import 4.code.options;
import 4.code.about;

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class Thread extends Board{
public void JapanGeneral(OP Anonymous){

String fullTitle = "Japan General";
int postNumber = "1428404";
String image = "rainy japan.jpg";
String date = "07/03/18(Tue)00:35:39";
String comment = "Japan General: Rainy day edition.
Post about
>Your favorite Japanese drinks, bars, and degenerate drinking activities
>Getting drunk with salarymen
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

*Info on prostitution*
Please try to refrain from asking questions about prostitution.
Japan's sex industry is almost completely inaccessible to foreigners who do not speak Japanese. What is available can generally be found in the following links
Note that most of these companies are owned by the same group so behave.

*Note about the JR Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.

Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥

*I really wish I could smoke some weed*
No, you can't buy weed in Japan. If you didn't bring any with you, too bad. If you did bring some with you, let us know how comfy the futon was in Japanese prison.

Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.

Old thread at >>1424292"

public void comments(){
if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428410 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)00:59:43")

"Looking forward to my solo trip desu";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428411 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:02:25")

"How many of you that have already traveled to Japan done so alone? I typically travel with a partner overseas but for Japan I wanted to do a solo trip. Any particular opinions of your trip?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428417 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:12:11")

I like to travel alone, but have done groups. Alone is probably more preferable since I can do everything I want, don't have to wait on anyone dragging their feet, and booking accommodations and such is far easier with hostels. I also don't have to worry about their financial situations, or keep in mind their flight times and such.

my 2c for traveling with a group or someone
>make an itinerary prior to going there avoid "we'll see when we get there"
You will piss away your time there if you have to get the group to decide a single thing once there
>don't attempt to stay together 100% of the time unless you all unanimously agree on a schedule or such
Trying to stick together for everything wastes more time than helps the group. If someone wants to go to Aki but you do the Edo museum, fine each go do what you want them meetup for drinks or food or something later.
>over plan destinations/places to visit
You'll be surprised when doing solo how much you can knock out in one afternoon
>don't do a shared wifi
if you have 1 device for wifi it means that you have to play who gets it or who has to stick with who, do a personal sim or something
>do not let anyone bring their significant other along
Just don't, unless you are really chill with them it almost ALWAYS goes south or becomes a drag on the group

Solo also ends up fairly cheaper for me as friends who didn't want to do X last night want to do Y tonight and the people who did Y last night now want to do X tonight. If you and your friends drink this can be a killer since half the people you are traveling with will be hungover a good amount of the time."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428425 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:23:43")

"I love Japan. Period.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428427 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:34:45")

"Any opinions on visiting Nagasaki & the Atomic Bomb Museum/Peace Park as an American? Not sure if it would offend locals.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428428 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:41:03")

No, it's not offensive to anyone, aside from some of the die hard nationalists that drive around it sometimes, it's not like you pushed the button or what not. No one sees it as anything other than a memorial site just don't be a jackass and do obvious disrespectful things like jump on monuments, blasting random propaganda crap, or normal things Chinese tourists do.

There are basically no places you can't visit as an american."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428430 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:48:29" && image=="1476841961095.png")

">tfw finally pinned down my itinerary for my October trip

It's feeling real now. Even when I bought the plane tickets it hadn't yet really hit me.

[nospoilers]Christ I hope my office officially accepts my vacation request. I got a verbal acceptance but my one-year work anniversary isn't for another two weeks.[/nospoiler]"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428431 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:50:54")

Just got my leave application approved. It is 2 weeks from now. I have to get my shit together. Wish me luck"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428432 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)01:58:34")

>have to work the 4-9th
>4th of July and birthday fucking ruined
>boss says I have some free days off because of it
>~700 dollar RT flight staring me in the face
>could do a quick 7 day get away hit up comiket, the beach, see some friends, and some other things in a bit

finger is on the buy button as soon as this system overhaul is complete. Though I am not sure if I should just save my money for a 2 week trip in December, spend Christmas and new years there"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428439 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)02:20:52")

"I assume you can just buy and activate a SIM card at the airport?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428446 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)02:27:37" && image=="schedule.jpg")

"I am going in early to mid august (2nd to 17th), and while I've been before and therefore pretty sure I can find stuff to do in a pinch anyway, I am unsure if the days I denoted here are going to have enough to do in them. The cities/towns living arrangements are finalized already, so I can't change that. What I have written down to the right is just a general gist of what the day would be like.
I mainly don't really know whats accessible from Yugawara, as I booked it on a whim to be near a sea town. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions?
I am into anything that would be expected of someone going to Japan, so suggest anything, really."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428453 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)02:56:15")

Yes, you just pay a bit more over what you could via online. Not hugely different, usually like 10-20% more.

For Nakano, there is a cool jojo themed bar in there, as well as some others. They open kinda late but only stay open till 11 so you can get the last train for sure. Aside from that your plan looks solid, unless you have specific questions on things"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428477 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)04:16:41")

I'm totally looking for people to do Comiket with, take the jump you wuss"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428482 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)04:36:05")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428485 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)04:44:01" && image=="1476332270732.gif")

>live in Japan
>have Japanese license so can drive
>going to Family Mart because hungry
>literally the entire complex is full
>see one spot
>some nip scoots in as slow as possible and steal it
>roll down my window and call him a cunt
>bows and smiles at me as he walking
>angery intensifies
The absolute mad man actually went and moved it.

I'm sorry if I'm ruining foreigners images lads"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428490 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)05:06:27")

As some who traveled in a group of 4 people in Japan their first time going, it is sound advice anon. Traveling a group is much harder than traveling alone, and can cause a bunch of excess time spent doing buttfuck all instead of actually going to see cool things. The more people you have grouped together the dumber the overall decision making is."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428500 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)05:35:32")


>mfw going in a group of 10

It'll be fun, r-right?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428505 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)05:48:50")

No. You're probably going to be stuck in an oversized van scooted from one tourist destination to another, interacting only with your fellow tourists and the tour guide.

In that, what's the point. Japan's a safe country. Go on your own."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428512 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)06:40:06")

Except for family trips, I only travel solo. Last week I went to other country (not Japan) with a friend, and I can agree with every single thing >>1428417 anon says."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428522 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)07:09:45")

did 4 solo trips to Japan, always was a blast. Last trip I met my gf, living together for a year now. Gonna go to Japan again together in November"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428528 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)07:25:03")

Yes but you can also do it out of the airport.

There is literally no reason to buy any other Sim card except these 2.
or is by far the best one price/preformance wise.

Not only can you buy it at airports but at any big Yodobashi or Softmap anywhere just show them your passport."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428538 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:04:44")

"I am binning a Universal Studios day trip in favor of Fuji Q and Nagashima Spaland.
Is Universal Studios any good at all?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428545 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:29:08")

"Tokyo resident here. Feel free to ask me anything for a non memey response.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428551 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:39:32")

>group of 10
Yikes... you need to call the shots there, otherwise you'll do fuckall in Japan.
And I hope there aren't any kids/babies in that group. You're screwed if you have to stop for little brats on top of the group's whims.

Is buying souvenirs from Tokyo more expensive than, say, Kyoto/Osaka?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428553 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:40:37")

I'd say no."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428556 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:48:32")

know any good Okinawan restaurants? perhaps one where I can get some Asa tempura?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428561 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)08:53:09")

Obviously the best ones are in Okinawa but off the top of my head there is a decent Okinawan restaurant in Shinjuku. I believe it is a chain. Forgot the name though. I will be in Shinkuku tomorrow so if I remember I can maybe go by it and report back. It's a close walk from JR east exit. Has an orange sign."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428606 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)10:07:20")

"Would a three week trip be long enough to do a typical Tokyo-Kyoto/Osaka type itinerary, as well as a trip to Okinawa? Would this leg be better near the beginning or end of the trip?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428628 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)10:44:50")

Good spots for unagi?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428631 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)10:51:08")

Nagashima Spaland is pretty great. I liked it more than Fuji-Q."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428643 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)11:09:17")

If you are staying around the Tokyo-Kyoto area, three weeks should be enough. for my first time I did tokyo-kyoto-hiroshima-sapporo in three weeks and it felt a bit rushed. I definitely recommend to at least research some cool spots that you want to visit if you are too lazy to make a proper day-location type of itinerary.
Japan is the kind of place that even with unlimited amount of time you wouldnt be able to experience everything."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428665 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)11:45:39")

Don't try to stick together for most things outside museums/sights, going to restaurants in a group of 10 will most likely be impossible for the most part.

> as well as a trip to Okinawa?

Depends how long you want to spend there, 3 days in Okinawa? sure, but any more would be difficult to get in the rest in a decent manner"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428672 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)12:11:53")

>Driving to get to a fucking konbini
God you're pathetic"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428678 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)12:31:33")

humor is not your thing"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428680 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)12:38:14")

Maybe he’s in the boonies or something."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428702 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)13:43:47")

>going in Tokyo in september for 14 days with my best friend who never traveled abroad, never took a plane, don't speak english and who will leave his girlfriend at home, when they're pretty much always together
I hope everything will be okay. I already went on holidays with him and we share the exact same interests, but that was before he got a girlfriend. My only concern is actually if we're mistaken for a couple, since I got plenty of attention when I went there one year ago. Oh well, at worst I'll go drinking alone some nights."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428712 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)13:59:16")

Just one other person is far more easy than 10 like the other anon. I've noticed when I travel once a group gets past 3, stuff starts to go sideways more often than not.

Just do this
>make google sheet
Easy to share between 2 people and loading it up is quick
>put markers on google maps of places to visit
>make sure he has google translate + offline dictionary downloaded
>make sure he has a data sim or some data plan ready
>make sure he knows how to use google maps for the trains

>My only concern is actually if we're mistaken for a couple
Some japanese are going to mistaken this, but won't say much of anything aside from "is this your girl friend" and even that is a stretch."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428715 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)14:10:12")

I mostly don't know if the Nakagyo ward in Kyoto has enough to do. It has the cool Nishiki market and some smaller stuff around it, but other than that I don't know what to go to. I don't know if that's really a full day of things to do. I would appreciate any kind of suggestion to pad this day just a little more.
Other than that, its then Yugawara that has me clueless, because while I booked it for the purpose of being on the sea in a quaint town, I would still like to see things, I just don't know what is close enough to see. I know that Yugawara and its nearby city Atami were well known for their hot springs before, but other than that I don't know much else that it offers."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428716 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)14:10:28")

>make google sheet
That's what I did with my sister last year, will do the same. I don't think he has google translate and maps, so I need him to download it.

>but won't say much of anything
Well, Japanese made plenty of comments about me and my sister last year. The most hilarious was in Kanazawa, where a grandpa asked his grand-daughter why a man was wearing a skirt. That man was my sister, and the grand-daughter answered pretty much "what are you talking about? That's a woman, look, she has breasts!" Short hair do seem to confuse some of them, especially the elders."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428733 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)14:42:53")

"So my flight window is between 12/20-1/10 when school is out, 2 weeks ago price was 860, now its 960. Do I bite the bullet now or wait another month and hope the price dips back down?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428735 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)14:44:43")

Also whats a good outdoor bathhouse i can drive to from Tokyo, the last one i went to that got recommended by the hostel clerk lady was trash."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428741 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)14:51:23")

it's going to be in flux for a while, you're more than 90 days out I personally would wait, just set up a price alert if using something like kayak"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428745 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)15:14:02")

Keep a tab on your flight dates on Hopper, their price prediction algorithms forecast prices far in advance and send you a notice if it's a good time to buy. Sites like Kayak only do price forecasts for the upcoming week so it's not as helpful if you're planning as far ahead as new year's."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428751 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)15:33:16")

Is there anything like Hopper for desktop?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428784 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:07:55")

"can't find anything in the sticky about cost, maybe i'm just retarded but idk

how much would a week cost for one person? just in terms of a hotel, food, etc. would I need a translator, or is tokyo pretty tourist-friendly?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428788 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:22:24")

"Hello, retard here: I want to go to Tokyo alone (probably wouldn't be for another year) and see anything and everything I can. I'm a weeb but I don't know Japanese and don't like Oriental food (or at least what I've been served in America- fish is shit). Still, I want to "do" something with myself and I think Japan has a beautiful allure.
Is it a good idea to go? I've never left America before and never traveled alone outside of two-hour flights to my family's area."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428793 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:29:50")

>but I don't know Japanese
Most things that matter will have English, including train announcements.
>don't like Oriental food
McDonalds and Domino's are international. Also, do yourself a favour and try Japanese curry.
>never traveled alone
Japan is probably one of the best places to start, as long as you're not a retard and can use body language, place names, and speak slowly."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428794 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:35:20")

>McDonalds and Domino's are international. Also, do yourself a favour and try Japanese curry.
I'd prefer to eat something "different" than what I can get at home. I know Tokyo has food from literally every culture if you go looking so I imagine it wouldn't be an issue. Japanese curry sounds interesting, I'd love to find out that there's more to Japanese cuisine than I've known.
As far as sightseeing, what are the best things to really do? I know I want to hit the shopping districts, Akihabara of course. Are shrines worth my time? I've read on /trv/ previously that you can do a lot of stuff for free besides museums and aquariums, but don't remember what those things were.
Also, what would be a good amount of time to spend there? I'm thinking I could probably spend three days and have a good time, but this is just an idea off the top of my head."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428802 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:53:16")

I know I'm retarded but I've always wanted to visit (and potentially live in) Japan and am learning Japanese first. But after all these years, I only just realized today (because of a video that popped up in my youtube feed) that they hate tattoos and I am covered in them. Is visiting Japan just a bad idea? Would I have to wear a burka just go about my daily tasks?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428805 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)17:56:36")


No children. Everyone in the group is aged 18-22, friends (or mutual friends), lives in the same city at home. Mostly dudes but the girls who are involved are cool. Accommodation will likely be two airbnb's.

We probably won't stick together the whole time, as has been mentioned. Any other tips?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428812 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)18:07:24")

"I going to be in the Nagano Prefecture for multiple days of my trip, what are somethings around the area that would be good to do?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428813 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)18:08:18")

>I'm thinking I could probably spend three days and have a good time
No, even a week is cutting it. Every time I've gone has been for at least two weeks and it still didn't feel like enough time to do everything I wanted.
>Are shrines worth my time?
Yes, of course they are. Why wouldn't they be?
>you can do a lot of stuff for free besides museums and aquariums, but don't remember what those things were
Seriously don't go until you've saved up a good amount of spending money. With $500, you can at least afford to live off of konbini food and fast food curry, and afford trains. Attempting to go with little to no money will only make you miserable."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428835 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)18:54:50")

Is there any point in bringing physical USD with me to Japan? I plan to exchange mostly at an ATM and bought a Suica card ahead of time for travel to my hotel, which is very close to a 7-11. Should I bring $50-$100 USD and exchange it at a Mizuho counter as a back-up?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428838 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)18:59:53")

"Going for two weeks in October, will be my first time. Hovering between buying a week's JR pass or just staying around Tokyo.

My brother tells me to get out to other cities, my best friend thinks I'll easily amuse myself in Tokyo for a fortnight. Both have been to Japan, my friend in numerous occasions. What do you guys think?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428847 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:14:38")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428851 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:31:39")

Bring at least $300usd as backup cash. You might even consider up to 100,000¥ worth."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428857 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:42:35")

Depends on what you like doing and your preference. You most definitely could stay in Tokyo for two weeks and have the time of your life. If you want to experience the countryside or smaller cities then definitely travel around."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428858 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:43:21")

I live in Japan now and tattoos aren't as taboo as they once were. I see Japanese with tattoos fairly regularly, usually on the arm or leg. You might have trouble in onsens or baths if you go to one. But as long as you don't look like tekashi69 you probably won't have many issues."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428859 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:57:07")

too many variables. Hotel could be $20-$150 a night depending on what you're comfortable with and when you go and where you go. Food could be $5-$70 a day. Personally I wouldn't go to Tokyo for a week with less than $1000 though. And no, no translator. Thoroughly look through, it really should be in the OP."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428864 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:15:11")

Good rule of thumb I tell people is 100 USD/day for planning. That includes a decent hostel, good food, some entertainment, and decent use of transportation.

Google translator works fine, lot of shit is all in english and japanese, you can get fine by just english in tokyo and most of japan.

Like the other anon said be cafeful of hotel prices, they can be a trip ender given sometimes being very pricey for what essentially is a cube room"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428865 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:15:49")

A trans-pacific flight for a three day sightseeing trip is ridiculous. You're basically asking /trv/ to design a trip for you which completely defeats the purpose of travelling solo, and you're likely not going to enjoy yourself trying to get by on the least amount of time and cash humanly possible anyway.

The best I can suggest to you is to make a legitimate effort to read up on what there is to see and do. Lonely Planet's guides are great, so is Youtube is loaded with great Japan-centric vloggers who gopro interesting places and things throughout the country. Do this regularly enough and you'll either naturally come across things you legitimately want to see/experience, or you won't in which case there's probably no reason for you to travel to Japan in the first place. Either way you'll have a much better idea of what you want to do as a solo traveler than just asking /jg/ what you should do. At the same time, make a legitimate effort to set aside the cash to make a proper trip out of it. If you've never left America before you should make it count, you're almost guaranteed to have a shitty experience if you're going to go all that way just to rough it like you're semi-homeless.

The great news is that if you're looking ahead a whole year from now you're in a fantastic position to do both of those things. I have a trip set up in October that I first started doing research on back in early February. I read/watched an autistic amount of material and cut out a lot of spending during annual events I'd typically splurge on without a second thought - but the result is that I have a solo itinerary I'm legitimately psyched to go on and have enough cash to actually enjoy myself while I'm there.

Fuck it, half of /jp/ asks the exact same things over and over so I'm probably wasting my time with this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428872 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:27:00")


3 days is not enough because of how early shit closes there, it happens all the time to people from /a/ or /jp/ who go there, don't realize shit closes early. No you can't go to melon books after 20:30, tough shit and it doesn't open till 10am. 3 Days from a flight overseas assuming you aren't an aussie is going to be shit. You'll get in, be tired, drudge around, attempt to see most the stuff in one day end up not taking in any of it, and the last day you'll be concerned about getting to your flight. At minimum you should be doing 5 full days, 7 partial days(fly in and out 2 days considered), if you are just doing Tokyo. You should really just save up an extra few weeks or month, or whatever for extra days. Like I said in the previous posts, 100/USD is a good planning bench mark but you can easily do it sub 50 if you
>stay at a cheap lower end hostel in northern tokyo or shinjuku ~20 dollars USD
>eat at 711/lawsons for most your meal(711 meals are still fucking dope) ~8-10 dollars USD
>use only the metro non jr lines on the day pass 6-8 dollars
>1000 yen for anything else
Would be about 50 dollars a day, and still be able to sight see do museums that are 600 yen. Just nothing super big like the Tokyo Tower, robot cafe, maid cafes, monorail, any tours(boat, bus, etc). And with all the walking you would be doing probably lose a considerable amount of weight.

I really would suggest people for their first time going to japan do 10 days, 7 in Tokyo, 3 in greater Tokyo or a few day trips far outside it to see the beauty that is the countryside. It's easy to want to jump the gun on a quick trip, but if you just save a little more you can expand your trip so much more."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428874 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:28:02")

>711/lawson meals*
You can get some good meals for 300-500 yen, and actually decently filling"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428875 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:28:30")

"Can I drink alcohol in any of the club sega/big arcade establishments?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428878 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:32:03")

Yes, don't place the cans on the machines or anywhere but your hands or in the places meant for drinks like the vending machine spots"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428881 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:58:16")

>Also, what would be a good amount of time to spend there? I'm thinking I could probably spend three days and have a good time, but this is just an idea off the top of my head.

I've done a 2 night vacation to Tokyo. I only did it because it was my last chance to see the RX-78 statue in Odaiba, and WonFes was my full day in Tokyo. I wouldn't have done this if the flights and hotels were not free thanks to bank points. Don't do it, wait until you have enough money and time to spend at least a week. There is so much to see and do, so 3 nights is a fucking waste of money."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428885 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:08:53")

"where my /kyoto/ bois at";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428886 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:09:32")

"Yeah, the bulk of your money to go to japan will be with the flight in. Staying in japan, hostel/airbnb(not right now though), is stupidly cheap. A hostel should run you 1500 yen a night for low end bunk dorm style staying, with the 2000-3000 yen being basically capsule hotel style shit. Hostels are perfectly safe unless you are an idiot who leaves their electronics, passport, credit cards, and other shit wide out on the bed then walks away. Check your bag with important stuff behind the counter like anywhere else, then get important shit out when you need it. For 200 bucks you could easily get a good hostel for a week+ a few days on hostel world in tokyo assuming you aren't doing a peak season or attempting to stay in the heart of downtown.

It's not worth spending 700+ dollars to get there only to spend pennies staying a few days you can't enjoy shit for"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428894 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:45:33")

Absolutely not. Conbini food isn’t that cheap. The Bentos or Dons are minimum like 450 yen."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428896 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:55:32")

? You can easily get the discount stuff for that price depend on the times you go, multiple times i got some mixed veggies + chick for 349-398 yen. Lawsons does care some stuff for 298 yen, I know very well since once by card got flagged and I only had 1000 yen on me for the day till my bank unflagged it"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428898 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:59:08" && image=="P1160332.jpg")

Found a pic of some of the 298 yen meals, they ain't fantastic but will carry you"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428930 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)23:38:28")

Off topic but is there anywhere in the world where $100 a day doesn't suffice as a tourist? In Tokyo that figure is a little high, the rest of Japan is even cheaper. Maybe San Fransisco and Abu Dhabi."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428932 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)23:39:21")

">want to go to Japan
>check airline tickets
>all at least $1800 from Charlotte even in off-times
Well fuck."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428939 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)23:50:05")

I got mine last night. $1300 dollarydoos from Sydney return. Not the cheapest but seems alright. I used Google flights and adjusted the depart and return dates to find a decent price."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428940 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)23:52:11")

Most places in the USA really,

In that hundred USD I am including place of stay, food, travel, entertainment, etc. In the US you need a car given how far apart shit is, even in places like LA public transportation isn't cheap. I say plan for it but by all means you don't have to spend it. Just more of a high water mark for shit, I break it down like in yen

>2000-3000 for a hostel
>2000-3000 for food
assuming snack/coffee in the am, decent ramen bowl or two in the day, water/soda in the day
>1000 for transportation Day pass + maybe a line not covered on it
>600-800 museum
>1-2000 for entertainment
>6-1200 for evening drinks

Obviously I inflated on things a bit, but I would rather plan and recommend someone to over budget than get into Japan, realize of fuck didn't have enough

Book a cheap ass flight to DC, then DC to tokyo, or do a bus to atlanta overnight, watch the prices drop like a brick in water"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428961 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)01:33:42")

"Can i use for calls and internet in Japan my LG smartphone from 2011, that definitely doesnt support 4G/CDMA networks? Or japanese mobile companies doesnt support GSM/3G at all?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428966 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)01:55:37")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428977 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)02:32:32")

"So /trv/ i would like your opinion on my 3 week initiary for September

>8-11 Osaka
>11-16 Kyoto with day trips to Nara, Himeji and Biwa Lake
>16-21 Tokyo with Nikko as a day trip
21-23 Ishigaki
23- 25 Taketomi
25 - 27 Iriomote
28 flight home

apart from Ishigaki there will be things to do plenty, i would just like your opinion if i plan too many /too few days on some destinations"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428978 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)02:38:14")

"I want to speak a very basic, semi-conversational level of Japanese.

Do I need to learn any kanji/ katakana/ hiragana for this? It's just for a 2 week holiday, to help with communication and to have a bit of fun. (I've interacted with Chinese mainlanders before knowing a minimal amount of Mandarin, shit's hilarious)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428981 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)02:49:46" && image=="IMG_20180430_111950.jpg")

No, but some identification of them help a lot when ordering food, or getting some people to cut you some slack. Imagine if someone came to your country spoke a language you took 4 years in highschool for, but haven't used it too much since. You'll get some thank yous and massive brownie points but completely unneeded in japan for 95% of the time unless you plan to go to the boonies or a town with mostly houses during mid day where nothing opens till 6PM, aside from 1 or 2 shops. Learn mannerisms, learn some basic phrases about how to answer where you are from what you want to do etc, but don't try to go 100% fluent in it. Especially if in a man city or tourist hub, it will be more a waste of time to do anything outside english.

My advice for island hoping is be weary of the smaller ones. Most have nothing to do outside the coastal areas, english can be a crap shoot unlike the main land, and getting things can be a bit more expensive."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428983 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)03:23:58")

How long exactly till your trip? I don't think reaching conversational status without really getting in to it is possible. You can learn phrases and how to read and such but it won't be conversational."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428986 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)03:30:31")

Make sure you guys have lots of meetings about what you want to do and get out of the trip (make an itinerary).
Be realistic, you will probably end up segmenting the group for day activities and just reconvene in the night for dinner/down-time - in saying that it will probably be hard to fit 10 people together at a restaurant.
Also try not to fight over stupid shit, if you feel like there is too much tension it would be the smarter choice to just segment the group."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428996 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)03:54:35")

Bro that's like twice the amount you should be paying. Unless you're flying business class in which case you got a good deal."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1428999 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)04:03:50")

remove a day from Taketomi, there's really not that much to do there unless you wanna do diving or something. Either add a day to Ishigaki (go kayaking, go to the lighthouse on the north shore, hit up some of the beaches)

Or if you wanna do Island hoping, go to Kuroshima. There's really nothing there, it's just a flat island with the highest elevation being a 16m high man made tower. But it's a pretty cool experience imo.

Also I'd remove a day from Osaka, maybe Kyoto as well and add it to Tokyo (also go check out Enoshima and Kamakura if you haven't been already"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429015 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)04:32:00")

"Is being conversational at Japanese necessary for going to izakayas that aren't shit?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429029 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)05:08:32")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429046 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:05:17")

Not him, but search flights to Japan and show us the $650 round trip flight. Take a screenshot. We will wait."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429057 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:18:46")

Yeah unless you get it during a Jetstar deal you might have trouble"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429064 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:31:33")

Give me you travel dates and I'll see what I can do"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429069 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:44:48" && image=="syd-hnd.png")

$400 round trip and I didn't even look for cheapest days"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429070 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:52:39")

bruh, that's from Straya"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429071 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)06:54:17")

The conversation went like this:
>I got mine last night. $1300 dollarydoos from Sydney return. Not the cheapest but seems alright. I used Google flights and adjusted the depart and return dates to find a decent price.
>Bro that's like twice the amount you should be paying.
>Not him, but search flights to Japan and show us the $650 round trip flight. Take a screenshot. We will wait"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429075 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:03:56")

>26 hours


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429081 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:11:29")

What service is that?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429086 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:19:47")


was to lazy to read that"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429087 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:20:49")


you know that that's much better than Narita right? Who in their right mind would prefer NRT over HND?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429092 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:30:42")

Air Asia website
Well you can always pay the triple price and fly direct. To me this itinerary is pretty decent, you even have time to spend in KL on both ways. I would probably look for a two day connection instead of one day on the way back to avoid two red-eyes, the price should be about the same."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429094 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:32:03")

JAL from Sydney is only 10 hours"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429095 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:32:59")

What to do in Kyoto when its raining? I think I did everything I wanted exept golden pavilon and Nara. I have still two days here. Or is is nice in nara even in shit weather?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429099 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:38:03")

No. Had a great time knowing just few random words. Drunken japs are very friendly. And google translate is your friend"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429100 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)07:38:53")

Thanks, Captain Obvious. You can also add that it costs 3x-4x more."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429116 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:03:08")

I'm still so pissed off that I was too late to see the RX-78. Who gives a shit about Unicorn give me my nostalgiafag boner back"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429122 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:10:12")

What Izakayas are you going to that you can interact with drunken japs so easily? Whenever I go to one everyone is in their own private tables with doors and everything. I end up going to bars for my interaction fix but that's way more expensive"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429126 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:15:20")

Not him, but I've literally walked into Izakayas and had salarymen invite me to their table when they realized I was alone. Also if you are travelling with women it's much easier to meet people as a bunch of androgynous japs will start hitting on them. Also a decent amount of Izakayas have bars in them."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429127 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:19:19")

Maybe it's because I've never gone alone, but what I mean is I've still not been to a place where I could even see the other tables- it's like every group gets their own private room. Is it just me having bad luck in where I'm going into?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429130 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:25:14")

Yeah you got to pick a place that isn't all private tables. Either go somewhere with a bar or go somewhere so packed that it's nearly impossible not to interact with others. As far as I know the definition of Izakaya is more about the food than whether or not people are encouraged to interact."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429132 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:26:10")

The bentos or packed meals on conbinis are still a bit pricey. Theyre good but you can still save some money. What i did was i bought rice at 711. The rice was just enough and its 150 yen then i buy the food in front of the counter. The chicken or the meat balls or something and they cost 80 yen only

Total of 230 yen. Its super good and filling.

Im actually still finding out hacks to get the cheapest food that will fill your stomach.

Are grocery foods cheaper?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429137 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:36:44")

By far the cheapest option (besides cooking yourself) is to go to a supermarket after 9-10 PM and buy bentos at half price."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429142 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:50:13")

"I recently traveled for the first time. I went to South Korea, China and Japan
I was pretty keen on seeing Japan because I was an entry level weeb as a teenager.
But to be honest, I didn't love it. After seeing Seoul (comparable to Tokyo), the exotic Beijing, and the megacity Shanghai, I found Tokyo kind of underwhelming compared to how people talk about it.
I enjoyed Kyoto, but there were so many tourists it wasn't as nice as it could have been.
When people ask me about my trip, a few people (Not even weebs) appear almost offended when I say that Japan didn't interest me as much as Korea or China.
Can someone articulate to me what makes it so gushingly amazing? At least relative to other advanced Asian countries. Like I said, I was looking forward to it and I didn't hate it or anything... I just don't get the hype"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429144 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)08:55:51")

"Going to Hiroshima next month. Going to check out that rabbit island and get some goshuin. What do wild rabbits eat? And don't say carrots. That's total bullshit.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429155 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:09:42")

"Am I just being autistic if I want to fly to Japan but want to use either ANA or JAL because it feels more authentic than Delta or what have you?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429157 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:11:39")

My question is how does Korea interest you more? Serious question. I am curious what you have to say.

None of the historic stuff is actually old (Japan has tons of actually old temples and such), very low on traditional arts other than some dancing and drums (Japan has three traditional forms of theatre, fascinating visual arts tradition with ukiyoe, manga, etc. rich literary history--home of the worlds first novel and multiple Nobel winners, Korea has none)

Japan has a really interesting centuries old traditional sport that is still practiced today..

Tokyo is a true fashion capital, up there with NYC Paris and Milan. (So many fashion design masters, Yohji yamamoto, Jun Takahashi,etc)

I love Korean food, it is delicious and unpretentious but it has no where near the delicacy and refinement of Japanese food. Japan has the most Michelin restaurants in the world, and to be honest the thought of a three star Korean restaurant is comical to me given the stuff is by design hearty salty meat designed to get you through winter, not haute cuisine.

So yeah all that can be experienced in Tokyo and not Seoul.

I like Korea, but any non-Korean who finds Korea more interesting than Japan is lost to me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429167 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:29:35")

Yes, ANA and JAL are considerably pricier than anything else. If you're in the US you'll probably have to connect to one of the handful of airports they service anyway, so you may as well cut down on possible flight time and connect to something in Shanghai or Taipei or Seoul. That said, you won't have to connect to anything in Asia if you do take a Japanese airline since they'll take you directly there from wherever you board."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429171 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:36:47")

You could also take the cheaper option and still use JAL or ANA for domestic flights"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429174 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:39:41")

The difference in transit time to Tokyo is small enough that it doesn't matter."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429179 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:42:42")

No. Even in economy, JAL/ANA are far better than Delta.

Says you. I've seen ANA have pretty good prices for direct flights. $550~ USD for a round trip from the US."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429204 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:00:38")

Damn i shouldve learned about this when i was in japan! that will save up so much money if its half price! I can just stock up on bentos.

Do all supermarkets do this though?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429218 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:20:56")

From where, though, LAX? Taking ANA from the East Coast seems to be a $1000 ordeal."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429224 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:33:13")

Almost all of them do, I usually had no trouble finding a supermarket close to my place of stay in different cities.
However, initially they put 20% discount, then 30, then later 50, and by that time many of the bentos and sushi may be already gone."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429227 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:36:00")

It was from LAX, but it also isn't hard to find sub-$150 tickets on an LCC to get across the country. I'm an ATL native, and did exactly this last year. Still came out cheaper than flying all on one ticket out of ATL."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429233 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:51:13")

"What are peoples thoughts on APA Hotels? Reviews on google and Expedia are generally good but everyone on trip advisor seems to hate it. Are there better options with comparable prices?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429235 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:57:59")

Cheapest I can find from airports withing 300 miles is $154 via Alaska Air out of BWI. And then LAX-NRT on All Nippon is still a $750 round-trip."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429250 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)11:39:56")

I did half my trip alone. was super fun both ways.

I agree with what people say for going alone. You can do exactly what you want so no getting dragged along or dragging someone else along to things. You can go at your own pace. Do things that the other person might not like (beyond the just getting dragged along, as in with a normie or escpecially normie girl, maid cafes or other turbo weeb shit might be too weird).

But also sharing the fun things with somebody makes a lot of them better sometimes. For example looking from the tokyo metropolitan building gives a nice view and would be fun either way, but when i went up with someone we had a race to find different things in the city view (where we were going next, where we'd just come from, where our accommodation was etc). Doing weebshit with a friend who likes it too would be great (wish i had any, i'd love to visit Oarai with someone).
Eating out is also fun with people, you can try each others, talk and laugh during the meal.
There are lines for lots of things too so by yourself you are just standing there but with a friend you can comment on shit going on around, talk about what you are about to do.
Places like nara and bunny island were great with somone else, dont think they'd be as fun solo.

Im going back at the end of the year and im going to be spending half my trip with the same person as last time because it was great fun but so too was being solo.
So if you can hang out with someone for some of the time do that too."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429259 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:02:28")

I went last year for $600 return from melbourne, full service airline and not a shitty air china type one.
just a few weeks ago they had China eastern (a good chinese airline) flights for $550 return with a massvie range of dates, with only a 2-ish hour stopover each way
I have flights for the end of the year for $650 return coming back just before christmas (bank card was fucked during the $550 flights sadly). Also short stopover times
So $1300 from sydney (usually cheaper) is pretty fucked unless its direct, at the busiest time of year and gets you free entry to a soapland while your there.
Only time that could make sense was if you are quite well off to spend the extra and/or you have very very limited time off so cant even spend the extra 7-ish hours each way a short stopover non direct flight takes. Otherwise that extra $650 you spend on flight could pay for an entire extra week in japan (or longer really)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429292 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)13:23:16" && image=="1490275261650.jpg")

"I'm going to be in Japan for three weeks in december. Any recommendations of what to see other than Tokyo? Thought about Okinawa for some sunshine, but it seems to be around 20 degrees.. so not very warm. Already went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara but always in the summer.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429331 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)15:19:46")

They have bags of rabbit food to buy at the ferry station. its only 100yen (buy a few, there's a lot of rabbits and they mung it down, plus if you get a few bunnies around then lay on the ground and pour the food over you they will climb on you to get it). If you keep the bag and hand it back in they give you a gift.
Was very excited for bunny island and kinda nervous it would disappoint, happily it didn't.
Nice walk around the island and some cool things to see besides the bunnies. The view from the top of the hill/mountain is amazing too. and of course the bunnies themselves were adorable.
>What do wild rabbits eat? And don't say carrots. That's total bullshit.
Kek true, none of my pet rabbits have liked carrot much at all."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429333 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)15:30:58" && image=="bosozoku.jpg")

A friend and I want to take a motorcycle trip across Japan, something along the lines of starting in Tokyo and ending in Nagasaki. The problem is that motorcycle rental is actually pretty expensive, so I came up with the idea of buying bikes in Tokyo and then selling them at the end of the trip.

My questions are - do sold vehicles come with a temporary tag we could ride with for 2-3 weeks? Is selling on consignment even a thing in Japan? And lastly, would we need some kind of special insurance or is travel & preexisting motorcycle insurance enough?

I think the whole thing is a nonstarter but I figure I would ask before dismissing it outright."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429346 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:03:20")

"Kind of a long shot, but
This article mentions a shrine in nara that mixes ashes into the ink that they use to write down goshuin. Anyone know what shrine is it?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429365 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:01:21")

"Any anons with tattoos? Did you conceal them? Mine are only visible if I’m wearing a t-shirt or nothing. Wanted to go to Onsen or something.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429368 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:10:21")

"Looking for cheap places to stay in Tokyo for a week on Airbnb. Going with my gf. What sort of things should I be avoiding?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429371 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:14:33")

I’ve never bought a bike in Japan but I believe it’s like buying a car, which means you’ll have to provide proof of residence."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429384 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:46:24")

"Maybe a stupid place to ask but whatever. Does anyone know where could I find a numismatics shop that may be interested in buying old money bills? My brother is bringing over a set of my dad's collection and he's giving him some spares of old Latin American money to sale. I've seen a couple stores in Asakusa that sold old yen bills but that seemed more like a souvenir shop than an actual numismatics store so I dunno.

If you're gonna be in Japan when it starts snowing you totally have to go see the Snow Monkey park in Nagano, some grade-A stuff. I hear Kanazawa is beautiful in the snow too."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429386 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:48:24")

In public you are fine, no one gonna mistake you for yakuza. Ifyou go a resort beach or onsen they will ask you to cover up"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429390 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:50:56")

Proof of residence and local insurance. You may be better served looking for a rental outfit? The cost of a shitty bike wont ger ya the taxes will."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429392 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:52:09")

Okonawa is cold on decembed even on a warm 20 degree day the water is cold and likely overcast"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429395 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:58:47")

A fair amount of hot springs will allow tattoos, look the place up on tripadvisor or similar and you'll find out quickly enough in the comments if they permit tattoos or not. And at a worst case ryokans will often have private onsens available that you can reserve."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429412 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:31:38")

Traditional stuff is nice, like I said, I enjoyed Kyoto, but it's not the be all end all.
I'm not huge on art either. I don't care about fashion.
I definitely preferred Korean food by a wide margin. Much better flavor for my taste.
I guess what I enjoyed on the whole wasn't really a tangible asset, it was an atmosphere.
One tangible I will comment on... museums in Japan sucked. Best museum I went to was easily the Beijing national museum, and even Korean museums were better.
But it's not exactly a make or break element."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429415 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:34:55")

Thanks anons!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429440 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)19:43:21")

"Who /here/ in Tokyo RIGHT NOW?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429441 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)19:45:10")

Stayed in Apa hotel Kabukicho few days ago. It was good. But the room was really small. Other than that it was good stay."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429448 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:04:12")

Don't know if there's a specific temple but ash ink is apparently a traditional craft in Nara so I imagine it'd be typical there."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429450 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:10:12")

"Is there enough time in one day to climb Mt Fuji?
Say if I start from the 5th station at the earliest time, can I get to the top and back down before it gets dark?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429454 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:16:20")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429466 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:49:05" && image=="ascended.gif")

">check roundtrip prices yesterday
>check today

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429471 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:17:05")

"Any tactics on getting 500 yen coins and 1k bills a week ahead of comiket?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429487 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:52:53")

ANA is great. But anything other than air Canada is fine probably. Interrupting my movie to make some dumb announcement in Japanese, English, and then fucking 蛙語 made me a bit salty"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429509 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)22:30:50")

go to a bank?
Allegedly, if you start from 5th station it takes 5 to 8 hours to climb up, and about 3 hours to climb down. There are some people who leave at 3:00am and watch the sunrise at the summit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429517 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)22:50:06")

I travelled to japan with a friend and her bf but we plan on not sticking with each other the whole trip. I just go with them if i like where theyre going. Honestly thats a great setup since its a mix of being alone and with friends."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429529 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)23:36:23")

google your bank with currency exchange in the term"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429530 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)23:38:13")

Can't fucking wait until Westjet starts up their Asian flights, desperately needs to be at least a little bit of competition on those routes."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429534 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)23:59:02")

Yo. Let's get ffffucked up"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429581 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:23:54")


Totally right. Had an excellent time in Delta's business class last time traveling to Tokyo but excited to do ANA Business this time instead. ANA is constantly better than US carriers."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429582 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:25:07")


lol business class from west coast to Haneda was $2400 when I last booked. ( ͡° ʖ ͡°)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429584 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:27:36")


> paying cash for J seats"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429585 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:30:05")


>he doesn't know that ANA has no point program transfers except for SPG points with subpar redemptions

*laughs from Hyatt suite*"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429587 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:33:08")


JAL I think has a decent point transfer scheme but they keep their cabins at approx. 112° — no fucking idea why they do this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429588 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:34:03")

"Arrived in Japan last name that, staying 2 nights nippori. To day I took train to Ueno, found park and went to museum and zoo. Tried to find somewhere to eat but it's really intimidating. I feel like a toddler when I walk around. Now I'm back in hotel resting legs like a loser nerd.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429589 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:37:04")


just plunge into it like an idiot and suffer the cringe. You're an alien in a foreign land. Just do it. You can always point at stuff — menus are ridiculously pictorial."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429591 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:42:36")

"Jesus OP, your picture makes me feel comfy as fuck. Something about Japan and their architecture and cities that make me feel cosy.

I would love to chill in one of their zen gardens and then go and eat some delicious food. If their language wasn't so hard and they were more open to foreigners I would totally go and live there."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429596 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)02:53:02")

The reality is those houses are incredibly cheaply made because Nips think divorce and suicide-spirits gather in homes to it's better to knock shit down every 10-20 years than to inhabit someone else's place."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429598 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)03:00:17")

"Are the watches in Don Quijote legit? Saw nice g schock for 9000 yen on sale.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429599 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)03:04:28")

"You're all effete fucking losers going on about comfy feelsies and being too much of a beta to point at a fucking menu teehee what ever will the insect people think";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429604 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)03:39:38")

What are you talking about?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429625 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:28:51")

"Is it worth going to other parts of japan? Ive visited Tokyo and i really love it and i want to explore it more. I do wanna see other parts of Japan but I'm poor so thats a factor. Should i rather just save money for a tokyo trip again or go to other parts first?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429626 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:32:05" && image=="20171124_101825.jpg")

"I was in Sapporo last year and it was a pretty cool place, but I didnt find that many things to do. I will be going at the beginning of next year again, anyone got any advice about interesting places in Hokkaido?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429627 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:32:40")

idk. that's not something we can decide for you"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429629 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:34:16")

You should totally exit Tokyo and explore other parts of Japan. Japan has so much to offer that its almost a shame to just stay in Tokyo. although Tokyo has pretty much everything you would want in terms of being a traveler. So it really depends if you prefer the comfort of staying close to everything or not"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429630 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:34:36")

Youre right. But for you personally, if you were me what would you do? Will you go to Tokyo again cause you really loved it or try something new?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429631 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:36:29")

I loved countryside (even touristy day trips) more than Tokyo!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429632 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:38:14")

I personally love Tokyo so I wouldn't mind going there. In fact, of my 4 trips, I probably spent 50% of my time there.

But exploring other parts of the country is nice too"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429633 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:40:59")

I'm just afraid I will get sick of Tokyo if I go back? Or thats highly unlikely? Since i missed a lot of things to do from my first trip"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429636 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:01:10")

Any tips for renting a bike? My plan is to explore my Neighbourhood a bit on the first day."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429643 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:30:42")

"My travel agent just charged me AU$566 for a 14 day JR pass.
Did I get scammed?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429644 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:35:45" && image=="20171121_112718-01.jpg")

seems pretty fair with conversion costs. The official site sells them for 419 for 14 days, AUD converted to USD is 418. so seems like a pretty good deal to me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429645 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:47:33" && image=="jr.png")

Nevermind. These are the Australian prices listed on the official website."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429647 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:58:45")

Why is it so expensive tho, The three weeks one costs almost as much as the flight..."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429649 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)07:09:09" && image=="exchange.png")

Aussie dollar is weaker than USD and JPY.
It looks like a lot but it's not. It's actually cheaper than the JPY price by $1."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429654 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)07:29:42")

Everything you said is wrong."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429656 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)07:34:47")

"I've noticed alot of these weird rebellious black people in Japan. Like punks from Brazil. One was getting arrested and filming himself at the same time. Another guy was jaywalking and drinking from a large cartoon of milk like a jerk. Also saw a Japanese girl with a black baby, wtf?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429665 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)07:58:39")

"Who wants to come along for clubbing tonight in Shibuya?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429690 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)09:23:15")

NishiArai reporting in."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429711 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)10:23:59")

"hows airbnb in japan after that law past?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429712 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)10:24:09")

"Anyone use luggage forwarding service before? Thinking of sending suitcase from tokyo to osaka. I'd like to take some random stops along the train ride and not deal with carting that shit around";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429744 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)12:15:11")

Hokkaido is pretty cool, its literally half the size of the country. You'll miss out on the great food."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429746 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)12:20:42")

Flights into Osaka tend to be cheaper than ones into Tokyo and you can easily fill an entire trip just travelling around Kansai (you can even get a Kansai regional train pass that is substantially less than a JR pass plus is valid on trains the JRP doesn't cover) , so if you want to cut costs visiting places outside of Tokyo is absolutely a solid option."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429754 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)12:43:07")

>Hokkaido is pretty cool

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429755 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)12:43:12")

Whats the difference in hokkaido? Alli know about hokkaido is that it snows there and thats it??

My second option is osaka actually since its almost like tokyo they say. But surprisingly the tickets to osaka from here is a bit more expensive than tokyo."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429779 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)14:30:32")

Hokkaido is sort of like the Japanese equivalent of the northern Rocky Mountains - Colorado, Alberta, places like that. It's very 'new' by Japanese standards - other than the immediate vicinity of Hakodate the whole island was a foggy undeveloped frontier area all the way up until the country reopened to foreign trade, so cities tend to have an Americanized planned-grid feel to them and there isn't the kind of historical attractions you'll get on the other islands. Like the Rockies it's mostly known for animal agriculture (meat and especially dairy) and for outdoor recreation (hiking, skiing, camping).

I'm from Alberta, one of my dad's coworkers took a trip there during the winter and he said the skiing was terrible compared to what's available here (I haven't hit the slopes in the better part of the decade so I can't say myself) but absolutely loved everything else. Depends on what you're interested in doing I guess."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429783 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)15:02:14")

All establishments now need a license. So just make sure they have a license number in their posting. Some places put it in their title."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429789 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)15:34:06")

"Are any of you diabetic?
I feel sad that I never felt an inclination to leave my home country until I was diagnosed with type 1. I would need to bring supplies with me for all the high carb meals Japanese people eat, and not travel/exercise too much between checking how I'm doing - working on Japanese right now but don't expect to be able to speak it for another two years, and I'd need to be able to at least inform someone if I need to sit down and whip out what to them looks like drugs or whatever."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429790 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)15:36:22")

that looks like better than my dinner at home dude im all for that"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429793 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)15:39:30")

I'm Albertan as well, I heard that Japan gets a lot of snow but their cold is pretty agreeable. I've been out as low as -38C so I think I'd have no issue booking a trip for the winter months."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429801 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)15:49:18")

Thank you for your suggestions! Going to switch to just one day Taketomi, might add another day to either Iriomote or Tokyo"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429808 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:12:31")

>Another guy was jaywalking and drinking from a large cartoon of milk like a jerk.

That's the punkest fucking thing I've ever heard"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429837 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:14:35")

"How much do tickets usually cost in your respective countries? We paid <100$ for a roundtrip to Narita thanks to ticket sales. Even during Cherry Blossom season, the prices aren't too bad.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429838 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:15:35")

Forgot to mention I'm a flip."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429839 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:17:07")

"I want to stay at an hostel but I sleeptalk almost every night, what do?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429855 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:51:56")

Find someone in the hostel who also sleep talks and you can have a conversation."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429862 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:08:47" && image=="20180705_152908.jpg")

"Thought I would post pictures from my midweek gettaway down in Ise Shima keep this thread moving";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429863 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:10:08" && image=="20180705_153057.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429864 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:11:19" && image=="20180705_190854.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429865 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:12:35" && image=="20180705_174300.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429867 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:13:47" && image=="20180705_181916.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429870 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:15:11" && image=="20180705_182443.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429871 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:16:39" && image=="20180705_144801.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429873 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:17:51" && image=="20180704_171616.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429874 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:19:48" && image=="20180704_185327.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429877 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:20:55" && image=="20180704_185522.jpg")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429907 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:37:08")

I'll arrive tomorrow"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429908 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:37:56")

>don't know what I'm supposed to eat/how I'm supposed to eat it

My single greatest fear when in Japan"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429923 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:17:14")

"Who else is stuck in this rain. In Kyoto right now, checking train status and lots of services are suspended. What should one do on a rainy day in Kyoto.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429925 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:23:17")

I paid 650 eur return from Dublin"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429930 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:32:37")

5-800 dollars, flying out of LAX

Get a capsule one

Th hospitals have translators, you can quickly sling out google translate for an instant translate that is spot on. Not sure what your question is though. You can bring your shots easily.

It's in a fuckup right now since you need a license to host people to prove you aren't doing like 6 bunks in a single apartment renting it like a hotel. I always avoid airbnb since hostels have more versatility.

That's UNLIMITED rides for 3 weeks on a bullet train that can zip you around the country in a heartbeat. It's a deal, I've had japanese people ask me before if i could order them one because what a deal it is. I usually only get a 1 week 90% of the time, just plan my trips around it.

Biggest issue with anything north of nagano is finding shit to do."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429932 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:35:26")

"To foreigners who have moved to Japan

Can I transfer money from my American bank to my Japanese account once I get there? I found the online guides to be a bit confusing. Because I cant set up an account in japan until i get there, and all my money will be in the states in USD.

I mean I could exchange my $5000 for yen while in the states and take the yen with me, but I wouldnt feel too comfortable carrying that much cash over the course of a couple days.

What did you guys use? Western Union? or some other services?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429936 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:39:19")

Not sure what bank your main account is at or what you are attemping to do really. Paypal works for most things, wire transfers through things like wells fargo are free. You can change any yen back to USD at a wells fargo and always a travelex(don't do unless desperate).

sorry not exactly sure what you are asking specifically"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429946 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:56:29")

Osaka-Tokyo open jaw from western Canada cost me 1300 funbucks, though I got a 100 dollar voucher from a pricebeat. Round trip to Tokyo would have cost even more.

Fuck this country."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429950 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)21:22:02")

Paid for my flights last night at AU$780 and they leave in a month with Qantas who I consider the best airline in the world.
I was quoted 840 but I made the travel agent price match the cheapest flights I could find. Funny enough, if I have booked it 48 hours earlier, I would have saved $60 more dollarydoos.
There was a cheaper flight on the same day for AU$610 with Malaysia Airlines but I refuse to give my money to such a terrible company and I would much rather come back from my holiday alive."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429955 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)21:28:22")

If you're the type that travels alone to meet new people, Japan will be pretty damn good for that. If you're the type that likes walking around alone in the dark after midnight taking in the neon and being depressed, Japan is pretty fucking amazing for that too. I was there for both. Particularly good for the second option since it's so amazingly safe wherever you go."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429960 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)21:36:14")

I brought enough cash to last me for two months then relied on my paycheck to live. You should ask your bank if they can transfer to a Japanese bank."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429974 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:17:33")

Yea my bank cant transfer to a Japanese bank. Plus ive read Paypal will cost about 5% for the international transfer fee. Which is $250.

I think WesternUnion's transfer fees are like a flat $20. But im not sure im still researching into it"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429976 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:20:32")

Is this cebu pacific's piso sale? How do you do it? Its so hard to book during piso sale. The one i booked was on december for a june trip costing 7000 pesos roundtrip"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429980 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:26:00")

I'm confused are you trying to ask about getting funds in japan, or transferring money from japan to your home country"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429983 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:29:11")

I was also looking for Airbnb's first, but they turned out more expensive than a normal Hostel. I don't know how the hostel will tunr out yet, but it has good reviews"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429984 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:29:14")

Getting funds in Japan. When I move there in a few weeks I will want to convert the majority of my USD to Yen."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429987 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:31:02")

Just take shit out at an atm at 711, your cap is 3k USD per day. With a wells fargo account I get charged 1% + a 2.50 withdraw fee.

Are you trying to pay for rent n shit or just normal day to day stuff"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429989 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:32:10")

"How do people dance at clubs in Tokyo? is there grinding like other countries, or do they look down on that?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429991 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:34:33")

As with other countries depends on the club. Which one you got in mind? Shinjuku is more like western club dancing but others you can just meet people at the bar after 2 drinks they want to dance.

also funfact: Japanese can NOT dance. like it's horrible how bad they are at it"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429994 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:38:49")

>which one you got in mind
I dunno, could you give me some recommendations? I just don't want to find out I'm surrounded by prudes after I try and dance like that, my heart wouldn't be able to take it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429996 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:41:28")

Best advice is to walk around, not sure what area in tokyo you plan to go to.

Circus in Shibuya is nice(clubs around it too), if a weeb mogra is a must even has decent shit if not hardcore weeb. In shinjuku, literally just walk around till you find something your style"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1429999 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:42:34")

"Any decent recommendations on jazz venues in Tokyo or Osaka? Not Bluenote-level prices but I'd love to catch a performance or two while I'm there.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430002 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:49:26")

thanks, I'll probably stick around Shinjuku, from what I've heard."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430003 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:50:21")

Your bank can’t do a wire transfer?

That sounds like BS DESU. Maybe try asking specifically for a wire transfer and ask what the process is before leaving. Also see what the conversion rate is for both banks. When I transfer money, I send in dollars and the bank here does the conversion since their fee was less."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430008 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)23:05:57")

"Is it better to visit in November or February?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430010 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)23:27:17")

So whatever bank my company advises me to sign up with will probably automatically convert USD to yen in a wire transfer? And they will likely just charge a small flat fee? Because I really just want to avoid a percentage based fee as even a 1% fee will be over $50."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430015 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:00:24")

everything is automatically transferred on the back-end

>Because I really just want to avoid a percentage based fee as even a 1% fee will be over $50.

Nigga wtf are you doing 5k USD will last you a fucking month or few. If you are doing more than 5k+ for your stay and what not open a checking account with charles shwab(or however you spell it) and use that. Though I HIGHLY doubt you need more than 5k a month unless you plan to stay in ginsta in a penthouse, then drink every night, and but a shit ton of anime figures/pachinco.

Direct checking does it automatically, unless you have some no name bank you should be fine. If concerned fo talk to a banker dude. Bank of america has locations in japan, you can open an account but you need a min balance"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430025 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:25:41")

Forgot which promo it was, but it cost around 3k. Booking a year early helps, and my aunt works in an airport, so we get notified about promos quickly. Don't know what else to say other than to be fast really."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430027 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:29:46")

does anyone have any recommendations?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430029 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:31:16")

"Update on Airbnb:

I cancelled my last airbnb (for August) because I contacted my host and he wasn't sure if he was able to get license in time. So I cancelled.

People, dont be afraid to book a place. Just look on the post and make sure you have confirmation that they have a license. Some of them will put it in the title and others in the description.

Upon cancellation I was sent a 980 dollar coupon for my 10 night stay. I found a place that was double the price of my original and I only ended up paying 799 out of pocket. Without coupon its like 1680. The place is a lot more roomy and really close to Ikebukero station."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430041 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:50:26")

Right some people book at like 3 in the morning its insane. I booked mine 6 months in advanced. Hopefully theres a promo soon!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430042 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:52:40")

no one is afraid to book a host anymore, though I constantly wonder why people do airbnb over hostels given the fact a private room in a hostel is about the same. Only reason I can think of is because niche locations"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430043 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:54:11")

More private space with my significant other. Also a lot more room for about the same price."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430045 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:57:26")

>not just doing a private room

Most 2 person private rooms are the same as an airbnb. Besides you understand how thin walls are right, a host will hear you unless it is an unmanaged spot. Not trying to start anything, I just find it funny that after the airbnb thing most people look at japan as impossible"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430051 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:10:17")

That's why I pick a private property. The host is not on location. Plus, it has its own private kichen.

The communal kitchen is fine but after so much time in the military, I hate having to have shared spaces. Ill pay extra for privacy."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430063 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:39:31" && image=="IMG_20180406_204102.jpg")

"I study my masters in handai and live in their dorm wich is dirt cheap. I wanted to try some legit wagyu meat. Is there anything in Osaka/Toyonaka arrea, or do I need to go to Kobe?
Also AMA."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430074 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)02:12:26")

Go screwed today. Heading to hakone but all transport got cancelled due to weather. I'd all ready paid for hotel. Was wandering around this small area for 2 hours before the trains started. Now I'm at hotel and wanna use onsen but it's raining. Dunno what time do, I'll just drink sake and watch boring tv."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430087 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)02:58:50")

same desu

just do the virgin atlantic miles trick tho"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430091 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)03:17:58")

Kek, i was thinking the exact same thing.
and fuck eating an entire cooked fish >>1429867 it doesn't even look descaled or anything WTF.
Also i hope that was all different courses in 1 meal, if that was 3 seperate meals i'd die of hunger (6'4" /fit/ guy).
>>1429877 This one makes sense and looks tasty though.

Looks like a nice place and good pictures too"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430098 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)03:41:49" && image=="IMG_4946.jpg")

"Ok since we're posting food pics lets all post our food pics from japan.

The manneken waffle was so damn good im not even into sweets"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430101 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)03:54:50")

name of the Ryokan?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430102 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)03:56:03")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430108 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:12:54")

Novemeber is pretty great, still lots of autumn colour and the weather is pretty pleasant as it hasn't gotten too cold yet."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430109 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:19:45")

I'm also going in October and it still hasn't hit me.

Last time in 2016 when I went it only hit me a week early that holy fuck I'm going."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430115 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:38:56")

"fuck why are trains so expensive to other cities";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430117 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:40:20")

But is november cold enough that I would wear coats? I really like wearing coats and jackets since i live in a tropical country wheres its always 30c."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430118 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:41:16")

Do said hostel rooms have private showers and toilets (and kitchen)? (seriously though, not trying to imply they don't, im actually interested if they do)
With Airbnb usually you can self check in whenever and its more like your own private house for your stay instead of a room in a really commercial place. makes it more cosy for me.
Plus if you are going as 2 people I wouldn't be surprised if some of the Airbnbs do end up cheaper. Last year i saw a lot that were $40 for one person, or $40 for two people (and $50 would get a really nice place), i doubt most hostel places would stay that low for 2 in a private room seeing as they cost that for 2 people in the shared dorms
Also im talking your own full apartment Airbnb not the booking 1 room of someones house. even if it were $5-10 more per night for 2 (which it doesnt seem to be anyway) it would be worth it as its still better in every way."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430119 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:42:46")

They are cheaper than in Western Europe and much much cheaper than in America."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430120 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:42:54")

well it averages around 15c so yeah probably cold enough for a coat, especially if you are used to hotter weather."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430121 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:45:14")

google maps says its cheaper to fly from tokyo to osaka than take the train"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430123 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:46:24")

"what's your favorite ramen place?

i'm an ichiran pleb desu"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430124 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:47:42")

Agree with this. Our airbnb last month in tokyo, I only paid less than 16,000 yen for 7 days. We are a group of three people. Its pretty small but its a private room and has its own kitchen, bathroom, etc. And you can self checkin and out since the host isnt there. I dont think theres a hostel with that price."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430128 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)04:54:28" && image=="Screenshot_20180706-175251.png")

Indeed man.. shinkansen is crazy expensive.
Pic related."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430136 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)05:45:02")

That's true. In Europe and USA it's also cheaper to fly long distance than take a train."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430159 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)07:29:15")

"What's everyone's favorite time of the year to visit Japan?

I've only been in the Spring, is the winter fun?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430179 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)08:15:39")

"Im in japan for 10 more days. Going to kyoto/osaka/hiroshima/fukuoka. Is there any way to watch a sumo wrestling match somewhere in these places in the coming 10 days? I understand that the big tournaments that are held every 2 months are not available, but i was wondering how i would find out about some of the more unknown tournaments/matches? I also read about visiting a sumo practice. has anyone done that? I read that you need to be accompanied by someone fluent in japanese?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430208 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:35:59")

I'm sorry I have never rented a bike before."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430210 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:38:46")

"What do you guys think about using tinder in Japan
Is it worth it? Are there better options?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430213 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:41:28")

How do you do on Tinder in your home country? That will give you some indication."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430216 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:45:51")

"post pics from your past trips! food/arcades/countryside, whatever.

these threads are getting boring"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430218 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:48:05")

I don't use tinder where I'm from (u.s.)
Mainly cause I'm paranoid about someone I know seeing my profile
I'm pretty unexperienced with dating apps that's why I'm asking"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430221 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:57:12" && image=="1411792261812.jpg")

These threads have always been fucking awful

Literally a 24/7 regurgiation of:
>Where are clubs
>How do I fuck the local girls
>I'm in Tokyo for 3 months and I've got $200 to my name, what should I see?

And the latest fun addition:
>wtf what do you mean I can't airbnb"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430223 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)09:58:33")

Didn't see the below post before I posted, literally fucking example A of what I'm talking about

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430224 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:00:18")

>I'm paranoid about someone I know seeing my profile

Why does this even matter."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430226 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:04:23")

Reaching out to these anons to post some pics. I'm not going till October, but I promise I'll return one day with pics"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430229 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:19:36")

honestly you over-exaggerate the "where is club" and "how to fuck". Of like 400 posts in any thread there's pretty much always less than 10 on those things.
Honestly these complaint posts are as annoying as any of those (and pop up any time those are posted so are just as much a cancer as them ironically).
As for your third point, what else would you want discussed here other than recommendations on things to do?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430233 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:33:43" && image=="20171121_103821-01.jpg")

"I've been in Japan during the autumn once, is it worth it to visit a second time during the spring, mainly to see the Hanami. Also I visited Tokyo,Kyoto,Osaka, Kanazawa,Sapporo, and Hiroshima. Is there anything interesting left for me to do there if I decide to visit again. I really enjoyed Kanazawa so wondering if there are any country side places that are interesting to visit. The first time I went I was alone but this time I will be joining with a friend of mine. Also just general advice from people who visited Japan numerous times and still find things to do.
I will dump some photos I took in return."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430234 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:34:13")

Exactly. Solo I would do hostels again but with family airbnb is just perfect."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430235 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:34:54" && image=="20171118_104455-01.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430236 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:36:21" && image=="20171115_153955-01.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430237 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:37:31" && image=="20171121_112600-02.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430238 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)10:40:04" && image=="20171117_112809-01.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430268 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)11:45:45")

What is this a temple for ants?

But seriously, I'm liking your photos so please post some more.
Were they taken with a camera or a phone?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430276 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)11:55:53" && image=="20171117_112809-01 (1).jpg")

kek saved the thumbnail by accident.
Its Himeji castle so unlike Osaka castle I didnt get that close..."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430278 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)11:57:16" && image=="20171115_120124-01.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430282 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)12:00:24" && image=="20171118_105554.jpg")

Osaka castle for comparative."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430302 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)12:30:34")

Pretty much what I had assumed. Damn. Thank you both"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430328 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)13:19:44")

Why haven’t you visited Hakone?
Planning my itinerary for my first Japan visit, I have two leftover days. I was considering squishing Hakone between my trip from Tokyo to Kyoto, or instead maybe choosing Kanazawa after finishing in Osaka before heading back to Tokyo near the end of my Japan visit.
So let me rephrase the question: What did you like about Kanazawa and why would you choose it over visiting a place like Hakone?"

if(Jagex && title=="" && postNumber==1430332 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)13:25:43")

I figured, lol
I didn't get to himeji last time i was there, is that as close as you can get?
I did very much like osaka castle, quite a cool place with the massive moats (which had some turtles swimming around) and a really nice view from the top"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430352 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)13:58:45" && image=="20171116_131656-01.jpg")

You could get quite a bit closer than that, through a payed tour. I decided that after seeing so many castle it wouldnt be worth it to go on this tour that gets you closer to the castle.
On a side note there is a nice park around the castle area in which I enjoyed a nice packed lunch I brought with me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430359 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)14:03:20")

The old city part of Kanazawa was amazing. even with a slight drizzle which might have made the scene even cooler.
Also Kenroku-en is really my cup of tea in terms of quite park to enjoy the afternoon at.

About Hakone I wanted to go there but only with a side trip to Mt. Fuji which due to different reasons werent possible."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430361 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)14:09:21")

"What's with JAL/ANA prices nowadays? In 2016 I was able to get a flight in November well in advance for just under $1000 on JAL, fees and all. Now I don't see any under 2 grand.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430370 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)14:39:17")

What? You don't have to pay for a tour, just pay to enter the grounds. Then you can walk through the whole castle and its grounds at your own pace."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430432 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)16:50:26")

"Is this where I talk about wanting to live in Japan? Would it be a good idea? Can it be done? I wouldn't have to be an english teacher, maybe a web developer from home?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430437 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)16:58:21")

Thats what I meant although there is a tour also available. Getting closer than that would require you to stand in line and buy tickets which I didnt have the time to do."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430449 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)17:17:25")

What's inside of Osaka Castle? Is there some kinda museum or is it just an empty like Himeji?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430465 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)17:47:41" && image=="IMG_20180531_120756.jpg")

It's a great idea, if you want to become depressed.
You should strive for a good paying job, stay close to your family and friends, find a gf and travel to Japan as a tourist to take care of that jp craving."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430466 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)17:50:55")

>if you want to become depressed.
why is that? I'm already depressed.

>strive for a good paying job
i don't care about being rich. if i can live a comfy life in japan, that would be nice.

>stay close to your family and friends
no friends i care about, i don't care much about my family either. i have a girlfriend, she is young, and wants to go to japan with me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430471 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:06:45" && image=="IMG_20180506_123237.jpg")

I don't think diving into a different culture plus not even speaking the language will help your depression.
What is the cause of that depression? Do you think moving our to Japan will help much? Do you have a degree to find a job? How can you live a comfy life if all you can get is a shit paying job? Do you plan to work in the fields out of society?
Is your girlfriend really into it as well? You are talking about a new life. Will she stay with you for that long away from her family and homecountry?
This whole post might be a turn off, all I can say is that you'll need attitude and some activity like working to pull through your dumb idea."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430472 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:09:59")

You're going to be miserable. You think you're depressed now but you haven't lived day to day in Japan's suffocating work culture and Japanese society will never accept you not matter how weeabooized you become. >>1430465 is right, you're honestly much better to set yourself up right in the West and use your vacations/money to take in the best parts of Japan a few weeks a year."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430477 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:17:34")

i can learn to speak the language, and learn about the culture. i think moving to japan will help, because it's safe, i might not need a car, and if i can get a job there then how could i not have a comfy life? i can save money, pay for the things that matter. we don't care about the USA, and she doesn't give a fuck about her family either.

I don't want to live in the USA anymore. I'm not accepted here anyway. I don't care if Japanese don't accept me. I don't want to die here"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430480 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:26:00")

"Anon in Hakodate today and tomorrow if anyone wants to meet up for karaoke or izakaya or whatever

Feeding the chipmunks in otaru was awesome!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430483 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:32:22")

Moving to japan will NOT help your mental issues, it will EXACERBATE them, you can't run from this shit, believe me, I've worked in japan for 2 years as a translator and it broke me

When we tell you this shit, it's not a meme, we were all starry-eyed like you once too, don't make the same mistakes we did"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430492 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)19:16:24")

I somewhat agree with you.
In general though, I think traveling with one or two people is way more fun. But you should't be an idiot about it.


1) Make sure everyone has enough money
2) Make sure no one is clingy and dependent. I'll get together to do things with people but will have times when I'm off on my own.
3) If you plan to travel together and be together 80% of the time, make sure everyone enjoys similar things. Or somebody who is extremely open.

This check list is why I avoid traveling with my family.

If you follow these general guidelines, you will have a shitton of fucking fun. If you don't, you could end up in the middle of butt fuck nowhere listening to someone bitch all day."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430512 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)20:22:19")

>i can learn to speak the language, and learn about the culture
learning Japanese from zero is no walk in the park, it took me 4 years to get to N3 and I still struggle with a lot of day to day conversations

>i think moving to japan will help, because it's safe, i might not need a car, and if i can get a job there then how could i not have a comfy life?
Sure, Japan is very safe and you might not need a car, but you don't get the work culture for foreigners in Japan. To a lot of J-companies will be viewed as nothing more than a rental. Somebody who will come to Japan for a few years, then burn out and go home. You will never be fully accepted by any of your Japanese peers and your company because you're just going to replaced by the next wide-eyed gaijin. Also, get ready work in a country were pretty much everywhere has backwards and cumbersome processes for everything that never change because, well "that's how it's always been done."

>i can save money, pay for the things that matter.
Oh yeah, your pay will be shit compared to the US. You said were a web developer? Congrats, you'll earn ~$40k a year. Sure you probably won't have to pay for a car but train rides aren't free and getting around Japan and buying groceries can be expensive, especially since you'll probably be supporting your girlfriend.

You should really just think about visiting. But since you're an American, you might also want to consider working for the US government or joining the military to come here. Just be aware, government jobs in Japan are extremely competitive."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430529 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)20:59:58")

Can't I just work from home as a web developer? I'm sure lots of foreigners made it and have been living there for more than a decade. Why can't I do the same."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430534 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:04:58")

Took me 1 year to get to N2. Do you even fucking study?

And pay is half of what it is in America, but cost of living is 1/3 to 1/5 of what it is in America. You can get an apartment in the middle of the city for $500 in cities other than Tokyo and $800-1000 in Tokyo. Compare that to a typical $4000 hole in the wall in SF or NYC, and being surrounded by crime, and it's clear which is better.

A lot of Americans are retarded and look at raw income and measure whether a job is good for that reason alone. I make $35000/year here in Japan and I'm eating at restaurants pretty much daily, taking vacations several times a year, and basically burning through money but I'm still saving up about $800 a month without even attempting to save. Of course, that'd change if I decide to start a family, but if I cut down on the selfish expenditures it'd still be no problem.

The only way people here end up without piles of money in Asia is if they burn through their cash drinking every night (which is what every foreigner seems to do). Don't drink alcohol and that's $10-40 saved every night, and it adds up fast."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430539 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:09:45")

what do you do for work in japan?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430543 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:13:31")

I work for a small automation company that builds/programs robots for factories.

I'm the only foreigner in the company. I encounter zero racism and I'm treated as a normal person. The whole "you will never be treated as an equal" bullshit is a sign that someone doesn't really know the language and has a bunch of bad personal habits that push people away. Make any attempt to adapt and you're welcomed the instant they realize they don't have to talk to you like a child."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430549 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:25:07")

that sounds nice. you must speak a lot of japanese and know it well. i'm on the verge of learning it, but i haven't put that much time into it. right now i'm in the phase of figuring out what kind of direction i want to go in life. i haven't done anything yet, i still live with my parents. i've gained a big interest in japan and i feel like i need to achieve something with that in mind. everybody just scares me off when i ask about it, making it seem like i'll be miserable there. i just don't want to devote so much time into something that might not end up being the way i want it to be."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430558 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:38:28")

I'll be honest, I was a depressed, suicidal NEET and went against all common advice and applied to a job and came over here on a whim. Everything worked out surprisingly well, but I also busted my ass to ensure that I didn't make the same mistakes I made back in the US and made sure to no let myself get lazy. The fact I ended up with a good company helped a lot.

I can't guarantee everyone will have the same results, but it seems like a lot of people come to hate Japan for the same reasons. "Nobody talks to me (because I can't speak the language and won't try). I miss my family (and it's not that japan is bad for that reason but anywhere 10 miles from my mommy is bad). There are no churches (because I was stupid enough to carry a dumbass religion to a overwhelmingly non-religious country that only uses religion for aesthetic purposes). The food sucks (because I think Japanese food is all fish and I haven't tried to eat at an actual restaurant since I can't read the menus and won't try)."

If you come here expecting to completely abandon your current self, you've got a chance of doing well. If you think you'll try a little bit but want to retain your identity and thus the problems you have now, you'll regret it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430560 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)21:47:48")

"If I'm flying into Fukuoka and just need the train to Kagoshima & return, is it worth getting a 7 day pass? Or just paying the one off ticket?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430562 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)22:12:10")

How did you get a job like that? It doesn't seem like someone like me has a wide range of options in Japan. Also, what do you mean by abandon your current self? Do you ever have any free time?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430564 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)22:20:45")

JR pass my dude"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430581 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)23:07:33")

I started as an English teacher and got my current job through connections I made there. I made a point of getting out of that job as fast as possible.

I mean you have to assimilate and fast. Don't come here thinking people will like you for being a kooky American and don't think you can keep any of your current habits or keep eating the same food. Leave everything behind.

And I have more free time than most American workers. I actually get vacation days and I have a near zero commute time."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430583 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)23:12:15")

How good was your Japanese when you got over there, and did you visit first? I feel like it could be hard speaking to them since they must talk fast. Did you also need a college degree to become an English teacher?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430602 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)00:47:17")

As a simple piece of advise, Shinsei bank is pretty great, they have English online banking if you need it and your account can hold a whole bunch of different currencies, including USD, and its easy to exchange between them at a very very good rate. If you bank doesn't want to convert to yen before sending it will be fine because Shinsei accounts accept transfers in USD.

They also currently have no charge on any ATM withdraws at any time, though they just announced that they will be adding a 108 yen fee for people with under a certain balance, I don't remember exactly but I think it was 300,000 ($3000 about)."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430610 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)01:17:37")

I spoke almost nothing and got to N2 in one year. I’d never traveled before and decided it was either offing myself or trying my life over completely in a new country.

A college degree is necessary for any sort of work in Japan. If you don’t have one, just to be straightforward, give up on your plan unless you graduate college. The visa policy is non-negotiable with japan. When I left my previous place, I helped them find a new person to replace me and we got overwhelmed with people with no degrees begging for us to find ways to get them visas. There is no way."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430614 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)01:23:56")

Thanks for all this information. Where do you live in Japan? Is it nice? I feel more confident now if I take a lot of time to study Japanese and graduate college."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430626 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)02:20:36")

"Guys what are your favorite hiking spots in the very large area between osaka and toyko, and around nagano too? I'm looking for some day hikes, either easy or challenging, as long as they are just day hikes, preferably within about 10 km of a train station.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430630 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)02:45:04")

"Just arrived in Shinjuku and the atmosphere is electric. The scale of the buildings is really surreal. I think this is the real start of my Japanese holiday. Feeling excited.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430633 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)03:01:55")

Yeah its basically a museum. I didn't end up looking at everything because i wanted to get back to a show happening in the theatre/auditorium area in the park nearby.
The castle itself is very cool looking, the moats and castle grounds are cool, the view from the top of the castle is really good and what i saw of the museum-y stuff was interesting. But the whole area is absolutely swarmed with people, like kyoto levels. Busiest place i went to on my whole trip that wasn't fushimi inari or the bamboo forest in kyoto."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430635 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)03:12:41")

"Who is that tokyo metro girl that shows up from time to time on the screen for announcements. She wears the standard metro uniform, but she is really beautiful. Anyone know her name?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430645 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)03:59:39" && image=="IMG_5191.jpg")

Ok will dump some of my pics!

I loved walking on these streets going to ikebukuro. this was the way there from our airbnb. I walked at like 8am it was super fucking comfy now im depressed thinking about it"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430647 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:03:47")

I used tinder there and got a lot of matches and they were all cute. But im gay so i dont know hot straight tinder is like"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430648 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:07:03" && image=="Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 4.06.19 PM.png")

wtf is it not in portrait"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430649 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:08:13" && image=="Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 4.07.15 PM.png")

"This is outside our apartment. Otsuka is hella comfy";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430651 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:11:32")

You've clearly worked hard, and I respect you for that, but you can't use your story as a success story mate, you're clearly an ultra-ultra minority, not many people want to completely abandon who they are just to move to a different country

And the cost of living is about 75% of living in America(unless you like living in 1K creaky wooden apartments filled with degenerates who will keep you up all night)

6 million/year is the MINIMUM required to live life to a decent standard, afford a treat here and there, be able to put away decent savings, rent a decent place and support a family when the time comes

Always laugh when some english teacher asks how far his future 230,000 yen salary will go in tokyo, practically below the poverty line"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430780 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)12:02:10")

"Trying to plan an Autumn trip to Tokyo.
I'm initially thinking about 12 days in mid-late October, but I'd really love to see as much comfy autumn leaves as I can. Is that too early?

I feel like maybe November might be a bit better for this, but I'm also trying to pack light and avoid having to wear bulky warm clothes.

Idk, any tips?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430782 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)12:07:17")

>I spoke almost nothing and got to N2 in one year.

With a job commitment and not being a full time Japanese student?


Why do people always exaggerate the speed, ease and level of their Japanese attainment on 4chan. It's like fucking clockwork. Just waiting on the bloke to pop in and go heh whatever m8 N1 in 6 months, suck it. You are either straight up lying, or else massively downplaying your prior knowledge before you got to Japan. The only reason I am even worked up about it is because you should be giving the person a completely clear picture because he is reaching out to you, not distorting it with exaggeration or straight up falsehoods. To the other anon, or anyone else curious. For a person to go from 0 to N2 in a year is pretty much only possible if you are a full time student of Japanese with no other commitments, or else Chinese. Full stop.

N2 tests around 1100 kanji.
Here is a sample of N2 level vocabulary based on one of the books I used to pass it: "anti-establishment"..."inverse proportion"... "deregulation" But yeah, totally. "Kore wa pen desu" to all that in a year while also having a job...

>6 million/year is the MINIMUM required to live life to a decent standard

No way man. At 6 mil as a single person with no dependents you'd be poppin bottles in Tokyo. Where do you get your information?
Also taxes in Japan are a bitch--I made about $5,000 more than I did the previous year and have been assfucked by increased residence tax and health insurance premiums."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430784 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)12:10:03")

"My point about the taxes is that sometimes less is more, ha. Japan loves taxing high earners, and their idea of a high earner is cruel.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430812 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)13:08:22")

"Anyone work in the hotel industry? I see jobs advertised all the time for English speaking staff to handle foreigners reservations etc, with no requirement no necessarily speak the host country's language. Anyone do this in Japan? I'm able to see a few jobs there now.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430838 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)14:02:41")

can't imagine pay would be fantastic, you'd think the bigger or more tourist friendly places would just hire someone there who can speak both and the smaller places surely wouldn't have enough money to get another worker just for this.
I also imagine the hours would be pretty massive.
I could be entirely wrong on all this though as i am completely 100% guessing on all this info."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430891 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)15:47:07")

From Germany I pay around 600 to 800€ for both flights with Lufthansa or ANA. Feels good to not be American"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430894 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)16:00:39")

That's a shame cause you can get a ticket for about $550 if you can go after the 10th of Jan."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430896 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)16:06:30" && image=="1478741211774.png")

going with your gf"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430939 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)17:33:11")

"Just finished up at a Japanese club I Fukuoka. Penis everywhere, EVERYWHERE, think street pick ups work better.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430994 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)22:25:41")

"Has anyone gone to Fuji-Q Highlands? Did you have fun? Is there more or better to do around the mountain?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1430995 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)22:53:02")

I have no experience with other stuff around the mountain, but Fuji-Q is a decent park. There's 4 record-breaker coasters, but not much other than that. Depends how much you love rollercoasters. Honestly, I like Nagashima Spaland better."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431007 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)23:31:07")

>Also taxes in Japan are a bitch
This is still why japan sticks and clings to cash so much"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431009 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)23:33:38")

Yeah my aspect was more about traveling with 2+(not including yourself)."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431014 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:07:45")

The chances for them even considering to pay for a sponored visa are nil unless you
>already work in said hotel chain
>most likely management or higher, or in bed with someone
>fluent in japanese as well

99% of hotel staff in japan is paid like shit, just like the rest of the world. It's not a viable means of living or moving to japan"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431017 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:21:58")

Unpopular opinion time, but here it goes as someone who could have worked long term in japan but got out quick.

>why is that? I'm already depressed.
Because japan is the worst possible place for depression. The cities are almost insufferable, all the things you take for granted at home. You'll be working longer hours at less pay, expected to for the most part get working off the clock early, then work till fuck knows when, enjoy working for way less than anything you can get at home most likely. If you can afford to live in the city, and that is a huge IF, then chances are rent+tax will take most your income, and you'll get more and more depressed. If you can't live in the city enjoy even longer working days as you need to catch the first or so train in, you'll also most likely be getting a late train home. And a car? ha good fucking luck kiddo.

> if i can live a comfy life in japan, that would be nice.
Money helps with this, guess what. highly unlikely in Japan unless A) you come in as a contractor B) come in from an international company to work C) some how fucking win it big in a lotto and have a bunch of money to spare. Japanese people aren't all that rich normally, compared to your average US/EU citizen, japanese fall far behind on the rich scale.

> i have a girlfriend, she is young, and wants to go to japan with me.
Most countries (US/EU) allow a 180day or 90 day max. Save up and go live there for a while, see what it is like to wake up at 6-7am stay out till 10pm then do it mon-saturday. I can garuntee you with about 99% confidence that by day 30 in the same location/city, you will want to leave. Also, moving to a new country with a female is horrible.

japan is a fine place for holiday/vacation; horrible place to live"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431026 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:33:49")

what are, in your opinion, great places to live?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431027 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:36:23")

like in japan if you have to live there or what?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431049 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)01:13:04")

nice. couple questions:

Is it true you have to rent a gaijin apartment if you're expat in Japan?

I've seen such apartments listed on GaijinPot. For Naha or Osaka, they're showing rents of around $500 and sometimes less for prime downtown locations. Is this real or am I going to get a rude awakening when I show up there?

t. Los Angeles"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431053 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)01:23:29")

not him but

>Is it true you have to rent a gaijin apartment if you're expat in Japan?

No you can do constant hostels, but there are plenty of 30-60-90 day apartment rentals that only require you pay upfront and have a cc. There are loads of them for travelers and business folk.

Gaijin pot is decent enough stick to that, just keep in mind that some may not be furnished on the cheaper end, read all the descriptions carefully"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431062 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)02:15:17")

not him, but whats wrong with that?
Most of the sights people go and see are stuff anybody could like"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431066 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)02:50:11")

>not him, but whats wrong with that?

women are fucking retards and are retarded children when traveling. Not trying to meme, but they are. 99% of the time they want a meme place or something well known that isn't all that . Women too often play it safe and don't want to try random things, so you miss out on a lot. I went to Tokyo with some girls, they would unironically not go to anything outside their own comfort zone of shit they could get home, or see in a second on tripadivsor as top 2"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431069 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)03:00:21")

Probably true of some of them, just like its the same for some guys. Most people are fucking retards. not JUST women.
But i can understand what you mean, i spent about a week (of my 3) over there with one of my sisters and it was fantastic fun, because she is actually cool. But i would rather kill myself than go with my other sister as she is a fucking spastic.
So basically what im saying is it just depends on the person, he might know what his gf likes (you would assume he does at least somewhat being gf/bf) so he probably has a better idea of whether they'll have fun together over there. It just sounds like you didn't really think about any of that before agreeing to go with the girls you did, also if you went with more than 1 girl thats another problem, they get even more annoying in groups"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431080 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)03:41:05" && image=="Onsen-Japan’s-hot-springs-famous-and-miraculous.png")

"Living in HK and want to go for a weekend in an onsen somewhere

Where's a good spot to go that's convenient to get to from an airport? There are a ton of direct flights to Japan from here so that shouldn't be an issue"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431087 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:03:18")

From LA you can get a ticket for $5-600.

Feels good living in a country that's 100 times bigger than Germany."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431092 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:14:25" && image=="36542452_2005490733112874_4797347619158360064_n.jpg")

"Why is everyone so bitter and negative about everything here? I don't get it at all. I all ever hear is:
>the locals will hate you
>it's only worth it if you are rich
>your fantasies and hopes are worthless
>you just shouldn't do it

Why the fuck is there even a board, and more importantly a thread?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431100 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:31:37")

"So I'm arriving in Tokyo on July 21, current plans have me getting into Hiroshima on August 6, and cycling the Shimanami Kaido the night before (south to north). Are these floods and landslides such that i won't be able to do anything in Hiroshima? I can't find exact details of how fucked up the city is, but it doesn't look good at the moment.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431105 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:49:40")

>Why the fuck is there even a board, and more importantly a thread?
to contain all the hate"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431186 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)08:11:43")

Because most moving posts are like this:

>I have no degree or job prospects, don't know the language, and find English teaching beneath me. Oh, I also haven't even bothered to do a cursory google search about living in Japan but I only want you to tell me how once I get to Japan everything will be perfect and all my weeb dreams will come true.

People put Japan on some pedestal and they've never even set foot in the country. They think everything will be like their Anime's, that they'll be the cool exotic foreign guy pulling 10/10s . They don't even bother to look into Visa requirements. They think they'll just pick up the language naturally. They think Japan is some magic techno wonderland but don't know that a lot their ATMs aren't 24 hours, or that a surprising number of places still don't take credit or debit cards, and that fax machines are still widely used. They think they'll never get homesick, but they've never been away from home for an extended period of time.

I'm not against people moving to Japan, I live here and generally enjoy it, but people need to have realistic expectations and life here isn't all rainbows and butterflies. There are reasons most people only stay for a year or two before going back home. There is no such thing as work life balance in most Japanese companies and the biggest employer of foreigners, English teaching, is built around constantly fucking over teachers with shit hours and shit pay because they for every teacher that quits there's 10 more waiting in the wings. They don't realize the tech and engineering sector pays so shit that even some Japan's most talented home grown engineers have started to move overseas for better opportunities.

FWIW, I want people to enjoy Japan but if you can't handle negativity on a internet message board, you probably aren't ready to make the leap."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431207 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)09:01:45")

"Already spent 1 week in Japan now, at first i was shocked from the language barrier and how hard it is to speak Japanese there but i'm slowly getting used to it. I got to hang out with a bunch of Japanese people around my age (im 21) and i also got asked out for casual sex by a foreigner... (i really hope he's not on here, casual sex is just not my thing).

was pretty shocked about how many good looking Asians there are around Osaka late at night. Anyways I got just a bit over 2 weeks left and i already spent 2/3 of the cash i brought for this trip, Rip me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431225 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)09:54:28")

"I understand that JR pass is the way to go when traveling between cities (Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka, etc) but what is the best way to travel WITHIN Tokyo? Should I also use JR pass to use trains within Tokyo, or are there cheaper alternatives? Assuming I'll use the train 2 times a day.
This could be the difference between picking up a 14-day or a 21-day JR pass."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431229 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)10:00:27")

An unlimited day pass on the metro is 600 yen I believe. The JR pass only pays for itself with city to city travel."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431246 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)10:46:52")

because 99% of the time it is
>went once thought it was sweet shit and don't realize it is next to impossible to live in
>people who just think it is cool idea but have 0 motivation to actually go there
>assume it is like anime and fun as shit
>don't factor in actual asian work schedules

Most people aren't being negative, it's just people don't factor in the hard facts of life when going to live there. Living in japan, and especially moving there, isn't the easiest walk in the park."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431247 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)10:50:54")

Get a Suica. Travel within a city is extremely cheap compared to between cities. A single ride can be around 200 yen."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431276 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)11:49:07" && image=="IMGP0814.jpg")

"What do you think of my plan for december/january?

>Day 1: Arrive 11:00 in Tokyo and take Shinkansen to Kyoto.
>Day 2: Kyoto and later train to Nagano
>Day 3: Nagano
>Day 4: Nagano
>Day 5: Nagano and later back to Tokyo
>Day 6 to 10: Tokyo
>Day 11: Flight to Akita
>Day 12: Akita
>Day 13: Back to Tokyo
>Day 14 to 21: Tokyo

It's my 4th time in Japan. I'm in Tokyo many days because I simply love it. Many food places I wanna revisit and meet some friends. Kyoto I've been before too but never in winter. First time in Nagano and mainly wanna visit Onsen, see snow, monkeys, etc.
Akita also for onsen action and snowy landscapes.

Still thinking of what to do on Christmas and NYE."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431290 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:18:39")

anywhere i meant"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431292 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:21:08")

If you fool around on Tokyo for that long I'm sure you'll meet a girl that will invite you on a date for cristmas.
Happened to me for NYE but I had to reject her because comiket after party."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431301 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:37:08")

"Someone told me there are lots of lesbians/bi-women in Japan... Is this true? After years of being abused by one, I have a crippling phobia of them, and I don’t want to have every women around me be one...";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431303 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:40:43" && image=="japanmap.jpg")

i went to japan to live the homeless life in 215 for 3 months, here is the lazy unplanned route i took on my mamachari. i don't know the language, didn't socialize or talk to people, didn't eat at restaurants, slept on benches and the ground. was easily the best experience i've had in my life even though i went there severely depressed planning to die"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431312 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:49:24")

all women are bi"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431314 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:50:50")

not true."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431316 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:51:41")

This doesn’t help me at all anon..."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431378 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)14:33:47")

It seems more like the "don't go to Japan" posts are made by those very dream shattered weebs. No matter what the person's situation is most of the replies are always negative."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431393 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)14:58:25")

There's not a lot, but they're easily identifiable when you're a woman given the looks they give you. They won't give a shit about you since you're a man so unless you're afraid to walk on the same pavement as them you're safe. You probably won't even notice them anyway."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431395 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)14:58:39")

Yeah, can't say I understand it. Probably a mix of trolls and legit heartbroken weebs. It's not even limited to Japan, but if you base all your expectations of what a country will be like on fictional material, you're going to have a bad time."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431410 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:44:39")

"Anyone else have experience with gaijin apartments?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431423 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:59:06")

where ever is most suitable for your job set"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431441 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:37:56")

"Hope no /trv/ellers are dead, just saw something about how a whole bunch of people have been killed in floods over the last few days.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431510 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:46:37")

"My biggest worry about my upcoming Japan trip is when I go to a bar, I don't know how to order a beer.
Someone help me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431515 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:57:00")

google no translate baka"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431558 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:30:33")

As someone who is living here,
is correct. The pitiful wages alone are enough of a reason to just stay in the West, earn decent money, and pop over for vacations every year or so. Also you don't wanna do web development in Japan. That's considered a really useless job here. It pays shit and is done by poos; that's why your average Japanese webpage is a functionless piece of shit from 2001.

I guess the one good thing about living in Japan if you're depressed is that it'll snap you out of the weeaboo fucking fantasies peddled to you by the media, and really make you appreciate how great the West is."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431567 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:40:05")

If it was Happy Cock, yeah I can attest to that.

Happy my cock was not."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431578 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:54:39")

Japan will come good again I think, but at the moment it's just a mess. Like a developing country masquerading as a first world nation mess.

If you come from the West, I can almost guarantee you will be accustomed to a better quality of life than that found in Japan, so just don't fucking bother with it. Travel here by all means but don't try to live here."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431589 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:23:01")

"Bros, I'm coming next week from a country with no natural disasters. How bad is the rain and landslides and shit? Should I just stay in Tokyo?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431590 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:27:53")

West of Sendai is absolutely fucked i heard, so i think the general idea is that if theres a body of water near, then dont go."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431591 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:29:55")

The vast majority of menus have english and bartenders can speak basic english, so you'll be fine."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431593 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:35:48")

Onsen stays are usually not close to city areas unless you'd be willing to fork out A LOT (around 500-700 a night) , but your best bet is flying to osaka and then taking a short train to kyoto. Theres a lot of them in the city."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431599 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:54:42" && image=="sicko.png")

>weeaboo fucking fantasies peddled to you by the media
can you elaborate? it sounds like the jews may be involved."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431600 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:57:39")

Kyoto has a fair number of sentos but that's not quite the same thing.

If you want a legitimate onsen experience within a major city, the best example I can think of off the top of my head would be Arima Onsen which is in the outskirts of Kobe. So if you're able to fly directly into Kobe's airport from HK (I have no idea if you can) that's probably your best bet. Beyond that you'd have to look at something like Hakone which is still going to be a little bit of a trip from a major airport."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431602 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:04:03" && image=="ameri.jpg")

>Like a developing country masquerading as a first world nation mess."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431610 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:17:50")

Move to Canada instead, I'm serious."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431667 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:35:06")

Japan has absolutely amazing soft power. I have no idea how they do it either, I wonder if there's a book on it?

Like all you ever see about Japan is how great it is, how beautiful it is, the food, etc etc. but the actual standard of living here is such a step down from the West...

Even a neutral view would be ok, but people just absolutely fall over themselves to defend Japan. Like, when China is a one party state with poorly build buildings and shit working conditions people will whip themselves into a fury, but when Japan does it no-one bats a fucking eye. You have weeaboo incels over at /pol/ saying the West is a Jewish-consumerist shithole but you can't even rent a fucking apartment here without paying blood shekels and bringing one's own curtains."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431678 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:49:34")

It sounds like you don't read newspapers very often. They rarely talk about Japan in glowing terms. They report on the typical Japanese problems, death by overwork, subway molesters, sexism, revisionist history classes, extreme nationalism, whaling program, etc. I mean, how do you think we all know about these things? Because they are written about in the media.

>all you ever see about Japan is how great it is, how beautiful it is, the food, etc
I think it's all YOU ever see. Although, it is correct that Japan is beautiful and they have nice food, so we do hear about that in the media."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431743 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)03:20:34" && image=="1524718907825.gif")

Don't make me laugh anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431828 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)06:58:25")

"New Bread >>1431827";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431884 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)08:54:56")

I'm alive but I did almost get evacuated!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431939 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:57:31")

because the thread isn't really about moving to japan its about travelling to japan. general consensus is japan is great for shorter times but actually moving there has many many negatives"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1431941 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:58:50")

just get a suica card. you charge it with cash at a machine then tap on and off at the entry gate. will likely be $6-7 a day"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==1432132 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)16:37:06")