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December 10

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 - 10 answers

October 30

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 - 3 answers has best

October 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 16, 2017

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, 2017

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