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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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Hi, We're climbing Mount Fuji as a day trip in September and need a hotel recommendation near the Fifth Station. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Hello, I'll be staying in Japan 10 days in september, 2 days in Osaka and the rest in Kyoto. I already got some one day trips covered from Kyoto, one of them is Nara-Uji and the other one is a bike route to Otsu.

I´m on a budget but I wouldn´t mind waking up early and having a 2/3h train travel if the place really worth it.
Any ideas? Thanks so much!

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Hi fellow TT'ers,
I am finding it extremely difficult to find reasonably priced decent-ish accommodation in Kamakura/ Ofuna to see the sites in Kamakura: this would be for one night before we spend our final 2 nights of a 3 week holiday in Japan in Tokyo (which we've already booked) - so my question is would it be worth it to try and find an hotel in Yokohama and would that be reasonably accessible to Kamakura to spend a lot of the day seeing the sites?
We are coming from Hiroshima so that…

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Hi all,

A really good friend of mine is travelling to Japan in late October; they'll be on a pretty tight budget. They would rather save money on comfort rather than experience if that makes sense. I think they are intending to buy a Shinkensen ticket in advance, any other good budget tips?

Thanks in advance xx

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Firstly, I'm sorry for changing my destination again but I've decided on Nagasaki for a week. Everything in Japan looks amazing, I can't decide.Thank you all for the advice on other posts.

I have a week in Nagasaki and am looking for suggestions for nice hostels/guesthouses cheapest private room).
I'm wanting to do some nature walks, biking trails, hiking, visit good onsens, Japanese zen gardens, unique cafes and restaurants, and must do things in Nagasaki.

Also looking for a quality ryoken for…

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Hi y'all - would like some advice on where is the best choice to go in Japan.

We're landing in Nagoya and staying a few days there (a friend has offered his place to stay for a few days) we're only in Japan 10 days so where would you recco to go? I've heard that Kyoto is amazing, I'd love Mt Fuji but I think the two will be too much for only 10 days. Can we do Mt Fuji on a day trip from Nagoya?? We're not interested in visiting Tokyo this time. We love culture, art and would love to see…

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we're travelling to Japan in Septembre and I'd like to do the hike on Fuji: 5th station to 10th station.
My partner suffers from fear of heights, not extreme, he can go on a ladder but does not like to be on a steep mountainside. If he cannot see the debt he's okay.
Do you think the hike from 5th to 10th is too much of a challange? (no nighttime walking)
Should we stick to: Owakudani
tnx for your advice

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Hello,

I'm planning my trip to Japan this year in october. I would like to do some small hikes (ex. near Kamikochi, Kiso valley, ...) and during my research I have found some posts about being carefull for bears and hornets in a lot of places.

Can hiking alone be an issue?

Does somebody have any expirience with this?

Are there places were it's "safer" to hike alone?

Thanks for sharing some information!

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Hi,

I'm looking to do some hiking in the Japanese Alps next week. I have 2-3 days to hike, and am either looking for a couple of really nice day hikes (preferably up to some peaks), or a nice 2-day hike in the wilderness somewhere. I have a car, tent, and anything else I need for overnight stays.

Where should I go? I'd really like to reach a higher peak or two. I have a particular interest in volcanoes. I'm a very experienced hiker, I'm looking at long days of hiking. I do not take cable cars…