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I am planning to go to Japan to work (Teacher) and live there, at the very least for 6 months, starting around the end of July. I am Canadian and will be using the SWAP service for visa/resources.
So I thought I'd post here to see what some people have to say. I searched the forum as much as I am able to, and didn't find much info on actually living in Japan for an extended ammount of time.
1. The default location is Tokyo. I am not sure if I want to live in Tokyo since I am not one for large cities. However, I am willing to live there for a while before I move on. Does anyone here have experience living in Tokyo? Any advice? I found a few posts about prices, so I am looking more for advice on the city itself and culture. Any ideas on how to handle the culture shock? The problem is that I do not know a word of Japanese (but am willing to learn), s... more »
My husband and I will be traveling to Japan in early June (counting the days!) and we're trying to make some decisions on stuff we'd like to do. I was looking at the Welcome to Kyoto website's list of cultural activities and was wondering if anyone had tried any of these, and if so, which one(s) and how the experience was (i.e., would you recommend it). I'm gravitating toward the ones that involve dyeing fabric (e.g., Cedar Flower Dyeing Studio). The pottery ones look interesting as well, but as they have to fire the pieces and then ship them later, I'm thinking it might get kind of expensive (plus I'm wondering if it would just be sort of like the "paint your own pottery" places we have here in the U.S.).
Hi, We will be arriving at around 20:20pm at Kansai International Airport and I am having troubles deciding on where to stay for the night. I have the feeling that transportation from the airport stops at around 22:15, is that correct? Are there any other ways to get into the city (either close to Osaka station or Shin Osaka station) after that in case the plane is delayed? Also, is it correct that most hotels have check-in only until 22:00 or 23:00? I am a bit worried in case our plane is delayed.
Thanks for any advice.
I'll be going to Thailand in January for 3 weeks. I've just heard from a friend living in Osaka that she is getting engaged so I'm toying with the idea of shaving a week from Thailand and visiting her in Japan.
What is the best way to combine a visit to these two countries? (I'm coming from London). I was looking into flying to Hong Kong on Oasis then AirAsia to Bangkok to cut down costs. The flights on Bangkok Air to Hiroshima seem really expensive - £900. What about flying Hong Kong to Osaka (or elsewhere) on a budget airline?
With only a week in Japan, based in Osaka, what would you consider the main highlights? I'd love to go to Tokyo for at least 1-2 days and spend some time with my friend of course.
I'm fairly new to the idea of going to Japan so would appreciate some input.
X-posted on Thailand branch.
Walking around Yoyogi Koen yesterday, trying to soak in the beautiful sun, I was struck by just how loud the place is. Of course it's obvious everyday, but Tokyo really is a very loud city. Does anyone know of quiet places outdoors in or near Tokyo? (The bottom of Tokyo Bay does not count.)
And a related question: does anyone know any good outdoor beer gardens or restaurants (either on the ground or on the top of a building) in Tokyo to enjoy the great weather the next month?
Where do you get the best deal for US$--- is it true the post office has currency exchange--- are the rates good at Narita Airport???
I am looking for some ryokan accomodation in Kyoto and also in Takayama. I have the LP Guide but wondered if anyone has any suggestions about any place they have stayed in. Will be travelling by train and we are looking for clean, reasonably priced ryokans in these areas. Also has anyone stayed in a temple lodging in Koya San? If so amy info will be great. Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi, being a European living in Australia I was delighted to see that there is Zara in Japan. However, can anyone tell me whether they have European sizes there as well? It's going to affect the amount of clothes I take with me. Thanks.
Hi, we will be in Japan during the last two weeks of May. Our focus is going to be temples but also to experience some of Japan's nature.
Can anyone tell me how likely it is that there is still snow in Kamikochi at that time? We only want to go there for a daytrip and not do any long hikes. I heard that this year was unusually warm, so I am hoping that the snow will be gone by then (around Kamikochi, not at the top of the mountains).
We are also considering going to Dewa Sanzan in Northern Honshu, however, since we don't have much time, I am wondering whether it is worth going there and spending a full day getting there (from Kiso Valley). Has anyone been there? Is it worth going? I am especially looking forward to Haguro-san, I have read that the other two mountains are only accessible from June onwards. Also, is it possible to travel from Haguro to Yamagata directly i... more »
I am wondering if anyone knows how I can jettison a stack of old clothes (some of them winter coats), either through getting store credit at some hip shop or good karma with a charitable agency. I live in Meguro in the Shibuya area. Any ideas?
I probably should post this on a ski site, but thought I'd try here too.
We're planning another trip to Japan in late Jan 08.
In 07 we had 10 days in Furano (our first trip to japan) and enjoyed it so much that we think we'll go back.
This time we're considering about 4 or 5 days based in Kyoto then heading north to Hokkaido, probably going back to Furano, but we'd also like to try another resort. Any suggestions? There seem to be many resorts that haven't yet been promoted to Australians We're skiers of good intermediate standard, not expert, and we liked the small town experience in Furano in addition to the skiing.
Any personal recommendations, including places to stay gratefully accepted.
I heard that there's a free shuttle bus between Narita and Tokyo. But I am not sure, and I don't remember the name either.
Does anyone know something about the bus?
Think it will be great, if I can save the bus fare. I am going to Japan this June.
Also, cheap but clean hotels please!
I was told by a travel shop that Japan uses the same outlets as North America. Is that true?
I'm trying to travel from Osaka to either Shanghai or Beijing and was really surprised by how expensive the fares were for a one-way ticket (about $700-$1000). Are those rates pretty typical and does anyone have any suggestions for ways to find a cheaper ticket?
Any good ones in either Tokyo or Kyoto?
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