Questions about all things Japan answered by those in the know
I feel like I've hit up all the "standard" hanami spots: Yoyogi, Asukayama, Ueno, Yanaka... What's your favorite spot (preferably not on that list) and why?
Where could I bring a group for an interesting tour of forest or gardens , cute town hope with onsen . Nature a bit
Are there any direct bus rides from Narita Airport to Shizuoka City, Shizuoka?
Hi. I will be travelling to Japan this coming April 11. I would like to know the cheapest, economical ride direct going to Shizuoka City, Shizuoka from Narita Airport Terminal 2. This will be my first time in Japan. :)
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?)
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!
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!
I was hoping to open a discussion on mental health. I know a lot of people silently struggle with loneliness and even depression. How do you deal? And how can you reach out to others here in Japan? I've recently developed a passion for this and I'm looking for ways that I can contribute. I've done a bit of research and so far found "TELL (Tokyo English Lifeline)". Please feel free to share information and your own thoughts regarding this issue.
on Jan 18
Hi! I am new to this page. I have concerns that relate to my work. I have been working for five years in Japan under an agency and we are not granted a paid leave ever since. We are not aware of that because as first timers, we are told that we don’t have one. Recently, last 2019 we are granted a paid leave. Since we haven’t used it for one year, we’re given a 23 days. We we’re just informed last january 2019 so we took the chance to use it. Unfortunately, it was rejected because we applied the leave since we are planning for a vacation in my home country which was on the first week of May. So, we sent again a new form changing it by staggering it from february to april as advised. but then it was rejected again. My question is can I still get my unused paid leave after returning from my home? Since, it was our first time and I we felt fooled can I file a case against them? Thank you and Godbless
on Jan 17
Our washer/dryer has been acting up. It is falling apart as well which it shouldn't do seeing as it isn't that old. We bought it not even two years ago, used but only a year old. From the beginning, we knew it was a bit of a bad purchase. It doesn't dry very well and turned everything into knots. To avoid that again I want to know if anyone else has a good recommendation for a washer dryer combo. For a family of five, we do a lot of laundry.
on Dec 17
Curious about what all of you do for Christmas dinner. We usually do KFC on Christmas Eve, but last year for Christmas dinner we just went to a local restaurant...I want to make some Christmas dinner traditions here, but the old "no oven" debacle comes up again. What do all of you cook for Christmas dinner, or do you just go out somewhere?
on Dec 17
Recently I was diagnosed with low iron anemia. The doctor didn't prescribe an iron supplement and just gave me a brochure while mentioning that more protein is a good idea. I would love to hear from any of you who have experience about your tips and tricks for getting enough iron while living in Japan.
on Dec 16
Hello City Cost Hive Mind, I've been gifted a whole, dirty gobo root. I know how to cook kinpira gobo, but I've only ever handled processed gobo root. How do I prepare this root vegetable? Do I simply wash and then slice it? Does it need blanched or something? Cheers!
on Dec 12
Curious to know what everyone's hoping for this Christmas! Is it a sign of my age now that I want a robot vacuum?! I can recall a time when getting a cleaning object may have been downright offensive, but not these days! I don't really have much else that I want or need. How about the rest of you?
on Dec 9
Anyone out there know how I can stop my Uniqlo trousers from coming out of the washing machine coated in bits of what I guess is material from other stuff that they get washed with? And why is it only the Uniqlo stuff that I have this problem with? A note on the washing machine - it's probably about 20 years old. Changing the washing machine is something I'm hoping to postpone for some time yet. And on the occasion of the image in this question a white imabari towel was also in the laundry load which I assume to have exacerbated the situation this time around. I'm using liquid soaps and softeners.
on Dec 1
I'm quite a fan of Japan's winter illuminations and have been to plenty of spots in Tokyo -- Marunouchi, Shinjuku, Solamachi, Odaiba, Shiodome, Tokyo Midtown, Omotesando, Yebisu Garden Place. Anything I'm missing? Or any winter illuminations further afield that might warrant a trip out of town? Particularly interested in illuminations that are romantic and moody rather than, say, those with loads of crazy colors and designs.
on Nov 19
With Typhoon Hagibis just around the corner, I'm curious about your favorite apps or other resources for emergencies. I particularly like Western Pacific Weather on Facebook for info on Japan's typhoons, but I'd love to get info on other resources you may find useful!
on Oct 11
Just wondering how people are feeling about, and preparing for, Typhoon Hagibis? There are a lot of dramatic headlines out there, as there are tweets ("Four reasons why Typhoon Hagibis is so dangerous" - NHK) and other socials. Word from the officials seems to be that preparations should be made by Friday. The partner had the day off today and so went out and got a bunch of stuff in preparation. After work today I stopped by the supermarket and the queues there were super long. I guess all the bread had sold out though! Anyway, once again, what's the mood with everyone else out there?
on Oct 10
I know I've posted a question before about what people are watching on Netflix Japan but I feel like that was some time ago and so maybe I'm in need of an update. Also, Season 5 of Peaky Blinders has popped up on the Japanese version of Netflix over the past few days, as well as season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, both series that I've been a fan of in the past. So, what are we watching these days? Anything I shouldn't be missing?!
on Oct 9