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So I'm starting to plan my first overseas trip to Tokyo, and I'm noticing almost every hotel I check says that I must submit my passport number to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare as well as my nationality. I have no problem with that, protocols are protocols. I'm just wondering, how is this done? Do they have a website that I can go to so I can submit it, or is it a bit more complicated than that?

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I'm heading off to Japan again in October and I've never been north of Tokyo. I'm going to Nikko for a couple of days and wanting to spend a couple of days further north but not as far as Hokkaido. I'm going to get a two week railpass. Aside from the Tono Valley, would welcome some recommendations for a few days. I enjoy cities, gardens, art and crafts, walking, biking etc. I've looked at the guide books but can't decide. My next stop will be Kanazawa and then towards Setouche Trienniale.

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I could really do with a little help if people would be able to give me their thoughts on this Japan itinerary. The part I am struggling with is the Alps, we hope to spend a couple of nights in Kamikochi as we will be there in peak Autumn season and we really need to get our hotels booked and I believe hiking is good here, but we are also conscious of not wanting to rush and actually have time rather than just moving from place to place. I'm open to suggestions as I haven't booked hotels…

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This is a pleasant enough place for a day with a nice boat trip around the islands.
The town itself consists of just a row of restaurants and souvenir shops.

If I had my life again would have stayed in Sendai where there is more choice in hotels and things to do and would have come out here for the day (more like 1/2 day).

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I recently got an email asking for an interview. I am new to teaching English professionally, since i've only taught it to adults privately while living in both Japan and Taiwan.

Still, I would like to ask if anyone here has experience working for WinBe, and if it'll be a decent place to properly learn how to teach English on a more professional scale.

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I am planning a holiday in Japan next month for 2 weeks, one of which I would like to spend on a beach. I'm looking for a beach area with great food options, not a crowded beach, and white sand blue/waters. My understanding is that Okinawa is the best bet and it's easy for me to get to, tokyo to Naha. If Okinawa is the best bet, where should I go to once I get to Naha? Or does anyone have any suggestions outside of Okinawa? Could I stay in Naha and then go to different beaches each day? My…

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Flying in late afternoon and out early morning. Can I find somewhere to sleep overnight in the airport? I presume it is a 24hour place.

I know there is an airport hotel, but it's a bit pricey for a shortish stay. Also I will have a bike in a box or bag so I'm not too mobile.

I

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Why do cars number plates in Japan only have four numbers- eg 12-34?

I know there is a very small number above that, but that can't be read at 20 paces.

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Currently planning a trip to Japan which I am thinking will be around 3 weeks. I'm going to arrive in Tokyo and continue traveling down south. What do you think are the main places I should have on my itinerary do experience Japanese culture and to get out of the major tourist crowds?

Also, is 3 weeks too long/not long enough? How long should I spend in Tokyo?

Thank you :))

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Hi,
I plan to be in Japan this summer for a week or two, traveling with my 8-year-old boy.
I was going to spring for a JR pass, but then I discovered about this seishun18 pass which would be valid starting July 20th.
Sounds great! But then I started looking at how slow some of the trains travel.
Would it be possible to get from Fukuoka to Tokyo on the seishun18?
How long would it take?
If I bought 10 days would I be able to make some stops in Hiroshima, Mastsuyama, Himeji, Nara, Kanazawa, and Nagano…