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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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Kon'nichiwa

Myself and a group of friends are heading to Japan for around 3 weeks. We will arrive a few days before the new year (yet to book flights). We are planning to visit Tokyo, Osaka, Hakuba and Niseko, not necessarily in that order as we haven't decided yet. We are planning to do 7-8 days in both Hakuba and niseko with 5 days of snowboarding at both and 3-4 in Osaka and Tokyo.

My questions are:
Where will the best place be to attend NYE be and why? Will be a group so will be keen for an…

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Is it possible to get public transport from Narai to Yabuhara, so I could then walk back down from Yabuhara to Narai?

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Does anyone know if there is luggage transport between Nakatsugawa, then Magome and Tsumago ?

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My husband and I are planning to do this bike ride later this year. My husband requires an e-bike, and we wanted to do the ride over two days enabling us to take in the sights and not be rushed.
What I'm unsure about is if we would be able to hire an e-bike one morning and then return it the next afternoon, ie two consecutive days of hire?
Does anyone know if this is possible, or alternatively does anyone have an email address for the public bike rental company so I might be able to send them this…

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Has anyone ever been to any of the islands in Marugame and the west of Kagawa? Japan-guide gives them a fair amount of coverage, and some of the islands look rather interesting. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts or information which they could share, on what would be nice to visit.

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Does anyone want to give me their thoughts on Naoshima?

On the one hand, it strikes me as a place that's probably overly touristy, in the way that I find off putting. A Takayama-by-the-sea, if you will. Also, I don't have a great deal of interest in modern art installations.

On the other hand, it seems a little silly to ignore one of the most popular tourist attractions in my neighborhood of the country, and I can't imagine any island in the beautiful Inland Sea could be that bad. What do you…

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I will be in Kyoto to see the Gion Matsuri Festival on July 17th. I imagine that the crowds to the shrines afterwards will be a madhouse. What are some recommended things to do around Central Kyoto that might not be as packed.

Also, I would love to see some live music in the night, preferably rock or metal, any good clubs of that sort? I would also be open for some theater or cultural events for the evening, after 7pm. I do see that Gion Corner has a performance at 7pm. Any other ideas?

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Hello Guys,

I'm Valentin from germany and I'm a freshman to backpacking. I will hitchhike through Japan for two months (July-September) and I want to go on a japanese music festival, but everything i found is on japanese language? How do you manage to buy tickets from oversea?

Greetings