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New Year's ryokan stay, Kanto

We'll be in Tokyo between December 27-January 2 at the tail end of our honeymoon, right in the middle of the New Year holidays. Help us add a ryokan stay and onsen relaxation to our itinerary! [more inside]
posted by harujion on Jul 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Narita airport domestic-to-international question

I'm going to Fukuoka in September. On the way back to USA, I'm looking at just a little more than 1 hour to make a transfer from the domestic Jetstar flight (Fukuoka-Tokyo) to the international JAL flight (Tokyo-Boston). Is that enough time to make the switch? Uncertain what Narita's airport structure and procedure are. Hand-carry luggage only. The 2 bookings are separate. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Jun 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Going to Tokyo, allergic to soy. Help me build a list of "safe" dishes!

I'm going to Tokyo in the fall. I'm allergic to soy. It is an allergy triggered by the soy protein, which means that tofu and edamame are not OK but soy sauce is because the protein is denatured. (This is common for people who are allergic to soy - I am no special snowflake.) The easy solution would seem to be to live on yakitori and yakiniku...but I'm also a vegetarian. Difficulty level = 11! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on May 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Best August Obon festivals in Japan?

The Obon festival occurs in both July and August in Japan, with different regions choosing different dates. I'll be in Tokyo in August, but Tokyo celebrates in July... does anyone have any recommendations for where I should travel in Japan for the days of the Obon festival that would be celebrating in August? :) Can bullet train anywhere. Bonus points for great scenery and extensive Obon celebrations.
posted by Televangelist on Apr 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Tokyo to Nagoya for a sumo match

I'll be in Tokyo with my family in July, and I would love to check out a sumo wrestling match. I found that there will be a tournament happening in Nagoya while we are there. It looks like the Shinkansen train can make the trip in ~100min. Is this a feasible day trip for 3 ppl (2 adults + 1 6y/o)? Any insight appreciated
posted by askmehow on Mar 25, 2014 - 8 answers

ISO Road Safety Omamori/Charm in Tokyo

When I lived in Japan years ago I got my friends and family little omamori charms for their car from a local temple. Does anyone know a temple in Tokyo that would have them? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Mar 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Nice Hotel, Honeymoon, what service can I request?

We're going on our honeymoon and staying at JW Marriott and a Ritz Carlton in Oahu and Tokyo, respectively. Since it's our honeymoon, I'm wondering what sorts of 'gratis' services can we attempt to ask for before we arrive? These are things like having them call for hard-to-get restaurants to welcome gifts, to notes thanking us for coming. Wrinkle-- I'm using points (i.e. these are free) but have top Marriott Status (which doesn't get me anywhere at Ritz, I know). 1. Does anyone have any experience in this regard? 2. I booked online, how can I request/let them know regarding this? E-mail? Call? Who? 3.Bonus question: does anyone have any suggested Tokyo spots we can/should ask for help getting in?
posted by sandmanwv on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Best 7500 yen meal in Central Tokyo

So, I'm in Tokyo on a business trip with a 7500 yen/day food expense budget. Thing is, I tend to eat cheap and I've been averaging more like 3000 yen/day. Even still, the food has been fantastic. But tomorrow, I would like to make the most of my expense account. Assuming that I eat free hotel buffet for breakfast and lunch, where would you recommend I go (within about a half hour train ride of Tokyo Station) for the best (pescatarian) meal 7500 yen can buy?
posted by 256 on Jan 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Tokyo Hotel Location Filter

Part of my honeymoon will be in Tokyo. We are narrowing our hotel choices (we are limited to these for point/free redemption ability), but wanted to get a sense of the pros and cons. We are seasoned travelers who will likely be seeing many different parts of the city and nearby towns (i.e. Kamakura). Have seen this thread but want to get a sense for a couple. What are your thoughts on where to stay? Our criteria include a)ability to get in and out, b) 'interestingness' of area --is it a 24 hour district (this is good) and c) the IT honeymoon factor (i.e. the hotel experience). [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

How expensive is Tokyo, REALLY?

What's a reasonable cost of living wage increase when being transferred from Toronto to Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

What's a reasonable price range for airfare from New York to Tokyo?

I'm traveling with a friend to Tokyo next year, May 24th to June 6th. I've had Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak and Skyscanner on heavy rotation for three weeks and the best price I can find for travel time shorter than 24 hours is about $1500 round-trip. I'd rather not get scolded by our friends for paying too much, and Googling "nyc to tokyo airfare price range" is giving me the equivalent of hearing "usual and customary" from my insurance company, so I am turning to MeFites for help. Possible pertinent details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage on Nov 29, 2013 - 12 answers

I need help identifying a Japanese author/filmmaker!

I need help recall the name of a Japanese author and/or filmmaker. The one detail I remember is that during WWII he was a boy working in a factory that was firebombed. In order to survive, he and the other boys fought to get under one another as the building came down around them in flames. Does anyone know who this might be? I'm stumped and so is Google . . .
posted by Quaversalis on Nov 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me be Smartphone enabled for 7 day Japan trip (iPhone, data, apps)

I'm traveling to Japan for a week for InterBee - which also include two days on my own. I land at the airport...and then have to get to my hotel (different ones during the trip). My guess is that I will be doing loads of train travel. Loads of questions [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I go on this trip?

Should I go to Tokyo next week? If I should... where in/around Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Sep 18, 2013 - 16 answers

I needs to travel home on the cheap! (From Tokyo to Ohio)

I am going to be moving back home from Japan (Narita or Haneda) to Ohio (Cleveland-Hopkins) in about 3 weeks to a month. I have not purchased a plane ticket yet, and have no clue where to start. I am considering doing a bit of traveling in between, but don't have too much money to spend so I would like to iron out the details of my return plans first. Help me, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jul 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Cheap way to stay in Tokyo for a few months? (internship)

I just got news that I got an internship at an architectural office (altough I just graduated as a a graphic designer) in Tokyo, which is crazy exciting. However, they can't offer any compensation (small studio) so unless I find another job next to this, I need some really cheap solutions. I just sent an email to the studio, asking them for assistance, but figured meta could help. My plan is to stay for 2-3 months. I saved up some money from side jobs, and don't mind spending it on this experience, but the less it makes a dent the better. My only idea so far was to work as some kind of au pair (I speak English, German, Dutch and Croatian fluently, I'm good with kids, but I am a guy, which I guess is not too popular a gender for babysitting), in exchange for a room. Any ideas? Also, some place where I could look for a small job on the side (preferably something where I could use my design skills, but don't mind a day job)? Also, how much can I expect to spend monthly if I'm, technically, still on a student budget? Thank a lot!
posted by ahtlast93 on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

What interesting unique items should I buy in Japan?

I'm travelling to Japan for the first time. I'll be there for about a week, and want to buy some interesting, unique, useful items. What can I buy in Japan that I can't get anywhere else, or that is better than what I can get elsewhere? I'm a utilitarian minimalist who doesn't like owning stuff for the sake of stuff. I like things that are useful, well-designed, beautiful and high-quality. I also like small things. What should I buy in Japan, and what kind of stores should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jul 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Travelfilter: How to get the cheapest flight from Vancouver - Tokyo?

I've wanted to go to Tokyo all my life, and have a few weeks off soon. I've been looking for flights and the cheapest I can find are $1450 all in... but I suspect if I the trip was broken up a bit by not flying there directly, it'd be a lot cheaper. Are there any resources you know of to help with this/have you done this before/do you know a good route that would shave off the $$$? Time isn't overly important as I have three weeks between jobs for exploring. But I don't want to be paying this off till next year. Help!
posted by abbagoochie on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Song-stuck-in-my-head-filter

What's the name of that Tokyo Police Club song where "Tokyo Police Club" is one of the lyrics?
posted by 256 on Mar 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Is this itinerary for a trip to Japan reasonable?

I am traveling to Tokyo next week and have not been there before. Is this itinerary reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 on Mar 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Pinched nerve, Tokyo: physical therapist or Alexander technique teacher?

I'm asking this for a friend, A. A has a pinched nerve in the neck that isn't getting any better. He has bad posture and sits in a cubicle all day. He would like to see a physical therapist for this, but has also heard good things about the Alexander technique for correcting posture. Which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice for a (probably) pinched nerve? Good physiotherapist? (Tokyo)

I've had a tingling/burning sensation in my left shoulder/hand for about a week. A doc that I saw in Tokyo thinks I have a pinched nerve and told to come back in a week, but was rather vague about what to do in the meantime. I have no health insurance so I would prefer to not go back, but I just noticed the tingling starting up in my right hand as well. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Take me home, concrete roads.

Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Nonde nonde nonde!

Help me show my drink/party-loving friend who is visiting Tokyo a memorable time! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Tokyo / Narita Filter: Is there a restaurant in T1 where I work on a weekday afternoon?

Tokyo / Narita Filter: Is there a restaurant in T1 where I work on a weekday afternoon? I have to wait for someone arriving on a flight that arrives after mine. Recommendations for a restaurant in Terminal 1 (landside) where I can work for 3 hours, preferably with free wifi? Thanks
posted by quidividi on Nov 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Spending 10 days in Tokyo

What are some good things to do in Tokyo next week? I'll be staying in Shinjuku, and would appreciate a bit of guidance as far as stuff to do. [more inside]
posted by sp160n on Oct 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Tokyo flea market this weekend

Tokyo flea market this Sunday? Google-fu dekimasendeshita! [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Exericse/therapy spots near Shinjuku, Tokyo?

Living in Shinjuku, Japan. I have been rather stressed lately due to a variety of factors. Please help me find both exercise locations (cheap gyms, jogging routes) and inexpensive (but decent) counseling/therapy around the Shinjuku, Japan area. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Paperwork Galore

JapanVisaFilter - My visa period is almost up, and my contract is extended but not for a whole year. What's up? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Oct 23, 2012 - 5 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

CLAIR in Japan

Have you been hosted by CLAIR on a visit to Japan? Looking for stories and anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Sep 13, 2012 - 0 answers

30th birthday present for an older brother living in Japan. Home comforts need not apply.

In two weeks it is my sibling's 30th birthday. He lives in Japan. I live in Western Europe. What can I get him? Inspire me! [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Aug 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Cheap apartment in Tokyo, fast?

Need to find affordable housing in Tokyo ASAP? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Japanese Ecstasy(?)

What is this Japanese ecstasy-like drug I'm hearing about? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on May 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I carry my yen?

What's the best way to handle getting/carrying foreign currency? (For travel to Japan, in particular.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Would you like to come to... No, you're busy. I see

How do you find out about events in Tokyo, before they're just about to happen? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on May 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell us what not to miss in Shinjuku

Your thoughts on things to do in and around Shinjuku next week. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Fuss-free bouquet to Tokyo?

What happens when flowers are delivered to private houses in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Introduce me via books to great modern cities

Which books (fiction or non-fiction) gives a stranger the best impression of what it's genuinely like to live in New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo in modern times? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Babysteps into the land of Japan...

Travelfilter: Things to do in Japan that are good for someone who finds traveling stressful, and are welcoming to tourists and non-Japanese speakers. [more inside]
posted by Arethusa on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

In Tokyo and back in the dating game: help me be the most amazing first date ever!

FirstDateFilter, Tokyo Edition: I've been out of the dating game for some time and am looking for some creative afternoon date ideas in Tokyo. (I could also use any general first-date wisdom to help me regain a little bit of my dating confidence.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan

Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan? I will be living in Tokyo for about 4 months soon. I plan on checking out the arts and performing arts (theater, dance) contemporary/emerging/experimental/however-you-want-to-call-it scene. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

WHere to stay in tokyo (young couple, quiet area, central)

Where should a youngish couple that likes quiet stay in Tokyo ? (keeping somewhat central) [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Dec 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Tokyo Sexytime!

Asking for a friend- I'm serious! Friend is headed to Tokyo this December, and is looking for some cool weird funny sexy sex clubs and/or shops. "More quirky than scary," she says. Any ideas?
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Can i check 'left luggage' without leaving the secure area of Narita airport?

Next month, i'm travelling to Vietnam (via Tokyo) to be a grubby and lightly-packed backpacker for a few weeks, and then i'm flying to Tokyo to be a confident stylish city tourist for a few days before I go home. My initial theory about how to do this is to pack separate bags and put the "stylish city lady" bag in left luggage in the Tokyo Narita airport during my 2.5 hour stopover on the way to vietnam. Is this possible? Or do you have better ideas? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Oct 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Please help me return to Tokyo without leaving my armchair!

I lived in Tokyo for a while. I miss it. Please help me find films / TV / music videos shot in Tokyo so that I can indulge my nostalgia. [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Oct 8, 2011 - 14 answers

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days?

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days? [more inside]
posted by Average Mario on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for some shows in Tokyo

Looking to find some punk-ish (or anything, really) shows in Tokyo over the next two days. Where have all of the find-shows-by-mapping sites gone? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
posted by howgenerica on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Welcome to Japan

What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 17, 2011 - 12 answers

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