I'm sure many of the regulars will be aware of the generally very poor spoken English in Japan, particularly away from the main tourist centres. I don't know how many first timers/tourists to Japan realise how difficult it will be to communicate in English.
They may be interested in an article on the BBC News Website about it.
Here is one piece from that article that I found very revealing:
"Japan is 40th out of 48 countries on the Test of English…
I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how I can find campgrounds in Japan. My trick at the moment is simply to scour Google Maps in the region I'm hoping to visit and hope that something looking like a campground appears; I then Google the name to try and get information on costs, opening times, phone numbers, and so on.
Surely there must be a better way? Are there any websites with listings for campgrounds in the country? I hope to do a lot of camping this summer, and having ready…
Hi All! :)
Im new to this forum and I was hoping to be able to use your wisdom :)
I'm planning a last minute trip to Japan (for mid April) and something I keep coming across is that "you cant plan a trip to Japan last minute" .... they dont say why just that its not possible. I have found tickets and hotels rooms roughly in my budget (not booked yet). So I would like to know WHY? Is there something I'm missing? Is it the lack of english? Am I being totally blindsided by something I dont know…
Hi fellow travelers!
I wonder if anyone could advise on the best possible transport connection between Nikko and Gunma Prefecure (preferably with destination at Minakami, from where I have a shot at reaching Takaragawa onsen)?
It seems that both Nikko and Gunma Prefecture are popular day/overnight destinations from Tokyo, but I find it hard to encounter any reports on combining these two sites in one trip.
Are there any direct train or bus connections? If not what are your suggestions?
Below there is my (I think) "definitive" itinerary for Japan for 22 nights and I would need your help in considering if it is worth buying a JR rail pass and, if yes, for how many days.
Tokyo - 3 nights
--> Japanese Alps where to spend 5 nights divided as follows:
a) from Tokyo to Magome for the Nakasendo trail heading to Tsumago
b) from Tsumago to Matsumoto
c) from Matsumoto to Takayama
d) from Takayama to Kanazawa
--> from Kanazawa to Kyoto (3 nights in Kyoto)
--> from Kyoto to Osaka (1 night…
I have been told by our JR agent here in New Zealand for an extra $20 I can also get a electronic record of my voucher that will be store on JR computer network.
Therefore in unfortunate event of losing my JR pass in while in Japan a replacement pass can be quickly obtain.
I haven't found anything anywhere on the net that verifys this product.
Has anyone come across this before.
I'll be driving from Nagoya to Okuhida (TAKAYAMA) next week (3 April), anyone has idea if snow tire is needed? Anyone know the real time road conditions over there?
I wanted to spend one night in a Ryokan that has visibility of Mt Fuji.
The idea is to leave Osaka and head somewhere such as Hakone, 5 lakes, etc where I can stay at a Ryokan with views of Mt Fuji for a night and then head back to Tokyo before I fly back home.
Any thoughts? I heard Hakone may be a great place to stay but that it has poor visibility of Mt Fuji - are there better places to stay to see Mt Fuji that are accessible from Osaka.
I have a stop over in Japan for 3 days. I want to get out of the city and see some real life culture and more traditional japan. I know it's not a lot of time, but I will be back, I'm just looking for the highlights and a place I could. I arrive in Japan in the afternoon around 3pm and depart out two days later on a night flight.
I am open to all suggestions.
I apologise if this has been asked recently, I did try and search the forum but couldn´t find anything specific about this. My partner and I will be in Japan at the end of August and one thing that we definitely want to do is climb mount Fuji. Initially our idea was to get to Kawaguchiko 5th station late in the afternoon/evening and either stay for the night there or climb a bit and stay around one of the higher stations and then continue climbing to the top as soon as the sun is out (I…