I have 2 chinese characters tattooed onto my left arm. I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong next year. It will be winter so probably a non-issue, but what would the reaction be if I were to show it? What about public onsen in Japan? Would it cause any problems?
Can anybody recommend a therapist/counselor in the Tokyo area, preferably for cheap/free, and on the west side of town? [more inside]
Next week, I'm going to be in Tokyo for a few days and then Kyoto for another day or two. What shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
[TokyoFilter]: Planning a November honeymoon in Tokyo. Help two non-Japanese speaking USians who have dreamed of visiting Tokyo their entire lives figure out what's worth planning/reserving/paying for and what's not -- arigato in advance! [more inside]
My husband is leaving for Japan today, staying in Nara and spending a bit of time in Tokyo. Any suggestions on interesting gifts for me and/or friends he could bring home (other than your normal Japanese souvenirs)?
Tokyo: In-laws are in town, planning a mini-break, and if NOT Hakone, then where.... [more inside]
Help me find something fun to do on a rainy day in Tokyo. [more inside]
1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
I have a 10hr layover in Narita airport on Tuesday, May 11, from 8am to 6pm. Ideas for interesting things to do? 20 and female here if that's a factor.
Alone in Tokyo for the next four days - what are my dining options? This is definitely a volcano related query... [more inside]
Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
I need a good breakfast place in Tokyo. [more inside]
Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
I need help for a two week rental of a furnished room for a couple near Shimbashi station or Akihabara in Tokyo. Rental budget is 60000~100000yen for us combined. I've looked at the gaijin guest house links, but they seem to be out of our price range with linen and cleaning fees. Any advice?
What is the best way to take Tokyo's railways from the Tokyo Big Sight (Comiket) to Narita Airport? I've gone to this site and this site and looked at several railway maps from the various transportation companies, but I am just getting more confused. I don't mind a long ride, so the fewer transfers the better. I'm leaving on a Saturday evening.
How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
Affordable hotel in or near Tokyo for 2 adults and 2 young children? Difficulty: We're going to be there during what looks to be peak of the cherry blossom celebrations. Earlier ask.mefi recommendations are booked solid. Bonus: Ideas for us to spend the time in Tokyo (or alternatives)? [more inside]
Japan in 6 days hahaha...need some help with itinerary and a little music question too... [more inside]
I’m going to Japan for the first time in late March and I would appreciate some travel advice. [more inside]
Can you identify and/or translate the inscriptions on the vertical wooden beams in this picture? Or provide some historical background? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend good clubs in Japan (especially Tokyo) that play music that would appeal to your typical Pitchfork reader? I'm thinking along the lines of indie electro/pop/rock music, a bit of hip hop in there, and maybe some older favourites.
What's it like to work as a foreign hostess in Japan? Really. [more inside]
Some last minute business brings my girlfriend and I to Tokyo this December, and we'll be spending a week's vacation there as well. We've been to Tokyo before, so what can a couple do out of the city (but nearby) during winter? [more inside]
I'll be visiting Tokyo for the first time over the new year. I arrive on 12/30 and plan to return to the states on 1/06. Looking for suggestions on where to stay and what to do (I understand most shops and attractions will be closed on and around the new year).
I'll be in Tokyo in a few weeks, and I want to buy a new winter coat while I'm there. Budget: $250ish. I'm looking for something fairly simple, classic and durable. I'm not going to have too much time for shopping, so I'd like suggestions of specific shops I could visit, and if possible, links to online stores so that I can have an idea of what to expect. [more inside]
How widespread is free, open WiFi in Japan (Tokyo especially)? [more inside]
I would be visiting Tokyo in three week's time. Can you tell me about any must-buy weird, cool or geeky gadgets that I could get during my time there, and where to get it ? Bonus point if it's easy to figure out even if it's in japanese, or if it has english interface, and not too expensive.
Can someone translate the Japanese in this song for me: The Razzleberry Jam, the theme song of the Razzleberry frozen yogurt franchise in Tokyo. If you don't already have it, you can download it here: http://razzleberry.jp/ Under Special Download near the bottom. Thanks!
Cooking classes in Tokyo in October. [more inside]
US citizen seeks weekend adventure from Seoul to ?? Tokyo? Elsewhere? [more inside]
Is going to the 'kodomo no shiro' (national children's castle) in Tokyo a worthwhile experience for non-japanese-speaking elementary school-aged children? [more inside]
Last minute Japan travel: after making an error with timing I need to arrange one-way travel from Tokyo to Kumamoto quite quickly. What are the cheapest options? I have looked into flights and trains (for the 17th of August) and both seem expensive (about £200-£250 a ticket). I am in the UK at the moment. Would it be worth waiting until we arrive in Japan? Perhaps trying to get last minute flights at the airport? [more inside]
Can you recommend any live music venues in Tokyo? I'm interested in seeing local bands, particularly instrumental 'post-rock' and electronic music. [more inside]
I've got a bad back and neck from playing piano and double-bass a large part of my life, and lately working a lot at the computer. Since I'm in Tokyo for another couple of days or so, I thought I'd ask around for the absolute best massage in town, that also won't break the bank. (It's a pretty sizable traveler's bank, but I'm not rich.) I've seen the (in?)famous massage where a woman (men are too heavy me guess) walks on the back and cracks the joints. Is that something recommended? Looks darn cool! :)
Buy Yukata and calligraphy (shodo) set in Tokyo. I usually don't buy souvenirs on my trips, ever, but if they can be considered tools or clothing, I might go for it. [more inside]
How much spending money do I need for 10 days in Japan? And: help me eat vegetarian while I'm there. [more inside]
Looking for some advice on how to cope with long-standing psychological issues - except...I'm studying in Tokyo for the next month, which adds some unique twists. [more inside]
Hotel or Ryokan (or both) in Tokyo for four nights in July? Which is it? [more inside]
Tokyo, NHL hockey, and nightlife. [more inside]
How unpleasantly hot and humid is Japan's rainy season, and what can I do to prepare? [more inside]
If given the choice to fly coach from Boston to Tokyo (Narita), which of the following airlines would you choose and why: Continental, Delta, American, JAL or ANA. FYI, i'm 300 pounds and 6'1. Legroom is a primary concern, but any tips appreciated. [more inside]
How do I get tickets to see a live taping of a Japanese game show? My husband and I will be in Tokyo in April. The stranger the show and its premise, the better.
Looking to sublet my apartment in Tokyo at short notice. Are there any good resources (websites or otherwise) tailored to short term rentals in Tokyo? [more inside]
Obama Inauguration events in Tokyo? [more inside]
So I'm going to be going over to SE Asia for the first time in a couple weeks and I'd love some advice on where to go and what to do... [more inside]
Where can I buy Yoshida & Co. Porter bags in New York City?
Can anyone suggest a specialist "Thomas the Tank Engine" store in Tokyo, which has an extensive range of Wooden Thomas toys? Hopefully one stocking the Wooden Thomas "Rocky". [more inside]
I'm looking for interesting places to shop in Tokyo. I'm specifically interested in any 'only in Japan' shopping experiences, but I'd also really love suggestions for great fabric stores. Suggestions for Nagoya, Hiroshima and Shizuoka are also welcome. [more inside]
I am in NYC, how can I find, in Tokyo ("near the Palace"), a recording studio that can record an interview between two people and send me the file? And an ISDN line connection would also be ideal.
Where can I buy one of those Timbuk2 laptop messenger bags in Japan? [more inside]