Japan - Before You Ask (Basic)

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Japan - Before You Ask (Basic)

Post by Benji Sun » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:14 pm

As administrators, we often see a lot of similar questions about Japan like what the weather is like right now or how to go from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji..... here’s a list of links to some of the most common information about Japan.

This is an extremely simplified version of Before You Ask. If you are intereted in more information or general information not available here, see the full version here.

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PUBLIC TRANSIT IN JAPAN

on checking Trains Routes
Hyperdia, Jorudan

on all kinds of Rail Passes
Japan Guide on Rail Pass, whether or not to get a Rail Pass

on Buses
Willer Express

on Taxi Fare calculations

Taxis are common in Japan, but they’re also quite expensive and should be used only if there are no other alternatives, like visiting the tuna auctions at Tsukiji Market at 4am.
Taxi Fare Finder

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ON CAR RENTAL

Tocoo is the rental service middleman of choice, and the price point to compare with other booking agencies.

Niconico Rent A Car is an alternative cheaper choice. They rent older model 2nd hand cars, generally at a cheaper rate than most of the competition.

Toyota is the most common direct rental company for foreigners.

Nissan is also popular with a good English website.

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ON HOTELS & OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS

for more information on this, please see our Accommodations post.

Choices of accommodations in Japan includes: Rider House, Couchsurfing, Homestay, Capsule Hotels, Hostel, Airbnb, Long Stay Hotels, Minshuku, Business Hotel, Western Hotel, Ryokan, Lodge, Ski Resort, Onsen Resort.

Common accommodations booking websites includes:

Make sure you do your own price comparisons to get the best possible deals.
As for luggage delivery to/from hotels, take a look in this thread.

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ON CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Japan Post Bank’s ATM service

Many convenience stores may also have ATMs that accepts international cards.

Tokyo Cheapo has a good article on currency exchange:

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WIFI IN JAPAN

Please check this post by fellow admin Au Weng Kay.

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ON SOME BASIC MEDICINE IN JAPAN

This post and the comments talks in detail about many kinds of basic medicine to be found in Japan.

which lead to my first draft of meds info.

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ON ELECTRICITY (thanks Magi Ya for suggesting this)

All of Japan has 100v power sockets, if you plug in wrong voltage, appliance may not work or cause electrical fire. Japan also uses 2 flat pronged plugs, similar to North America.

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WEATHER IN JAPAN

on weather in different areas in Japan
Here's a detailed list of Japan's Popular Seasonal Activities.

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ON FOOD

Tabelog
Gurunavi

This file lists some resources on various dietary restrictive needs while traveling in Japan

viewtopic.php?f=14&p=12#p12


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ON ONSENS

http://www.onsenjapan.net/ (this one’s in English)

There are thousands of public baths all over Japan. they’re called Sento (paid baths). the etiquette is similar to that of an onsen, always clean yourself in the seated showers first, then soak in the bath, then rinse off the bathwater again in the seated showers.

Sento Guide (English, with a well written etiquette guide)

The majority of public theme parks, water parks, pools, and onsens are still quite unfriendly to people with tattoos, and the resources for tattoo friendly places lacking.
Tattoo-Spot (Google Translated to English)


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ON WHEELCHAIR AND ELDERLY ACCESSIBILITY

Japan Accessible Tourism Center is a website that notes by city, the accessibility of some of the major tourist attractions and some info on accessibility on public transit.


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Image A huge thanks to many members of Japan Travel Friendly Discussion Group for help in creating and updating the information in this document.

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