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Japan General - Hatsumōde Edition
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

*Info on prostitution*
Please try to refrain from asking questions about prostitution.
Japan's sex industry is almost completely inaccessible to foreigners who do not speak Japanese. What is available can generally be found in the following links
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/
>http://rockitrisingsun.com/
>http://hentaitokyo.com/
Note that most of these companies are owned by the same group so behave.

*Note about the JR Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.

>http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥

Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.

Please refer to the old thread while it's still in archive: >>1337850
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I love Japan, and anime! Where can I go to see this kind of stuff?
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So I have an 18 hour layover on the 10th, landing in Haneda at 11pm at night, and taking off from Narita at 5pm the next day.
What would be my best option for accommodation where I can check in sometime before 2am and leave around 3pm on the same day? I was thinking capsule hotel but I seem to only find those with 4pm check in and noon check out.
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Can someone post the link to that one google drive file which contains information about all the things to see and do in Tokyo?
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I never left my own country or even federal state. I wanna go to Japan in like Mai or June. Is this a good season? I don't want it too cold or too hot. What kind of stuff should I be checking out before I leave etc? First time ever.
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>>1342751
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aA_Y29yqHXC2OGVrZrF9u0dwEE8

Part 2 is broken for some reason
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>>1342751
>>1342806
Nvm works now
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I_DJ38615142iBj10Cgaavm8_Yc
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I need a Japanese gf
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>>1342819
Why?
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>>1342789
Im going for the first time this coming june. They say its not that hot but depends on what weather ur used too. I live in a tropical country so im used to the heat so for june its kind of cold for my standards.

If ur going this june hope ill see u there!
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>>1342728
[spoiler]Japan[/spoiler]
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How to plan an itinerary without being overwhelmed?
It's hard to determine how much time each activity would take.
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>>1342727
Is $3k enough for a couple to travel leisurely for about a week, not including plane tickets? I'm thinking of spending 2 days in Kyoto (historical sites), 2 days in Tokyo (museums), and 3 days in Hokkaido (mostly hiking).
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>>1342896
That's how I feel. Overwhelmed. I want to plan a 2 week trip for July but I just get nervous thinking about all the preparations and scheduling. Inspirock seemed to make an ok basic schedule, but I'll have to edit it for my own interests and stuff.
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>>1342896
I don't really plan an itinerary outside of few places I'd want to visit, ranking them in orders of what I must see and what I can skip.
This is after traveling overseas many times by myself though, I did plan out a thorough(and suffocating) itineraries for my first few trips.

Just know that things will never go perfectly as planned, and most of 'planning' is done on the spot when you have to improvise.

This thread was pretty neat
>>1334670
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I've been considering traveling to Tokyo but I'm unsure whether it would be a good location.

I'm not a huge weeb anymore, not interested in prostitution, food or culture. I suppose there is nothing much to see or experience there that isn't found in any major Western city?

I've been watching some "Things to do in Tokyo" videos, but nothing of it seems appealing enough to warrant the trip for me, since I'm not into robot/cat/maid cafes, restaurants, parks etc. I'm interested in art, but I don't see a necessity to travel around the world and go into a museum when I can have a glimpse at the art work through the web.

Is there anything worthwhile to do in Tokyo for a fucked up individual like me?
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Would it be stupid of me of not doing a planned itinerary for tokyo? I never really do that when i travel. But for tokyo is that ok?
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>>1342940
If all you're doing is Tokyo, not an issue unless you want to do things like the Gibli museum or other ticket ahead of time events. But I would try to have some kind of itinerary if you plan to travel outside Tokyo.
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>>1342941
No! Just tokyo! I guess yes if im going outside tokyo it will be smart to have an itinerary.

My friend wants to go to the ghibli museum so i might go. I still dont need an itinerary right? Also speaking of ghibli museum, how much are the tickets?

Also someone said it costs more money if you dont have an itinerary? Is this true?
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>>1342928

Dont force yourself into traveling to a country if you're not really into it. Just find another place to go or you might end up hating the place.
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Anyone been to Hokkaido? Is it worth a visit?
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>>1342959
Do you understand what an itinerary is? I would assume and hope that if you're staying in Tokyo, you already have your lodgings and flights paid for well in advance. Paying last minute is typically far more expensive.

You won't be jumping from place to place around Tokyo, there's just no need for it. The metro subways and JR rail lines will get you everywhere you want to go. But you will need to do some research it seems. I've never been to the Ghibli museum, but I have been told that tickets sell out very often.
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>>1342820

Having a Japanese boyfriend/girlfriend is the best way to visit Japan. You get to do all the cool shit that requires speaking the language.
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>>1342928

Up to you, man. Life's short, don't go places you're not excited about.
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>>1342973
i thought itinerary is a detailed plan of where youre going and is arranged by time. so like when i land on tokyo at 1:00 pm, ill eat at this restaurant until 2:00 pm then go to my hotel etc.

I definitely have my flight tickets already and for the lodging, will book a month before.

what im asking is the detailed plan of where to go on specific times.

so what i do usually when i travel is that i list down the places i wanna go and plan when im there already.
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so dudes, considering Japan is so strict about allowing foreigners entry, do you think a drug charge from when I was 15 would restrict my access? I assume it was expunged years ago, and that when asked if I've ever been convicted of a crime, I could reasonably say no. I've researched this, but have found nothing to support or disprove this. the only thing that concerns me is that I've read on multiple websites that a "drug charge at any age" will restrict me entry. Any answers would be appreciated.
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>>1342996
Roll the dice, if you aren't moving there they probably won't care at all
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>>1342973
>have your lodgings...paid for well in advance
I thought lodging was better done on the spot, or only for smaller towns?
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Yeah, yeah. I know you are sick of these questions. But how easy is it to get in the pants of Japanese girls as a western guy? Do you have good chances for one night stands when you visit a club but don't want a total uggo? Like when you are a very good 6-7/10 white guy.
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>>1343005
Maybe in other parts of Asia but Japanese tend to like being well prepared for their guests especially if they don't speak Japanese.
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>>1342996
Have a drug charge not even an year ago, not guilty, but still on my record, as long as you don't declare it and if they do catch you, just play dumb and they will let you go most likely.
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>>1343016
Your question is answered in the sticky.

But really, Tinder and bars around Roppongi and maybe Shibuya are crawling with gaigin hunters.
Their looks vary and are mostly subjective. I wouldn't expect any 10/10s though.
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For any other stupid questions, if you don't know what to do, or you know it's not acceptable or stupid and they stop you, use the language barrier and play the baka gaijin card to get out of almost everything. You'd be surprised on how many things you can get away scot-free.
That being said, do something seriously illegal and your fucked regardless. Like doing drugs and stuff that even you can't get away with in your own country (as long as you aren't from some dirty ass sand nigger or 3rd world poorfag country)
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Has anyone been to the Hacostadium? If so, is it remotely English friendly or can I get by with minimum Japanese?
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Has anyone ever really been to Japan? lmao does that place even really exist?
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>>1343042
Ha, na. The USA just created it to trap all the young white males and stop them from reproducing.
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>>1343004
>>1343021

Thanks for the response, guys. I'll report any results I find.
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Is the gundam museum open now?
And is Kabukicho good place to stay? I found hotel there with god price.
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Can I go on pornhub and other uncensored adult websites in Japan? Asking for myself.
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>>1343060
no, Abe will personally come into your room and cut your dick off with a Katana if you try
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Being stuck in Osaka with no money and a broken credit card while there are bank holidays sure sucks.
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>>1343074
Where in Osaka are you? I'm near Expo Park
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How legit is Airbnb in Tokyo? because I was reading about people who got their reservations cancelled few days before going and shit like that, its my first time going abroad and as autistic weeb I would like to avoid that kind of stuff.
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>>1343057
Kabukicho is a red light district, that good price might be because it's a love hotel.
But hey, as long as you don't go along with any black guys offering club entrence.
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>>1343155
>How legit is Airbnb in Tokyo?

Just as it is everywhere else, always depends on the host normally it's always fine. Besides if they do flake out worst is you spend a night in a 20 USD/night capsule hotel.

>>1343060
Yes, this isn't china

>>1343057
It's fine and safe, just don't look lost and get ready for everyone in the world trying to get you into a club
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Planning to travel from tokyo to fuji Q by bus (willer express) but wanted to know how long is the trip. I can't find info anywhere, except that the distance between those 2 is around 90km.
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>>1343199
Willer express's website should have the times on there. if it's 90km then maybe an 1.45 hours, depends when you are leaving but generally the highways are congestion free outside tokyo
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>>1343113
A little late but I have my stay in Namba
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>>1342993
A schedule is a better word for what you're thinking. An itinerary is a kind of schedule, but is a general route plan. Planning to stay in one location for X days, another location for Y days, and so on, and how you plan to get from each location to the next.
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How do Japanese people normally dress? I want to blend with them when I go there.
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>>1343216
t shirt, jeans, or the like, probably what you normally see in your city. Business people in business wear. My advice don't wear shit with too much english text on it unless you really want to explain what it means over and over and over again
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>>1343216
If you really want to blend you should wear a kimono 24/7
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>>1343232
this
rice hat, kimono, and wooden sandals. you'll practically be invisible. when I visited Tokyo I always startled people because they didn't realize I was a foreigner
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I went to Japan for 2 weeks in December. Some highschool kids in Kyoto asked me to take pictures with them, I'm just an average tourist, wtf was going on?

Also, why do people stare at you in the subway?
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>>1343259
You are that ugly
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>>1343259
Yeah, happened to me with a lot of people when I was there, even had some grab onto me. Doing selfies is just a way for them to brag to a friend, not as common in tokyo.

>Also, why do people stare at you in the subway?
number of reasons but I'll give you a hint, one of the people on that sub didn't look like the other hundred people
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>>1342971
ye I go there for the snow yearly. Its pretty great, the outdoor onsen near furano in the mountains are amazing. Keep in mind its pretty much 'western frontier' japan. Everywhere outside of sapporo is pretty barren
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>>1343268
Yeah, they took selfies only. What the hell do they brag about? In Tokyo you get stares but no selfies.

I know I'm not Asian and that plays a part but it's not like they're completely detached from western culture, I don't see black people in my country very often but when I do I don't stare at them for uncomfortable amounts of time.
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>>1343259
The other thing I found interesting is that the male to female ratio in the street in shibuya and shinjuku is like 4:1, where the hell are the guys between 18 and 25?
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>>1343270
Tokyo has tons of foreigners so it's not really anything special to see stuff. Kyoto has them to but usually chinese, the farther outside tokyo I went the more "oh you're america?! can we have a beeru or chat" became.

It's just for them to talk about to their friends how <insert whatever they want to> here to their friends and such.
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>>1343271
Oh and also there's locals going in for the cold approach in the street every 2 blocks and they get shut down mercilessly, it's hilarious to watch.
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>>1342727
>Joining the Yakuza

Tell me. Has there ever been a white guy who joined the Yakuza?
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>>1343021

Brother, if you don't mind me asking, how easy was it to enter japan? Upon being asked to disclose arrests, did you simply answer no and enter? Did they photograph and fingerprint you? Did you fear any reprisal from not being completely open? Sorry to bombard you with questions, I just really want to visit.
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>>1343306
You get asked if you've ever been arrested through a form that you're handed while on the flight. Everyone gets their fingerprint scanned and photo taken upon entering Japan and then you just give them the form you filled out while on the plane.
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>>1343306
Not him but you basically get this and are asked to fill it out

Th goods are usually like Drugs, weapons etc, obvious no's

They basically will look at your passport, look at what you wrote, check your fingerprints to see if it is on file in their system, you aren't overstaying a visa, and make sure your passport comes back as not blacklisted in their system.

Generally all they ask is about how long your stay is, what you do for work, and where you plan to go visit. I traveled around but just said Tokyo because they have to put something down. I doubt they can cross check everything tied to your passport in your home country because A) a system like that would be hard to implement, B) access of data would be hard between countries, and C) it would take too much time. Usually they are just checking their systems for records of you in their country, not the other way around.
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Anyone want to meet up?

Heading to Japan for the first time with some friends. i will be in tokyo from the 11th of jan till the 17 or 18th. My friends are super inexperienced travellers so they will be doing the most touristy stuff possible. Nothing wrong with that but (at risk of sounding like a realtravellerTM meme) i would like to get out of the tourist trail a bit. Plus theres no way i can spend that amount of time 24/7 with them.
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>>1343270
Its because lots of high schools go on trips to Kyoto, so for a lot of kids who live in the middle of nowhere, it is rare for them to be in a larger city, and it is usually one of the only opportunities they have to see foreigners.
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The Nigerians In Shinjuku are so fucking annoying.
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>>1343363
Oh cool, kinda funny that some kid in the middle of nowhere has me on his camera roll. >>1343371
I also saw these guys while visiting, how the fuck did they end up in there?
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>>1343373
I don't care. They just are annoying.
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>>1343271
They have fucking jobs. They work for the glory of the emperor. No time for cavorting.
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>>1343373
Hired by yakuza to be touts for the foreign crowd. The Japanese touts do the exact same speech, they just don't waste their time on foreigners unless you approach them and speak in Japanese.
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>>1343371
EYYY BIC BRUDDA
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>>1343379
Even post 8 PM the ratio remains the same. Aren't they ever going out? The female/male disparity is crazy in Tokyo at least.
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>>1343389
They are just getting out of work by that point. Then they have to go out drinking with their colleagues. The best izakaya are the holes in the wall no ones heard of. Not in the damn town square in Shibuya.
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>>1343391
>fa
I spent 8 nights out in Izakayas and in Christmas light set ups near Yoyogi and still saw few guys.
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Ive been to japan 3 times. Each time i felt a little sadder
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>>1343393
stop going to the exact same places
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>>1343394
I didnt. Each time was different, well except akiba each time. Its not a sadness with the places, i was happy each time, it was something deeper
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>>1343389
I remember taking the train at 11pm and the station was packed with salarymen.
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>>1343393
Probably your Japanese is shit and you've realized that your experience is actually really superficial. Start learning the language
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>>1343019
>Japanese tend to like being well prepared for their guests
I mean sure, but I'm talking like hotels and hostels, not someone's bedroom.
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>>1343406
My japanese is fine, i studied in uni.
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>>1343381
>Japanese touts do the exact same speech
I've never seen Japanese touts grabbing and clinging onto Japanese people like niggers do with tourists.
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>>1343066
lol
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>>1343016
If you dont speak Japanese then the majority of girls wont be interested. Of those girls who either can speak English (not many in my experience), or dont care, I wouldnt say it's that difficult.
I go to mostly bars, cant speak the language, and am maybe a 6/10 but I tend to "get in the pants" of a Japanese girl weekly.
I've been here a year though, and i would only consider 2 of the girls I've fucked 9/10. The rest of them werent butt ugly by any means, but werent the girls i'd really like to meet.
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>>1343430
I thought there were many gaijin hunters?
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>>1343430
Wow, Jap girls are easy sluts.
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>mfw I fly out to japan in three days
How long does customs usually take? I'm already cutting it pretty close as my flight lands at 8pm andy airbnb checkin ends at 10
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>>1343442
like 15-20 minutes
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>>1343214
Yes. Thats the word. Schedule. So is it okay to not have a schedule? Ill just list down the places i wanna go but no specific time.
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Where do you find people to meet up with? Going to be in Tokyo between Jan 5-8
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>>1343442
Wait airbnb has checkin times? Even tho u pay?
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What are hookups like in Japan if you spend some time getting /fit/ before arriving? I'd like to make a trip at end of year. I'm a virgin though, but I'm wondering if I continue to build muscle definition if it can make sex more accessible from asian cuties?
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>>1343471
Fit will do nothing for you
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>>1343475
Why?
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>>1343477
Unless youre a fat fuck. If youre average and not a lanklet youre g
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>>1343478
Even right now I'm 6'1 21.5bmi. I just need to actually put in the work to improve body composition. I've been doing cardio for years, but need to focus on muscle definition. I'm inclined to believe it can't hurt my chances at least.
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>>1343480
But know it makes not a lot of difference. Maybe it will boost your self confidence
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>>1343462
Poorfag at a hostel. Can't even afford to get his own place.
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Anybody want to meet up tonight?
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>>1343492
Where?

Also, anyone in Osaka please add me
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>>1343493
I'm in Tokyo, sorry man
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>>1343489
What? How is that relevant to what i said?
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Does anyone know the website Gaijinass.com. The guy was the best Japan blogger of all times, but he unfortunately passed away last May.
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>fw waited and waited and it's finally the year I get to visit
The hype is too much.
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I'd like to go to Japan with my girlfriend. I have been a few times and even lived there for a while and speak basic Japanese. I've been to most of the more popular tourist areas except for Hokkaido. She knows virtually nothing about Japan and has never been there. The only time we can go for two weeks or longer is in August. Should we do the whole touristy thing with Tokyo and Kansai even though it would be awfully hot and humid or should we just go to Hokkaido instead?
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>>1343539
Do a week+ in both?
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>>1343543

Ok, but isn't a week not enough for both Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka?
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>>1343489
Nigga I wasn't going to drop real money on a place I'm spending literally eight hours in. I spent the real money on my airbnb in Tokyo, which reminds me I need to coordinate key pick up with them.
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>>1343551
I wouldn't do all three in a week, but I figured since you are familiar with the area you could organise a basic itinerary she'd like.
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>>1343556

Yeah, that's a good idea. So how bad is Tokyo really in August? I personally hate hot and humind weather, but I lived in Singapore for two years and somehow dealt with it, but when I was in Osaka in August, it sometimes felt worse than Singapore and I've never been to Tokyo during that time of the year.
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>>1343442
Customs you'll walk right through, but the passport check-in for foreigners takes a while. I came on December 15, seemed pretty packed, took maybe half an hour
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I'm going with my gf to tokyo in a month, is there stuff there that would be cool to do as a couple? and by couple I mean things you would do with a gf, not stuff you would do with a normal buddy since we already have a ton of "normal" tuff planned already.
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>>1343589
Black Heart, a fetish bar in Ginza. They put on incredibly elaborate and beautiful displays of shibari/kinbaku.
https://www.bar-blackheart.com/event/kinbaku/index.html
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>>1342928
>Don't like the food or the culture
>Should I go?

No. That's the whole point of travelling to a place - to experience it.

I've come back from ten days in Tokyo and there are worthwhile things to do if you're not interested in the main tourist spots. Since I've already done most of the main sights in Tokyo, I got a chance to see less well-known areas like the Yushukan War Museum (saw the train from the opening ceremony of the Burmese Railway), Kappibashidori (loads of awesome shops and sights), Ryougoku (not just the sumo museum, but memorials to the Tokyo Firebombings and Kanto Earthquakes), the Miraikan (met Asimo) and loads more.

This time around I also went to Kamakura, Nikko and Kawagoe as well, all relatively short train rides away from Tokyo. Kamakura was really nice and peaceful, Nikko was freezing cold but worth the hiking, and Kawagoe...well, I got to eat some beef stew curry rice so there's that.

The most interesting experiences involved trying to use the language and meeting up for meals with penpals, as well as randomers. You might not care about the food, but there's so much to try - sukiyaki, chanko, soba, yakitori, udon, sashimi, curry rice, western-style food (not western at all), as well as different drinks (so many crazy choices, not just sake), and okashi from konbini are great if you just want to watch some variety shows and go to bed early.

It's not all boring museums and spending time by yourself. Enjoy the things you want to enjoy (even if you're not a weeb anymore, or don't care). Put yourself out there, meet people, embrace the strange things. It's not all sunshine and rainbows - a lot of crappy modern-build architecture, crowded trains, gaijin bubble, having to carry correct change - but it's a worthwhile place to visit.

Or don't, if you don't particularly like anything about Japan. It is expensive.
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>>1343480
If you're a virgin loser in your home country you'll be a virgin loser in Japan. Travel abroad is a multiplier and zero times anything is still zero
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>>1343480
If you can go to a bar, get a good drink and be confident you'll get laid. It's easy
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Anybody here live in Japan?
Has the Logan Paul incident impacted you at all yet?
Is it a bad idea to visit or should I wait a few months?
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Baka gaijin is common
Japanese are completely used to that
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg_AIMY2KtM
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>4AM NY DAY
>IN RAPPONGI
>PAY 3K COVER CHARGE
>SHOT GLASSES BEING WASHED IN TUPPEREARE AND REUSED
>LEAVE
>THERES A LOWRIDER TRICKING OUT HYDRAULICS OUTSIDE
SUCH IS LIFE
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>>1342727
Any tips for living in Sapporo?
Uni student btw.
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>>1343649
Is it worth staying in Tokyo if I'd only be able to stay for 4 nights?(Or would Osaka or Sapporo or some other city be a better place to visit the first time? I've been told Tokyo is a little unJapanese when compared to the rest of the country.)

I'm not even really sure what I'd do other than just walk around Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc. and just take it all in.(Well, there are a couple cafes I'd like to try and a couple museums.)
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This is what we did for New Years
https://youtu.be/ow_97HzNehc
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>>1343794
Yes, take a few days to check it out. Then explore the rest and enjoy.
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>>1343764
>Logan Paul incident
Yes, I'm not American but almost was beaten in Kabukicho yesterday. Got saved by Nigerian tout...
Fight in Hub was really something.
Came back to hotel, and ISP banned access to all videos with titles in English.
Please avoid visiting Japan for now, really serious.
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>>1343795
Don't remember asking
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>>1343764
Did Logan Paul personally nuke Japan again or did he upload a distasteful video? You're retarded.
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>>1343442
Dude you are fucked. NEX/ Keisei is like 40 min ride to the stations. 15-20 min to get out of immigration customs, then you have to get to the trains which is another 10 min, providing they are there. Good luck. Capsule hotels are pretty neat. Just expect to have to be up and out on time, and no womens allowed.
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>>1343534
Outpost Nine. The good old days.
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>>1343539
3-4 days in Tokyo, 3-4 days in Kyoto (bitches love that shit memoirs of a geisha etc...) 3-4 days in Hokkaido.
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>>1343559
Its a massive slab of concrete that creates its own weather patterns. It is also on a rather large bay.... Good luck. Just pack some extra socks and draws, and wear undershirts.
Also, the Japanese are convinced they dont sweat/smell, so enjoy the whole city wreaking of bologna pits.
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>>1343764
Does anyone in japan even know him?

>>1343769
The dumbest thing i did was pay for my tram when i got on and i entered through the front.
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I screwed up in life and got a useless undergraduate degree while being Japanese outside Japan. Is getting TEFL and Teaching English a viable long term career in the country?
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I was thinking of going to Japan at the end of 2018 for Nov/Dec as I like winter/christmas vibes in general. I have a sudden change of plans and if I want to go anytime soon it has to be in February.

I found an okay flight and will book it soon. For everything else I wont be able to book it until end of Jan or right at the beginning of Feb as Im getting a large bonus from work so I would have to book most of it 1-2 weeks before going.

Im thinking something like 10-14 days, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Okinowa then maybe something like Shirakawago or some snowy town that will be nearby worked in someway. I thought of going to Sapporo or just do Tokyo + the north but I dont know when I could return to Japan so wanted to make sure I checked out Osaka/Kyoto as its my first visit.

Ive been wanting to go to Japan as Ive been learning the language on and off for 1-2 years and want to experience Japan to see if I should keep learning and do Japanese as my only 2nd language. I work in crypto and Japan is a pretty important country for the space so far, I work partially with a non-crypto company based in tokyo so I might meet up with my contacts there one day if they dont find it too weird.

I want to see the large fish market in tokyo before it gets moved and am really into historical sites (ww2, edo period). I want to eat a ton of different food and if I could chill in an outdoor onsen with snow falling around me sipping on sake with no one else around, Id really enjoy that for like a day. I seen some nice pictures of old looking towns west of tokyo on the coast that have onsens and seemed like theyd be snowy in February.

Thanks for reading my blogpost, any thoughts on like which cities might work or tips would be great. Ive been reading these threads on/off for a couple months and watching a lot of tourist videos to prepare myself a bit.
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>>1343835
pic related
>>1343811
Fuck you
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>just got back from a trip in november
>going back skiing on the 25th

i can't fucking wait it's gonna be great
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>>1343888
damn son.

business? what do you do?
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>>1343890
software development, I picked up some $300 return flights last february (australia) for the november trip. It was just a week in tokyo by myself and now I'm going on a Ski trip with friends that being said I've been looking at making a career move over there
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>>1343884
Twelve cherrypicked tweets doesn't translate to pitchfork mobbing against waito piggus at every intersection, retard. Most Japanese haven't heard of this. The ones who are harping on it are already the kind who hate foreigners.

You're not even going to Japan, you just like to think about it, otherwise something this inconsequential would not really make you reconsider your trip.
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I have three days left in Japan. Was my first time. I did many touristy things and went to two music lives and Comiket.
Going to Kamakura tomorrow. What activities would you guys recommend for my last weekend in Japan? Something memorable and interesting.
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>>1343895
impregnating a local if you haven't done that before. Or getting impregnated if you're female
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>>1343896
A call 5 years later to parent a 4 yo, your life would be made
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Backpacking for one month with four friends.

Is it recommended to HAVE a precise plan for traveling, or can we just have destinations to pick from and then when we arrive choose how we go about?

It feels overly complicated to check train arrivals and planing which day is spent where.

Can we just pick to go to Kagoshima one day and figure out travel and a place to stay on the go?
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How viable/what should I expect teaching English in Japan? My girlfriend is Japanese and we're considering spending 2019 over there. Anyone have experience?

Also, any other jobs for a foreigner with basic Jap skills?
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How much approximately is the ticket price for one short trip in tokyo public transportation? Wondering if I should buy jp rail pass for 2 or 3 weeks if I'm going to spend about one week in tokyo and rest of the trip travelling around the country.
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>>1343764
You're assuming the Japanese are as hysterical or immature as westerners or actually cares about foreign media. No-one cares about what some low-IQ internet pleb from abroad does. He reminds me of the blonde guy from dumb and dumber. Your concern should be how stupid he makes westerners look rather than any reaction from them.
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How is Ghibli Museum already booked out for April, sales just started two days ago
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>>1343998
You'll probably not use the Yamanote Line enough to warrant a JR Pass for Tokyo
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>>1343973
This is pure anecdotal evidence, but a friend of mine who stayed with his japanese gf got a job at some language institute in Tokyo just by pretty much going there and asking. The pay was shit tho and according to him was only viable because he already had where to stay thanks to his girlfriend who lived there.
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>>1343998
One trip within Tokyo is usually 200-250 yen, a day pass for Tokyo Metro costs only 600, Tokyo metro + Toei Metro 900 yen. So you won't be able to spend more than 7k yen in a week, and JR pass costs like 28k.
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>>1344007
>>1344010
Okay thanks, I'll buy the 2 week pass and activate it when leaving tokyo.
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>>1344015
Doing the exact same for my trip in May.
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What's the best place to get a japanese gf?
I need help because I'm going there tomorrow.
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>>1344048
As a tourist?
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>>1344053
student
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>>1343764

he's not the first person to do stupid shit in japan and he won't be the last

just be on your best behavior and you won't even have to worry about it
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Is it true that Japanese society is extremely conservative and racist?

And people who spent long time in Japan say that Japanese people care so much what other people think of them and it is confused with being honorable. If you're up the social ladder, dressing good suits, living in big luxurious houses, making a lot of money, you are good. You can be a huge perverted asshole jerk, people will still respect you. And vice versa. You can be a very good, positive, nice human being, as long as you are not up the social ladder, not in a respectable position, not making lots of money, people wont respect you.

I've even heard that people talk lowly of suiciders, saying that "oh he killed himself. Couldn't handle life, couldn't take the pressure. He was weak."

And also it is said that people suicide not because they are very honorable, its because they are burned out, extremely stressed, care so much of what other people think of them, when they make a mistake and people judge the person on that, they just cant live with it anymore and suicide.
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>>1343794
It depends how far you're coming. I would say try to take at least a full week-two weeks if you're coming from western Europe or the US (10+ hour flying).

If it's a first time, do the Golden Route if you can (Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima). That way you can tick off all kinds of things - modern Japan, shrines, temples, monuments, WW2 history, weeb stuff etc.
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>>1344063
>student
if you're white, then basically anywhere.

if a girl asks how long you're in japan for, 50% chance she's gauging her chance with you for a long term relationship. 50% chance she's just making small talk, try to judge by how she reacts when you say you'll be there for a few years.

if a girl asks you to teach her English, 90% chance she's hitting on you. if its a guy, 90% chance he just wants to learn English for free.

if a girl asks you to call her by her FIRST name (unless during an English lesson), 99% chance she's hitting on you.

just dont be fat. nobody likes fat people.
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Hey guys! I always love reading these threads and have been browsing /trv/ for years. On the 8th I move to Tokyo for four months to study at Temple's Tokyo campus, I was wondering, would anyone like to hang out? Whether you're on vacation in Japan or live there, I'd like to make some pals. If you're interested, reply and I can give you my line or something.
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>>1344177
What if you're a tourist? Just forget about it?
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>>1344151
Yes
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If I open a unlocked toilet with a machine sliding door and there is someone in with their pants down is it my fault or theirs?
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>>1344191
Follow the nigerian touts, they know where the asian girls at
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>>1344201
BAKA HENTAI
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>>1344202
That sounds dangerous.
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Are the battery banks in Lawson and co loaded?
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>>1344202
The joke is they actually know if you want to go for prostitutions. 30k yen one hour
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>>1344179
Just go to a bar
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Is it at all possible to get a temporary job here, for someone who's staying for a little over a month and speaks no Japanese at all? Retarded I know but worth a try
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>>1344151
>If you're up the social ladder, dressing good suits, living in big luxurious houses, making a lot of money, you are good. You can be a huge perverted asshole jerk, people will still respect you. And vice versa. You can be a very good, positive, nice human being, as long as you are not up the social ladder, not in a respectable position, not making lots of money, people wont respect you.

yeah just like in any other country senpai. Welcome to the real world
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>>1344248
somewhat
>>1344262
no
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Is Japan a good country to solo travel?

Is it easy to met other travellers? I've already solo travalled through several European countries with good results. Japan seems a lot more quiet?
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>>1344297
yes, yes, no
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>>1344257
:(
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How is solo travel in Tokyo?

Thinking of going back to Tokyo, this time without friends in the next few weeks. How do you all manage it? I'm an introvert by myself, but an extrovert when I'm with friends.
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>>1344315
I find when im alone abroad i have 100000% more confidence in my self.

This question is answered the same regardless of location.
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>>1344295

Well where I am from, there's this impression of Japanese people. We perceive them as very honorable, extremely respectful, nice, decent people. It seems like its the exact opposite. They're just being super nice when they're tourists.

The people who've lived in Japan or stayed long term say that they're really shit people. Much worse than us.
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Is it too late to consider making plans to visit Toyko, Kyoto, etc. during March/April time?

I've been reading around and apparently the place gets booked up quiet early, so they say finding well-priced accommodation is difficult. Any truth to this?
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>>1344427
march & april is the Sakura season. lots of japanese people take a few days off for hanami.

its probably not too late, but price might be higher than usual, and any large city is gonna be more crowded than usual.
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>>1342727
How many days do you think I should dedicate to Kyoto and Osaka?
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>>1344491
More than Tokyo at any rate.
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>>1344494
I've been to Tokyo before, but never Kyoto and Osaka

Im actually thinking of just staying in Osaka and skipping Tokyo this time around
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Anyone ever attend uni in japan?
I'm curious how easy it is to get in and how intense the classes are.

Should I bother attempting?
I got mostly A's, a B or two and then a C in math on good days back in high school.
I want to try going on a student visa then transferring to the workforce after graduation.
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Hey I am gonna be traveling to japan in march(march 16 to 25) and this is my first time to japan or really anywhere outside of the us. Also first time flying. Im looking for anytips about travel and also things to do in toyko because thats where Im staying. Thanks in advance
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>>1344524
literally walk around anywhere in tokyo, there's stuff to do everywhere
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>>1344003
I bought my tickets within a few minutes of them going on sale, they're extremely limited. My ticket let me turn up at any time on the day I'd booked for. Where are you trying to buy them from?
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>>1344524
Stay in hotel and rent jav

Plane tips are clear your ears and sinuses, get up and walk every hour and do not sleep at all or else youll screw yourself over.

In tokyo theres so much to do just walking around will find you something. Dont just go to akiba, go fuji maybe. Why are you only looking for stuff in tokyo
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Are there any love hotels geared towards weebs?
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>>1344540
>love hotels geared towards weebs
Sounds like they would go broke after a week
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>>1344542
Just need to catch them in the right timing then.
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>>1344540
You need someone to love to go to a love hotel

>>1344542
That would just be themed rooms
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>>1344510
'Transferring to the workforce'
lol good luck gaijin Japan doesn't follow your lax western immigration laws. Uni there is fun though.
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I need to withdraw money but the 7/11 atm won't read my card (chip is fucked up)
Where could I withdraw money?
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>>1344582
Can you use the magstripe?
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>>1344533
I am also gonna be in shibuya
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>>1344572
are you telling me it's hard to get a job as an english teacher or something in IT
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>>1344610
English teacher is an easy meme job you just need a degree from anywhere in anything and not be a complete idiot. Its basically not a real job.

Any other proper jobs are way harder to get unless you make the right connections while you are there, have mad drive or are extremely well qualified in an under represented field. Its possible if you know how to go about it but largely it involves weaseling your way in to cliques, making tons of good friends making contacts with people in suitable fields. Plus trying to get a job is a thousand times easier if you actually are in the country already for some reason such as an english teacher. I suggest you spend a great deal of time researching it first as its no cakewalk. Almost everyone I know who worked there lasts between 1-2 years on average, although alot of this is because people get fed up with the bureaucracy and work ethic. Enjoy uni, research and then decide based off a little experience actually being there. Going in as you are expecting it to be an easy thing isn't a great idea. The people who made a success of it only did so because they married a Japanese citizen. I also know someone who astoundingly managed to work in the japanese entertainment industry and despite this ended up leaving after [again] a couple years because of the huge difference in the way things work over there.
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>>1343320
Domm?
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>>1344587
Yes
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I went to Japan last summer for 2 weeks and it was honestly the happiest I've ever been in my life. It was a dream of mine to go there for like 10 years, and even though I got sick and injured I have nothing but fond memories.

I'm trying to think of new countries I'd like to visit but nothing gives me the same hype as Japan. Should I see other places around the world or just go back to Japan?
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I have an 18 hour layover at narita airport near tokyo. 4pm-11am Tokyo time, 11pm-5pm my time(vancouver jetlag)

I eouldnlike to train into Tokyo to see a bit of the city. Any ideas or reccomendations? I'll probably lose 6 hours between leaving the airpott, training to tokyo, training back, and getting through the airport to my plane. Am I wrong?
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>walking through small neigbourhood
>approached by Japanese man that speaks fluent English
>find out he's the owner of the building we were passing by
>offers to show us around his home / business
>we drink beers in there with him and a colleague while the workers still do their thing
>then he treats us all to dinner to "show foreigners the best side of Japan"

Weird but amazing day lads, didn't expect that. Also I'm sure the greentext story isn't doing it any justice.
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>>1344663
Go again, your only reason to go somewhere else is to go somewhere new for the sake of it. Two weeks is not enough to experience everything Japan has to offer
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>>1344669
what neighbourhood?
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I'm at a uniqlo in Japan trying to buy clothes and at checkout they asked for my passport to scan. Why is this? Is there some export tax/tariff I'm about to get fucked with that's going to ruin my deals?

Also, how should I deal with customs on my flight out? I haven't bought anything that won't fit inside my luggage or carry on backpack,, and all my higher value stuff I'm bringing home is all inconspicuous clothes that'll be going in my normal suitcase.
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>>1344694
So you can get it tax free, numbnuts
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>>1344695
Oh okay. What about customs then? This is my first time traveling to Japan so I'm not sure how that process works. Is there an exit tax on all the shit I buy here and plan to bring back with me?
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>>1344697
No, you don't have report any of that to customs unless you're buying something in bulk
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>>1344697
No. You will probably get a custom declaration form on your flight back that you fill out. You wont get taxed unless you do something like bring back a restricted item (some type of food maybe) or get caught not declaring something.
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>>1344663
How hot was it? Ive only been in japan in winter time.
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>>1344694
Nice, which uniqlo? I was never asked
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>get to airport at 3:30am for 6:45am flight to ontario
>"lol flights canceled due to bad weather, don't look at the other five flights to Toronto that aren't canceled"
>try to call phone line to inquire about catching 9:07am flight to Toronto that isn't canceled since it'll make it there in time for my connection to Narita
>phone system is so trash that they can't even put me on hold at four in the fucking morning
>finally get through at 5 am
>on hold for half and hour before being told "lol fuck you next flight for your itinerary is tomorrow get fucked hope you don't have any plans for the 7th"
Gas all fucking Canadians now
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i'm in inferior korea now waiting to go to osaka next month

korea is such shit compared to japan
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>>1344706
I'm from Florida so honestly I didn't think it was bad. Supposedly it was the rainy season but it only rained like 2 or 3 days.
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>>1344697
Do you really think you'll have to declare everything you bought to customs? Unless you're buying large quantities of jewelry or something they don't give a fuck about your $200 coat
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>>1344627
I mean my plan was to get it as a temporary job until I find something else
Unless I end up liking it then I might go back for a masters or something and try for teaching at university level but that would be a long way off

right now I work from home doing programming, don't have a degree or anything

pays really well but it doesn't allow me to get out much, I'd much rather have a 9-5 job with coworkers and a commute
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>>1344868
You need to go into this bearing in mind japan is a conservative country with strict immigration and foreign employment laws. Incredibly unlikely you'd get anything other than a temporary work visa teaching at school, university or corporate level. People teach as a foot in the door, while you teach you have to be making contacts and desperately trying to find something decent that will get you further visa renewals. Teaching often isn't permanent and done on a yearly contract after which you will have no work visa to stay in the country. Best bet is to try and get involved with local govt programmes after attaining fluency or near fluency qualification by exam after graduation. Its alot of hard work and you need total commitment to stand a chance. I've never heard of foreigners getting programming jobs there without already being in a company with a foreign office that transferred them there. Right now you are unemployable by their standards. You are about 3-4 years away from even applying for a temporary teaching job assuming you were about to start university.
Having lived there in corporate and observing results from many friends, most people are far happier taking long vacations there than working or living there. I've seen far more of the country, met more people and had more fun on vacation that being tied down with long work hours and mandatory after-work workplace socialisation. So like I said go to university first and plan once you've lived it a bit. It's also worth considering whether you'd mind being tied down in a particular location alot, such as a far smaller city or countryside area with not much amenity.
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>>1344782
Im australian so even 38 isn't too bad for me
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>>1343884
>"Logan Paul exemplifies the low IQ of white people"
Average Japanese IQ: 105
Average White American IQ: 105
Average Jewish White American IQ: 112
[spoiler] Average "Race-realist" IQ: 4 [/spoiler]
[spoiler] Average IQ of person who thinks travel has spoilers: 200 [/spoiler]
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planning a trip for august
any good place to go for obon, or will anywhere do?
also, how is yakushima? worth spending a couple of nights there?
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One more night staying in Akihabara. The only thing I have planned is going to an owl cafe and a bath house. Any recommended sights or locations? I've already walked around Shibuya. Also if any anon wants to hang out today I'm down.
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It okay to go to a maid cafe as a solo tourist? I was thinking of going to @home, Dear Stage, and Pray.(Or maybe different ones if people have better recommendations.)
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>>1344989
I went alone to @home, was alright.
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>>1345002
How much did you end up spending, if you don't mind my asking?
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>>1345005
I went on new year days, so there were only sets available for order.
Drink, dessert and photo with maid was 1,800 JPY
Plus cover charge 700 yen and tax
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>>1345007
That's not too bad. I was expecting worse for some reason. (I tend to overestimate prices when traveling so I have more than enough to spend.)
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>>1344921
That's some [spoiler]meta[/spoiler] shit right there.
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>>1345011
The biggest complaint about maid cafes is that food is absolutely the worst, so while its entertaining if you can find the humor in it, nobody ever wants to go more than once unless they're kinda weird. Definitely worth it for a one off tho
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>>1344979
Go to every sex store

>>1344989
Yes

>>1345022
The drinks and deserts are alright
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>>1344003
how much are the tickets?

also what its already sold out?! were going in june so now im scared itll be sold out too
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>>1345022
What if it's a themed bar place like Pray cafe? It's got a heaven and hell theme with unique cocktails.
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>>1345046
You always pay more for the theme, but in a maid cafe the girls are the entertainment and the crap food is simply a way to make it not seem weird. A bar on the other hand is just going to go out of business if they're charging extra for shitty drinks.
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Really close to buying my ticket and i have a question. Do they care if you don't have a return trip ticket? I have a plan of leaving, I won't be bumming around, but I don't want to be turned away at the gate.
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>>1345050
Its always cheaper to buy a round trip so if you're not sure just buy the 3 month ticket.
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>>1345056
ok ok, i gotcha
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>>1345050
If you're that worried about being turned away, you can always buy a cheap ticket to Korea or China and cancel it your first or second day in Japan.
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Im going to be on a 16 hour flight to tokyo. I have some good books lined up but its impossible for me to concentrate on reading if people are talking or if theres music, white noise is fine. Would earplugs work well? any recommendations ?
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>>1344868
how do you make a living off programming from home without a degree? Would you recommend it as good way to get money on the side?
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>>1345071
If people are talking talk as loud as them
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>>1345071
Is all music distracting to you? I find I can concentrate really well with lyricless music, electronica like aphex twin or classical music.
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>>1345110
ah yeah good point, electronic could work.
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I think I caught a cold while i'm in japan, am I fucked now?
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What's a good non-touristy game store I should hit up in Tokyo? Went to Super Potato and while I liked their selection, it was way too cramped for me with too many neckbeards and Nintendo autists.
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>>1345387
>He caught the dreaded Japanese cold
This is it for you, anon. The Japanese cold is right up there with trucks as the leading cause of deaths in Japan.
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>>1345390
Hard-off at outskirts.
At home I used to order all my retro stuff by mail from suruga-ya but skipped buying anything on my trip because luggage space is limited.
Got nice headphones instead though.
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What are some good stores in Tokyo to buy doujinshi?
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>>1345408
Toranoana, melonbooks, surugaya, mandarake.
You can check their stock online which is convenient.
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>tfw it's the day you leave Japan
Whelp
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>>1345435
Same bro.
I came here expecting my weeb dreams getting crushed, but first visit turned out so much better than I expected. Can't wait to visit again next year.
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>>1344989
Yes, but the experience would be a lot better if you speak Japanese. Otherwise they may not interact with you as much
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Is there anywhere you can go in Japan that doesn't have shitloads of people?
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>>1345466
Any of the hundreds of small towns, villages and sparsely populated islands
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>>1345408
Toranoara is where i got most of mine. Dont be afraid to ask staff for help. I had to ask for a few doujin and i showed them pics
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>>1342727
Can you work at AEON if your bachelors is in history?
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I’m planning a ~26 day trip beginning April 30/May 1. What do you think about arriving in Sapporo, spending one or two days there to explore the city, maybe see the cherry blossoms blooming, then making my way via train south to Tokyo. I figure the trip down will be nice and I could stop by in Hakodate and Sendai prefecture to see the cat & fox villages. I could also stop by Nikko and spend a night in an onsen. In the end I’d use up to 5 days of a 26 day trip, leaving 21 days for Tokyo, Toyama precfecture, Kyoto, and Osaka.
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Oops I meant Sendai the city
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May be getting a placement teaching with NOVA.
Are they shit?
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Idiot guide of how to get from Haneda Airport to Akihabara on the train system?
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fuck I just found out japan has a strict "no amphetamines" rule. Any other ADHD faggots here? any solutions?
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>>1345515
I've never been, but I circled Haneda and Akihabara on the map.
Looks like you go from Haneda to Hamamatsucho to Akihabara.(But like I said, I've never been, just looking at the map.)
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>>1345462
I only know a tiny bit of Japanese, but I figure at least go once, unless I get a maid that really hates foreigners, it shouldn't be too bad, maybe.
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So how difficult would it be to get a teaching gig as a non native English speaker? I'm certified native-level though. I also have a college degree and 4 years of experience working in an English speaking company.

My plan would be to arrive on a one year working holiday visa and search for a job while I'm there.

Is it possible? Anybody has any experiences to share?

Also, I'm planning on getting to N2, maybe N1 by the time I'm moving there (late 2019)
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>>1345515
Use google maps.
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Should I do a 4th year on JET?
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I can't use chopsticks for shit, how fucked am I?
Alternatively, how easy is it to learn chopsticks?
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>>1345544
easy as fuck

Take one day at home, get some chinese and practice
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>>1343371
Fuck off racist
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Thinking about booking a spontaneous trip very shortly.

Arriving on the 31st of January and departing 16th Feb, the plane will cost 500 pounds for a return flight from Manchester with one transfer, a 14h30 flight

I was thinking Kyoto/Tokyo for one week then going more rural and seeing Aomori for
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>>1345562
Wasn't meant to send that sorry.
Cont:
Aomori for the other week and was wondering if this is a good idea, it will be my first time visiting and my knowledge of the language is very limited,

does anyone have any recommendations on a better itinerary for stuff to do and any help on accommodation? I was thinking Airbnb mostly.
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What do Japanese girls like to do on a date? Asking because a girl just send me that she wants to hang out some times (in jap) but I have no idea what kind of places she would like and I don't know any good places in tokyo. And the language barrier is making it even harder for me.
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What are good bars to go to in Roppongi? I went tonight and wasn’t really sure where to go, was also kinda intimidated by all the Nigerian guys standing around making any of then bar seem really sketchy
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>>1345515
Hyperdia.
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Hey I really want to go to a show while I'm in Japan. How easy is it to get tickets for live music as a foreigner? Are there any must know bar venues in tokyo I should start at to see if it lines up with my schedule?
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>>1345561
Except they actually are. Different anon here.
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Baka gaijin here.

Planning on visiting my weeb mecca sometime late this spring or early this fall. I'm trying to find a cheap-ish ($50-$70/night) hotel somewhere close to Akihabara.

So far I'm planning on traveling alone mostly because I can only afford to go because my mom works for an airline so I get a STUPID cheap ticket.
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>>1345613
Propaganda is the only worthwhile actual bar in Roppongi and its really more of a pregame spot. Theres also a blues (jazz?) bar that I've heard about and regularly pass by. But I've never been but my older coworkers like it. Its apparently a totally different vibe from most of Roppongi, but it generally just seems to be a place where older people go that work/live in Roppongi. Most of the women there are atleast 40.

Pretty much every other bar is going to be dead or a scam.

What makes Roppongi good is that they have clubs that aren't mega high end clubs like in Shibuya, so you can dress more casual and spend way less money. I like EDM now so its less of an issue, but Roppongi is also one of the only places you can hear semi-current hip hop and people are actually dancing.

Nearly all the decent clubs worth going to are around the corner from the Family Mart or they are called Jumanji. They can all be hit or miss depending on the night and whether there is an event going on, so just people watch for a bit and take a gamble. They're cheap to get into and they all let you go out and come back in.
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Is it better to go in April or June?
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I always wanted to visit Japan, once I get enough money I will go for like a month. What would be the ultimate weeb experience and how much would it cost?
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I will be in Tokyo during the Football Championship in June/ Juli.
Do you know any bar in Shinjuku where they they show football games?
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>>1345674
Don’t be dumb, do airBnB, significantly cheaper and you can get some cooler apartments and houses, can even get a typical paper wall mansion for cheap to fulfill your weeb fantasies
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>>1345747
depends when you want to go and where you are traveling from, a hostel should be 20usd a night TOPS
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>>1345567
Just let her show you around, but expect her trying to practice english on you
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>>1345682
Thank you for the detailed response, since Roppongi sounds kinda dead is there any other good clubs to go to and meet girls? What would be the best days? I heard Shibyua is pretty good for the 20’s crowd so I was considering checking that out.
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>>1342727
do these japan general threads have an admin? they always look the same like someone takes care of it. wtf is wrong with you? just go to fucking japan and find out that its just another country or leave it but stop this shitty threads pls. its so ridicolous
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>>1345757
Are you talking about soccer? Soccer is the second most popular sport in Japan. If you're talking about Football, Hooters is the only consistent place to see games that aren't the super bowl
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>>1345791
Roppongi is not dead, I didn't mean to give that impression. Its one of my favorite places to go out clubbing at night and pick up girls. But the clubs that are popular on any given night tend to rotate around, based specifically on events, thats what I meant by hit or miss. If you have no Japanese ability its also going to be your best shot

Shibuya has some amazing clubs with great music, but I find it very boring because the girls that go there tend to come in groups, dance with each other in their group, and then leave in their group. Even with good Japanese its hard to split them off.

International parties are also a good place to meet girls, they're designed specifically for talking after all. But if you have zero Japanese ability you're most likely going to end up just talking to an English whore, that is simply using you for speaking practice.

A little Japanese goes a long way in Japan (regardless of where you go) especially if you can hold enough of a conversation to not have to constantly revert back to English
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>>1345806
It's mostly because anons come in and refuse to read anything in the current or previous thread. Not really something you can ban, but you can ignore it
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>>1343371
Hahah I fucking hate them

>go to Shinjuku with some friends
>get wooed into this club by this Nigerian and his black magic
>¥1000 entry and 2 free drinks
>notbad.jpg
>pay and go down into the club
>literally 4 people dancing, 3 of them have Casablanca shirts on and so obviously staff, along with one at least 45yo lady
>these 4 start playing darts with a dartboard dangerously close to my head (maybe 30-40cm away)
>friends and I decide to just have our free drinks and then leave
>out looking for another club
>get approached by this fucking 10/10 girl trying to lure people into her club
>I was pretty drunk at this point and I just said something like “yeah na na we’ve already been down that road and the club was fucking shite”
>she asked which club
>I say Casablanca
>immediately look at the logo on her shirt, it reads Casablanca
>at this point she has called the bouncer that initially lured us into the club
>he runs down the street yelling at us
>my mates and I scoot

I should have known she was from the Casablanca cause she was blacker than the night’s sky
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>>1345806
I pmd the mods. They said they cant ban it for that
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>>1345833
Damn nigerians
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>>1345843
Hahah I actually Googled the Casablanca Shinjuku right after posting that and it’s got a 2 star rating, a few reviews saying they water down the drinks and whatnot.

I’ve actually been to Shinjuku a few times since and seen the guy but I don’t think he has recognised me, but he was deadset swearing at us down the street. Of course I didn’t think he’d actually engage in a physical altercation tho cause yeah Japan
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>>1345844
I stayed in shijuku for a week at a friends house, just avoid the nigerian places and its probably one of the best places in Japan
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>>1345850
Yes I agree, admittedly it was one of my first times to Shinjuku and I was unaware of the Nigerian community there.
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cheapest place to buy a 21 day rail pass?
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>>1345769
I need the western comforts too much to do airbnb. Besides, the idea of staying in a stranger's house/apartment is really weird to me.
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Autistic weeb here.

Is the weather nice in February through April? I want to go to Japan for three months. I will chill for a couple days in Tokyo then I will be buying a mamachari and biking from Tokyo to Osaka. I have a list of what I want to see, but the itinerary is open as three months is a long time to see everything, so I can just chill if I want instead of rushing.

As I said above, I will be biking and sleeping outside or camping exclusively. I will be buying a pocket wifi thing to navigate around the country. I have money so I plan on treating myself to food or things to do, however I will be sleeping outside.

I am not looking for criticism, I know this has been done before by others. I am just looking for recommendations and suggestions.

Also, is it safe to carry around a DSLR? I do plan on extensive picture taking during my three-month travel.
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>>1345387
I caught a cold there too, it fucking sucked. Couldn't taste any of the food I ate. I just chugged Pocari Sweat like crazy and some cc lemon.
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>>1345806
I started these threads like 3, I wanna say years ago, and have been there 4 times since then.

The reason why they exist, newfriend, is because the board otherwise gets flooded with Japan threads all more or less asking the same question. Before the General was started, there were around 20-30 Japan travel related threads up at any given time.

I'm kind of busy atm so luckily other anons are taking over making a new thread when this one died
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>>1345854
the internet
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>>1345811
I was talking about football, not american football.
And the world championships will be around midnight in japan.
So, are there any bars?
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>>1345562
>>1345563
Any advice for a first timer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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>>1345852
I think theres also a decently strong arabic community. Theyre both trash and i think they contribute nothing to japan.
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>>1345892
Spring is nice weather. As reference im Australian so pretty much anything is though. Sleeping outside? Pretty sure its illegal desu.

Japan wont rob you of your dslr its probably the safest place in japan.

Why are you sleeping outside? Also do you need a bike licence in japaan or something? I know they need to be registered at least
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>>1345917
Yes I need a license but it's simple to obtain and fast, the vendor sets you up even.

As for why sleep outside, well, it's not illegal AFAIK and it's even a cultural thing over there. It's called nojuku. I also don't want to waste money to be unconscious for hours, wound rather put that money towards nice food and stuff. I plan to try all sorts of food from konbini to supermarkets. It's also been done before by others before.

The main reasons are to both save money and as an adventure. I've done tons of research and I research everyday to be informed. Here's a possible route, in case you're interested. I plan on taking it slow and relaxing, going at wherever pace I desire.
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How dumb of an idea is it for my Wifu and I to rent a passenger van and sight see most of the country side and sleep in the van most nights? We do this sort of thing a lot in the states. Went from Portland OR to SF to Tucson. In one go which is basically the length of Nippon. So .... Input? Put downs? Come ons?
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>>1345922
I looked into it, it seems to be legal. As for the licence i think you can you an international licence cant you?

Osakas peobs the most dangerous/ place i wouldnt stop if i were you. City of trash and hobos
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>>1345930
Are you xj9? Be honest then ill answer you
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anyone in Tokyo next week?
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>>1345944
Yes
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>>1345937
Thanks for the heads up about Osaka brother. As for the license AFAIK the vendor might hook you up when they see you're a clueless gaijin, you just fill some application and get it registered or whatever.

>>1345930
Should be fine. Make sure to get them good views of Fuji-san.
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>>1345944
I’ll be in Tokyo from Jan 11-16. I’m doing the Tokyo Pub Crawl for both the Friday and Saturday if you wanna join me. Other than that I really have no plans so I’m free. Let me know what ya keen.

I’m also this anon >>1345833

I may also extend my stay in Tokyo a few more days but it is unlikely at this point.
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Hey Anons,

Looking to go to Kyoto and Osaka from the 25th of Jan to the 2nd of Feb.

My initial plan was to land in Osaka on the 25th, directly go on the train to Kyoto till the 30th, take the train back on the 30th and then spend 31st, 1st and then the morning of the 2nd in Osaka before flying back.

Does this make sense? Should I do one more day in Osaka?

Also, I found out there would be the Wakakusa Yamayaki festival in Nara on the 28th, so should I stay in Osaka until then to experience that festival?
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How is it when you travel alone? Can you even communicate everything to the people there?
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What's a good hotel in tokio?
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Going for a trip alone this summer and asking about some ettiquette before i go. How is having a beer by yourself at an Izakaya and striking up conversation with strangers when traveling alone? I had no issue when i was traveling with a friend hand hanging out at Izakayas but i was wondering if there's anything that's actively frowned upon or if there are rules saying you have to be in a group in the smaller bars?

Also, knowing that June is a bit of a between-month before the really hot summer kicks in with some rain, how are outdoor activities if you venture out of the Tokyo area during June? Weather's pretty hot still so i'd love to visit a beach or do a trekking, but Fuji is pretty much closed off until july. Any recommendations?
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>>1346000

Do you know any japanese?
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>>1346035
A few meme words.
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I want to buy the ghible museum tickets from the lawson online shop, but it says they go on sale at "2018/1/10(Wed)10:00", is that the tokyo time or does the website convert the time into my local time? I can't fuck this up because I have a 12 hour difference with them.
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>>1346036

Don't bother, mate.
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>>1346039
Why?
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>>1346041

You'll want to have at least some experience in the language to at least communicate without being too awkward. Remember that most people won't be comfortable with english at all and will just be intimidated by you if you can't even say where you're from or that your japanese isn't all that great in their language.

Imagine being in their location. Don't go to a country expecting everybody to conform.
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>>1346047
>dude, if you wanna go on vacation and give them your money, make sure you blend in
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>>1346050

You spoke about communication, not spending money. Shoving your money in people's faces isn't going to help you communicate with people, only establishments.
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>>1345938
I am not. League of legends isn't even that fun
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>>1345958
I arrive Monday 15th. If you’re keen to hang with an Australian. Keen to do Yokocho

>>1345948
Any plans?
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What places should I go to with my japanese gf? She asked where I wanted to go but I already went to most main things in tokyo.
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Is there any websites i can look for 1 month stay with furnished apartments? Im looking for staying in tokyo as close as possible to midtown, with lots of expats
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Regarding love hotels, if anyone has any experience. I'm going to be traveling to the Tokyo area soon with my wife and from what I've seen online, people say some hotels offer different services such as themed rooms, toys, and costume rentals. Does anyone have any more information regarding how the costume rentals and such work? Every site I see sorta briefly mentions this aspect and quickly moves on.
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>>1346254
99% of love hotels are just a place where couples who both live with their parents/are cheating go to fuck. They are really nice to fuck in but the themes aren't a big part of most of them. But the theme love hotels will look like ridiculous theme park hotels from the outside. Just walk around any love hotel district
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>>1346050
Are you fucking dumb? The people catering to tourist is a ridiculously small part of Japan. Japan is not a beach resort
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Figure one of you losers might know, where can I get a deck of playing cards with cute cartoon girls on them? I'm in Osaka and ive been up and down denden town, but cant find shit.
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>>1346109
I’m aussie also so no worries there haha
How can I contact you?
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>>1346330
sick haha
just made a disposable email
2018tokyo@mailinator.com
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>tfw get back home after two weeks in Japan
>a day later the travel blues kick in
lads I don't like this
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can somebody with some experience tell me if this itinerary is to ambitions for 3 weeks?

What would you cut and where should I stay longer?
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Anyone can help me with this one. Im checking airbnb, but i feel like im getting ripped off

>>1346218
>>1346218
>>1346218
>>1346218
>>1346218
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>>1346494
you must really love trains
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How did you guys ask for food in busier establishments? Do you just have to know Japanese? It's so intimidating when it's packed, I just ate at mostly quiet places.
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how inconvenient is it to be fat in Japan?
i'm not really fat, just sorta big belly, with clothes on it's not very noticeable, but what about when you are naked (onsen, brothels, geting laid with some girls)?
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Who else got rejected by JET today

Feels bad
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>>1346638

If you are fat, you're probably not getting laid, so I wouldn't worry about it.
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>>1346667
But fat faceless old men are always the main guys in my hentais.
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>>1346467
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I know this feel. I felt it 2 weeks ago. fuck.
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>>1346671
Those are fantasies
The fat old men in AV are all Yakuza or related to them
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Holy fuck lads, why wasn't I told how fucking amazing Osaka is?
>>1346494
Dude, take it from a guy in Japan for the first time right now, you are trying to do way too much in too short a time span. Unless you are literally staying at Narita Airport, factor in travel time to your hotel. Have you been to japan before? Give yourself two hours to figure out the train system. Unless you ate renting a bike or car, you are never going to see everything you want to because you will be walking, and walking is slow. Pick your top three places you want to visit more than anything else, and make that your trip. I had one full day in Tokyo and I regret it immensely. I got fucked over by air canada and lost a day, so I had half a day in oarai, 1.5 days in Tokyo, and 2.5 days in Osaka. I would recommend a minimum two full days in Tokyo, as I spent a full day just screwing around in akihabara. Osaka you're gonna want a lot of time in (imo). Im there right now, the food is fucking fantastic, and the night life is baller.

Get a jump start on navigation, download every map you can possibly think of that you'll need in Japan now on Google, prepare to buy either a pocket wifi or a sim, and start planning routes. Download a map for both JR networks, and learn those too.
>>1346552
Check local rail networks. You may be getting "ripped off" because the furnished apartment you're looking at is four or five rooms and right next to a train/subway station. I had a cozy two-room apartment on the first floor a block away from a local subway that would have me in shibuya in 15 minutes.
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>>1346667
as I said, I don't look fat when dressed, so I think I could get some ladies' attention...besides why do japanese dislike fat chubbies so much?
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>>1346795
Yeah because disliking fat people is Japan exclusive
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>>1345747
on the 23rd and 24th of march there's a huge anime exhibition in Odaiba, it's 1800 yen to get in and all major animation studios and some other shit will be there
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>>1346796
this.
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>>1346782
>Holy fuck lads, why wasn't I told how fucking amazing Osaka is?
What about it?
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>another night where I can go anywhere in Tokyo to bar crawl.
>End up just getting some drinks at a quiet bar in Akihabara then going to bed.
Fuck I'm boring.
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>>1347179
Why aren't we getting drunk together? Do you just go to a bar alone and just order drinks and be quiet all the time? Are you there on vacation?




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