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April 24

Need help with a Japan itinerary for this July

Heading to Japan for a few weeks in July (yes, I know it's hot then). I'm spending more than a week in Tokyo and then am heading out to Kyushu/Busan. I need some advice on how to handle the return leg back into Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy around Japan at 11:08 AM - 6 answers has best

April 6

Should I get the 7 or 14 day Japan Rail Pass?

I'm running into a headache trying to figure out if we need the 14 day JR Pass. Halp. [more inside]
posted by monologish around Japan at 10:58 AM - 5 answers

April 5

Tokyo plans needed for visit during nation-wide abdication holiday.

My pre-booked vacation to Tokyo ended up falling in the middle of the upcoming abdication/coronation holiday at the end of April / beginning of May. So now I'm looking for tips on what this means for a novice visitor. [more inside]
posted by booksarelame around Tokyo, Japan at 4:16 PM - 7 answers has best

March 26

A month in Japan this summer.

My partner and I will be spending a month in Japan from June 8 until July 6. What do you recommend? Difficulty level: lacto-ovo vegetarians and a few tattoos. [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername around Japan at 7:26 PM - 16 answers has best

February 20

Two weeks in Kyoto

I'm lucky to be visiting a friend who's living in Kyoto for two weeks in early March, and will be staying with him. [more inside]
posted by elsmith around Kyoto, Japan at 8:03 AM - 6 answers has best

February 9

Adding a few extra days to a business trip to Japan--where to go?

I have a week-long business trip to Japan (near Osaka) scheduled at the end of May, if I were to tack on a few days where would I go? [more inside]
posted by LarryC around Japan at 12:13 PM - 9 answers

January 8

Four Days Near Osaka

I have four extra days by myself in Japan before flying out of the Osaka airport. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by monologish around Japan at 10:29 AM - 9 answers

December 26, 2018

Around Japan in 12 hours or less!

I will have a 12-hour layover (flight gets in at 6:30 AM, flight leaves at 6:30 PM) in Tokyo-Narita airport in early February on my way from Jakarta to Boston. I've seen recommendations to go into Tokyo, or to go into Narita. What should I do with my 12 hours, and how cold should I plan to be? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura around Narita, Japan at 3:32 PM - 8 answers

December 10, 2018

Things to do near Tokyo in late January

I will have 2.5 free days during the end of January in Tokyo after a snowboarding trip in Hokkaido (Niseko) and I'm looking for recommendations on any new and interesting things in the Tokyo area. Also seeking advice on a day trip like Kamakura during the winter time. [more inside]
posted by xtine around Tokyo, Japan at 10:27 AM - 12 answers has best

October 30, 2018

Help Me Okinawa Vacation

As per this previous question I'm going to be in Japan for almost three weeks in December. We decided to spend 4-5 days in Okinawa because beaches (where we live has cold, bleak winters). The Japan guidebooks I have include very little information about Okinawa besides a few sites in Naha. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter around Ginoza, Japan at 12:01 PM - 4 answers has best

October 10, 2018

Decembering in Japan for Non-Skier

I am going to have the opportunity to travel to Japan for 17 days this December (flying back to the states on Christmas Day). I know next to nothing about Japan and am feeling really overwhelmed with figuring out an itinerary. Going to plan for at least 7 days in Tokyo, but what are some other places that would be lovely to check out in winter for someone who doesn't ski or snowboard? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter around Japan at 3:50 PM - 9 answers has best

July 25, 2018

What should we see in Japan in Nov/Dec?

Spouse and I will be in Tokyo while I attend a workshop November 26-30. We're planning to add a second week to our trip and do some sightseeing! Where should we plan to go? And should our extra week be the 3rd week of November or the 1st week of December? [more inside]
posted by heatherlogan around Japan at 10:36 AM - 8 answers has best

July 8, 2018

Should I still go to western Shikoku in late July?

Western Japan has been exceptionally rainy in the last few days and flooding seems to be affecting infrastructure like railways and roads. I'll be in Japan for about a month starting tomorrow, and my original itinerary included five days driving around Kochi and Ehime prefectures (specifically flying into Kochi on July 25 and driving to Cape Ashizuri, then along the west coast staying in Otsuki, Seiyo and Matsuyama and visiting Ozu, Uchiko and Uwajima), then flying to Fukuoka on July 30. Will this still work? Or should I go elsewhere in Japan? [more inside]
posted by mdonley around Japan at 9:45 PM - 10 answers

May 1, 2018

Where to eat in Osaka?

We are spending one night in Osaka, in the Umeda area. What are best (not necessarily fanciest) places to eat? We are interested in everything.
posted by molla around Japan at 7:04 PM - 5 answers

April 3, 2018

Will I have time to shop at Narita?

I'm flying from the US to Singapore via Narita and I have a four hour layover in Tokyo. Will I have time to do some shopping? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy around Tokyo, Japan at 7:34 AM - 5 answers

March 26, 2018

What to read before visiting Tokyo?

I am visiting Tokyo for the first time, and am looking for something besides a guidebook (fiction or nonfiction) that will provide an interesting layer of interpretation as I move about the city. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 around Tokyo, Japan at 5:59 AM - 15 answers

November 8, 2017

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 - 6 answers has best

February 28, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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