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January 29

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

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

November 23, 2015

Headed to Tokyo around New Year, what's closed and what can't I miss?

I am going on vacation! To Tokyo! I will be there from Christmas to a few days after the new year, and I've seen a lot of people saying their office is closed for that week. As a first timer and tourist, what can I expect to be disrupted by the New Year's holidays? Transit? Restaurants? Museums? Is there anything going on I positively must see?
posted by bensherman around Tokyo, Japan at 12:07 PM - 6 answers has best

November 19, 2015

Self guided hikes in Japan?

Next summer, a friend of mine and I will be traveling in Japan. We would like to do a combination of cultural tourism and hiking, so our preference would be to choose bases from which it would be easy to do day hikes. Our preference is for longer and/or more strenuous day hikes. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb around Japan at 2:34 PM - 8 answers

October 17, 2015

Japan on the cheap with a young teenager

My 7th grader is fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture and has been asking for a long time if we can go to Japan. I've never traveled overseas and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp around Japan at 9:17 AM - 25 answers

October 7, 2015

More Japan: How do you nap in a ryokan?

Since Maximian is asking about Japan just down the page, and since we'll be traveling there with our (older) daughter at that same time, and since my question regards ryokan as well... Thought I'd better ask: How does one stretch out and nap in a ryokan (during the day)? Since the bedding is brought out in the evening, I'm wondering what to do if I want a brief respite or a horizontal read before the bedding is available.
posted by ecorrocio around Japan at 5:26 PM - 5 answers has best

Where to stay in the Mt Fuji area of Japan

Myself, my wife, and our 3-year-old daughter will be traveling in Japan in late October/early November, and we're interested in spending 2 nights in natural surroundings. The Mt Fuji area, specifically Hakone, is the leading candidate, but many of the ryokans are either booked or don't allow small children. Any advice on specific places to stay or alternative/similar destinations? [more inside]
posted by Maximian around Japan at 5:08 PM - 6 answers

September 27, 2015

What's interesting in Tokyo these days?

I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects around Tokyo, Japan at 3:35 PM - 7 answers

September 18, 2015

Are shinkansen seat reservations a good idea during off-peak seasons?

Traveling to Japan for the first time in October! We (party of 2) have JR Passes, which apparently means we can board non-reserved shinkansen cars w/o any interaction with ticket booth staff. The question is, is this wise, or are we still likely to find ourselves standing or split up on some trains? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar around Japan at 9:54 AM - 17 answers has best

August 10, 2015

What are the deadlines & travel times for Japanese takkyubin services?

I'm having trouble finding the answer to a few specific questions about takkyubin services around Japan, re: transit time & how early your luggage needs dropping off. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar around Japan at 1:53 PM - 5 answers

July 24, 2015

Japan Itinerary: I'm Stuck

Hoping you can help me finish out my Japan trip itinerary for late October/early November. I think I've got it all worked out, but need to wrap up with an awesome 2 nights... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio around Japan at 1:51 PM - 9 answers

June 29, 2015

Can't decide between Hakone and Himeji!

I can't decide between doing a day trip from Osaka to Himeji and doing a day trip from Tokyo to Hakone. Can you please help, given the following facts? [more inside]
posted by paperback version around Japan at 4:15 PM - 13 answers

June 17, 2015

A week in Tokyo: Baby and Toddler edition

For my 40th birthday coming up I've asked for a trip to Tokyo with the family for a week. We previously spent 3 days in Kyoto and loved it, staying at the Hotel Granvia. I'm planning the Tokyo trip and looking for options for accommodation and things to do/see with the kids. [more inside]
posted by Admira around Tokyo, Japan at 10:07 PM - 10 answers

June 15, 2015

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy around Tokyo, Japan at 8:54 AM - 6 answers has best

June 10, 2015

Tokyo Tatami Tips

Going to Tokyo for 6 nights, for the first time in 15 years, in July. Would like to do a hotel tour of sorts. What's hot, quirky, or interesting in the Tokyo hotel scene now? [more inside]
posted by Xurando around Tokyo, Japan at 5:15 PM - 3 answers

May 28, 2015

Cool bars in Shinjuku?

I'm looking for a cool or different bar in Shinjuku where three westerners would not be unwelcome. We like the Clover but I'm hoping to find another one like it for our quiver. Thank you in advance!
posted by ftm around Shinjuku, Japan at 9:24 PM - 1 answer

May 23, 2015

Suggesting Subtleties in Shinjuku

Help me find an english speaking guide to Tokyo who is not part of guide company and who will lead me into the warrens and twisted streets off the main drags. [more inside]
posted by Xurando around Tokyo, Japan at 9:38 AM - 3 answers

May 20, 2015

Oh my god I'm finally going to Japan!

After years of wanting to, I finally bought tickets to go to Japan this summer! (Eeeeeee!!!) I'll be flying into Tokyo and I'm already planning to get tickets for the Shinkansen to travel to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Can you help me figure out great places to see, delicious things to eat, special keepsakes to bring home, and how to deal with logistics while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes around Japan at 3:31 PM - 15 answers has best

May 17, 2015

One Week In Japan...

At the beginning of August work is sending me to Tokyo for a week, for the first time ever, so my wife is coming out and we're going to steal another week away from the family to have a break. What to do for that extra week when you've never visited Japan before? [more inside]
posted by 43rdAnd9th around Japan at 6:21 PM - 11 answers