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Good walks in Tokyo on Google maps or other
Like to find fun walks in Tokyo. Not always easy to do. Anyone know of some good walking routes esp those on google maps or similar?
Tokyo for Teens
What neighborhoods in Tokyo would a teen girl who is into contemporary art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and gift shops enjoy? [more inside]
What neighborhood to stay in on a visit to Tokyo with a kid?
We're taking a family trip to Japan this summer. Yay! First stop, 4 or 5 days in Tokyo. What neighborhood (and, if you know, what hotel) should we stay in and why? [more inside]
How can I find the 2023 Hiroshima Toyo Carp schedule in English?
We're going to Japan from May 27th-June 11th. I'd like to see a Hiroshima Toyo Carp game if possible. It seems the 2023 schedules are released, but I can't find them in English. Does anyone either: know where I can find the schedule in English; have a solid plan of where I can find it in Japanese and get it auto-translated; or speak enough Japanese to just tell me when the Carp are at home during that span?
October 20, 2022
How can I experience traditional Japanese archery without being icky?
I'm planning a trip to Tokyo and I'm curious about traditional Japanese archery. As an archer myself, I bring some common interests and respect for the activity. As a white American, I bring blechhhh and acquisitiveness. Please advise. [more inside]
June 1, 2022
Instant IRL (vs Social Media) Connections Abroad
I'm moving to Kyoto next month, I don't know anyone there, and it would be useful to have IRL connections to help with the lay of the land. My Mormon colleague (I'm in Utah!) jokingly suggested I join the church, because that would totally provide those types of connections, and he's not wrong: something like that - without the religion angle - would be ideal. What other IRL groups could I consider joining to create connections in Kyoto?
May 30, 2022
Student Accommodation in Kyoto
This is a bit of a Hail Mary: I'm enrolled in a Japanese language course in Kyoto starting in July, I was intending to hand in my notice at work and for my apartment tomorrow, and last night I learned that the apartment agencies affiliated with the broker I'm using (Go Go Nihon) are all fully booked, at least until September. Staying in an airbnb for a few months seems the obvious answer, and I asked the Go Go Nihon agent about this last night but they did not reply. Could there be any issue with doing this?
April 6, 2022
Advice needed for first trip to Japan - please and thank you!
Piggybacking on my husband's early June work trip to Imabari Japan (Ehime Prefecture) and we've got questions!! [more inside]
March 1, 2020
Nightlife in/around Katsushika City, Tokyo?
I’m spending 5 nights at a hostel in Katsushika City, in Tokyo! I’ve read that this area is really quaint and quiet, with lots of temples and such, and not very much nightlife. Does anybody have some good recommendations for bars or restaurants I should go to that are somewhat close via the train? All the places I wanna go to are an hour away, so I’m gonna find a night to go to a few of them. In the mean time, what can I do at night around Katsushika?
February 9, 2020
Recommended smaller cities in Japan for a working vacation?
Are you familiar with smaller cities in Japan outside of the usual Kyoto/Osaka recommendations? I'm looking for a smaller, less hectic city in which I can focus on a personal work project for a month or two. [more inside]
January 16, 2020
What's the best way these days to set an alert for cheap Japan flights?
My 18 year old nephews want to visit Japan. It's their first trip abroad and I don't want to put them on a dice roll like China Eastern Air. Looks like I just missed a deal - NY to Tokyo on Air Canada - for $491. How can I set a very specific airfare alert (ex: only these airlines, or NOT X airlines and only under X amount of money) for the future?
January 3, 2020
Travel to Japan before/after Olympics? (not interested in attending)
Myself and my wife have been saving towards a trip to Japan in 2020. Our schedules might line up around the middle of the year, and this happens to be the time of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We have no interest in attending the games but I'm curious to know if we can take advantage of the country's and city's investment in tourism to get a good deal either before or after the games. More details below. [more inside]
November 17, 2019
Help me decide on a Japan Sabbatical Plan--Breadth or Depth?
tl;dr: do I spend six weeks in Tokyo or a couple weeks in a few different cities? I am lucky to have a six week sabbatical. I am planning to spend all that time in Japan around March or April as a first time visitor. I am deciding between spending all or most of the time in Tokyo with maybe a few weekend trips or spreading it out between cities. [more inside]
November 6, 2019
How Do I Japan? YANMTA
"Travel Agent". How much does 10 days of budget travel for two in Japan cost? [more inside]
October 26, 2019
Japan trip in 2020 - should we avoid the Olympics period?
We're planning a 2-week trip to Japan in 2020. Should we avoid the Olympics period? Or embrace it? [more inside]
October 2, 2019
Help me build my Japan Itinerary
Three mid-to-late 20 somethings will be flying into Tokyo (HND) on November 20th and departing on November 28th. What should we do while we're there? [more inside]
October 1, 2019
Help me plan a vacation scavenger hunt in Japan!
We'll be traveling to Japan in 2 weeks time with my 5-year old. One of the things we plan to do is walk a lot; in particular we're going on a short hike through the countryside. To keep my kid from getting too bored, I was thinking of preparing a sort of scavenger hunt for him to play while we're on our feet: a list of things he'd need to spot and point out while walking around. I need help coming up with that list! [more inside]
August 28, 2019
Planning a spring trip to Japan
Just booked tickets for a family trip to Japan, flying in and out of Tokyo. Looking for recommendations on where to go (this will be our third trip there). [more inside]
August 25, 2019
Memorable Meals in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
I'm taking my first trip to Japan next month and I'm looking for recommendations for memorable restaurant experiences in Tokyo (Ginza/Tsukiji area especially), Kyoto, and Osaka. I do plan to eat plenty of cheap noodles and random sushi but would like some specific nice places planned ahead as well. I don't mind spending some money but maybe not like $200 per person. [more inside]
August 14, 2019
Kicking it in Kobe
I'm in Kobe, Japan for the next five days. Today most stores and museums were closed because of the typhoon, so I'm taking this down time to plot the rest of my stay. I'm interested in art, design, infrastructure, disaster preparedness, matcha, and sake. I am celiac and I do not speak Japanese. This is my second time in Japan and my first time in Kobe. Please help me with your local Kobe knowledge! [more inside]