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Every year, many visitors to Japan purchase a JR Pass without researching it properly, and end up wasting a large amount of money. Every week, visitors to the Thorntree post questions about the JR Pass, many of which have been answered on here before.

If you are thinking about purchasing a JR Pass for your trip to Japan, please read through this FAQ before buying it or posting a question on the Thorntree:

What is the JR Pass?
What is JR?
What type of tourist is it aimed for?
What type of tourist

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Hey Guys What is the best area to stay in Tokyo for a few days. We are on a budget but would like somewhere close to all the attractions and good transport options. Do you have any websites for business hotels. They sound like the go.Thanks Simon.

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Hey guys me and my family are planning a trip to Japan from December 19th to January 14th this year. We will have 25 days actual travel time in the country. Would anyone be kind enough to suggest an itinerary for this amount of time. We will be travelling on public transport and would prefer to base ourselves in 4 or 5 locations instead of trying to see the whole country. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks Simon Wilson.

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Hi
I am finishing my degree at the end of this year and am looking to head to japan for at least 1 month and at the most of 3 months. I think i would have about 612500 Yen before going. How long would i be able to last with this budget? i would like to include skiing in my travel plans.
Thanks in Advance

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Does anyone know how interesting it is to walk a day or two east out of Tottori, along the coast?

Thank you,

Colin

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I am taking my first trip to Japan for 13 days, late September to early October. Tokyo and Kyoto have so much to see, but I want to experience a rural onsen and a bit of nature, so I am planning two nights at Hirayu Onsen. During my one full day there, weather permitting, I hope to do a mountain day hike. I am an experienced hiker, have hiked in the Sierra Nevada, Rockies, and Alps and am in good shape. I have proper hiking shoes. I want to spend a day (up to 10 hours) hiking in the…

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My laptap has an Australian 3 prong plug and powerpoints in Japan only accept 2 prong. I have not been able to find any adaptor in Perth that accepts my 3 prong plug for Japan. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you solve it?

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So a completely new idea has occurred to me for Golden Week. I'm worried I'm a little late to try and organize it though. The plan would be pretty simple: start at the base of Koyasan, and walk through the mountains to the Kumano Hongu Taisha (and maybe beyond), until Golden Week runs out.

I haven't booked a thing, so I would only do this if I could camp everywhere along the way? Is this possible, tolerated, etc.? Is the route well marked? Can I get maps, information on campsites and springs…

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I am planning a first trip to Japan for my partner and another couple and looking for advice on what kind of accommodations to book. We will be spending most of our time in Tokyo and Kyoto. Our budget is around 12,000 yen per couple per night, preferably less. I am a very light sleeper, so I need a soft bed and a quiet room. Which would be the better option for us, a budget ryokan or a budget Western hotel (maybe a "business hotel")? Thanks in advance.

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I hope this question is not too vague.
I have visited Japan many times over the last 25 years. I have been to all the "must-see" sites pretty much all the way south to Kagoshima and Nagasaki.
I will be in Tokyo six nights the last week of January 2018. Is there area of Tokyo that might best be my base for getting to know--shall we say--less known, maybe more "authentic" Tokyo if that makes sense? Or is a base is not so important as long as it's close to a subway stop? I'd like to go deeper…