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 received some small breaks on water/sewer bills and waste disposal. In my city, Noda. https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/TonetoEdo/zKPj4-living_noda_shi_chiba Have you gotten relief from your municipality? Do these relief measures make a difference for you?
22 hours ago
I suppose it was only a matter of time. And with several other large amusement parks opening, including their rival USJ, it shouldn't have come as a surprise. But, it has! I am just curious: would you consider going to Disney while the Coronavirus is ongoing? I suppose because it is outdoors (and people will be "screaming in their heart" on the rollercoasters, lol) its probably safer than indoor locations, but... Source: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/06/a2c99f0e3df5-breaking-news-tokyo-disney-parks-to-reopen-july-1-after-closure-for-coronavirus.html?phrase=Disney&words=Disney
on Jun 23
Hello! I was wondering whether or not to sign up for Disney+ or not. I found the price but it said that there were additional costs. Does anyone know about them?
on May 12
The seven eleven's copy machine doesn't allow me to print without a border, so all sewing patterns come out skewed. I have tried several different ones, all supposed to be for a4 size paper, but the machine says it isn't the right fit therefore can't fit to page. Does anyone else know of a better place to print off pdf patterns? could i have a copy shop print them and deliver them?
on Apr 17
How is everyone getting on with being in a "state of emergency," (if you're in those area's of Japan that apply, or not)? I ask because, well, it could be good to share any frustrations, difficulties and concerns. Also, I'm curious to know how people are going about cutting down their contact with people to the 70 - 80% that Abe has asked us to do. Obviously staying inside is one way, but how are you going out to get fresh air, exercise and all that -- while the streets of central Tokyo have looked pretty empty, here in the suburbs it appears to be business as usual. Also, when you do the supermarket run, what's your "hand-washing strategy?" I mean, do you wash immediately after getting home and then unpack the stuff that you bought, or do you unpack everything first and then wash? Honestly, I'm not quite sure what's best to do in this regard. Oh, and if anyone's got any good "self-restraint" movies or TV shows that they would recommend, that would be much appreciated. I'm on Netflix ... and currently recommend Tiger King. Absolute madness!
on Apr 13
This might be a bit of a cliche, but as a German I seriously miss baking bread. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any flour that is not white wheat flour. Does anyone know where I might be able to get some other types of flour? I would even be happy with just whole wheat.
on Apr 7
I went to the tax office today. Last year and the year before I got back 20,000¥ even though we had a new baby. This year I was expecting more or less the same because we had another baby. But to my surprise I’m getting back 60,000¥. But what surprised me most, was the fact that they told me to come back next week with doctors’ receipt for the last 2 yr and the amount will be more!!!! Of course im excited for all ¥ennies I can get, but I want to know how do they calculate these stuff? Last year the guy told me I actually own them but after I emphasize that I had a new baby, he did some typing on the pc then said ‘oh sorry, you’ll get the same Like Last year’.
on Apr 3
I’m thinking with all this time on my hands, i think I should probably be learning something new. The only thing I can think about is buying a bike and riding off into the sunset. What are you doing to pass the time wisely? The Rosetta Stone I downloaded recently still hasn’t been opened. Oh, and they’re now offering 3 months free I think.
With the quarantine going on the cities, I’m thinking to heading to hills. I’m looking to buy (online) a cycle or mountain bike but they all look short in stature. What the average size we use in the west? I’m now thinking they probably have weight limits too. These are things that we never had to worried about. Any help would be appreciated.
Watching the news and seeing other countries basically shutting everything down makes me wonder if Japan will eventually have to do the same. I know the current numbers are not showing anything that series (if they are even accurate), but in where I live, I almost feel like no one is taking it seriously. What do you guys think?
on Mar 19
"Cabinet OKs bill to enable Abe to declare emergency amid virus spread" https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/KyodoNewsPlus/MnxPJ-news It could be passed by Friday. I know none of us have a crystal ball, but what do you think might happen? Is he clearing this bill because he's preparing to declare an emergency? And if so, what would that mean? Something similar to Italy or China?
on Mar 10
I think all of us are probably feeling a bit down/stressed/worried about the unknown that the current C word situation is bringing us! I am a firm believer in "if you can't see the joy, be the joy", so I want to hear all about the positive stuff in your life in the last few weeks! Doesn't matter how minor or trivial it seems...share away.
on Mar 9
With spring coming up, I am thinking about what flower gardens I want to go to this year. I wanted to know if you guys have any recommendations for some non typical flowers. I have already seen cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and wisteria, so something other than that!
on Feb 28
With schools across Japan to close from Monday I was wondering if it might be good to start a Q&A thread about it. The closures are unlikely to affect me directly but people who work close me, being parents, will have to make adjustments and I'd be interested to hear if there are any ALTs out there and how this will play out for them. Rants, raves, concerns, stories, opinions ... maybe this could be a good place to air any concerns and share info.
on Feb 27
After the Olympics motto was announced this afternoon as "United by Emotion", I'm wondering if any of you have a catchier, more descriptive tag line you would have opted for. Throw them my way - what would you pick as the motto for Tokyo 2020?
on Feb 17