming from the airport, but there are ones like ever 15-20 minutes, and rarely ever crowded to the point of needing to even find the right seat. If you don't activate your JR pass that day, you can get a NEX ticket for 4000 yen that is round trip valid for anytime within 2 weeks.The only one that gets a little crowded is the Keisei line which has residential stops on the way to Ueno and basically is a normal JR line. Maybe the Keisei Nartia Sky access line as well, never been on that one.
Spent 1 month in Japan already, haven't seen a single girl with a nice big fat butt. I miss big fat butts.
>>1577413V cute. Great shot!
>>1576293I got the same problem.It's fluctuating a lot.
>friend booked is flight for the same day but ~1-2ish hour off from my landing>he's never been, doesn't speak any japanese, not sure how sims work, coin lockers, or suica>tell him since it's so close just wait for me at the airport and maybe grab food, since I've been can make the JR pass exchange, sim shit, and getting any money shit done right away easily>"nah I'll head into tokyo and go exploring then just find you after">he's never left the country before>thinks it's just like walking around nashville or some shit>having flashbacks to my euro friend who got drunk after the plane ride and blew like 200k yen in shinjuku on day 1
Flight deal if anyone wants. Will probably go fast.
>>1577517What site is this?
>>1577517Scotts cheap flights. I have a premium membership. Should be able to get those from Google/Skyscanner though.
>>1577096My friend reccomended me that you should go to restaurants by the harbor districts.You can get high class meals made by professionals there. Look at google reviews, you can tell you're in the right place when you got some guy in his 40s or 50s making your food, a professional that chose to do this for his life, rather than some 30 something rocker who is waiting for his band to take off and just cooks to pay the bills.
>>1577460>multiple stores in Akihabara dedicated to mostly all 2hu merchPlease do tell me where these are and I'll slap you if you tell me it's one of the tiny fucking shops in a building thats 50m2 and sells only touhou wallpapers for 20k yen.
>>1577096Probably. I found a 5k~ yen omakase sushi place very close to Hamamatsucho station. It was amazing. No need to go to touristy michelin place and spend 3x or more.
>>1577543Right by maiddreaming there are two right next to eachother, some are on the strip like at Super Potato.Pic related right by the kebab(star take away on google) shop go down. Figures, CD's, stickers, wall stuff, some asian 2hu fans, etc.The melon books right around the corner has 2hu shit on the higher floorsAside from that one above Liberty Anime, it's up a few floors but there is also one there or right around it but looks like I didn't mark it down.And in 2.5 weeks there is Reitaisai at tokyo big sight on the 5th of May, you can get the needed cataloge in pic related for 2000 yen
>>1577552The one on the strip with 2hu music is the HEY building, 1B for more music some comics and tons of doujinshi
>>1577515Ehh if he thinks he can figure it all out, more power to him. Funner to try and figure it out yourself than just get someone to do everything for you.But if hes kinda stupid, good luck my dude
>>1577515Went with a group of friends 2 year ago with the exact same situation. But thankfully she did actually manage to meet up with us at Shinagawa station, which is even more impressive considering she didn't have wifi while traveling from the airport to Tokyo. Though it did help that one of my friends was really good with giving her directions, even going as far as telling her with platforms and exits to go to.
>>1577475Really I've been staring at butts the whole time I'm worried I'll get found out
I found a English required job offer I think I'm going to try for it
Why do retard parents bring their kids to Akihabara, enter stores, and then proceed to enter the adult sections, to then get surprised like dumb retards?
What's best place to find cheap tours for nearby areas? Boat tours especially, those seem good for practicing Japanese
Does Osaka have any foreign-friendly BJs like Happy Hinomaru in Tokyo?
Whats the deal with the gatcha that have a cheap photocopy for their cover that don't actually show you what's inside them?
Do you find visiting castles fun? I like looking the outside but then i'm in and its dimly lit and I just do not enjoy it.
Anyone here used this pass before? http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/kansai_hiroshima/I'm arriving in Tokyo, have a flight booked to Osaka and then coming back to Tokyo after a week but limited funds. I want to go on day trips in Kansai but also have to get shinkansen back to Tokyo so I guess it would be a waste to get this pass.
any off the beaten path places/towns to see with some nice nature and quietness day trippable from osaka?
I wonder how recent this grafitti is, can't tell if this is a new thing ate if Japan always had stuff like this, this is right next to the Arakawa
>>1577628pick a random town and go there, I love doing that and seeing the locals doing their day to day life.
>>1577413Cute. If you have that many photos, you should definitely post some more over in Views and Photography of Japan here >>>/jp/21063384
Could anyone suggest me some cozy towns or even cities where I can ride a rental bike around and explore shit? Is Arashiyama a good place for that? I don't ride on busy roads so i'd like somewhere kind of dead desu
Staying near asakusa, just got back from Ghibli museum.What's some fun things to do at night around here? Should I pop over to Shibuya / Shinjuku? Just giving my phone some charge in the hotel room at the moment.
>>1577662>cozy towns or even cities where I can ride a rental bike around and explore shitŌarai in Ibaraki gets mentioned a lot for bike exploring, but it's also a point of attraction for Girls und Panzer fans. If you fall into this category, you can stay there overnight.I went this winter, but didn't rent a bike. Still had fun, and local fish products were great. And people are friendly as well.>>1577679>What's some fun things to do at night around here?Asakusa Rockza is a strip theatre close to main attractions.You can visit Sensoji by night for different vibe and feel.Lots of izakayas around as well.
Going to Asakusa over the weekend. Any Live House recommendations or just some non-touristy gems? Or just anything interesting really. Only been to Tokyo. Can speak nip
>>1577692Fuck not Asakusa. Was influenced by the other anon.Meant Osaka.
>>1577662Im likely one of the guys >>1577686 mentioned. I always shill Oarai.It really is fun to ride around as its mostly quite flat. Plus all the interesting sites are a relatively close ride from each other. Its on the ocean so you can ride along with nice views. Also generally its quiet enough that you can ride on the footpaths if you aren't zoomingThe town is small enough you get the cosy japanese town feel, but big enough you have many places to eat, several convenience stores and even supermarkets. All the people i met were friendlyWill just say though, i don't actually know about renting a bike. the 2 times i've been i stayed at an Airbnb that had a bunch of bikes free to use. I think its the only Airbnb in Oarai, its an entire home and in a nice spot, though a little away from the main oceanside area (just gives you more chance to ride around).There are a decent amount of sights that are interesting enough for anyone to visit the town and surrounds, but as >>1577686 mentioned if you are a fan of Girls und Panzer this place has even more to do and see.If interested and want more info feel free to ask. If not, im sure someone else will pop up with a nice example. My other possible suggestion kawaguchiko. From going there one time i feel like that could be a nice area to ride around, but again not sure on if there's anywhere to rent bikes or anything.As for arashiyama, it seemed to busy to ride around comfortably, that was probably the busiest place in all of japan on my trips (fushimi inari would be, but i went at 7am to avoid crowds). I saw a fair bunch of people having to walk their bikes around instead of riding them.
Looking at a 2-3 week trip over Christmas/New year, considering spending time in Hokkaido/Tohoku or checking out the Japanese alps. Any anons done similar trips with recommendations? Been twice before (in warmer months) and been through Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka/Amanohashidate/Kawaguchiko/Fuji/Yamagata/few others.
>https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/15/reference/everything-need-know-one-kind-golden-week-japan>Japan is poised to celebrate the Imperial succession and the start of a new era on May 1 with a festive extra-long 10-day Golden Week from April 27 through May 6.Damn i'm fucked, RIP.
>>1577820Why golden week isn't that bad unless you are only looking at hotel prices or only staying in kyoto
>>1577820What the fuck is Golden Week? I'm due in Japan April 26th - May 6th. How am I fucked?
>>1577940Not really, it's basically a week for japanese holidays. Some small shops are closed, banks will be closed, post offices weird hours, and more people traveling. Overall it's completely fine except hotel prices get jacked up and tourist spots like Kyoto, some places in Tokyo, and museums could be weird hours.Overall it will be business as usual minus some smaller shops closed but it isn't like no where to go eat, or things to do like on New Years day. If you are looking to do more festivals, celebrations, and meet people out and about you're in for a good time.
>>1577859>>1577859Why is only staying in Kyoto a problem?
>>1577971Most people go there for the tourism and shrines, Tokyo is spread out just enough to not be a huge problem aside from specific temples/streets like say sensoji. Go down the street a bit and business as usually. Kyoto's fairly compact to get around compared to Tokyo, keep in mind Kyoto's economy is based around bringing in tourists compared to Tokyo. Chinese, Japanese tour bus companies, foreigners, and plenty of others flock to Kyoto to spend a good bit of their trip at. It's fairly busy year round but Golden week is just a bitch, similar to like August/September when chinese tourism season is in peak
Honestly this is a great Japan general thread and so much better than usual.I am going to Japan in 3 days with my 60 year old parents. They have travelled around europe but never so far away. I am a bit anxious because this is their first "big" trip and it could put them off travelling if something goes wrong.What would they really like? Other than the usual museum/castle.Also what's a "neutral" food they could like? So not raw, not too spicy nor glutinous, not too crazy. (No burgers, I mean something traditional.)Thanks anon! Comfy pic for you.
>>1577974I see! Hope it's not too crowded then. Thanks!
>>1577977>Also what's a "neutral" food they could like? So not raw, not too spicy nor glutinous, not too crazyThis is going to sound retarded but look around Akihabara strip for the most middle of the road, yet tasty food. I generally on the first day of any of my friends going to japan just inform them to walk the strip of a shop. I'd say that it by far has the most english menu/speaking available of most anywhere in Tokyo to some extent. Same with Kanda station right next to it. >What would they really like? Other than the usual museum/castle.Sensoji/Ueno Park are great places spread out enough, same with the Edo Museum. Asakusa is more neighborhood-y and slower paced than shibuya/Shinjuku and still has a good amount of parks and older style japanese housing.Imperial gardens would be good too, bamboo forest in Kamakura + temple also a nice thing away from too many people
>>1577983> of a shopFor a shop*
>>1577983>the most middle of the road, yet tasty food.I am not familiar with this expression. Do you mean a food stall/hawker? My mother would never eat from a street vendor I am afraid.Thank you for the other recommendations, I am looking into them!
>>1577990Middle of the road is a term meant to describe not too far one way or the other, e.g. not full on spicy food or not too sweet or not to in any one extreme type of taste. There are also lots of different kinds of shops, everything from japanese waygu to sushi shops to ramen bowls to burgers. Due to how many tourists Akihabara gets it's safe to go for finding what ever kind of meal you would want to test out eating.
>>1577993I see now! Thanks!
>>1576116if you ever want to get these and other japanese sweets and stuff, after you get back home, go on Tofucute.comthey deliver to the USA, Europe and are based in the UK. they usually have a great selection of all kinds of stuff. good prices too.
>>1576273why the fuck do you want to get your mum into a hotspring bath naked you fucking creep?
>>1576305>"buy" a charm/pamplet/etc to walk the groundsto be honest I quite like this idea. it's better than plain asking for a "donation" and people don't get anything for it besides the entrance to the place.which, sure, is good - but the fact you get a little something as well, you don't feel as much that you're "getting nothing".apparently they do the same at izakayas or something (I forget), where there is a small "cover charge", but they actually give you a little plate of stuff for it when you sit down, before you order your meal.this way you're getting something and feel better about it. the way to do it, in my opinion :)
>>1576353you could stay there for a whole year nonstop and still not see and do and explore everything and everywhere.
>>1578109Yeah but the couple times i got a "free" thing at a small restaurant it was one of those weird white jelly-ish cubes that i think might be tofu. tasted like ass. would prefer they take the cover charge and give me nothing over that.But yeah for temples a little charm or something would be cool.
What's the best way to navigate the vending machines in restaurants? I've been picking blindly and hoping it's good. So far it's been ok, but I don't want dipping noodles next time I get ramen.
>>1578273Best way is understanding japanese. Or go to places that have English machines.Not sure what else you are expecting for answers desuAlso this thread is dying/dead go to new one linked a bit above.
>>1578274Mostly if there was any kanji to look out for that signifies dipping noodles. And will do.
>>1578281I guess googling kanji for different foods. I know there are tables/guides with main things (types of meats), and im sure people would have made them for slightly more specific things in each food area (ramen for your needs)
I'll be going to Japan for an extensive period of time (~4 months) pretty soon for work-related shit in the Osaka regionI kind of wanna buy a laptop for gayming (a new FFXIV expansion comes out early july) but at the same time I really don't feel like it because once I come back I'll never use it again so maybe I'm better off with local computer facilitiesHence my question: Does anyone have experience with internet bars in general? Are they foreigner-friendly in general? I do speak some Japanese mind you, but not enough to hold a conversion with a native comfortably
>>1578332dead thread my dude. up a bit the new thread was posted. ask again there for more people to see
>>1578344I already did, only realized after I had already posted