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This is a thread about traveling to japan! stories, recommendations and discussion goes here

A while ago some /a/nons made a thread where they shared absolutely beautiful pictures of Japan, and it brought out a certain wanderlust in me, I have decided I want to make a trip to Japan for about a month and a half or two, so now I'm in the early stages of planning it.

The obvious places to go to are Akihabara, Himeji castle, Fushimi Inari shrine, etc etc, but what I really want are the more down to earth and esoteric areas where I can really see Japan's true colors and locals.

So my question to you is this; did you ever go to Japan? for how long? where did you travel?

Do you have any tips for people who've never been there? what were you experience? did you connect with the locals?

Anything related to traveling to Japan is welcome in this thread.



Are we /jp/ now?



Well, I'd ask there, but it's pretty much /b/ with 2hu's now.

And also /trv/ has been dead forever.

I did ask mods for permission

sage for off topic.


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Best advice I can give you is buy a few good guidebooks, look into decent internet travel guides, take everything with a grain of salt, and budget your trip carefully. Stay away from the huge cities like Tokyo and Osaka. They're in Japan, but they aren't Japan in and of themselves. Certainly a lot of neat things to see, but there's far better things everywhere else. You'll hear that Japan is an expensive place to visit, and it is since it isn't a third-world shithole, but it's not too bad for tourists. When you finish your budget of available cash, add a 30% buffer to it to make sure you have enough ready cash in case of emergencies.

If you're planning to travel any distance longer than the distance between Osaka and Tokyo, a JR Rail Pass is pretty great. They come in 1, 2, and 3-week valid periods, with (I think) a 90-day period between actually buying it and activate it. That's the thing, you have to buy the JR Rail Pass outside Japan, receive the voucher at home, validate it at pretty much any major JR station, and it's valid for 7, 14, or 21 days full day periods. If you're planning a 6-week trip all the way around Japan, you can buy two 3-week a month or so before your trip, validate one when you get there, and the other when the previous one expires. A JR Rail Pass lets you ride any JR Rail service, some JR bus services, and most importantly, the shinkansen services at will with no additional charge. The shinkansen service gives you free and readily available seat reservations, and allows you on any shinkansen save for the very fastest ones. It's good to read the fine print, but invaluable if you're planning to travel around Japan.

Learn your kana, learn basic phrases, bring a phrasebook, don't be afraid to talk to people or go off your planned trip paths. If you feel an urge to just go down some street, just do it, it'll always lead somewhere interesting.

Keep a travel log, take tons of pictures, and don't forget to have fun first and foremost. If all else fails, make sure you have enough money for a few days of detour or some impulse buys, just in case you hate where you're currently staying, want to stay somewhere you currently love for a bit longer, or want to buy tons of volumes of mango.


Better than.


Bring a phone or a camera to take pictures. If you enjoy hiking you should think about climbing Mt.Fuji, just be careful since some seasons are busier than others.


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A very shameful bump.



How much do you plan to have in terms of your travel funds?



I still have to plan that out, I want to check what I want, budget THAT, and then make cuts where necessary.

chances are I'm not going to be VERY limited with money as long as I stick to the budget options for everything, so from what I understand I can have a meal for as little as 500 yen, and for sleeping I can use a capsule hotel, ryokan or even take an overnight bus to sleep on.


I went to Japan once and they beat me up and cut me into 72 pieces with their katanas then shipped me home in a crate labeled 'white piggu go home'.


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It changed my life forever and now I think that it's okay to die since I actually managed to do the one thing I've always wanted to do.

Of course, I'd rather just find a way to go back there and never leave again but that's not a likely outcome.

I still dream about being there all the time.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that it's good. Too good.


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I always had this image that people who go to Japan come back going "this isn't like my Cantonese scrolls, where are the subtitles?" and their wonder of Japan goes down a few notches.

Then again, this might just be retards who watch Naruto and think Japan is filled with nothing but otaku and robot-demon-babes who go "B-BAKA" because they want that gaijin dick.

I know I'm really excited about going, and I think I'm going in there with pretty realistic expectations.


I'm telling you, just get some backpacking gear and sleep in a tent every night. You can do Japan on $12/day easy with that. So much of what there is to enjoy in Japan is free anyway. Even their dirt cheap gas station food is both delicious and a fascinating cultural experience.

Of course lodging is merely the 2nd biggest cost of visiting Japan. The big cost is plane tickets. Perhaps try to combine your Japan trip with a trip to another place before or after. It's super easy to find $500 round trip tickets from Las Vegas to Osaka for instance.

Even on minimum wage, it's possible to save enough for a month long frugal Japan trip in 6 months. No one (except for our proud NEETs) has any excuse to not make a pilgrimage to weeb mecca.

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>It changed my life forever and now I think that it's okay to die since I actually managed to do the one thing I've always wanted to do.

I had the exact same experience. I'm actually moving to Hawaii tomorrow solely so I can easily visit Japan for 3 months every year. I'm just gonna work a shitty minimum wage job there, study Japanese, and save up for my annual golden season every year. I have an extensive criminal record so it's impossible for me to actually immigrate plus I don't totally hate America in the first place.

respectful nb


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>I have an extensive criminal record

Now now, you can't just tease us.



Holy shit, that's the view from mount Fuji?

I'm going to skip out on actually climbing it because I'm in pretty bad shape, now it REALLY feels like a missed opportunity.



Get into shape and try to climb it anon, nothing is more refreshing after a hike up a mountain than to gaze at the view from the summit.


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I just got back from a short trip to Tokyo. Hiking Fuji was a great experience, but it might require some training for some people. I'm in decent enough shape, but I got the shit kicked out of me by altitude sickness; made it to the top, though.

I really regret not studying Japanese more; everyone was very patient with me and I could order food and shit, but social anxiety doesn't get any better when visiting a foreign country with a huge language barrier.

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Their is this channel on youtube, "Only in Japan" it is pretty great, an Indian-American ethnic mix man just narrates us his experiences as a gaijin in Japan, it is quite great at telling us about Japanese culture good and clean as it is, I got to learn a lot about Japan with help of that channel and suggest others to give it a try if they feel like they will visit Japan sometime.


Well it is atleast worth it when you enjoy it, as some one who has done mountain climbing before, yeah, being in shape helps, the stamina does not matters, I mean people underestimate their breath usually, it's the strain on leg that is major concern, I once felt like I won't be able to walk for weeks but had to man up walk it over, surprisingly the pain only lasted for next 48 hours at best.

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Wait, why do you have to get into shape for climbing a mountain, it's climbing for an hour or two in an already marked trail, or is it something complete else different in the climbing mount Fuji experience.


Gee come on now anon, that sounds awfully interesting, spill the beans already!

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>climbing for an hour or two

It takes a good chunk of the day to climb and descend Mt. Fuji, there's huts and rest areas on the trails they have but it is still a rough trip if you aren't used to exercising.


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There are a bunch of different trails, some more difficult than others; the one I took started about halfway up the mountain. It still took me like seven hours just to get to the top because I was struggling so much with altitude sickness. This was on a very well maintained trail with lots of rest stops.

A lot of people reserve beds at one of the cabins on the mountain to rest partway up, but if you marathon it then it can be a pretty rough climb. You can also buy supplies at these cabins for a surprisingly reasonable fee; a few of them even sold things like curry rice and udon for 600-800 yen. You'll want to bring cash with you anyway because you have to pay to use the toilets. Also, you have to carry all your trash out with you.



Were you glued back to your original shape like Osiris or are you still a bunch of pieces? Do you still have your dick or was it eaten by a fish?


Probably drugs and sex with minors. Or cow rape, apparently.



>moving to Hawaii for the sole purpose of being closer to Nipland

You've got the right idea anon. I can't say I wouldn't do the same if I were a burger. Take a swim in the ocean for us!



Post more pics of your trip, faggot!


>Post more pics of your trip, faggot

Seconding this, pictures made that one previous thread a lot of fun.




>It changed my life forever

Mind explaining some of the experiences that made such an impact on your lifes.


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inspired of the first thread i went to tokyo i the end of july. it was nice, unbelively humid and hot, but nice. it was a very porly planned journey and becauce of it i spent most of my time just walking around or on trains. i tried to see mt fuji form the hakone lake area, but it was to cloudy that day.


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I need your opinion, guys.

I want to get a really nice camera (currently have my eye on Nikon's D3400) for my trip to Japan, and I'm considering just buying it there seeing how Nikon is Japanese (and I think the actual cameras and lenses are also assembled there?)

Does anyone have any experience with purchasing electronic goods in Japan? is there any chance I can get one with an English menu?


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afraid i dont know much bout cameras, i just borrowed one of sisters.


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Have some mother fucking motivation.



I bought the exact same camera just this week since I'm pickung up photography as a hobby and it's serving me well so far. I read through the entire manual and somewhere there it says that cameras that are bought in japan only have japanese or english as language menues available.

Honestly, I don't see why you should buy it in japan. If you are flying back to your homecountry you are probably going to have to deal with taxes if the airport control inspects you and if the camera ever breaks going through warrantyclaims with a japanese receipt is going to be hell

Just buy it where you live right now


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>If you are flying back to your homecountry you are probably going to have to deal with taxes if the airport control inspects you

Do they even have any way of knowing? assuming I get rid of the packaging and carry it around in a case, since I am planning on using it and all.



You'd also have to get rid of the receipt then which would be a pretty dumb idea in case you ever want to have it get repaired by Nikon customer support.

I really don't see any benefits in buying it in japan, you get the exact same camera no matter where you live



I was wondering if it might be cheaper in Japan itself, but now that I think about it it makes sense to get a hang of the camera first.

I always really liked these type of cameras, but I've never really owned a DSLR and I have some very basic experience with a D7-something-00 I didn't own, I guess I should brush up on my photography before taking pictures that matter.


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for a guy like me thats from a norwegian village, it's pretty amazing to see a city that spans horizon to horizon.


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That's what I'm talking about. Nice job anon!


I was looking at cameras too while I was there.

Went to this store called Bic Camera (ビックカメラ) which was the most amazing thing I've ever seen for electronics. Their camera selection was so mind-bendingly extensive, it was very hard not to drop all your money on something. Ended up buying a really nice mechanical keyboard with Hiragana on it instead.

From what I could tell all menus are in Nip though, and as >>722373 said there's a chance customs will try to fuck you over when you re-enter your country. I'd also recommend buying it where you live. Just make sure it's actually made in Japan (not all Nikons are) if that's a thing that matters to you.

I do think they are ever-so-sightly cheaper there, but not really enough to worth the hassle in my opinion.



Can't give you much advice since I'm a beginner myself. I think for the start it's okay to use automatic mode to let the camera make adjustments on the fly, but I'm persuing to learn every function of my camera and make good shots adjusting exposure manually.


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i really enjoyed my time in japan, but i left it a bit disappointed in myself. i could afforded to be more adventurous, a bit better planed. i'm defenently going back if i get the chance.



>norwegian village

What village hæstkuk?



en plass på møre.

din humlepung


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>aho girl



I'd just about kill for a couple of cold cans of Suntory Boss Black right about now.


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I didn't take a ton of pictures; the ones I do have aren't that great. I'll post some of the better ones.

These are from the imperial palace grounds; it's pretty lovely; immaculately maintained. Most of it is a public park which sees a fair bit of traffic every day.


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Here's the Tokyo Tower, with a few shots of the skyline from the top of it. As >>722381 said, it's pretty amazing to see just how massive the city is. It's a veritable ocean of concrete and glass.


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And a few pictures from my obligatory visit to Akihabara.

This building is sort of like a giant flea market; almost every conceivable consumer electronic device can be found here. The pictures I took of the interior are pretty shit, I apologize. I couldn't stop to take good pictures because the interior was packed with people, and I couldn't stand still long enough. Aside from electronics, there are quite a few other types of stores, books, beauty, and so on. There's a floor dedicated to restaurants, and the top floor is nothing but sporting goods, selling mostly golf supplies.


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This tower here is, as advertised, just a book store. Nothing too special, but I think I saw some doujins in the "military" section. Speaking of doujins, you can buy lewd ones here.

Also here's a random guy giving me a funny look. I found out afterwards that most stores don't let you take pictures inside, so I think I was being a shitter.



I think it's practically impossible for a whito piggu not to have such a moment.


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Here's the fun part of Akihabara, or the one every weeb masturbates to mental images of anyway. Due to the aforementioned "No pictures" rule, I could not capture the interior of these buildings, so I have to describe it all to you.

The buildings I went inside were all fairly similar; plain white walls and densely packed with merchandise and hobby shops of all stripes. In every building on every floor, there is at least one trading card shop. Those fuckers are almost literally printing money; certain cards were going for two thousand yen or more. Quite a large number of stores selling figures as well, for more reasonable prices than the cards. Not many I found were over ten thousand yen, a surreal figure considering how much it costs to import this shit in the States. There were also some stores selling a very wide variety of modeling kits and other such supplies. I was surprised to find a couple of stores selling milsurp gear, and another with lovingly detailed airsoft replicas of many firearms. On the more eccentric side of things, there were also a fair number of dakimakuras, porn doujins, and cosplay stores, also the biggest sex shops I have ever seen or heard of anywhere.

The red building in the picture is an arcade. The building layout is a bit annoying because there was only one escalator going up, and the only way down is via a very slow elevator that everyone in the building is trying to use at once. In the event of a fire, everyone is fucked.

I don't think you can see any, but that street in the last picture had a ton of barkers in maid outfits advertising cafes. I didn't talk to any of them; that's just a bit too weird for me.


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And by "red building," I mean the second image. Not very specific. Also I forgot to mention the pachinko parlors everywhere. I avoided those harder than the maid cafes.

Also there was some sort of 2hu promotion going on at this mall here; it's just a regular shopping mall. These youths are playing a demo they had out on the floor.


Yeah, they have a pretty rough time with English. It's understandable considering they live so far away from any native English countries.


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>unbelively humid and hot, but nice

This is why a little towel and an umbrella are the two most important things you can have while in Japan in the summer.


>i tried to see mt fuji form the hakone lake area, but it was to cloudy that day.

You spell like an epileptic 8-year-old, but this is true. Don't expect to see Fuji from the Hakone area, just so you won't be disappointed.


>Hakone Ropeway view, I think

Nice, it was super fucking rainy and cloudy the days I went, which was amazingly beautiful in its own right, but when I was on the Ropeway you couldn't even see the ground below you, it was so foggy.



>visiting the Book Tower

I wish I had picked up more books but at that point I had run out of cash for the day and didn't want to take the long trip from Akiba to Nishishinjuku and back again during rush hour just to buy more mango. Loved that store. I even found Hitler there.

Also I didn't want to go back to Akiba because of some of the things you mentioned. The enormous sex shops at every corner, the bizarre otaku stores with greasy-looking weirdos, and the cute but amazingly disconcerting girls in maid outfits pushing pamphlets into people's hands was all too much.


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If I could give any advice on travel plans, I urge anyone who's thinking of going, or returning for another trip, to consider just visiting smaller cities and towns. For example, I went to Kagoshima simply to visit the southernmost city in Japan, and found a place of amazing beauty with friendly people, delicious food, beautiful sights, interesting museums, and a huge volcano right next door. It even smelled nice. I wish I could have spent another day or two there.

Then I stopped off in Kurashiki for a day because I didn't want to do a huge shinkansen ride from Kagoshima to Tokyo all in one day. Okayama was right on the halfway point, so I planned to go there at first. Looking into it, Okayama seemed fairly boring, but there was a small suburb town named Kurashiki to the southwest, not 20 minutes' ride away by rail, so I decided to go there instead. There used to be canals that went all the way from the inland sea up to Kurashiki, and they had preserved a fairly large area so it looked like it did in the Tokugawa era. It was a fantastic afternoon, since the area is beautiful, there's a great art museum, there's tons of crafts stores, and I found a noodle place that was absolutely delicious. There's also a picturesque shrine on a hill where you can get great overviews of the area, and on the stairs upwards there was a Japanese couple in their 20s unironically playing that one game where you say the longest word you can, where every syllable takes you up or down a step, and first one to reach the end wins. I stood there, watching them, for a few minutes. Then one of them won, they laughed, finally realized I was watching them, then we all laughed. It was a good moment.

Then I stayed in Atami for a day or two afterwards because I wanted to be near Tokyo and Narita in case anything happened, but I also didn't want to stay in Tokyo. The shinkansen ride from Atami station to Tokyo Station takes the same amount of time as a metro or rail trip from Nishishinjuku, and you can transfer onto the Narita Express from there. So I stayed at a ryokan, enjoyed the sun and the beach, visited a bunch of shrines, and walked up and down these murderous fucking hills. Here's the thing though, Atami used to be a resort town for Tokyo that was built in the 80s during the height of the economic boom, so you get all these enormous hotels and built-up resorts with distinctly 80s aesthetic. And they're all nearly empty, or sometimes outright abandoned. The further you get from the two train stations, the more abandoned and creepy the place gets. I walked up all the stairs from the ocean to Izusan Shrine (there are something like 600) and was surrouded by abandoned buildings, abandoned houses, entranceways absolutely covered in cobwebs, vending machines that were unplugged and destocked in the 90s, all not even a kilometer from the nearest shinkansen station in a seaside resort town half an hour from Tokyo.

I guess my point is that I recommend heading outside of the big cities. Explore. You'll find a side of Japan that is as beautiful and memorable as it is unexpected.



It seems like you did Japan in the way I'd like to do it, going around and whimsically exploring as much as possible. Did you find that as far as lodging goes, you could just tuck inside a ryokan or small hotel in these small towns, or did you always hop back on the train to Tokyo to sleep in a primary hotel?


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>Fourth pic

I need to start making enough money to go to Japan already.


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>did you always hop back on the train to Tokyo to sleep in a primary hotel?

That would have been a little hard, considering I was so far away. I always stayed in the towns or cities in a hotel somewhere close to the shinkansen station (within an hour's walk, at least). Only exception was in Hakone where it was a train and a bus ride and a walk up a hill away from Odawara Station.

But generally the usual schedule was taking a shinkansen to the next city around 8AM, arriving there by 11 or 12, going to my hotel, checking in and dropping off my stuff, then spending the rest of the day walking or biking around before coming back to sleep at the hotel. If I was staying there for more than one day, I'd start the exploration earlier in the morning.

I booked all my hotels in advance since I had a plan for the 15 days I spent there, and it's always best to book a hotel in advance, but you can do it 1-2 days before you visit a given location if you have some basic Japanese skills. Much harder to do the more remote you go because of the booking procedures there. Having a good travel agent as a family friend, who doesn't try to force bullshit travel packages/itineraries on you is very helpful. Go into a travel agency with a self-made itinerary, some conditions, and daily lodging budgets and they'll sort you out. I do recommend staying at a ryokan at least once in a given trip, more particularly the more traditional ones with the full-tatami treatment and the communal washrooms and baths. There are plenty of very commercial or chain ryokans in Hakone, but the best ones are always family-owned or tucked in a corner somewhere. I recommend the Hakone Onsen Sanso Nakamura. Be polite, know some basic Japanese, know the etiquette, and they will love you. They must get a lot of fucking rude foreigners.



That fourth pic is so fucking anime.


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>4th pic

It's crazy that just a little while ago I was standing on the veranda of that temple pointing my camera towards your location. And also walked exactly in >>722421 's footsteps at some point.



Beautiful pictures anons.


You're the anon that took a folding bike with him? Did you buy it there or bring it on the plane? And what kind of luggage did you bring for such a travel-intensive trip? I imagine you must have had one of those giant backpacks loaded to the tits with all your shit or something.

Would appreciate some advice on how you packed for a trip like this where you're constantly moving from place to place.



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I'm not the anon with a folding bike, I just rented one for the day at Morioka, and would have rented one in Kyoto if it wasn't for the torrential downpour happening for most of the day. Even then, biking in Japan is a little difficult because of all the fucking hills and the completely terrifying narrow streets.

My only luggage was a 40-litre hiking backpack. 6 pairs of socks, 6 pairs of underwear, 6 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, all rolled up into tight cylinders using the usual muh military method you can find in every other youtube video. Packed them tightly into the bottom of my backpack, and had a good 3/4ths of the space freely remaining. I brought along a netbook, a small portable hard drive, and a bunch of cables. Very lightweight.

I also brought along a small headset bag I had, and I managed to cram a DSLR, a small gopro, a portable battery, my phone, my documents and cash (in a plastic bag, because it gets moist), and the pamphlets I'd pick up every time I got to a new city. There was enough space in the front pocket of the headset bag to stuff water, coffee, or booze in there depending on the time of day.

The entire setup was portable and lightweight enough to walk around easily during the day, small enough to fit the backpack into the overhead bin on an aircraft or the shinkansen, and yet still lightweight enough to have on my back during a full day just in case I couldn't drop my stuff off at a hotel or stash it at a train station locker.

The only downside was that by the end of my trip I had so many things I was bringing back that I had to buy another bag, a bit larger than a briefcase but still small and voluminous enough to fit in a dozen volumes of mango, 3L of shochu, my camera bag with assorted things in it, and a few more souvenirs. I didn't have any problems with it except at boarding the plane back home, where I had to pretend that the briefcase bag was really lightweight and didn't actually weigh 25 pounds at all.

If push comes to shove, you can just carry around one of those airplane-sized clamshell luggage cases. They're pretty cheap and ubiquitous in Japan. People don't really notice or care about them on trains unless you're blocking the fucking escalators or impeding the flow of foot traffic. Still, best to leave the bigger luggage at a hotel, where they do take care of your luggage and bring it up to your room later even if you arrived too early to actually receive a room key. If all else fails, the larger train stations usually have lockers that range in size and availability. All I'm saying is that it's hard to do things like climb Fushimi Inari Taisha with a heavy backpack or trailing some clamshell on wheels.



How comfy are the trains in general?

Because that train looks comfy.



They're great. I went from Tokyo to Osaka and back just to ride in one they're that nice.



Imagine a first-class airplane seat with more leg space and without complimentary food and booze.



Smart to travel light like you did. The anon who camped the entire time while in Japan did something similar I think.

So with only enough (clean) clothes to last a week at most I imagine you were able to wash them at the hotels you stayed at, correct? And if anything happens I suppose nothing is stopping you from hitting up an Uniqlo and grabbing a few extra shirts or something.

I can totally relate to buying way too much mango, stuffing it in every conceivable spot in your luggage, and having everything weigh a fucking ton on the way back.


Possibly the nicest way to travel, ever.


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Are Japanese otaku as insufferable as western self proclaimed otaku? (aka fucking weeaboos).

I remember seeing some video where Japanese folks were asked to react to a bunch of cringy weeaboo videos, and they were all "well, we have those here too, so whatever", but maybe it was just the fabled Japanese patience?


Is the Japanese government trying to push young adults into the country side? Why doesn't japan offer free land/abandoned farmsteads to young couples that have two or more children? They have countless dying towns of old people.


Been twice. Gonna go again soon.

Japan has a real aesthetic to it. There aren't as many visibly low-class subhumans walking around, they tend to hide it better under a veneer of politeness. The language barrier sucks and interacting with the nips is kind of tricky since they will pretty much avoid talking to you (not in a mean way) unless you have proven Japanese ability. Honorary indeed.



So the anime trope of them breaking into cold sweat when the blonde guy on the street asks where the bathroom is is real?


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I went to Japan last year in September. All I gotta say is that you need to visit Akihabara before it's too late. The Olympics are gonna storm the streets with people calling out dem wacky japanese peopls! So go down to the main street, walk into stores, and look around in the far back parts of them. Usually there are some nice staircases tucked away in a corner that takes you down to the motherload of porn stores. I was just looking for the bathroom and went down some stairs. Next thing I knew I was standing on the biggest Kancolle tata nipples floor mat I've ever seen. I look up and saw tv screens looping the latest in degenerate censored adaptations. All 4 walls were alphabetically sorted with every (most at least) artist you could wack your 3 incher to. Had a fun time.

Also MrDonut is not for foreigners used to KrispyKream, Dunkin Donuts, or just sweet pastries in general. The donuts were very dry in flavor. Nips don't like too much sugar on their bread. Still had a donut with my waifu regardless.



Oh shit, I didn't know Mr. donut was a real thing.


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I went there shortly after Gabbu Dropout aired and made a point to buy meron pan everytime I came across it at a station; It was good times.


I spent around a year (10 months) in Japan and studied there. Any question?



How Japanese did you become?



What were the first couple of months like? Were you already decently proficient in moonspeak?



Japanese enough to be able to chitchat with an Okinawaian grandpa despite the accent while said grandpa was leading me to 国際通り in the center of Naha. Fun dude, mocking the people of his own prefecture for being lazy fucks when the heat got the better of them.


I was far from being a decent Japanese speaker, but as you study, talk to people and try your best to communicate in Japanese instead of resorting to English, they'll appreciate you. Sure, there might be a couple of assholes around to berate you about your Japanese being quite bad (only happened in Okinawa so far) but so long as you don't let it get to you, it's normal. I now speak Japanese rather "decently" but I'm not studying recently so I'm forgetting kanji and other words.

First couple months were perfectly fine, and the stay got better as I seized occasions to plan trip pretty much all around the country. Travelling alone might get lonely, but you're more flexible and you don't have people slowing you down. I literally got myself lost in the middle of bumfuckland just to appreciate the slow-paced country life in the small traditional towns of Japan.

Tokyo is a meme. Sure, you might find your otaku stuff there (myself went to Akiha and Reitaisai, not Comiket because I had my trip to Okinawa already planned) but honestly, it's insanely huge and overall not that amazing. That said, even in Tokyo, streets at night far from the big arteries can be incredibly peaceful and devoid of people. You can also find shrines in the middle of the big urban metropolis but honestly, I think Kyoto's and Osaka's atmospheres were much nicer if you want to go to a big city.



Another meme I was never victim of is the famous "Japanese people will try to speak to you in English because you are gaijin". I've never experienced this. Some people might show hesitation when you come to the counter with le gaijin face but so long as you quickly show you can speak and understand Japanese at least a little bit, they won't insist and speak to you in Japanese.



What are some places to avoid?

I don't mean in the sense of over-rated tourist traps, but outright unpleasant places?

The worst I've been hearing about any given location is "eh, it's not THAT great", and I refuse to believe all of Japan is THAT great.



Also, any "whito piggu go homu" moments?



You are poor and you want that fact to be rubbed in your face constantly? Then go to the very center of Tokyo, via the metro stopping to the station of the very same name. You cannot miss the 東京駅 written on the maps.

But there's NOTHING interesting there, aside from the house of the Emperor, and even then, you might not be able to see depending on when you get there.

There's zero reason for you to go there, it's all business skyscrapers and luxury malls. It's a stone cold, insanely expensive business district with shops flaunting their 100.000 yen t-shirts, exorbiting suits, over-expensive dresses and jewelry.



Well, I noted before me not to go to central Tokyo because it's just malls, but that wasn't quite what I was asking.

Are there any places that are absolute shit? with rude people, litter, shitty food, anything like that at all?

What would even a local avoid?



Just like one of those things I talked about in the long post above, it's a meme that never happened to me, no matter where I went. I went to Kanazawa (very, VERY nice town where I did my stay, lots of historical background and monuments), Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Kaga, Noto, Amaharashi, Takaoka, and the Prefectures of Okinawa and Hokkaido and I've never had racist slurs spat to me. If you are respectful and do in Rome as Romans do, nothing is going to happen. Keep to yourself, don't be a loud idiot even if problems happen, and people won't even look at you twice when they see you.



I spent some time in the area around the Nichi-Kawaguchi station (it's in Saitama I believe) and that was a bit of a shithole. There was litter there - although I think it was mostly from the ravens tearing shit up - and it was noticeably dirtier than other places. I shit you not there was a van of yakuza parked in the middle of an intersection and they stared me down. Lots of gambling joints as well. Drunks. Highschool delinquents. You get the picture.

But all these things that might sound disconcerting turned out to make it a very memorable and pleasant experience.

Some food for thought.



Oh shit, Yakuza, I didn't even think about that.

How widespread is crime and Yakuza?

Are there any places that are obviously criminal fronts? like kiosks or something?

How likely are the Yakuza to start shit with you or in general?


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heh I got a good one. In Tokyo, I had no problem going into "black shops" (basically stores where they sell quasi-legal research chemicals like synthetic cannabinoids and MDPV). In fact, I actually made a friend in one and we got fucked up on Xmas together.

Then I tried looking for the same shit in Osaka. I entered the store and they straight up told me they do not sell to gaijins. It was a legal store, but they were trying to accuse me of being an undercover CIA officer looking to bust them or some shit. Still had a great time in Osaka without hard drugs though.



>Being in Japan for so long your body starts turning in to a mech

Jokes aside, what is that?



Not an expert, but it looks like one of those things that aid movement when joints or nerves are damaged.


There was a thread like this here a while ago, and I really liked it, a lot of very nice photos and stories. Please check out the archive of the thread: https://mega.nz/#!B3ZliLbZ!e7M1MDmRfZZKtaNPJZUSMGS1IofFGXCEigAkUGNZrDo



Starting a fight with you could only happen if you did something stupid, otherwise they just stare you down and make it clear you're not welcome or you're being watched. Starting fights for no reason is the kind of thing that would bring shame to them, since they're now becoming CEOs in more legitimate enterprises.



They're fun to party with.



Didn't Japan already host the olympics in 98 or something? I want to say they did so in Nagano,

Would the foreigners be obnoxious? I can pretty much guarantee it.

Would it fuck over Japan irreparably? I don't think so, It'll be packed and basically become a gigantic tourist trap, but I think it'll blow over a couple of months later.



At worst I expect a lot of apologizing and the formation of several committees to determine a proper course of corrective action, only for it all to peter out as soon as the gaijin get bored just like with Rapelay several years ago.



Thanks for the tip anon, that Ryokan looks great.

I'm just in the last steps of ordering everything for my stay in November, and since we wanted at least one night in a Ryokan in Hakone, your post was a godsend.

It looks like it's nearly an hour by bus from the station though, or is there a faster way there?


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I guess I could post some pictures from my trip around New Year, I showed some of them in the last Japan thread already, so if you want me to stop, just say so.

This is just outside the imperial palace in Tokyo, unfortunately the gardens were closed on that day, so we had to return on the day after.


Since this is going to be my first time going on a trip solo, I want your opinion on this.

In this thread a reoccurring theme is to explore and just soak in the environment, how would I go about planning that?

Right now I want to leave for about two months, which is going to leave me plenty of time to travel, but how do I fit it in? just writing in the schedule "just do whatever" seems irresponsible.

Should I pick a center or a theme for each day and leave some time in it for walking around?

Also, how much of these two months would you say I should stay in Tokyo to really soak it in?


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The view from Tokyo Tower is amazing, I'm from a small city so it's pretty uncommon for me to see a sea of buildings in every direction.




How true are the stories about how the korean government made an effort to get every butcher shops to stop selling dog meat, or at least not announce they were selling it and keep it hidden in the back, when they hosted the Olympics?

Imagine that shit but instead directed at otaku trash. Would it even be possible to "clean" Akihabara? Are anime, mango and porn stores even in visible places in areas other than Akiba?

Frankly I'm not worried there will be any huge influence on this kind of stuff in the long run, Japan has been fairly resilient against gaijin trying to tell them what they can and can't do with their media.


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There's a small park with a shrine on a little hill just a few minutes from the tower, I love how tranquil everything feels.

Also, my pictures are too damn big.



yeah, pretty much. it's an awkward time for all but the most straightforward of interactions since even if you speak fluently they seem to assume you don't .

Even if you are a spaghetti monster just go and look at all their nice stuff.



You know, if you disregard whiny SJWs Japan gets a free pass because "LOL Japan is so weird!", even among normalfags who fully expect tentacle porn to play on skyscrapers in broad daylight.

They might tell people to hide from sight some porn, shoving loli deep in the back might be a wise move, but even if someone saw any porn I doubt it would outrage people as much as dog meat (maybe with the exception of loli).


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A couple of guys were playing Mario Cart around the park, I'm not sure how they were allowed on the street with those carts, maybe there's not much real traffic around there.


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This is the Golden Gai district in Shibuya, a district consisting pretty much only of tiny bars in all variations. For most you have to pay a small entrance fee, but there's enough you can just enter for free and get your drinks in a space smaller than most people's bathroom. It's comfy as fuck, and there's probably tons of hidden gems there.



Even if retards start trying to cause a moral crusade against loli or porn in general Japan will probably just tell them to fuck off like they did so many times. Japan is capitalist enough to know that fat otaku sex perverts bring in more cash than blue-haired American women's studies graduates.


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Here we're back at the imperial palace gardens, we were there quite early so there were almost no people around yet.


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There's a big beautiful pond with fish, unfortunately it started to rain, so we had to buy umbrellas at a resting area inside the park. It never rained again during our whole stay, after carrying the umbrellas around for two weeks we left them at our last hotel.


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The next day we took a train to Nikko to visit the shrines and temples in the mountains, and it's honestly one of the most beautiful areas I've seen, even with the hordes of visitors everywhere.


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I think those are the original three wise monkeys, they're a carving on the sacred horses' stable.


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The first picture depicts the grave of an important member of the Tokugawa clan, I don't remember the details though. You can see the clan's symbol with the three water lily leaves on a lot of buildings there, but it seems I forgot to take a picture of one.


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I just noticed the symbols on the roof in the second picture, those are everywhere.

With the evening approaching we took a walk through the town and visited the row of Jizō statues at the river, it may look like there's hundreds of them, but the row is only around one or two hundred meters long. Still a very nice walk along the river. Jizō is a helpful deity who guides the dead to salvation and especially aids the souls of aborted, misscarried or stillborn children. People clothe them in red caps and bibs to gain their favor.


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I'm getting too tired to continue, if there's interest, I can post more tomorrow.

My last two pictures for today are from Nagoya, unfortunately we visited shortly before New Year, so pretty much everything interesting was closed.


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Take a train from Odawara Station to Hakone-Yumoto and catch the T-line bus up to Senkyoro-mae stop. You can catch the T-line bus from Odawara Station if you really want to take an extra 15 minutes.

Otherwise you can even take the W-line Shinjuku Hakone bus from Shinjuku Station if you're leaving from Tokyo. It's scenic even if it'll take a bit longer.

Consider getting a Hakone freepass if you're staying there for 2-3 days.

And here's a handy bus route schematic. Not all the buses run all the time so it's best to check around the Hakone Tozan website anyways.



For those of you who went, what were the expenses like if you weren't gonna go backpacking? My friends and I were going to go make a pilgrimage to Tokyo for Comiket and do some city tourism as some bare minimum activities, a currently unplanned but most likely next year trip. I don't make as much as my friends, so I'm not sure how much I should sock away to be comfortable.


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Is that a fucking wizard samurai?

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What are some anime flavored districts besides Akihabara ?


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You're surprised that the Japs discovered the concept of wizardry and abandoning 3DPD more than a hundred years ago?


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The BBC went and did a shitty documentary about "childporn" in anime.

They claimed that big breasts and yuyushiki is childporn and we got this great quote as well.



>It never rained again during our whole stay, after carrying the umbrellas around for two weeks we left them at our last hotel.

It's like the old saying goes, if you leave your rain gear at home it will start to rain. If you bring them with you it won't rain.



Japan has become the new scapegoat for British nobility pedos and Saudi royalty pedos. They're the second largest entertainment provider in the world, and because decadent liberals care more about what happens on TV than what happens in the reality, they become an easy target for those who want to get away with actually having sex with children while everyone else is distracted.



>I have an extensive criminal record so it's impossible for me to actually immigrate

53 counts of "cruelty to livestock".



Passive leg exoskeleton.


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Anon who went on that 15-day trip around Japan, I'll give you my budget in rough USD. I went when the Yen was unnaturally strong, so maybe lower everything down by 10% depending on when you go.

First, I drew up a transportation budget. $10/day, every day, to pay for buses and trains and subways and bike rentals. I booked my flight 5 months in advance and got a round-trip from North America for $550. $100 for transport from Narita to Tokyo and back. The Narita Express is covered in the Japan Rail Pass, but the trains were shut down for the night when I got there due to a typhoon, yet the buses were not. I got a 2-week Japan Rail Pass for 46390 yen, which was about $450 at the time. They change that up every year to make it about $450 USD regardless. There's cheaper regional passes if you're planning to stay in a single JR area. It's a good idea to get a SUICA/ICOCA card regardless of where you're going, save for the more rural areas, because it's extremely useful in any transit.

Total cost for transportation: $1250

Then, the cost of staying at hotels. You can probably get good deals if you stay at a given place for more than 3 days, but there's no fun in that. I planned for $100/night hotels close to train stations. At that price point they usually come with goodly-sized rooms, breakfast in the mornings, complementary WiFi or wired internet, and washing machines somewhere in the building. I actually spent less than $100/night but it was nice to have that planning buffer. I bumped up my budget for ryokans to $200/night at Hakone and Atami for the ryokan experience. Those came with very good breakfast services too, as well as relaxing onsen facilities.

Total cost: $1500.

Then came daily expenses. $10/day for dinner, $5/day for breakfast, and $10/day for a lunch snack and water/drinks throughout. It's fucking hot in the summer so the most important thing to do is hydrate, hence the high beverage budget. Reduce it to $5/day if you're not going in the summer.

Then the general souvenir/fee/museum/interesting thing free spending money. I budgeted that to $30/day.

Total daily spending money: $15/day. Total spending money: $825. I rounded it up to $1000 when I was exchanging money before my trip.

Sometimes I'd use less spending money in a day because of complimentary breakfasts, fewer museum fees, having nothing to buy, cheap but delicious dinners, etc. Sometimes I'd spend more in a day because I couldn't pass up $120 of books or spending $25 on a full-course regional specialty dinner.

So, in total:

Transport, pre-paid: $1000

Transport, in-situ cash: $250

Hotels: $1500

Daily spending money: $1050

Total Pre-paid: $2500

Total carried cash: $1075

Total: ~$3600

Obviously if you're not thinking of using a Rail Pass then it'll be a lot cheaper, but then you're missing out on a lot of Japan. It's generally great if you're planning to go a distance longer than Tokyo to Osaka and back.

Note that I did carry about 20% more cash with me than I had planned, as a buffer. I didn't actually use it except at the very end when I spent $150 on duty-free booze while waiting for my flight home. Even then I still have about $130 in yen lying around to use in my next trip. Hence, my advice is plan to spend x amount of money, aim to spend something lower than x in making all your reservations and while you're there, and don't be surprised when you have money leftover at the end. You don't know what might happen when you're there, what goodies you might find, or when you'll suddenly need a lot of cash.

Two words of advice after that. First, exchange all the readily-available cash you want at home, before your trip. The exchange rates are usually better, especially if you have a good bank, and really especially if you're a student. I got some of the exchange fees waived because of my student status. Generally, don't rely on being able to exchange money in Japan outside of airports and the really huge train stations. Some banks do have exchange services, but they also close ungodly early in the afternoon and generally only change USD and Euros to yen. For that matter, don't expect any conversions other than USD/Euro<->Yen anywhere other than Narita, Haneda, or Kansai airports.

Second, buy some decent travel insurance. Health care isn't exactly single-payer in Japan, and if you're injured or stranded in Japan without travel insurance then you will pay up the fucking nose.



Whoa hold up, ryokan are more expensive than hotels?

I'm planning on staying way longer, but also to go with the budget options for everything.

So, for example, I'm planning on relying on cheap street food and places that are a tier below a hotel with breakfest and shit.

What's the really budget option for places to sleep? Other than hostels that is.


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>ryokan are more expensive than hotels?

Yes, you pay for the atmosphere, the onsen (if there is one), the breakfast, sometimes the dinner, and often the location. The less you have of any of these, the cheaper it gets. Ryokan in rural areas or in the middle of the smaller cities are often cheaper than hotels, but they don't often include meals or have onsen facilities, and the view out of your window breaks the ambiance. Obviously the farther away from cities or tourist areas you get the cheaper the ryokan are going to be, but waking up to vid related, sitting next to the full-height window wall, and having a nice cup of coffee was pretty fucking fantastic. It's definitely an experience you should save up for at least one or two nights somewhere pretty.

As for hotels, there's always cheaper options if you don't mind them being far from train stations or being really budget. Fewer ameneties, often no non-smoking rooms, and usually very little English service, but there's hotels that are in the $50-100 range all over the place.



>unfortunately it started to rain,

Dude the rain made that photo so beautiful. Plus fish feed more during the rain if I recall correctly.


Does anyone have any experience with hostels in Japan? How decent are they?



Nakano broadway and Ikebukuro. The latter is more for fujoshii though


That last anon got it about right at about 3500 USD. I've got the same budget basically for my trip. Though you can get away with cheaper hotels, and if you are staying in Tokyo you don't need a rail pass either which gives you a lot more spending money for fun shit.


How many of you are permanently based in Japan?




Awesome. I just started to sock away money (USD), was gonna put away $100/week, which would leave me around $4800 (about 4 weeks/month, so give or take ~400/month, 400 * 12). If my new job pans out I'll be able to up that, but if it doesn't I should be good barring any incidents. It's a pretty hasty plan, but my circle of friends is trying to go before the Olympics so we don't get washed away by the gaijin crowds.

Thanks, anons


Have any of you studied in japan i was thinking of trying to get a scholarship after my first year of university.



Got a list of good shops like this? Never heard of it before.



>mario cart is real in japan

never ceases to amaze



>gaijin crowds

When the olympics happen, all these nice and clean streets are going to be littered with trash because westerners are retarded.


To those of you who stayed in small, family owned lodgings; how did you find them? How much did you pay?

Also, is there any hope to pay less than 3000-ish yen for lodging?


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There's two in that park; One on top of the hill (top left of picture), and a second one with statues at the bottom (to the right of picture).

Thanks for posting anon! I think it's an unspoken rule here that any of us who go have to return with lots of pictures to share amongst ourselves.


>that webm

Oh god anon, that's a slice of paradise if I ever did see one.


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>not Comiket because I had my trip to Okinawa already planned

From what I've seen and heard of Comiket, it seems like a giant pain in the ass anyway. Standing in line for a whole day, basically having to plan a route just so you don't get swept away by the crowd. Paying a pickup service sounds like a better use of one's time and money.



Hostels can be as low as 2500y.



I am >>723768 and it's what I've done.



Was it hard adjusting when you first went, would you say it's worth the experience what are some of your best moments there. What are you studying is it harder than at home??



Do you have any experience with hostels in Japan? are they enjoyable, or at least, tolerable?

I'm not really spoiled and I'm pretty accustomed to rooms with a lot of people in them.



I have none but have been researching for my coming trip for a while so generally know the prices. Theres some "guest house" hostels that give you a private room with a shared bathroom for each floor. By private room its basically a closet with a bed in it though.


Does anyone have any experience with camping in Japan? what are the laws regarding it?



This guy on youtube just spent all summer backpacking through Japan. He went from the most southern point to the most northern IIRC.

According to him, you can camp in parks and stuff like that as long as you don't make a mess and get out right as the sun comes up.

His channel is onlyinjapan if you want to watch some of his vids talking about it. Hes a goober but at least its related.



I'm British and this is true.


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What are the must-visit cities?

Tokyo, Kyoto and I guess Osaka are a given, but what else?


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I doubt that SJWism is going to be alive come 2020. Saving face is a huge part of Asian culture, and Japan really wants to show off on the world stage come the Olympics. How they'll go about this is another matter. Tourists generally scrape the surface of Japanese degeneracy anyway, so it largely goes ignored. (e.g.- hiding away adult paraphernalia until it's over) But their paranoia about it could see things adapted to suit foreigners, at least for the actual year of the Olympics. It'll probably be business as usual after that. After all, the industries over there primarily make things for a Japanese audience.

Russia and China managed just fine. I'm sure Japan will too. Hell, the UK broke out of Globalism after the Olympics. Japan is under a right wing nationlist government, I'm sure they'll be fine, give or take a few adjustments with certain issues that are still in a gray area.


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>that last pic

That's the kind of shit that gives me hope. 日本ばんざーい!


http://www.kalzumeus.com/2014/11/07/doing-business-in-japan/ Here's something pleasant and useful which a friend found for me.



It is a decently written article, but the writer is a left wing parasite that subverting Japan. Very disappointing to see shit like this splattered in the middle of the article.

>In an ideal world there would be no racists, but in the less than ideal world that you may find yourself living in, at least hope to run into ruthlessly capitalist racists, because that’s something you can work with.

Those fucking evil racist capitalists.



I don't even know how decently written it is. It all strikes me as sensationalism vaugely hand-waved as "okay maybe not everyone is like this but lol check it out all these weird japs are like this". The author is either deliberately trying to send a message, which I'm assuming is "Japan is fucked and full of evil bigots, here's tips on how to go over there and enrich their culture", or just blissfully unaware of how ignorant and dickish he is. You can tell from his self-victimizing attitude and rudeness that he's a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I've heard testimonials from other gaijin settled in Japan which have been positively glowing, so it wouldn't surprise me if it was his own attitude that caused him unnecessary hardship.

Aren't black companies on the decline? I would assume, especially in more modern industries where you're going to have more young people in charge, that the oppressive Japanese work culture isn't as pronounced as it used to be.



Yes, I agree with you. The reason I call it decent isn't the fact of his own opinions, but that I found it mildly entertaining in its own stand. However articles like this only go to show that gaijin in Japan really are the worst, I'd dread having to deal with gaijin on a daily basis while in Japan.




>who in their right mind would want to work in japan of all places.

Why the fuck are you even here?



Japan is a nice place to visit, but a really awful place to work and live in.


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In a few years when I turn 30 and my life is officially on its way down the shitter, I will go and spend as much time there as whatever visa I can score will allow. I will get a comfy warehouse job, or in a mechanic shop, or -if I'm really lucky- something to do with fishing. Somewhere underpaid where I will make just enough money to afford the rent for my tiny apartment, my meals, some mango and a JR pass or two a few times a year. Although the pay will be shit, the guys will be total bros and we're all going to get together after work at the local izakaya and get proper smashed on some damn fine nihonshu. I will stumble home to my loving waifu, whom I will still love, and we will enjoy a modest meal of miso soup made from last night's dashi, rice and some smoked fish from the conbini. I will, of course, still be posting on /a/.

I will only afford to own a shitty bicycle with a basket in the front and one in the back. Each day I commute to work I will have to go past crowds of school girls with a wild smile on my face and in doing so I will think "I DON'T REGRET ANYTHING!"

This moment of clearness will be ended by an oba-san in her van who didn't see me come flying around the corner because the concave mirror was foggy or some shit. Frankly, it will be my fault for never letting go of my bad bike habits that I acquired when I was a wanna-be courier, fixie-riding faggot. One last thought will have the chance to slip past before I drift away: "They can't make fun of my shit t-taste... anymore."

As for the part that follows, one can only hope it involves lap pillows and tender embraces from a certain bug-eyed maiden that I hold dear but if there's one thing anime has thought me is that IT AAAALL RETURNS TO NOTHING. IT ALL COMES TUMBLING DOWN, TUMBLING DOWN, TUMBLING DOOOWN.



I'm sure being anything that's not a salaryman is bearable. I can't imagine Japanese shopkeepers being any worse off than Western ones, even if standards for work are different.

Speaking of which, has anyone here been to any of the zoos in Japan? Are they worth commenting on?


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I hope they don't do this. They will destroy themselves if they start bringing foreigners in. Foreigners will eventually destroy everything good about Japan and make the bad things worse, and will create racial issues and divide their society. Japan's population is dropping because it has to. It's a really overpopulated country, so it's only natural that this is happening. They have to accept this, just like Europe should have.

Ideally, they should minimize immigration as much as possible, and let their population stabilize. After that, they will have a really comfy clean country with a great culture and will be able to live like actual people in a more rural and relaxed setting, with people that they actually know, instead of the faceless corporate masses. Modern governments want to turn their own people into fucking animals. Everything is ridiculously crowded, but they always want more, because more cattle means more money. It's basically attempted slavery.





Though I have a soft spot for Shitamachi Tokyo, so that figures.



Visited Ueno zoo, and an aquarium in Okinawa. Meh. Not into caged animals. Too much concrete surrounding elephants and stuff. YMMV etc



Nope. Working in Japan sucks. Really. Just stay a tourist or have an outside/web-based income. Something that brings in the $$ but not the .jp lifestyle.

>The only thing worse than being gaijin in Japan is being Japanese in Japan.

There is truth in that.


I'm going during April next year, arriving in Narita and heading to Tokyo where I have a hostel bed in Asakusa rented for the entire month. This is actually mostly for luggage storage as once I get my fill of the immediate area I plan on hopping from town to town with no real destination in mind and exploring wherever seems interesting and sleeping where I can. I still have a list of specific places to visit if I find myself in the area but I'm mostly planning for my destinations to be completely spontaneous.

Anyway, my question is how common are bike rentals outside of Tokyo? There's an underground lot a block away from my hostel that offers a week-long rental for 1,200 yen - and that seems to be the case in most areas of Tokyo - but once I'm out of a major city will I just have to go it on foot? Judging by this thread and the previous one there seem to be a lot of points of interest within an hour from each train station but with all the hills it seems like biking is the way to go. Would it be recommended to just buy a folding bike once I arrive? (I have zero experience with folding bikes)


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I didn't get folding bikes for a long time. Until I spent the summer with one. They're fucking awesome.

Nowdays you can get some legitimately great stuff that is on par with a full-size bike. There's roadbike versions, for example., with multiple gears. Or you can opt for the single speed type and slap on a giant chainring with a tiny cog on the back so you can go 60km/h on flat roads (this is what I did) and walk next to it on really steep hills. The best part is that it is super tiny and light and folds into a neat little package and you can imagine how nice that would be on a crowded train or bus or even taking it on the plane. Some anon in previous thread mentioned you can't take a bike on a train unless it is a - folded - folding bike. Also, due to its size it's even more convenient to carry spare tubes or tires with you. The cherry on top is that they are real comfy and fun to ride.

Sage for bike post.



I biked in Japan a few times, but always rented the bike. Sometimes cities like Hiroshima have centralized bike-sharing programs that charge you for hour used or a flat day fee, only downside is that you have to register with new each city or sub-region, and you either have to use a phone app or use an IC card like SUICA or PiTaPa or ICOCA. For example, you might check out a bike, use it for 3 hours, then return it to a bike docking station somewhere in the city or sub-system, then be charged for 3 hours or just the daily flat fee, whichever is lower. Usually the fees are 100-200 yen per 30 minutes, up to daily flat fee limits of 1000 or 1500 yen. If you have trouble with the registration setup to begin with, the tourist information centers at the major train stations will probably help, especially in the smaller cities like Hiroshima.

On the other hand, not all cities have these centralized bicycle services, in which case you'll have to brush up on your Jap skills, ask a local tourist info center for places to rent bikes, then go over there and do the bow-and-apologize dance while asking to rent a bike. I did that in Morioka, renting a bike from a place called Sasaki Bicycles a block away from the main train station. The guy there didn't speak a lick of English, but rented a bike to me anyway for 200 yen/hr up to 1000yen/day. Only conditions were that I had to bring it back by closing time at 5PM, and he needed to make a copy of my passport in case I was a firthy gaijin who planned on just stealing the bike. It was a good bike though, a nice 3-gear commuter bike with a basket on the front, a rear wheel lock and key, and a hill-destroying first gear. I ended up paying 1000 yen and saw a lot of the city that I couldn't otherwise see due to the near-nonexistent bus system.

Lovely time, but always choose an option that fits your budget and what you want to do in Japan. I had a friend who biked from Tokyo to Osaka on a road bike he bought once in Japan, camped somewhere every night, then sold the bike before he went home at the end of the month, so that's certainly doable. He was able to do it because he had the time, the money, and the Jap skills.


Something strange happened during my visit to Hiroshima and I hope someone could explain.

I was at the Peace Park with a travel companion, when a hapa girl around 12-14 of age approached us and offered to guide us around. She was half-white, fair-skinned, long copper hair, and she spoke fluent English.

We had to decline her offer as we would be leaving the city in an hour, and we didn't want to fork out money for some tour guide as we could move around on our own just fine.

What the hell was that? Are there really middle schoolers doing guided tours on the side? Was it a trap set up by the Yakuza?

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Did she offer any beer or dadrock?

Because it sounds like you could have been the victim of a loli rape-gang kidnapping.


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She was probably trying to get you to ditch the hag and give you a tour on the loli train. And you passed it up.


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>loli rape-gang kidnapping

Dodged a bullet right there. I mean, who would want to fall victim to that, right? h-hahaa



Better than the time I went to Hiroshima and a Jehovah's Witness from Kumamoto started proselytizing to me as I was just trying to eat my fucking onigiri. You probably avoided the mythical loli beer van.



What is the loli beer van?


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Classical Rock CDs? Oh shit lets go!



Not necessarily classical rock, anon, it could be just any old rock.

If a strange loli approaches you run as fast and as far away as you can and contact your local elementary school teacher.



If I was enough of a fa/tg/uy, I'd create a system/setting around this.


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You know, all those things sound enticing. The free beer, the loli, the dadrock, hell, even the van is cool. I don't even listen to dadrock very much, but if the loli's offering I'm sure it would be real swell.

Who in their right mind would turn down such an offer? Did >>726060 blow it?


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You think you're safe?



That would be someone wanting to spend time with other English speakers and make some cash on the side. Alternatively you get in the free beer van.


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Please stay safe.


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Following what this anon posted, does anyone have any recommendations for Japanese guidebooks?


Bumping this thread, looks interesting.



Honestly needed more Rotherham references.


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Just like my Chinese cartoons.



what hope? Abe gave stipendium to 150 Syrian students to study on Jap Unis.





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Found these cherry trees in full bloom near a Catholic church.



Hokkaido island, Hiroshima



>It changed my life forever and now I think that it's okay to die since I actually managed to do the one thing I've always wanted to do.

I know that feel. I would return there but I'm not sure what/how since I've already been there and visited most of kyoto, hakone and mt fuji, nothing left except for osaka and tokyo (only spent 1 night in tokyo)



That's fucking beautiful.

Where did you film it? at what month?

What's the best month to visit Japan for seeing the sakura?



It was bizarre seeing such a civilized country after 18 hours of airplane. It's like they out-westerned us while keeping in big contrast all ancient honors (almost) intact, while in west any mention of your past heroes is demonized by the left.

Made me realize how the rich story of my country and its past heroes are treated like dirt, seeing how the japanese treat their past rulers and figures of merit in comparison.


Because those are kids who used parents money extend their "anime fun". Many people travel to Japan are already experienced travelers.

Ironically I consumed almost 0% anime while in Japan, because my there was limited and I could always see anime and manga at home. Spent most of my time seeing their temples, heritage, and Kyoto so beautiful.

People also very hospitable if you speak Japanese. Dunno where the jap racist stereotype comes from, maybe from ""holywood""

Being at Mt Fuji was also great experience, and Nara too, those antelopes almost licked my whole clothes.



*because my time there was limited



It's in Tokyo. I don't remember the exact place, just that it's near a Catholic church. It's one of those pleasant surprises the other anons mentioned when you just randomly explore.

I think it was the last week of March. That's around the best time to see sakura. But check the Internet for more accurate predictions on different locations.



I remember I'd quickly flip through the channels whenever I had a bit of time at the hotel (usually before bed) to see what animu would be playing.

I imagined there's probably always a show on.

I shit you not, I didn't manage to see a single one airing. All I saw was people talking, people eating, talking some more. And a bit of sumo and some baseball.



It may not be as much as western Europe but then again that's hardly a fair a comparison. 150 is enough for a ghetto to form, and enough for a lot more halfbreeds to pop out. I doubt many of those 150 are going to want to leave a place like Japan.


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Basically you have to be a person who:

>earns 50M yen a year

>Age less than 30

>A healthy body and mind w/in "certain threshold"

>graduate from a "Top and Well-known" university

Yes, you need to become Gary Stu/Mary Sue to avail this Visa...



>lolsowacky faggot that can't go 3 seconds without needing a cut in the footage

I can't even sit through one minute of this drivel and somehow I am expected to expose myself to over 15 fucking minutes.

What's the gist of it, Anon?



Sorry bout that anon

Actually the TL:dr is in my previous post

>Basically you have to be a person who:

>earns 50M yen a year

>Age less than 30

>A healthy body and mind w/in "certain threshold"

>graduate from a "Top and Well-known" university

Tl;dr ,you are REQUIRED to become Gary Stu/Mary Sue to avail this Visa...




Oh I forgot to mention it's actually japan's new rules in regards of getting a green card.



Well, that's one way to seperate the wheat from the chaff.




This is for a permanent residence visa, not for a work visa. Permanent residence visas don't effect most foreigners living in Japan and have nothing to do with the article which is about work and trainee visas.

I don't actually know any people living in Japan that have a permanent residence visa, most foreigners either don't plan to stay in Japan permanently and have a work visa and those that do want to stay are either married or planning to get married and then get a spousal visa.



Fucking this. Get a JR pass if you plan on actually traveling across cities. The Shinkansen is neat and with a JR pass you save a ton of money in the long run so long as you ride a shinkansen at least twice.

ALWAYS HAVE CASH ON YOU. Some areas just straight up wont accept cards after certain times if at all.

Google Maps and Google Translate is a godsend there and will help you with pretty much all the little things you will need to know. Rent one of those portable wireless boxes which will give you unlimited wifi for however long you plan on traveling and use Line or WhatsApp to communicate with the people you are with or plan on meeting. Wifi is plentiful in the cities but it's nice to have just in case.


Air b&b has cheap places since you only really need a place to sleep, but the app offers some cool things that locals will host like learning some Japanese instruments or tours for cheap.


I noticed elevens tend to keep to themselves even if you're not a foreigner.

On my trip last year I had a gaijin moment which turned out being pretty cool. It was my second day in Japan and an old couple brought up a conversation with me because I sat in the "old people only" part of the seats on a train in Tokyo. There were plenty of seats still open so it wasn't bad or anything they just gave me a heads up. After letting me know I immediately stood up, thanked them for letting me know and they laughed because my Japanese isn't great but good enough to have a simple conversation. They opened up and we had a pretty cool conversation about how they were visiting their son in Tokyo and ended up saying that when they were younger they were always afraid of standing out in cities which is why people tend to stick to themselves and in their local town everybody tended to know everyone so there is a "culture gap" among themselves, i.e. city people stood out and were considered weird. As they got old and retired they stop giving shits and decide to "live life" which is why its easier to talk to older people or they are more often to start conversations out of curiosities or calling out bullshit.

After my time on the shinsanken you will really notice how it goes from CITY to rural and CITY to rural. On my next trip this winter I'm hoping to spend more time in the rural areas since I was in the major cities most of the time.


Anyone have any experience with climbing Fuji?

How does one plan a trip to Fuji, any good guides or anything (transportation, cost of stuff on the mountain, place to sleep, food) someone could share?


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Git gud with your instrument playing and perform in the music room.


How realistic is my expectation to live on 500-700 yen a meal?

I'm planning to travel on a tight budget and most sites I checked said that's the average price for street food, which is usually prrtty good.

But how filling is it in reality? Am I expected to order a few meals?

This assuming I eat as much as an average man.

Of course I'm talking about udon, ramen or sushi, I don't expect to fill up on takoyaki.

Any tips for eating on a budget in Japan?



This is a really cool video.


700 yen is the average price of udon/ramen/soba. And you can get breakfast out of the way with fresh onigiri from the convenience store for dirt cheap.

Two onigiri and a biru is the proper way to start your day.



You CAN do that but why would you? It's like only eating peanut butter sandwiches at home all the time.



>I'm planning to travel on a tight budget



I wouldn't compare udon and yakisoba to a peanutbutter sandwich.

While I understand the drawbacks, I also really need to get a good idea of how much I can spend minimum and then add some to that calculation.


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Stay safe nippon.


Really nice thread. Thanks, guys.



Are you going to explain yourself faggot, or am I gonna have to ask nicely?


Yeah, you're welcome. Just go there, asshole. There is no excuse.



>There is no excuse.

What about being too autistic/retarded and not having the time? If I wasn't a limpwristed faggot piece of shit, I coud go there for my masters thesis.



If the first thought in your head wasn't "military otaku," you don't belong on this board.



I'm going to be using grant money to go there myself. Just do it faggot.


Same anon as >>732003

I'm looking through sleeping arrangements and it looks like hostels are the cheapest option.

Does anyone have any experience with those? I'm generally not autistic and can handle social interaction well, but I do value my privacy.

Would I want to slit my own throat after a month an a half-ish of sleeping in hostels and maybe the occssional capsule hotel? Are they generally pleasent? I can only assume they will be tremendous gaijin hives.

I'm no stranger to sharing a room with many people but still, it's not exactly a plus.



What I meant was more like, "Where was this photograph taken and could you give us more details on what was going on? Because that looks pretty fucking cool, anon."



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So I was at the entrace of this Ryokan, getting ready to go adventuring. It was early in the morning and the few Japs awake at this hour were just stumbling along outside towards their jobs.

In the Ryokan's office, which was adjacent to the entrance, a friendly and warm obaasan-type of lady was watching over me. I put my shoes on, bowed and said something along the lines of, "I-Ittekimasu!" She looked at me, smiled and replied, "Itterasshai!"

It was just like in my favorite SoL animu, and it felt damn fine.



This post made me smile like a retard, truly living the dream there, anon.


What are the quest houses like?



Mostly just fetch quests, nothing to write home about.


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Let's try that again. What are the guest houses like?



I would like to know this as well, anyone?



Polite sage for double posting.

Where was this ryokan? Was the Ryokan you were staying in a 'big' one or was it a small, family owned ryokan away from the town center?

How likely am I to find a nice family owned one if I just wonder about?



> I have an extensive criminal record

I refuse to believe an anon has ever actually done anything, let alone something illegal.



It was probably something with drugs and not like he killed a man although tewifag has done that.

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