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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 i am Dhinendra Lohmor,wants to know, What is the best place in japan to visit?

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Hi al, I'm in Japan and want to walk 2-3 days on the Kumano Kodo but unfortynately the friend who was going to join me had to cancel. So I would stil like to go and can make my way to Tanabe or Takijiri Oji but I don't feel like doing the walking al on my own. Does anybody know if it is possible to join a group?
I can arrive in Tanabe the 7th or 8th of July and would like to walk 2-3days.
Thanks
Sofie

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Are ether any 2-3 day walks in Japan where a luggage service is offered, other than in the Kiso Valley?
Thank you

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Hi everyone, I've been trying to tie down my itinerary for the month of August in Japan and I kinda have a rough sketch on where I will be heading... I just wanted to get some opinions and advice if what I've planned is doable and okay!

Day 0: SG to Hokkaido (Stay in Sapporo)
Day 1: Sapporo (Stay in Sapporo)
Day 2: Sapporo - Day trip to Furano (Stay in Sapporo)
Day 3: Sapporo (Stay in Sapporo)
Day 4: Lake Toya (Stay in Lake Toya) or niseko?
Day 5: Lake Toya (Stay in Lake Toya) or niseko?
Day 6…

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Hello,
Our family (with kids aged 11 and 10) is looking to stay either in Kyoto or Nara as a base for our first 6 days in Japan. It will be over the new year period (29 Dec to 4 Jan) so we understand many things will be closed. Which city would you choose as a base and why. We fly into KIX and after 6 days will get train to Hiroshima. Thanks

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Hi,

Will be reaching Tokyo on Sunday morning. Can someone give me ideas on exchange rates, USD to yen? Is Mizuho the only currency exchange on 2F Arrival Lobby? Thanks.

Prem

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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?