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November 8

Flying around off-the-beaten-track Japan this summer: where to go?

I am taking three weeks to explore Japan by air from July 13 to August 4 on Japan Airlines (JAL). I am doing this instead of a train pass because all my domestic flights will be totally free. I can fly anywhere on this map. Help me plan some amazing trips! [more inside]
posted by mdonley around Japan at 9:28 AM - 3 answers

February 28

What should I know about going to the MotoGP race at Motegi, Japan?

My father has decided he wants to attend the MotoGP round at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. The event is Oct 12-15 or so, and he's going to bring me along. I speak and read Japanese, but I've never been to a MotoGP race anywhere, and I've never been to a motorsports event in Japan. I'm also unfamiliar with the Tochigi/Ibaraki area. What should I be considering as I plan the trip? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first around Japan at 10:06 AM - 1 answer

February 21

Suggestions on food/snacks to pack when travelling with celiac to Japan

My husband and I are traveling to Japan in a few months. He has celiac disease. Due to the prevalence of gluten in Japanese food, we anticipate not being able to eat out much, if at all. What are some food items that are easy to bring along and eat, assuming we have access to very basic cooking facilities? [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea around Japan at 11:57 AM - 23 answers

February 13

Japan during Hanami season - what to see in Tokyo + some other questions

Thanks to a whole lot of United miles (yay credit cards & business travel!), Mrs. Photo Guy and myself will be headed to Japan at the end of March for two weeks to visit her brother and his wife (expats living in Tokyo) and to do some sightseeing. We've done some planning but still had a few questions, so I thought I'd ask for some pointers. [more inside]
posted by photo guy around Japan at 11:55 AM - 11 answers has best

January 16

Neat places to crash in Tokyo and Kyoto?

Looking for nicely situated botique hotels in Kyoto and Tokyo-- can anyone recommend something that would be memorable w/o breaking the bank?
posted by xmutex around Japan at 6:34 PM - 8 answers

January 14

where to travel in Japan

If you had 12is days in Japan this spring, as a first-time traveler there, where would you go? What would be the must sees on the first time? Other than seeing some of Tokyo, of course, I do want to see Hiroshima. Other than that, what should I see and do? Just me and a guidebook.
posted by jtexman1 around Japan at 2:17 PM - 32 answers

December 15, 2016

Left luggage/coin lockers inside customs a Kansai International Airport?

Are there coin lockers or other left luggage services inside customs in the Kansai International Airport? I have an overnight layover in Osaka, and I've also newly started taking a medication that's prohibited in Japan (but legal with Rx everywhere else I'll be). Is there a way to leave it in coin lockers or with other left luggage before I go through customs? And overnight? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf around Osaka, Japan at 12:06 AM - 7 answers

November 29, 2016

Japan in winter

I'm spending 9 days in Japan over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. I'm pretty well-covered as far as general Japan tourism suggestions, but I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on places to go and things to see that are *particularly* scenic, lovely, uncrowded-but-accessible, or otherwise worthwhile in the winter months. (I am aware that Japan is a world-class skiing destination, but I don't ski.) I currently plan to spend my time in Osaka/Kobe, Kyoto, Tokyo, and the Kii peninsula, but am flexible if something else enticing presents itself.
posted by eugenen around Japan at 8:50 AM - 8 answers

September 11, 2016

where should I stay for five nights in kansai?

I'd like to stay somewhere rural and beautiful with an hour or two of travel from Kyoto (but not in Nara) for five nights at the end of September. Requirements: reliable Internet access, price <= $125USD/night. Strong desires: onsen, somen. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by yomimono around Hachinohe-Shi, Japan at 12:18 PM - 3 answers has best

May 25, 2016

Tokyo hotel recommendation?

Please help me find a hotel in Tokyo! (details within) [more inside]
posted by bluecore around Tokyo, Japan at 5:54 PM - 13 answers

March 21, 2016

Help me get from Kansai Airport to Osaka Airport

Due to a SNAFU, I'm landing at Kansai Airport, but staying (very) near Osaka Airport. I arrive at 9PM on Friday, but my hotel doesn't allow check-in after midnight. I'm concerned about making it there on time. Online calculators show taxis costing around $200. Is there a better way for me to make the journey?
posted by fake around Osaka, Japan at 4:45 PM - 6 answers has best

March 15, 2016

Tokyo & Kyoto for 11-year-old girl into Minecraft and YouTube

Japan travel question, with some specific wants. My 11-year-old niece loves Minecraft and YouTube, and has expressed interest in learning to code. What are some things that might interest her in Tokyo & Kyoto on a short trip? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse around Japan at 7:39 AM - 6 answers

March 7, 2016

15 days in Japan next month -- best suggestions?

I'll be in Japan (arrive Tokyo) for 2 weeks in early-mid April. I'm really into: hot springs, local food and drink (esp fermented), hiking & mountaineering, live music, herbal medicine & botany, artisanal crafts. [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai around Tokyo, Japan at 11:38 AM - 11 answers

March 6, 2016

What are these fabric squares that I bought in Tokyo?

I bought printed hemmed fabric squares in Japan that I thought were furoshiki, the gift-wrapping fabrics. But they feel too stiff and seem too small for this purpose. What are they really? Tea towels, maybe? (Links to photos in the "more inside") [more inside]
posted by cadge around Tokyo, Japan at 5:24 PM - 4 answers

One day in Tokyo, onsen, mochi and taxi advice needed please!

I will have one day in Tokyo during the week next week and what I'd most like to do is go to a nice onsen to refresh myself after the long plan ride. Then I want to eat some delicious mochi and wander around someplace interesting. I will arrive at Ueno station from Narita in the morning and need to be back to Ueno in the late afternoon. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane around Tokyo, Japan at 5:23 AM - 9 answers has best

February 29, 2016

Japan Quickly but Where and for How Long?

How many days should we spend in Tokyo vs Kyoto and where could we take a day trip to from either? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl around Japan at 6:20 PM - 18 answers has best

February 13, 2016

Travel in Northern Japan - yet again help me plan a trip

Mefites have been helpful in the past when I have planned previous trips to Japan, so hoping you can all help again. This time we are planning on going North, and I would love your advice and suggestions. We are a family of three - two parents and a 12 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by Megami around Japan at 4:56 AM - 10 answers has best

January 29, 2016

Snowy Tokyo Day Trip?

Our family will be in Tokyo during the first week of February, and we thought this might be a good time for the kids (ages 7 and 2) to see snow for the first time. If we hopped on a train in Tokyo in the morning, is there a good place we could hop off and--without too much additional transportation--end up somewhere where we could slide down a hill on something, toss a few snowballs, and make a snowperson? Ideally we’d like to make it back to Tokyo the same day, but will consider staying overnight. [more inside]
posted by ultrogonic around Tokyo, Japan at 2:13 AM - 4 answers

January 10, 2016

Protecting my daughter from culture shock on a 6-week-trip to Japan

My wife and I are planning a 5~6 week trip to Japan this spring. (post-grad-school, pre-starting-new-jobs) I am bilingual and speak to my 5-year-old daughter in Japanese daily, and she understands it at maybe a Japanese 3-year-old's level. We'll put her in a nursery school over there, and I'm looking for things I can do (both now and when we're there) to keep her from having (or reduce her inevitable) full-blown culture shock. [more inside]
posted by chickencoop around Japan at 10:58 AM - 12 answers has best

December 1, 2015

Fukuoka with a kid?

I have a conference in Fukuoka Japan in June. I think that I want to take my 7 year old. [more inside]
posted by k8t around Fukuoka, Japan at 8:02 AM - 9 answers