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Bento edition
Post 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.
Old thread >>1607787
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anime
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Leave in like ~3.5 months and haven't planned shit. I just get overwhelmed anytime I start planning it. I'll be there for a month and am starting to doubt why I chose to stay that long. I have the budget to do it (~6K) but I keep second guessing everything. Anyone else ever been as retarded as me?
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>>1611890
We’re with 3 and we’ll go there in 1 1/2 months. No itinerary yet, just things we want to see. We will be fine.. I hope
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Anons living in Japan right now does it ever get boring? The ones living in Urban Areas.

I'm from a small Eastern European town of 100k, like we have 2 Mcdonalds, 2 Malls and thats it.

I was blown away by the convenience and newest of everything. I went to Japan twice now and every time I wish lived there.

Trains are punctual and like they come every 5~10 minutes, there is a konbini every 500 meters and if not theres a vending machine. The trains and streets are clean and smell nice. The staff is always friendly. Every train station is a hub of life with a mall, tons of restaurants, shops, banks, business.

Last time I was in Hirai seemed like an old, poor and pretty banged up part of Tokyo.

Yet still the station had McDonalds, KFC, Mosburger, Yoshinoya, Mastuya, Coco Curry, Nakau, Torikuzoku, Seiyu, Famimarkt, Lawson, 7-11, Doutour, Tully's, Viva De France and so many other things.

I feel like I'd never get bored here with the variety of food, shops and services on offer.

Not to mention you're basically 1 hour away from anywhere in Tokyo.

So basically does it ever get boring with a city like Tokyo or Osaka thats so fucking huge and you have so many things to do and visit?
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>>1611898
Japan is incredibly boring when you get used to it all. Why do you think everyone is drunk and wasted every night?
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>>1611900
Because they work overtime and don't get to really experience anything? I'd also be drunk everynight if I was forced to be in an office from 9 - 9
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>>1611874
I've been to Japan every year for the past decade but never to Okinawa.

I'm literally going in blind with no idea of what to do. At this stage I'm staying in Chatan simply because I'm covered in tattoos and being a beach bum seems like it'd be difficult elsewhere for someone like me.

tl;dr Okinawa recommendations?
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>>1611890
I’m here for two weeks right now and I wish I could stay for a month. You’ll be fine just go somewhere and open up ur maps and go sight seeing. Just get lost there’s so much shit too do a month isn’t nearly enough bro
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>>1611886
Please respond
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I have a job offer in Yokohama working for a western company. Should I take it?
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>>1611874
Going for the first time in a month for 2 weeks. First week for Tokyo, the second week I want to go to Kyoto/Mt. Fuji/Osaka.
Does it make sense to only buy the Rail Pass for the second week?
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>>1611961
I'd say working in Japan is ALWAYS a negative experience. But if you really want to work you should make sure that its

>Western company (you already confirmed this)
>Contract work to avoid overworking (Yes western companies pull this off as well due to lax laws)
>There are gaijin friendly condos very close to your workplace
>Your work visa gets sponsored by the contractor company NOT the company you work for in Japan

If you do all of this you can minimize your grievances, although they'll always be there in some form.
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>>1611977
thanks for the tips. I'll ask about the last two.
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Please rate my itenerary, I have no idea what I'm doing.

Tokyo 4-5 days
Matsumoto
Kamikochi
Takayama
Kanazawa
Kyoto/Osaka
Himeji
Hiroshima

After this I dunno what else to do

Number of days at each place is not set, I'll have a 14 day JR pass
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How are your experiences with dating Jap girls anons?

I visited once and had no issues getting dates

it just seemed awkward I had to sign up to this idea of a Chadious romantic western guy they wanted, and not a average nerd into animu and WW2 history.
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>>1612135
I'd suggest putting aside plenty of time for Miyajima when visiting Hiroshima. At least a full day.
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>>1611961
been in yokohama for a while. I quite like it. I can't comment on what it's like working for a western company but I can speak about the city

In general, people in Yokohama are more friendly and more """real""" compared to Tokyo people (at least that's the stereotype. I haven't really encountered the stereotypical "tokyo snake") but they're so damn close to each other that most of the people you meet will probably be commuting from one place to the other weekly.

Food here is as varied and cheap and amazing as any major city in japan. If you like indian and brazilian food too then that's a plus because they have excellent varieties of both.

Historically Yokohama was the gateway from the west so everyone is quite familiar with westerners. Compared to places outside of Kanto, I rarely get stared at or approached with stupid questions (except at bars) which is nice. You're still going to get the drunk salarymen asking you the 5 questions though.

Nightlife is very different from Tokyo. In Tokyo you don't get much stranger interaction outside of clubs and shitty tourist bars. It's a bit more open here, in a small standing bar environment. Bartenders and old people are happy to talk to you if you talk to them first. Not really a huge hookup culture for adults. If you like linking up with your friends and getting smashed at an izakaya and maybe hitting karaoke afterwards, that's more the thing here. Noge, places around yokohama station, Kannai, and Koganecho are my favorite drinking spots.

There's a pretty deep jazz culture here. If you like live jazz performances, there's a ton of places I can list off. They're mainly found in the areas i listed above with the addition of minato mirai and chinatown.

if you have any other questions let me know.
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what's the fastest way to learn at least some Japanese? I'm going in a month
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>>1612150
If you only have a month you might as well just learn some set phrases. That's not enough time to get any deeper.

stuff like excuse me, thank you, hot/iced coffee, draft beer, bathroom etc.
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>>1611874
I guess that bento is OK, but it is not kuwai and is not pink.
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where the FUCK can i watch the TOR-GSW game at 10 am tomorrow
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>>1611890
I'm in the same boat. Leaving in 3 months for two weeks and anytime I look at booking hotels I get decision paralysis.
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Will be travelling in august for two weeks. Can you guys recommend me a really comfy onsen to stay in for a night or two, assuming I have a JR pass and I will be in the broad vicinity of Tokyo and Kyoto? First time going to Japan.
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>>1612149
Thanks. I really appreciate this response.
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>>1612149
what are these '5 questions'?
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>>1612207
I would assume
>Where are you from
>What are you doing in Japan
>How long have you been in Japan
>How long will you stay in Japan
>Do you like Japan?
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>>1611890
Keep the sightseeing google map in the OP on constant standby. Anytime you're bored open it up and look up whatever happens to be close to you.
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>>1612192
I went to Kinosaki Onsen for an overnight stay last year and it was fantastic. The baths are all really well maintained and the town itself still has a small human-scale Edo period feel to it. It's about two hours from Kyoto/Osaka on the limited express.

I also really recommend taking the slow route straight south down to Himeji on your way back, you'll have to transfer a couple of times but you get to ride on some comfy retro single-car trains though some really nice mountain landscapes. Assuming you leave at a reasonable hour you'll also have enough time in Himeji in the afternoon to visit the castle too.
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>>1612149
Would definately love some jazz venue recommendations, really wish I had goner to more spots when I visited last year but I was so wiped out in the evenings I ended up skipping out on a lot of nightlife stuff.
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>>1612135
Too many places to see tb desu if you only have 2 weeks
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Every FUCKING night so far in Kanazawa

>go to bars
>find cute girls to drink with
>one of them likes me more than the rest
>make out with her as night progresses, get touchy feely
>when night ends and I ask for her to come to my place or me go to hers she says no
W h y
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>>1611874
Get rid of the "post about" memes already, people never read the OP because it's too long and always ask the same shit about soaplands, JR pass, accommodation and food budgets.
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>>1612239
Thanks senpai, will check your tips out.

Here is a really cool naruto t-shirt for you in exchange.
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Will people stare at me funny for having a tattoo on my arm?
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>>1612264
They don't give a shit if you're a foreigner, its only on onsens where they give you shit for it (and not all of them)
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>>1612243
Forgot to say Tokyo is not part of the 14 days.
My first plan was to travel south-west and then maybe hit Okinawa, but it seems it will take too long time with what I have planned already. I guess I'll have to stop at Hiroshima
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>>1612244
Did you pay for her drinks? Congrats you got scammed.
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>>1612254
>TELL ME HOW TO GET YELLOW PUSSY WAAAAAAAH
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>>1612264
Because it's trashy.
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>>1612302
this

swag is for boys, class is for men

pic related it's me
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>>1612292
I explicitly mentioned being sick of soaplands questions you dumb fuck.
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>>1612135
Either cut out Matsumoto/Kamikochi/Takayama or Himeji/Hiroshima/Miyajima, pick one or the other or else you're going to be stretched way too thin.

Kanazawa is a great stop-off between Kyoto and Tokyo so I'd say keep that regardless of which option you pick. You can also do a half-day detour to Hikone between it and Kyoto to see the castle there. It's smaller than Himeji's but it's also original and is far less of a tourist crunch.
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>>1612264
Only if it’s a stupid looking tattoo.

I live in Tokyo and tattoos, while not as common as in western countries, aren’t exactly uncommon either.
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>>1612282
It's been different girls every night, only paid the first night tho. Every other time they've paid more than me
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>>1612181
Do you at least know what you want to do? I don't even know that much yet. Sucks to because I fear all the Rugby fags are going to inflate prices and ruin everything.
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Why do so many of the travel forums seem to shit on the idea of a decent hotel chain in favor of hostels or airbnbs? The loyalty programs can help me get back to Japan, the management structure gives me a reasonable means of compliant resolution, and the locations are often excellent.
I do understand the idea of paying a premium could be off putting, but some of the benefits (free concierge instead of booking fees with sites like pocket concierge) make it seem like a slam dunk.
I guess I just want to know what I'm missing out on
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>>1612375
Not everyone has the dough bro
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>>1612282
>Ohh let me just get felt up by some random foreign dude for two or three free drinks.
Not everything is a scam, many times you just strike out.
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>>1612110
Same as they are anywhere else in the world, really. Just a regular bar except you can rent yourself a shisha to smoke while drinking.
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>first night in Nagoya
>go to izakaya wIth friends
>random chinese tourist falls over unconscious
>try to help with translating but only speaks Chinese
>medics come in and get her
>table gets free rice with chicken for trying to help
That's certainly a fun start.
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Bought bunch of souvenirs from Don Quijote last time I was in Japan and got this receipt with half stamp on it, other half on passport page. It didn't get removed last time I departed. Will it cause any trouble since it's unofficial mark and stamp?
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>>1612437
Is that from doing a tax free transaction?
I had a few of those in my passport from my first trip they didnt remove on departure. They didn't care (or even look for as far as i saw) when i entered next time.
Got another bunch from more purchases the second trip and they weren't removed on departure that time either. So now i just have a fuckton in my passport. Not really sure what you do but on neither end of my trip at home in australia or in japan did anyone even look through them or anything, so not sure if they matter desu.
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>>1612412
Ok i guess that makes sense. I've just never seen one let alone been to one so i wasn't sure if they'd be weirder or more different.
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>>1612441

Yeah, that one. It has text in English explaining what it is so I imagine it'll be fine. For me, I only have one of them so it doesn't take much space so it's not suspicious either. If I removed it I'd have half stamp on my page which could however raise eyebrows.
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>>1611911
Bro I grew up there because dad was in the Marines. I got you.
If you're staying in Chatan than American Village will keep you occupied a little. Ichibantei sushi is pretty damn good, next to Dragon Palace on ground level, and I'm homies with one of the supervisors.
>Churami Aquarium
Really awesome to see the whale sharks
>Nakagusuku Castle
there's a ton of ancient castle ruins on island but this one has an eerie abandoned hotel that was being built in the 70s there too that you should be able to get to without being stopped
>Shuri Castle
just some cool local history that also doubles as WW2 history, would also reccomend the Japan Naval Underground HQ, Peace Prayer Park, and Kakazu and/or Hacksaw Ridge if you like WW2 history
>Cape Zanpa
just a nice little picturesque lighthouse you can climb up to the top of
>Kokusai Dori
broadway style shopping in downtown Naha (this is where you buy the Sata Andagi)
>Naminoue beach
Just a chill beach nestled in under some overpasses. You can catch waves from the wake of container ships that pass by.
>Ryukyu Mura
A park that recreates traditional okinawa villages and gives a pretty good lesson about their history with Japan.
My favorite place I miss the most was Ikei Island but I don't remember anything being out there aside from a hotel I never stayed at. I just used to street race in that area and it's really picturesque drive.
My buddies tell me there's a massive mall called RYCOM mall now too so it might be worth checking.
That's about everything I remember off the top of my head. Some of the stuff is more family oriented but you might have fun still. I left immediately after graduating high school so my nightlife experience was trying to convince Family-Mart employees I was twenty and then getting hammered on Orion at the beach with my boys and eating taco rice at 3am.
Also check out a Mangasouko in Urasoe, its a huge second hand goods store that focuses primarily on clothes, weebshit, and musical instruments.
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>>1612437
I gotta say, I really don't understand Donki. It seems like it has the most random shit, and then an entire floor is just fucking suitcases. It's weird
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>>1612468

They sell pretty much everything.

They also seem like a company that'd be hell to work for.
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Tell me about easy cheap eats on the go in japan
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>>1612517
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>>1612468
>>1612473
I went into the huge one in Dotonbori. It's funny, the ground floor is just absolute trash, junk food, budget cosmetics, etc, then you go up to the higher levels and there's one that just sells luxury ball point pens and $2000 bottles of whisky.
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>>1612468
I gotta say, I really don't understand Walmart. It seems like it has the most random shit, and then an entire aisle is just fucking suitcases. It's weird
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>>1612448
>Hontō
Cringe.
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>>1612517
Conbinis, CoCo Ichibanya, Ichiran, Ippudo
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>>1612292
Well there two ways you need to find someone who eats tons of carrots so they have an unusually high beta carotene level so they're yellow in color.

Or I guess someone with Jaundice so you're loking with someonw with Hepatitis B, C or E Galstones or Alcoholic Liver.

Theres also Yellow fever but hat makes your eyes yellow more then your skin and is spread my mosquitos.
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>>1612528
???
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>>1612517
Beef bowls
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>>1612517
Gyudons
https://www.yoshinoya.com/wp-content/themes/original/pdf/en/menu.pdf
https://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/english/menu/
https://www.sukiya.jp/en/#menu
https://www.nakau.co.jp/en/#menu
Curry
http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/info/multilingual.html
http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/info/pdf/multilingual_menubook_1706.pdf
http://gogocurry.main.jp/english/public_html/
Burgers
http://www.freshnessburger.co.jp/menu/pdf/menu_en.pdf
http://mos.jp/menu/global/english/
https://www.first-kitchen.co.jp/menu/?lg=en&menucat=
Tenpura
http://www.tenya.co.jp/english/menu/menu/
Gyoza
https://www.ohsho.co.jp/english/menu/east/
Ramen
http://mutekiya.com/world/english.html
https://www.santouka.co.jp/en/menu
https://www.ikkousha.com/english
http://kyushujangara.co.jp/shops/
https://en.ichiran.com/shop/area-tokyo.html
http://www.multilingual.ippudo.com/
Teishoku
http://www.yayoiken.com/en_files/regular_menu_pdf/19_2018.04Regular.pdf?id=912
Katsu
http://www.arclandservice.co.jp/katsuya/menu.html
https://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/matsunoya/menu/
http://www.komeda.co.jp/en/menu/index.html
Western Food
https://www.doutor.co.jp/dcs/menu/
http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/burger/
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>>1612595
now this is a based post
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>>1612361
I have a list of stuff that gets mentioned in these threads and elsewhere but I still have to go through it to see where they all are. The only good thing is that I know I'll be in Tokyo for the full duration of my trip unless I decide to do some day trips nearby.

I have the same fear about the rugby cup happening so tomorrow I'm going to just book the first appealing hotel and get it over with. As long as the price is ok I don't care if I'm not getting the best deal. At least it'll be booked.
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>>1612448
Can you just fuck about in the forests without 1) getting fucked by snakes 2) getting fucked by US Marines
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>>1612586
You can get signs similar to jaundice if something is blocking your bile duct (like cancer, happened to my dad) so the bile just builds up and makes you yellow
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Read news about deriheri being busted for providing full sex, seems like they only arrested company employees and the owner. Doesn't the police go after the clients or is the business just so big they only go after the providers since buyers can't be given any real punishments?

Japan's law enforcement about this law is so weird, since isn't it a secret that everyone knows about that many delivery health do provide honban? Does the law exist just for Japan to be able to internationally say it's illegal for good image points?
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>>1612595
Shit i've been to japan for like 2 months overall in the last year and a half and this is still a based post. been to half these places but its always nice to try different restaurants, and having some quick easy ones is always good.
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>>1612311
How long would you stay in the various places?
Is staying just 1 night and leaving the next morning too short for the smaller places?

Not counting Tokyo I still feel like I should be able to do it like this:
Matsumoto
Kamikochi
Takayama
Kanazawa 2 nights
Himeji
Hiroshima 3 nights
Kyoto/Osaka 3-4 nights

Total 12-13 days
I've already been in Kyoto so I might not stay there as long anyway
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>>1612595
Quality post. Thanks.
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>>1612528
what
are you one of those redditards who "cringe" at random shit for no reason at all
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Think it's a good idea visiting Tokyo during Olympic next year?
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>>1612631
I think 3 nights in Hiroshima and 4 nights in Kyoto/Osaka is good. Be sure you see Miyajima when you're in Hiroshima.
>>1612624
THEY'RE COMING FOR YOU! GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY NOW ANON!
>>1612264
Yeah, probably. And they might not want to talk to you either.
>>1612150
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcJ8KuuhvBw
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>>1612624
[citation needed]
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>>1612649

https://www.tokyoreporter.com/crime/thai-delivery-health-business-accused-prostitution/
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>>1611874
How much does a JR pass cost for two people?
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>>1612696
Depends for how long you're going. They have 7/14/21 day passes
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>>1612703
Just for 3 weeks from the end of September until mid October.
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How come people in japan are dying of old age on mass, nobody reproduces and immigration isnt a thing and YET their housing market is absolutely ridiculous?
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>>1612624
If you're not stupid enough to share your real name you have nothing to worry about
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What do you tell people who ask why you chose to travel to Japan when the real answer is because you're a degenerate fucking weeaboo?
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>>1612766
That I like unofficially government approved brothels
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>>1612766
Its easy, just say you're interested in the culture, food, landscapes etc etc
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If I'm going to be in japan for a week, is it worth it, money and time wise, to go out to osaka and kyoto or should I just stick around in tokyo for the entire time? I know there are no shortage of things to do there obviously, but seeing other cities would definitely be fun. My budget isn't enormous though.
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>>1612766
Would be kind of silly - lying to person about your hobbies, saying that you hate anime, and that person turns out to be an artist on twitter/pixiv haha
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>>1612766
Unless you are a weeb most people wouldn't associate anyone normally with anime for Japan trips
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>>1612727
artificial market my dude, it costs what it costs cause fuck you thats why
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>>1612784
I was about to ask the same question and I'm spending 2 weeks this august.
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>>1612784
It's doable but not recommended. Take a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo to get the Kyoto light experience. And Osaka is basically Tokyo light so you're not missing out on too much.

That said if you had more time I'd for sure recommend Osaka and Kyoto.
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>>1612784
Depends, can you afford to stay at least night on those places? If yes then go for it, if not Kyoto might still be doable as a day trip if you catch the train really early, but forget about Osaka
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>>1612797
Kamakura looks like a great option. Thanks for the advice.
>>1612798
Would one day/night in Osaka, then day trip in Kyoto the next day, then back to Tokyo that evening be a reasonable plan?
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>>1612806
>Would one day/night in Osaka
But that'll cost you money extra though.
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>>1612806
Kamakura and enoshima are better options for both. Kyoto/Osaka are 120(around 220 for the round trip) USD away 1 way, and 3 hours of said day.

Enoshima island temple land, Nikko old village historical site, Kamakura bamboo forest, temple, buddha and beach, Saitama's old town; are all about 1 hour away from toyko tation and far cheaper/easier for day trips
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>>1612806
That's not very reasonable unless you absolutely HAVE to visit those cities NOW.
Save it for the next trip, and you'll have something to look forward to and you don't have to rush things like crazy.
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>>1612815
Yeah the more I read about it the less sense it seems to make. When I have more time in a few years, I could try more of a cross-country trip. I would really like to get to hokkaido eventually but no way is that happening this trip.
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Where's a good place to trave for 5 days from Japan if I want to go hiking?
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>>1612824
Gifu/nagano by far

The Niigata-Nagano pass is pretty good if all you want is mountains
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>>1612709
Looks like 1100 bucks
https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/

Keep in mind if you aren't traveling all those three weeks you could just use local city train passes for 600 yen a day usually.
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Another Japan deal popped up today. Not quite as good as the last few, but not bad.
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>>1612766
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>>1611911
>>1612616
Yeah for the most part. If you want some nice hiking I'd suggest Hiji falls for the hike or Aha falls for actually being able to go swimming and jump off waterfalls. Snakes are no joke but Marines don't go anywhere out except bars. If you're in Chatan you'll see plenty. The chances of you wandering onto a base while hiking are zilch because they're all fenced off.
I actually left off one of my favorite things and just remembered today at work. Look up Forest Adventure, its a zipline park that criss crosses a valley. Insanely fun.
Also there's Okinawan bull fighting which is not like Spanish matadors but instead like a sumo match for bulls which I also recommend.
There used to be regular car meets on friday night at the Jusco Aeon parking lot in American Village but that was like 5 years ago. No idea if they're still happening or not.
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>>1612624
>Doesn't the police go after the clients or is the business just so big they only go after the providers since buyers can't be given any real punishments?
Police in reality can't, the only way that they can prove sex happened with a client is if there was a video recording of it meaning that police would have to violate porn laws and a shit ton of privacy laws to do it. It's also just not worth chasing after them since chances are the business is an easier case and far more likely to have a court case stand up against them.

Imagine the legal nightmare attempting to go after everyone who visited then attempting to prove that they went in for sex and not a health service. It would cost far too much for the government in time and money. Going after the business > clients for stupid petty crime like that.

>Japan's law enforcement about this law is so weird,
Japanese law is basically so tight that multiple cops, video proof, or a actual sting operation has to going at you for something to happen. Many things are often just handled outside court or they can attempt to bully into a confession.

>Does the law exist just for Japan to be able to internationally say it's illegal for good image points?
No but proving of illegal acts in Japan is quite difficult without almost irrefutable proof, witnessing it in action, or having some direct illegal shit on the person before court.


Either way as a white dude/tourist/on visa working, unless you punch a cop most will just tell you to go away please. It's like anti-porn laws in China or Korea. Unless you intend to distribute via a black market/fake income no one gives a shit.
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>>1612631
Himeji can be done as a half-day stop to/from Hiroshima. The main reason for going there is for the castle and the one at Matsumoto is pretty much on par with it anyway, so depending on how you feel about visiting that one you might not feel much need to bother stopping off there at all.

Hiroshima/Miyajima can be visited fairly comprehensively with a two-night stay unless there's a lot of stuff outside of the Peace Park you want to see in the city proper. Maybe consider using that third night for an overnight stop at a smaller spot nearby like Onomichi.
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>>1612766
Is there such a thing as being a japanese architecture weeaboo? I work for an architecture office so it's a fairly self-evident excuse for me to fall back on.
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>>1612972
Probably, there been a few anons here who come back from Japan only to complain how someone suggested no enough time in Kyoto to admire the architecture.
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>>1612849
What site is this?
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>>1612990
P sure that's Scott's Cheap Flights, those prices are fine but Kayak.com has similar prices. I'm not sure the dates for those flights or airport regulations on how they always work.

Cheap flights like that from LAX/ORD/NYC/SFO are pretty common. My last flight was about 520 bucks round trip direct from LAX<->NRT
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Just a question guys. Me and my Japanese girlfriend are together for about 6 months now. But I wonder how trustworthy she actually is. She works for a company and they go on business trips together quite a while. They go out drinking and to onsens and the like on those trips for a couple days. She will be with male colleagues during those trips.

Do Japanese women cheat on these trips? Usually when I ask her about these trips she quickly glosses over it saying she doesn't like speaking about work while having fun. Is this a red flag or am I just paranoid?

My 2 Japanese exes have cheated on me and I am now constantly on my toes. Why the hell do they cheat so fucking much??
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>>1612992
If you don't establish gender roles and be a fucking male, don't be a nice guy fe-male.

>Why the hell do they cheat so fucking much??

They only do this if you don't establish who is the male role. Ever wonder why men are such dicks to their girls in Japan, it's so they know to shut the fuck up and not try that shit ever.
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Anyone here been to Sado, worth visiting?
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>>1612972
Yes.

Theres also train weeboos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1WzVzpXOzJ1LpH-QC4GaDA

I went to Japan 3 times, I used to ride a lot of trains when I was young because of the war here in Yugoslavia, we went to Austria but my mom stayed behind so I traveled by train a lot. I generally like trains over all other modes of transport.

The first trip to Japan was tokyo only and sure I was impressed by it but no really enamored.

The second time I went I got a 14 day JR pass and that insane.

The freedom I had to ride anything was mindblowing. Oh you wanna go to Osaka from Kyoto hop on the Shinkansen for 14 minutes.

See an ad for Kanazawa in Tokyo(never heard of it) jump on the hokuriku shinkansen and you're there in 3 hours.

Wanted to go to Saitama oh let me get on a Akita, Touhou or Yamagata shinkansen and be there in half and hour.

And then I warmed up to local trains, and metros and everything and watched 90+ episodes of the Japan Railway Journal.

I have like 10 places I have to visit now and 2 trains for my future trips.
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>>1612969
>The main reason for going there is for the castle and the one at Matsumoto is pretty much on par with it anyway

no it's not. Himeji is undoubtedly the #1 original castle in Japan, followed by Matsumoto and Matsue

>t.castleboo
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>>1612972
semi. Architecture was the primary reason why I visited Naoshima, seeing all of the Ando buildings as well as the Ando museum
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>>1613012
There was this whole area in Yodobashi Camera that just has all these model JR trains and video footage of their routes. Train autism is definitely real in Japan.
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>>1613050
Oh let me tell you about autism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgL9xbvXIrk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLIpHHbVUNo
https://www.tofugu.com/travel/chou-chou-popon/
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>>1613012
>>1613063
TRAIN TRAIN I LOVE MY STATION
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Brehs I'm leaving Japan tomorrow afternoon hold me ;_;
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>>1613092
Say hi to the 7-Eleven egg sandwiches for me.
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>>1613012
This desu. I've always liked trains since being a kid, Japan rekindled that love for me on my first trip. I still need to ride some of the SL joyful trains, but on my last trip I had the opportunity to ride the Resort Shirakami from Aomori to Noshiro, and also ride the full length of the Akita Nairiku line. I also got to ride the Kurobe Gorge narrow gauge line. It was a wonderful trip despite the godawful July/August heat. And now I have a small collection of N gauge Japanese train models and a fledgeling rail layout.
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Seeing the Nampas at work is pretty crazy, a little bit tilting seeing them pick up 9/10 OLs off the street.
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>>1613021
Hope you managed to fit in a visit to Teshima/Inujima while you were there, those two islands were collectively the best part of my trip last year.
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I've been home for almost 2 months now and I still can't stop thinking about my soapland visit. I just want to go back, I NEED to go back. The girl I got was just perfect in every way and so sweet.
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>>1612149
It's really not any different from Tokyo as long as you don't spend your time in Shibuya or some shit. Plenty of open small warm bars everywhere in Tokyo.
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I'll be staying in Osaka for ~3months soon I want to visit at least the Kansai region on weekends, I'll definitely be going to the touristic places like Himeji or Kyouto but I also want to check out more obscure things like comfy small-sized towns and countryside. Anyone knows of any good places?
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>>1613191

How do I become a nampa?
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How much of a problem are tattoos really? I know they are a problem in most onsen but otherwise? Most likely it doesn't help that I have a full sleeve tat in yakuza stile.
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>>1613214
I'm pretty sure you're born one
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Finally fucked a Japanese girl. She was slightly chubby but sucked well and had a dece body. Her place was dirty as fuck and her cat was annoying while we fucked so I left immediately after lel.
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>>1613176
>Resort Shirakami
>Kurobe Gorge
GOD DAMN ANON I AM JELLY
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>be in Japan with a friend for 4 weeks
>crash with him at a cute friend's house in Nagoya
>traveling buddy has obvious crush on her
>clearly been interacting/flirting with with me MUCH more than him since we arrived
>don't want to be a douchebag and flirt back
>go on a ""day trip"" with another cute friend of all of us obviously not interested in either of us guys romantically
>spend the day going to a pancake place, then to Legoland, then eat Ramen, then an Onsen, then Karaoke until 2 at night
>everyone has a sleepover in the same room for fun/convenience
>neither girl could drink that night
>literally nothing happened other than dumb jokes

Oh boy having good, purely platonic friends sure is amazing :'^)
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I know public displays of affection aren't really well regarded, but what about holding hands?
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>>1613214
It's what anon >>1613270 said. You have to be born in the clan then you go through years of arduous training.
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>>1613298
Coolest thing is one of the model train stores I ducked into in Yokohama actually had N gauge models of the Kurotetsu locomotives and cars. KTM in the Yokohama Landmark Tower.
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>>1612992
Pretty sure it's bait but whatever. Japs women are the least loyal asians. Cheating isn't an issue for Nips.
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>>1612825
Ok, but what if I want to fly from Japan to somewhere else for a few days?
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>>1613426
Korea is pretty good, but the landscape is mostly the same. So not sure if it's worth it all that much, other than that SEA has some locations.

>>1613209
The mountains of nara are your best bet, Okayama has some stuff, same with Kagawa. IIRC there some abandoned train lines made into paths up around Hyogo

>>1613269
>Most likely it doesn't help that I have a full sleeve tat in yakuza stile.
Def going to be an issue for beaches, amusement parks, places with children, and such. Unless you can cover it, you will get different treatment at places depending where you go.

>>1613298
Fuck yeah Brohou's

>>1613316
No one really cares unless you are trying to eat her face off, some kissing to say hello and good bye are fine, holding hands is a non issue unless you are walking on a side walk and blocking people from getting past.
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>>1612244
homes are a very personal thing in asia, and she probably lives with 3 generations of her family.

I always thought love motels were the acceptable place after the bars....
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Exactly which platform does the fuji excursion limited express leave from at shinjuku?
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>>1613269
Some places will outright reject you if you have any tatoo that's not a cute 2cm large cat on your buttcheek
But honestly it really depend on your tatoo and the place, some Onsen are okay with most tatoos as long as they're covered (if the Onsen sells hiding sheets chances are you will be fine)
From what I know fitness centers especially those with pools and spas are really stingy about tatoos, more than mosr Onsen
But if your tatoo is too big or hideous or looks like a Yakuza's you're fucked
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I've never stayed at a hostel before and I need to book one for tomorrow i Tokyo, anything recommended or what should I look for?
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>>1613588
GRIDS Akihabara if you want to use the JR lines, metro station is close too. Clean and nice. If you want close to shinjuku for walking home distance, Ace Inn Shinjuku
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>>1613589
Thanks I'll check them out. I'm not really a drinking person, but I want to go out abit, is Akihabara bad for that?
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>>1613598
Grids Akihabara is like a 5 minute walk to the central JR station that can take you north south east or west, so if you want to use it as a jumping point it is pretty good. Asakusabashi a few blocks down is also full of food places, same with Kanda.
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>>1613598
Akihabara pretty much completely shuts down by 9-10 and there isn't really a whole lot of options as far as bars etc go. The most well-known nightlife spots like Shinjuku and Shimo are further west, the connections from Akihabara are straightforward but catching the last train back is something you'll have to keep in mind.

The GRIDS in Akihabara is alright, the station is a short walk away and is a major subway hub. It's much more like a capsule hotel in that the whole floor is a big sleeping area, all the other places I stayed at were in 4-6 bed rooms which I think I generally prefer. Expect to deal with noise and/or body odor. You'll have a mini locker for valuables but there aren't really any safe spots for keeping your luggage secure, I ended up cable-locking my suitcase to the capsule ladder which at least gave me some piece of mind. Really all I needed was a shower and a bed and it provided both, think I might try staying in a different part of the city next time though,
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Yeah, Akihabara shuts down fairly early but if you don't drink or hang at the bars after 11pm then you have basically nothing to worry about. If your main goal is to shoot around tokyo with easy, Kanda/Akihabara station are probably some of the best stationed places in tokyo to be by.

Just keep in mind JR lines stop at midnight, metro/subway lines by 1AM. If you're always planning to be back home by midnight then it's a non-issue. I will say grids is probably one of the safer or better "first timer" hostels out there. key cards to get in/out of rooms, locker is there, staff at the desk 24/7 IIRC, and rooms are AC cooled not swamp cooler BS. Do wish the capsules had a fan in them though for some additional airflow.
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>>1612995
>>1613400
This didn't answer my question if going on business trips a lot will result in cheating or not.
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>>1613688
No one here knows your GF, girls you go after, or what not. Is it possible? sure. Will it for sure = cheating? dunno. Not really a travel question anon. if you have a shakey relationship and no trust, they can flake faster than anything. Are they a trophy gf going for your dosh? probably are.
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>>1613604
>>1613672
>>1613682
Thanks for the input, I'll have to check them out online when I get back to the hotel. I really å prefer hotels for the comfort but I want to be more social and meet some people. Hopefully the place I end up at won't be too terrible
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>>1613688
The entire company is probably running a train on her at every get together no doubt.
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To the guy asking about kanazawa, I am loving this place. If I eventually live in Japan I'd want to live here.
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>>1613730
They probably get the fat owner of the ryokan with the big lips and wart on his nose to go balls deep in her pussy with his beaded penis.
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>>1613730
>>1613768
>probably
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Dunno if I'm just getting old or I was unlucky, but goddamn 18 year olds are terrible to go on dates with. Bad at keeping conversation, had nothing interesting to contribute, and just generally kinda dumb/annoying. Also they can't drink. Everyone I've met at bars has been cool as fuck. This chick wasn't.
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>>1613883
Nah it has to do with Japanese women. Western 18 year old women can be decent people. Japanese 18 year olds are annoying children that you should stay away from for your own sanity. 25+ is when they stop acting like an impulsive puberty kid.
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>>1613886
Makes sense, I don't go out with people in America like this anymore. Gonna be sticking to meeting women in bars, way more interesting.
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Are there any locations that have year-round exhibits on supernatural folklore and ghost stories, or even kabuki productions of old plays in that vein? I've heard of the Zenshoan exhibit in August but I'll be visiting in May.
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>>1613886
That sums up almost every girl I talk to on Tinder back home, no matter what age. Fuck Sweden, everyone is too autistic and introverted here.
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>>1613899
Was meant for
>>1613883
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where can I meet 25+ christmas cakes to daito?

I just want a loving gf (tokyo btw)
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>>1613886
This is true, I dated two girls (18 and 19) and both of them had the perspective of a 13 year old. I dumped them after a few months but god they were horrible(although incredibly cute but who gives a fuck after a few months)
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What else would you recommand?
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>>1613975
little bags that have a bunch of circle ice creams about the size of a large grape. They are 'fruit' flavoured, the pinky red one is the best, then purple.
Also either family mart or lawsons (cant remember which and even then i dont think its all stores) has these massive chocolate sundaes for like 270yen. They have like 4 layers of different stuff. chocolatey ice cream, white ice cream, biscuity pieces, nutty pieces on top, sundae sauce etc.
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>>1613886
>Japanese 18 year olds willing to go on fates with grown-ass gaijins are annoying children that you should stay away from for your own sanity.
ftfy
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>>1612727
They destroy them every 30 years.
http://freakonomics.com/podcast/why-are-japanese-homes-disposable-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-3/
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>>1612727

Everyone is moving to big cities for work so housing prices certainly aren't going down. Everything outside big cities, where there are less opportunities and more elderly citizens, houses are quickly becoming less valuable.

This isn't exactly unique to Japan, it's happening in all advanced countries.
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>>1612727
>>1614050

Also they have PTSD of what happened when their asset price bubble burst in early 90s and they absolutely want to avoid that from happening again.
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>>1613688
Relationships are founded on trust and communication
Do you trust her?
If not talk with her about it.
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>>1613525
Like 7 or something like that. Ask the JR staff at the gate when you show your JR pass and they will (hopefully) tell you.
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>>1612992
Got a japanese GF at home, currently on a 4 week trip to Japan with a mutual friend, she gave me the OK to go to Ladies Bars, soaplands and hook up and apparently already fucked some other guy 2 weeks into my trip.

Really not upset about it, personally, since I'm obviously also fucking around, we've only been dating for a few weeks and she's leaving for Japan again herself come July, so right after I come back, but I still feel like that's a decent enough example of how they see long-distance relationships.
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>>1614173
how did you meet her?!?
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>>1614174
Exchange student over in Germany.

We got a regular German-Japanese meetup thing in my city since we get a lot of Japanese exchange students and have many Germans interested in Japanese here, too. Met her there a few weeks after she came here, then went to karaoke together, then hooked up at our local beerfest 2 weeks later.
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>>1613913
>loving
>gf
>tokyo (japan in general, really)
Pick 2.
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>>1614176
Loving! Tokyo!
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>>1614176
>>1614245
Loving
Tokyo
Wife
!
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>>1614176
But I'd rather Sapporo than Tokyo.
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Holy shit the meme about Japanese girls being loud in bed is true. Loudest girl I've ever been with in terms of moaning, then every 3 seconds is "sugoi sugoi sugoi" which I thought was funny they actually say that during sex.
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>>1613742
Have you been to kyoto? How does it compare? I'd probably only go for 1 day but not sure if I want to stay the night. Fwiw I loved kyoto but I don't have a repeat of the same experience.
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>>1614270
Traveling wise Kyoto is better for sure, but kanazawa is still great. I'd recommend 2 or 3 days min to see everything. Preferably higashi chaya on a Sunday
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>>1614176
wtb loving tokyo fwb
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best places to get music? i'm big on cds, want to get records too. shibuya looks like it has a lot of cd and record shops, anywhere else?
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>>1614439
King records in Shibuya, or basically a multitude of places in Shibuya. Walk around there so many shops with them
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Best way to kill a few hours around Ueno until I can check in at my hostel?
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>>1614493
Get metro pass for 3 days from Ueno station
Park/Uguisudani
Go to some of the shopping places
Take metro to akihabara and kill some time at an arcade or something
Try some food Kebab king is like 500 yen for a decent lunch
Grab a beer at TGIF
Zoo is kinda overrated, but on a friday it might not be too crowded
Any museum north of the Bentendo temple
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>>1614173
Cheating is basically a given in Japanese relationships. Any guy dating a Japanese girl and thinking she is loyal to him is basically a naive literal cuckold.
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>>1614493
Ueno's the big museum district, most obvious answer is see if any of them strike your fancy especially if there's a temporary exhibit that happens to be of interest to you. There's also the Ameyoko street market close to the station, mostly deals in household goods but there's obviously food and other stuff too. Good spot to grab an cheap extra suitcase if you're planning to load up on souvenirs.

If you're more into aimless wandering there's also Yanaka right adjacent to Ueno which was one of my favourite spots in the city when I visited. Lots of quaint Showa-era residential sidestreets to get lost in, massive Buddhist graveyard, lots of little temples and artist workshops everywhere. Way less of a tourist presence too if you feel a bit suffocated by tour groups everywhere.
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Anyone been to a baseball game in Japan?
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>>1614527
Can't disagree. Was expecting her to have fun while I'm gone and can't blame her for doing so, either.
Any exchange student good looking enough to easily get laid who's not using any chance they get to fuck people would be foolish to waste the opportunity to fuck a whole town without much in terms of repercussions or ill will.
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>>1614493
Walk around the park. Been there last week, spent like 6 hours total just wandering around the park, lake and district blindly. Shit's pretty.
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>>1614495
>>1614556
>>1614567
Thanks, went to the park and the zoo. The zoo was actually nice, but didn't get to see the panda bears because the waiting line was like 50 minutes

The hostel seemed nice, but apparently you have to use your liviing floors wifi and it doesn't reach down to the common room since I live on the 3rd floor, what a joke.
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Why is everyone in Japan such a two-faced egotistical self-centered asshole?

Fuck Japanese people, I'm done with this.
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>>1614439
>i'm big on cds
New releases - Tower CD
For new releases of anime/j-pop music - go to Animate/Gamers
New releases of doujin music - Melonbooks and Toranoana
Used CDs - go to Book-Off for all your needs. Go to suruga-ya/mandarake for doujin and anime music.
Records:
(mostly) new releases - HMV in Shinjuku or Shibuya
New and old releases - DiskUnion. Shinjuku has full street of DiskUnions dedicated to single genre. Metal store, Showa store, soundtrack store, dedicated Japanese music store.
I also found some good stores in Osaka.

Don't forget to post your loot here.
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>>1614598
waito piggu go home
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>tfw jet lag hits you like a brick
Good thing I didnt have any plans huh
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>>1614561
A few years ago, yeah.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBIR_fkMcfc
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>>1614582
Did you eat anything at the Philippine festival thing?
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>>1614654
No, I've been in really bad shape after the flight here so I don't have much appetite yet
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how protective are japanese girls? Would I be able to bang a few on the side without them knowing or are they the "let me look at your phone" paranoid and controlling types
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Just had a job interview in Tokyo. If all goes well I can say goodbye to my shit teaching job.
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>>1614663
if it's for a japanese company or anything to do with computers enjoy your 60 hour weeks
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How does buying a SIM work?
What's my best option if im in japan for ~months minus a week in korea?
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Anyone use Google fi in Japan? I just got a s10e which is compatible, so for my upcoming trip I was thinking of avoiding the effort with pickup and set up and be good to go(assuming it works well) the moment I land
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>mfw seeing an absolute chad of an english teacher take home a married 9/10
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I want to go to animal bars (owl, cat and dogs) will I look weird or out of place
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>>1614796
you'll be fine. Only tourists ever go there.
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>>1614797
Alone, I meant to say alone
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>>1614800
I went to a cat cafe alone and felt weird the first time because it was mainly couples and groups of girl friends. Then I went to a famous animal cafe in Osaka and didn't give one single fuck that time. It's fine, nobody cares.
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>>1614795
>Walk into public restroom
>See squat toilet
>Turn 360 degrees and walk away
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>>1614801
Which bar? I'm in Nishinomiya right now so I'm able to check it out
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>>1614807
The Nakahara bar is where you should be at.
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>>1614661
Japanese women, like all women, can range from psycho stalker to laid back and chill. I’ve been married for a decade and my wife doesn’t look at my phone
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>>1614661
they will be the ones banging people on the side, anon
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>>1614661
You wont even be banging one girl let alone multiple ones.
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>>1614807
Not exactly a "bar" but https://twitter.com/hukuloucoffee
It's close to the Nakazakicho station.
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>>1614826
Holy FUCK i could never walk alone in a place like this
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>>1614769
My friend did, worked basically everywhere

>>1614716
Depends, usually you go get a set amount of data for x days and pop it in your phone for internet
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>>1614830
What's the deal, anon? Can't handle the kawaii?
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Is it worth it going clubbing in Tokyo if I don't even enjoy it back in my country? Not even interested in getting laid, I guess just to see how it is
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>>1614905
Yeah, it's worth it, but make sure you find a place with music you like first. Forcing yourself to dance to something you don't even enjoy is not fun and clubs in Japan are a bit expensive.
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>>1614905
Most will be 2500-3000 yen cover. I went to a Babymetal/gothic lolita show mash up, it was worth the experience IMO. Would never do something like that at home.

Will say if you do some kind of thing like that, if you drink, always pregame
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>>1614904
15 years ago I couldn't
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>>1614795
>>1614806
What's wrong with these toilets?
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>>1614957
Not much other than most people don't like to use them because they can be annoying depending on the shit, people want to sit down, and other stuff.

Really a lot of japan isn't even using this method anymore just due to size and other bullshit limitations. Though good if you are constipated
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>>1614795
>>1614806
>not squatting even back home
enjoy your rectal cancer
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>>1614957
You have to squat down and shit like a pajeet and it's uncomfortable and feels primitive as fuck.

It's actually more hygienic than normal toilets because you don't sit on a filthy seat, but it's nasty in a different way instead.
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So here is a question, I plan to fly to Japan this August for Comiket but I am a cheap bastard. My question is, how good are the love hotels rates compared to getting and airbnb or regular hotel? Any recommendations?
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>>1614965
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>>1613913
I would recommend tinder, just be careful as there are lots of JK (high schoolers) that are still minors and could get you in deep shit
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>>1614981
Love hotels are generally more expensive than hotels and hostels because they have hourly rates. If you want cheap either go for a hostel or airbnb.
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>>1614986
How would that get you in trouble when the age of consent is like 13?
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>>1614987
Are Airbnb in japan still a thing? I heard they got banned some months ago
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>>1614981
Hostels are cheaper than love hotels in terms of rates. Look up near Ueno, should see some bunk bed style for like 20 bucks a night

>>1614994
It's not banned except for specific months in Kyoto like feb-april, Hosts just have to be registered and can not host longer than 180 days
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>>1614981
https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hotel-Graphy-Nezu/Tokyo/73386?dateFrom=2019-08-08&dateTo=2019-08-12&number_of_guests=1
I stayed there, 23 a night during comiket a bit out of the way though.
Bit more a night but way closer to big sight
https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Oakhostel-Cabin/Tokyo/93143?dateFrom=2019-08-08&dateTo=2019-08-12&number_of_guests=1


Asakusa Hostel Toukaisou is also a good one, bit out of the way in neighborhoods. Stayed there a while it's good, just understand they only use swamp coolers though. The Wardrobe in Ueno is like 30 bucks a night as well, and very close to the station
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>>1614998
>>1614995
Thanks bros, gotta check some of those, they all look great
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>>1615003
Some hostels have bars in them which are good to socialize in, some offer a free drink with booking.

Most have lockers, usually it's like a 500 yen deposit for it. I usually leave my big shit behind the counter if they offer it but generally they are safe enough in japan. Obviously don't leave shit out like cash/passport/card/etc but other than that most are fine
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>>1615005
This, Hostels are great places to meet new people, went alone a couple of years ago, met a German couple that had zero understanding of Japanese, they tagged along and had a great time sighting and visiting the Tokyo Disneyland resort. Don’t let those experiences go anon
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>Kobe is highly recommend by me, especially the teleferico up to the top of town, with amazing views of the sea, and Osaka city, one of the biggest metros in the world.
>dont miss seeing the Hanshin Tigers in their famous classic stadium! Tickets ahead of time are a must, but Japanese baseball anywhere is awesome!
>Use all the bidets, and definitely don't miss doing an on-sen spa bath. A private if you are insecure, very easy to come by in an place really.
>Get away from the touristy shit, the place is so safe, you could find yourself lost anywhere and have an awesome time with super friendly welcoming people, given you treat them with respect of course.
>Definitely explore the arcades in places like Tokyo (Akihabara City), or Osaka (Namba City)
>Tokyo Disneyland is the better than any US park by far, but also one of the most packed in the world. Do it, but on an offer day, and early!
>Amazing food everywhere, and CHEAP af. Dont miss the convenience stores like 7/11, Familymartu, or Lawson, top notch
>the shrines are cool and all, but you dont need to see all 140 in Kyoto, after a few youll have gotten the gist...
>If you are going with a lady...try a love hotel
>if youre a weeb, get a manga shack for a night (only like 30 bucks) and sleep in the stacks
>if youre an introvert, get one of those pod beds
>business hotels are great alternatives as well...especially in the major cities. They are pretty reasonable (100 US a night or so for comfy but small confines)
>if youre a movie buff, go to the top of the Park Hotel in Tokyo to get Scarlett and Bob's views from Lost in Translation, its pricey but the views are better than anywhere around, especially considering you can see both the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower

t. weeb who went for 32 days in '17
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>>1614989
Prefectural consent age is higher than national consent age.
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>>1614989
it's been 18 for a while now in virtually all prefectures with modern cultures.

Now if you go to some bat shit fishing islands or random towns of hokkaido, who knows but you ain't getting away with it. Though it is known some shady shit goes on all over. Regardless if you hit on underage you're still a retard and need to fuck off
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>>1611874
Cool event called Yatsui Fes happening this weekend in Shibuya. Like 10 venues and 14 stages have concerts going on all day, you buy one wristband and you can enter and leave any of them for the day. Mostly lesser known artists with a couple of more popular ones.

Good combo of Jap indie rock, pop, idols, and even some hip hop and jazz. I would recommend it if you are at all interested in Japanese music.

Personally I'll be venue hopping while eating ramen in between and fitting some time for a fashion health.

Sucks about the rain today though.
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Where/what to buy if you have a sore throat? Im not used to all the air conditioning when out travelling
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>>1615087
1200mg of vitamin C at 711, some of those vitamin jelly packs(pic related), and go eat some roasted garlic.

Used that trick many times in December since in Japan OTC cough medicine is a fucking joke
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How do you think the olympics will affect a trip to Japan? American teacher here so I have summers off starting right now. This year I am going to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia.. Next year I had initially planned Europe, but forgot about summer Olympics in Japan. It's a year in advance, but flights I am sure are already being booked and Airlines are charging inflated rates for it in the future. Anyone have experience getting around peak holiday rates? I'd like to save the 600-700$ on the airfare if possible.
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>>1615096
Thanks I'll go look for it. What to do though if you actually get a cold? Just wait it out?
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>>1615099
Are you congested? Thats the worst symptom to have because if it becomes aggravated it can cause an upper-respiratory infection. If you are facing congestion or a runny nose, something spicy with peppers to help promote circulation and to de-congest would help. Just bring the tissues.
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>>1615099
>Just wait it out?
Many Japanese do this because of bills for a doctor, or you can get "free" healthcare.

There is a reason sneezing, coughing, etc is frowned on so much. Yet for some reason snorting shit back and swallowing it is fine. Never understood.

>>1615098
Really hard to tell, chances are flights in will be more than out. I feel prices will only inflate +/- 1ish months around the olympics but who knows I could be wrong. I'd look on kayak or skyscanner and set up some price alerts for deals as far out as possible
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>>1615103
He probably just got dehydrated is my guess and his through got scratchy from not enough liquids. Happened to my friend from Norway 2 years back. He didn't know how to deal with the heat, kept doing sodas and beer. Got too dehydrated and was going to go to the hospital. I took the sweets away and was like DRINK WATER EAT THESE VITAMINS. Bounced back in a few hours, it was pretty hilarious.
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>>1615103
No, mainly just a sore throat, a bit stuffy nose right when I wake up but it goes away immediatly. Only thing I'm worried about is a slight pain in my upper chest, but that could be anything including anxiety.

>>1615107
That's funny, I'm from Norway as well. Guess I could try drinking more water
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>>1615096
Do not suggest anyone to pass that shit off with Vitamin C, anything over 1000mg is an overdose and could give you the shits.
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>>1615112
huh? they only come in 1000/1200/1360mg bottles.

So unless you know something I don't then feel free to share.

>anything over 1000mg is an overdose and could give you the shits.
Stop having weak as digestive tracts, seriously do you shit yourself after a kebab from star king too?
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>>1615110
Your throat could be sore because of your nose dripping back onto it. De-congest and water up and should be okay.
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>>1614806
you walked into the toilet?
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Would you gents rather stay Shinjuku or Shibuya for an extended time?
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>>1615139
Shinjuku if I want to go east/west and stumble back to my hotel

Shibuya if I want to not drink as much but stay around tokyo
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>>1615110
Dont worry too much anon. Lots of people are feeling the same way recently. There was a big heat have then it got really rainy and cool and lots of people have a sinus/chest cold. I have actually got one myself. Doesnt seem to want to go away, but it shouldnt be anything serious. Just eat enough, sleep enough, and take vitamins. Also i know this is hard (for me) in Japan but try not to go drinking.
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>tfw met a cute Japanese girl and will travel around with her for a few days to tateyama and nagano
I'm excited boys
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>>1615144
How?
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>>1612150
Japanesepod101 channel on youtube.

Turns out japanese is easy as fuck
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>>1612221
Same 5 questions I've been asked in Thailand and Vietnam, and America
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>>1615059
How do i buy tickets for this anon? I wanna go, cant figure out the website
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Should I travel to Kyoto or Fukuoka in the fall? Any suggestions?
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Is Akihabara actually busy to enjoy on the weekends? I've got work during the week, so I wouldn't be able to go during off-peak hours.
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>>1615255
fukuoka
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>>1615183
Walked into a bar and the masta really liked me for some reason, so when a girl she knew came in later she hooked us up and planned a whole little trip for us kek. It was pretty sweet, and then later that night we fucked. Unfortunately it's gonna be rainy as fuck tomorrow in tateyama, so she's gonna come visit me in the town I was originally planning on going to, Takayama.
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>>1615253
Buy the ticket in person.

Just head over to Loft 9 in shibuya tomorrow morning around 11:00. It is easy. Tomorrow is the real big day lineup wise.
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>>1615350
For the sake of my own sanity and pride I refuse to believe stories like this are real or that they can actually happen. Sorry anon, but I just cant believe you.
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Did you bring enough jelly to share with the whole class, Anon?
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>>1615024
As a movie buff, I'd rather visit the filming location of Rashomon (which is now a kids playground) rather than locations from Lost In Translation.
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>>1615372
I find Lost in Translation overrated anyway. I mean, it was cool when I first saw it when it was in theaters, because it showed all this interesting Tokyo cityscape that I'd never been to yet, but after actually being to Japan several times and rewatching it again, the film got a lot more boring.
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>>1615360
I understand my friend. I see weird, unbelievable stories on here all the time too.
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Are aomori and sendai worth visiting?
I want to go to japan again, but I'm too burned out on tokyo, and been to most places besides the area between tokyo and hokkaido.
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>>1615359
Are you going tomorrow? Want to meet up with me and my fiance?
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Seems I got lucky today.

I headed over to a cheap fashion health today. Faahion healths are no sex allowed. Everything goes other than that.

But i chose the girl, got into the room, then she slipped a condom on me and we fucked. I paid 8000 yen and went in expecting a normal experience but i got really lucky. Cheapest fuck I have had in Japan. 8000 yen for full service sounds too good to ge true but here I am.

Well i guess sometimes good things happen.
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>>1615607
Seems like a namedrop of the place is in order

Also, nice
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>>1615607
Are you trolling? All those "no sex allowed" places allow sex. It's like saying pachinko parlors don't allow gambling.
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>>1614957
The problem with this particular toilet is the fucking huge level difference in the plane of the toilet door. It's designed in a way to broke your ankle or kill your knee meniscii if you don't watch your step.
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>>1615611
No they dont???

I think you are confused. Yes, technically sex isnt aowed anywhere, but it is a qell onown matter of fact that at soaplands or tobita shinchi you get full service. That is what they are for. Health services, both delivery and fashion health dont involve full service. That is a well known fact. Soaplands and health shops offer diferent services and the prices reflect it. Soaplands will rypically run you around 300,000 yen while health shops are between 80,000 and 150,000. There is a reason for that, and that reason is the ability to go all the way that health shops dont offer.
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>>1615621
>Soaplands will rypically run you around 300,000 yen while health shops are between 80,000 and 150,000
You've got a 0 too much in your prises.
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>people paying to fuck girls
lol
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>>1615626
real patricians pay to fuck bishonen jap boys.
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>>1615626
I'd rather pay 30k for 90 minutes of fun and then get on with my vacation than spending night after night out drinking at bars and clubs trying to take a girl back to a love hotel or my hotel. It's a matter of convenience.
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>>1615114
Oh nvm it's 2000mg.
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1001/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid
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>>1615626
You are paying to fuck girls whether you see a prostitute or try to pick up girls and date them normally.
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>>1615638
This whole post screams COPE
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>>1615633
>paying 30k when you can pay 1k if you go betsubetsu with a random girl
>>1615638
>he doesn't have girls pay him for sex
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What is the exact location of Kabukicho gate? I googled it on google maps but I couldn't find it. I wanna take a pic there and run away from that shithole.
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>>1615658
35°41'37.7"N 139°42'03.7"E

It's near my apartment. The rest of Shinjuku is alright.
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>>1615651
>LARPing
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>>1615663
Whoa thanks anon. I heard that Shinjuku is ok but Kabukicho is meh: I'm not interested in places run by yakuza (just like Roppongi) and I want to avoid ooga boogas trying to sell me overpriced prostitutes.
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Should I be expecting a lot of rain in October?
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Do people use their real full name on Line, first name, or just a nickname?
ie what am I supposed to use
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>>1615689
>having to cope this hard
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>>1615658
>not knowing the exact location from playing Yakuza
kek
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Any recommendations for Ishigaki? I have a one day cruise stop from 8am to 5pm coming up and no excursion booked.
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I just became interested in Japanese recently. So I know there are Hiragana, Katakana and a metric fuckton of Kanji.

So how do Japanese people communicate online? No Kanji whatsoever? Or do they insert them like pics?
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>>1615759
afaik you type the word phonetically with hiragana and then you can choose kanji that uses that phonetic reading from a dropdown
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>>1615759
I was where you are 5 years ago, I now speak and read/write fluent jap. I had the same questions as well.

You write hiragana then press spacebar after writing the word and you'll have a drop down of all kanji words written that way. If you know your kanji you'll know what word you want. If you use certain words more often they come at the top and thus you only need to press space once to access them.

It sounds a lot more cumbersome than it actually is. When you get used to it it goes very rapidly and since the information density is higher in Japanese than English the amount of time you spend typing is about the same.

Having said that I kinda regret learning Japanese. I could have mastered Chinese or some marketable skill instead. At least I can read my hentai I guess.

I once enjoyed anime. Trust me when you can actually understand it the voice acting turns out to be pretty bad and cringeworthy in most cases. I actually prefer dubs now.
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Is the Oarai expert here? I'm looking for some off the beaten path GuP themed places to visit while I'm there next month. Just cruising around google maps I found this bar called Vintage Club Murai and an Anzio themed Italian cafe called Bronze.
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>>1615834
Shit, I'm one of the Oarai experts here and I didn't know about these places. Thanks anon! I need to up my "off the beaten path" game, so it would seem.
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Is anyone going to be around Tokyo next month? I'll be in Japan for the first time from the 19th to the 5th of August, some faggot wanna meet up and go clubbing etc?

Also, is £1300 cash +500 on account a decent amount of money for 16 days? Not including transport. I wanna do some clubs like gas panic etc because they look similar to my local scene
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>>1615842
Should be fine if you're not including transportation and accommodation in that
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>>1615862
Yeah, accommodation is booked already, and I'm getting a JR pass as my girlfriend is a literal autist and has trouble even in England with transport so I'd rather not have to deal with the stress
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>>1615841
I just followed Miho's route through Oarai in the first part of der Film to find them.
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>>1614981
Have you ever done comiket before anon? Any tips? I managed to snag a place in odaiba, so I can line up early (Assuming I find things I can't live without once the catalog comes out)
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>>1615834
Not one of the Oarai experts though I like to think of myself as one in traning. Bronze is good and worth going to. That bar looks good, I will check it out myself.
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>>1615800
I really hope this isnt a genuine post because it reads like a generic shitpost. And seriously? Ohhh i should of learned Chinese. Fuck off idiot. The language is as marketable as you want to make it. Do you even like anything about China othet than the language being marketable? Lots of people learn Japanese and go on to use it. Dont try and convince people to give up before they try. People are gullible here so they take everything at 100% face value.
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>Bought tickets to watch the sumidagawa fireworks from the river.
Did I goof? Any other anons done, this? Is the view as good as the pictures claim?
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Mostly have my itinerary set up, my only real uncertainty at this point is arranging Kyoto/Koysan/Ise. Ideally I'd like to do the Kumano shrines as well but without a car I just don't see it working out.

My biggest question mark is whether it's better to spend the night at Ise or stop off as a daytrip between Osaka and Tokyo. I think generally the stuff I want to visit there can fit into a half day or so but it seems like a lot of rail travel to get to/from there in one go.
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>>1615526
I will be hopping from venue to venue until around 6, yeah. Do you have specific shows you are trying to see?
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>>1616006
Ended up sleeping in after some drinks last night, probably too late to be worth it now i figure (im about 1 hr from shibuya)
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Is Tinder worth downloading if I'm in Tokyo, or is going to bars a more straightforward way to meet girls? My Japanese skills are passable.
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>>1616035
If by "passable" you mean 今日はいい天気ですね or アメリカから来ましたw then you better give up on trying to talk in Japanese with 99% of natives
t.N2 who natives won't talk in Japanese to almost ever
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>>1616041
I'd say I'm capable of more than basic small talk, but my knowledge of grammar is a lot better than my vocabulary.
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>>1616050
The thing is Japanese won't even bother trying to talk to you if you're anything less than native-level.
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>>1616072
I know anecdotal evidence isn't particularly accurate, but that hasn't happened to me yet. I had a discussion with another guy at Book Off that was entirely in Japanese, and he didn't bother speaking English once.
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>>1616073
Well good on you, maybe you're good enough or better than me or maybe that was the 1%
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Osaka deal that will be gone in a day if anyone wants.
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>>1616072
Hahaha this is cope. I'm the dude that's meeting up with the girl today to travel around with, I cant read Kanji and my Japanese is conversational. Her English skills are 0.
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>>1611874
How the FUCK do I get a cute Shibuya indie rock hispter GF!?!?!?! AAAAAAAHHH!
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>>1616075
Thanks. So, is Tinder worth bothering with, or should I just go to HUB or something?
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I can actually understand why people like jpop after seeing it live now, it's pretty nice seeing all the people dancing together to it
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>>1616128
J-Pop is easy to understand. The real challenge is understanding the appeal of idols.

I posted about the Yatsui fes earlier, I saw three idol concerts over the past two days and I understand it.

First off, the girls are all cute or even sexy. Lots of them are even models. One interesting thing is the themes or subgenres idol groups incorporate to stand out from the crowd. Then like jpop uou have got the crowds and the general atmosphere of the live shows. Idol fans are insane. Got right into the front of a show and tried to play along with all their chanting and whatnot. Just a really fun time.
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>>1616140
I've only been exposed to it on the net so it was very different to experience the full package live. There was a small event at Diver City by the gundam statue. Didn't get too close and you weren't allowed to take any photos
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So my trip to Japan is still a long while off (planning to go in two or even three years when the Olympics boom has well blown over, also using that time to casually learn some Japanese), but I'm already gathering info anyway.

I'm autistically obsessed with Tokyo, specifically the 23 wards. I'm basically planning to stay for two weeks just exploring central Tokyo, viewing the megacity architecture, the parks, shrines etc and sampling food, maybe take some day trips out into the Tama area. Would you say it's a waste or are two weeks of just Tokyo a decent plan? Obviously I'd go elsewhere in Japan on possible future trips.
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>>1616267

Another question: are there BnBs where you can actually get into contact and live with local families or is it all just faceless rented-out rooms?
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>>1616267
If you're that interested in Tokyo I don't think it would be a waste.

But if you have the time and budget for it, I'd highly suggest you extend your trip and take a week or two to the Osaka/Kyoto area and other areas away from Tokyo. It's very worth it.
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How bad do you guys think Japan is gonna get tourism wise next April/May? It shouldn't be as bad as going later in the summer cause of the olympics right?
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>>1616267
At least have some daytrip options pencilled in as a fallback. There's a lot of places within easy access of Tokyo worth visiting that don't require any particular planning, you don't want to end up in a situation where you might not get as big of a kick out of staying in Tokyo the entire time as you imagine you will be on paper.
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>>1616393
tourism has been on an upward spike year over year regardless. Avoiding big tourist crowds is more a question of how much of your trip you want to spend away from the Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima bullet train route, it might not be 'as bad' statistically but the major sites are going to be swamped with tourists regardless.
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>>1615950
prepare to see Tokyo at peak crowd capacity. You think stuffing people into trains is crazy? It's going to be 10x worse.
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>>1616824
Thats why I considered the boat in the first place, it drops me off near the rainbow bridge, so I'm hoping it bypasses a lot of the train traffic.
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>>1616901
Find your thoughts bro
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