Japan Q&A

Questions about all things Japan answered by those in the know


What's your favorite Tokyo hanami spot?

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?

Just outside Tokyo

Where could I bring a group for an interesting tour of forest or gardens , cute town hope with onsen . Nature a bit

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!


Narita Airport To Shizuoka City

Are there any direct bus rides from Narita Airport to Shizuoka City, Shizuoka?

Narita Airport To Shizuoka City

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. :)

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?)


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!

Nothing to see here. Check out the active questions below.

Japan Q&A

1 Answer

Christmas popcorn tin

does anyone know where I could possibly buy the tri-flavored popcorn tins I used to get as a kid? I know walmart has them available even still but only around christmas time. Seeing as I can't just stop in at walmart, would anyone know where I might find them. I don't even know where to look online.


on Oct 25

4 Answers

Working Visa Question

If I have a work visa for 5 years and switch to a part-time position, can I keep my visa? I know renewal might be difficult, but I have a few years until then so I was curious.


on Aug 13

10 Answers

Tuning into or out of the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony?

I think the government wants us to stay in and watch the opening of the Olympics on TV over these two rearranged national holidays. Are you going to be watching? What's your mood regarding the games at the moment? No judgement, just curious. I'm not sure I was ever that invested in the games but thinking about what it was supposed to have been and what it looks to have become kind of makes me want to tune out but I think I'll be watching the opening ceremony at least.


on Jul 21

8 Answers

Eiken... where to start!?

Hi! What level should the average 6th and 5th grade child aim for in their first Eiken test? My son (6th grade) and daughter (5th) want to take it, so whatever the "norm" is I was thinking they could try one level up as they are "hafu" kids. They are certainly not fluent in English, but they are definitely way ahead of their peers. Any experience / advice welcome. Thank you. Photo just for colour!! Additional information - the first test is free in our town and the kids get forms at school to bring home, hence they want to do it!


on Jun 26

6 Answers

Renewing passport from Japan during pandemic

Has anyone had any experience with renewing their (overseas) passport from here in Japan during the pandemic? I'm just wondering if the coronavirus situation has made passport renewals from overseas take longer than usual (or maybe the time has become shorter). I understand that procedures and times vary from country to country and are influenced by other factors but I'm just curious. Thanks.


on Jun 22

4 Answers

Investing While in Japan

I wanted to know if any of you are currently investing while in Japan and how you are doing it. I am curious for two reasons: Retirement Short Term investment If you are investing, are you doing it through Japan or through your home country. I plan on staying in Japan, but for lack of understanding, I am thinking if I should start a 401K in America instead. Any advice is appreciated.


on May 25

2 Answers

Physical therapist/physiotherapist experiences in Japan?

My boyfriend has a herniated disk and has been really struggling with the pain and emotional stress. The regular doctor just sent him home with some pain medication, but it's not really doing it. Have you had any experiences with PT's or physiotherapists in Japan? Was it a good experience? Any recommendations for this condition?


on May 3

2 Answers

Raincoat recommendations?

I feel like rainy season will be here before we all know it, and was wondering if you have any favorite brands for raincoats. I need a couple for my kids (they've outgrown ones that relatives sent us when they were younger) and to be honest I probably should actually get one for myself, too. Sometimes just an umbrella doesn't cut it! Let me know if you have any favorites!


on Apr 25

13 Answers

Sleep remedies

Does anyone know of any good sleep aids or remedies that are easy to find in Japan? Nothing heavy, just over-the-counter stuff, herbal teas, other drinks, that kind of thing.


on Apr 13

4 Answers

Current Immigration Policies?

Does anyone know the current rules for leaving and reentering the country if you have a work visa. Even when I try to search, I am not really clear on the rules.


on Apr 5

3 Answers

Does anyone have experiences with law suits?

Does anyone have any advice for sueing somebody? Do you think foreigners will be treated equally? Any past experiences would help! Alpha Stock Images - http://alphastockimages.com/


on Mar 26

3 Answers

Where to find Peach blossom?

Any recommendations where to see some peach blossom in the Kanto area? I usually visit Koga for its peach blossom festival, but would like to see other areas too.


on Mar 2

8 Answers

Do you have an emergency kit prepped?

After the quake last night I'm curious about everyone's disaster preparedness. Do you have an emergency kit ready to go, and if so, what supplies do you have in there?


on Feb 14

3 Answers

Drive by place in Saitama

Could you suggest drive by activities or scenic spots within Saitama? Would love to drive around during weekends or holidays but of course take into consideration our safety, hence an activity not requiring to get off the car is preferred. Thanks in advance for your responses. :)


on Feb 8

18 Answers

How often do you eat ramen?

This question is more about the time back when it was safe for us to go out and dine out. How often did you go out for ramen back then? Did you go alone or with someone else? For lunch or dinner? As a huge fan of ramen, I am very interested in hearing about everyone's ramen habits :D


on Jan 29

10 Answers

What are some good Japanese Dramas for Studying Nihongo?

One of my goals this year to focus on improving my Japanese Language Skill. So I'm looking for good Japanese drama to binge watch at the same time to study. Any recommendations?


on Jan 10

8 Answers

Any idea for snowboard destination?

What's the best ski resort in Japan that is accessible by bus or train? I have been to Nagano. Any other recommendations?


on Jan 3

8 Answers

Any fukubukuro you're eyeing?

It's that time of year when many of us start thinking about fukubukuro, and I was wondering if you have your eyes on any good ones for 2021! I usually opt for coffee/tea ones personally, since I know I'll almost always like and use all of the contents. How about you?


on Dec 26

14 Answers

Minimalist Christmas present ideas?

I'm turning minimalistic. Does anyone have any nice ideas for Christmas presents that are usable and preferably eco-friendly yet still special???


on Dec 9

9 Answers

2021 diaries/planners?

I love paper diaries/planners, and was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for 2021. I've got my eye on a Hobonichi, but I'm curious about what the rest of you use! Maybe you prefer electronic planners!


on Dec 5