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Japan Q&A

Questions about all things Japan answered by those in the know

Recommendations

Kagoshima or Hakodate?

I'm thinking on going on a trip sometime in September. Which of the two do you think should I visit first, and why? Thanks!

Tips for a trip to Nagasaki/Fukuoka/Saga/Oita?

We're trying to head down to Kyushu for a little break later this year, and if you've been to any of the abovementioned prefectures before (or even live there!) I'd love to hear your suggestions for cool things to do and see - preferably the cool spots that guidebooks or online resources might not cover! Thanks in advance!

Where can I get the best foreign currency exchange rate?

I'm going on a trip abroad soon and I would like to bring some of the country's currency with me.... Anyone know where I can get the best deal? I know airports are probably the worst place to exchange. How about Daikokuya or the bank? Or do you have any secret spots you'd like to share? :)

Transportation

Bus commuter pass?

I see people with a bus commuter pass and I'm wondering if there's any information online about this? (I can find a lot of information about the train tekken commuter passes.) I want to see the prices and if it's worth it for me to buy one. If it matters, I'm looking for Yokohama area ones... Keikyu bus or Kanachu bus. (or is there one for all companies?)

Any good tips for a Shimane visit?

I'm getting one of my New Year's Resolutions ticked off, and have a short trip planned to Shimane in late May. I'm going to visit Matsue, Izumo and Yasugi. Apart from the main to-do's there, does anyone have any experience with some off the beaten path spots? Cute cafes, interesting museums, anywhere you'd like to share?

Shinkansen ticket

Hallo, may I ask where it is the best to buy Shinkansen tickets? One for myself 54 years old (YAYKS) and one for my son , 21 years old studen. We are both Canadians living permanently in Norway. We want to fit in 7 days pass, that would cover Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Fukuoka. thank you kindly. Is there any discount for students?

Locations

Kagoshima or Hakodate?

I'm thinking on going on a trip sometime in September. Which of the two do you think should I visit first, and why? Thanks!

Tips for a trip to Nagasaki/Fukuoka/Saga/Oita?

We're trying to head down to Kyushu for a little break later this year, and if you've been to any of the abovementioned prefectures before (or even live there!) I'd love to hear your suggestions for cool things to do and see - preferably the cool spots that guidebooks or online resources might not cover! Thanks in advance!

Trip to Miyazaki this summer. Any recommendations?

Heading to Miyazaki, Kyushu this summer (4 nights, staying in Aoshima). Any recommendations on places to eat would be much appreciated. Also, any sightseeing spots? The priority is surfing but we'll have a car and will still have time to travel around a bit. Cheers!

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Japan Q&A

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Silverfish

We have just discovered silverfish in our tatami mat room. I was wondering if anyone had any experience on get rid of them here in Japan. We have been seedling for stuff but nothing has come up. Thank you.

Heath320

on Sep 9

1 Answer

Stand Up Paddling in Japan

Hi, does anybody know of a group for Stand Up Paddling around the Tokyo area. My Japanese is still poor so I need a group that has English speakers. I've checked MeetUp but there isn't anything there. I have emailed Yokohama SUP Club for information. I'm looking for regular paddle buddies to explore the rivers, lakes and seas around Tokyo area and possibly further afield.

STBSup

on Sep 9

3 Answers

Baking in an oven toaster?

Is it possible to use an oven toaster to bake bread?

Striffy

on Sep 8

2 Answers

Cheap galleries in Kanto for an exhibition?

Anyone in the art community know of somewhere to exhibit art for cheap (or free)? I'm looking to host a short-term photo show. I'm looking for a very small space (even just a wall is fine) for around 10,000 a day (or less, obviously). Thanks!

hellonihon

on Sep 4

8 Answers

Looking for a website, where people want to adopt a pet

Can anybody recommend a website (Japanese ok), were people looking for a pet? I already know the know Ark, but they only have cats and dogs. I´m searching a new home for one of my rabbits.

BlueButterfly

on Aug 19

6 Answers

Buying bulk

Does anyone know where I can get aloe Vera plant to purchase? I am also interested in finding wild blueberries and ripe bananas in large quantities ( like a case or box of each). Any help?

Candiajia1

on Aug 10

4 Answers

Plus size yukata

Does anyone know good places to buy plus size yukata?

edthethe

on Jul 31

3 Answers

Cheap surf board rental in Chiba

Just looking for an idea where I can rent a surf board in Chiba (preferably in Onjuku Beach or Ichinomiya Beach) at a cheap price. Thank you!

irriizzzzzzzzz

on Jul 27

4 Answers

Kagoshima or Hakodate?

I'm thinking on going on a trip sometime in September. Which of the two do you think should I visit first, and why? Thanks!

Weellee

on Jul 22

6 Answers

Second hand Lego in Japan

Hi, does anyone know where you can find second hand Lego in Japan. Ebay and other flea market sites seem to have slim pickings. A friend suggests that most Japanese throw the Lego away because they assume other Japanese won't touch it due to hygiene concerns. Thanks :)

STBSup

on Jul 22

15 Answers

Temperature in Japan at Summer

Hello, I will goes to Japan for business trip several days start from August 1st, next month. I would like to know about how high the temperature in there since I heard Japan very hot at Summer, especially Tokyo. Are there something I need to prepare before arriving in Japan?

andikurnia

on Jul 17

5 Answers

Convection Oven Recommendations

I am looking for an oven like we have in the west. I am ok with a smaller size. I have been browsing on Amazon, but I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations? I want to get an oven to bake! Thank you!

ReishiiTravels

on Jul 15

4 Answers

Tips for a trip to Nagasaki/Fukuoka/Saga/Oita?

We're trying to head down to Kyushu for a little break later this year, and if you've been to any of the abovementioned prefectures before (or even live there!) I'd love to hear your suggestions for cool things to do and see - preferably the cool spots that guidebooks or online resources might not cover! Thanks in advance!

genkidesu

on Jul 8

3 Answers

Freelance Translating??

Do any of you guys freelance translate? I am looking for some tips to get started. Thank you!!

ReishiiTravels

on Jul 4

1 Answer

Living in Miyahara-shi

I have been asked to consider a role that is based in Miyahara-shi. If I went for this job I would be on my own (family will not be able to move initially). Would be good to get some idea of any expat community or life in the area. Whilst I have some very rusty and basic speaking Japanese I would need to be able to communicate at least in the early days in English. Any input?

Michael7784

on Jul 3

7 Answers

Laundry doesn’t smell fresh

Hi guys! I was wondering about my laundry. We moved and got a new washing machine and I don’t smell the scent of the fabric softener. Is something wrong with the washing machine? I used this softener before in my parents washing machine and it works fine.

thepangans

on Jul 2

9 Answers

Increasing credit card limit

Hello! I’m wondering if it is possible to request a credit card company to increase one’s credit limit. Has anyone here already experienced doing that? If yes, how tough was it? Thanks!

Weellee

on Jul 2

3 Answers

Where can I get the best foreign currency exchange rate?

I'm going on a trip abroad soon and I would like to bring some of the country's currency with me.... Anyone know where I can get the best deal? I know airports are probably the worst place to exchange. How about Daikokuya or the bank? Or do you have any secret spots you'd like to share? :)

hellonihon

on Jun 27

4 Answers

Getting a Cat

I was curious if anyone was has gotten a cat in Japan. I am planning on getting a cat, but there are not as many shelters in Japan as America. I want to hear any tips.

ReishiiTravels

on Jun 26

1 Answer

Confused. Please Tell me if you're familiar with Tim Wise?

Nobita, I listened to your uninformed diatribe regarding black Americans not letting the past go. You need to listen to "Tim Wise, Pathology of White Priviledge"... He's a white American and puts your assumptions and erroneous misgivings about blacks to shame... Extremely gifted and educated....

William7141

on Jun 26