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Japan Q&A

Questions about all things Japan answered by those in the know

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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!

Transportation

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?)

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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Kabosu citrus

At the local supermarket I scored these kabosu citrus for just ¥100. How do you use them in your home cooking? I’ve only ever tasted kabosu in a shochu highball.

TonetoEdo

on Nov 10

4 Answers

Autumn spots outside of Tokyo with baby

Any recommendation for nice autumn spots around the neighboring prefectures of Tokyo? Easy access by car (up to 2 hours are fine) and by babycar are preferred. Looking for some new spots, which are less popular and crowded.

BlueButterfly

on Oct 25

13 Answers

Post-Typhoon Hagibis. Hope everyone is well

Don't know what the mood is with everyone but just thought I'd drop a quick line on this Q&A to say that things seem to be fine where I am in Urayasu, Chiba after the typhoon. How are things where you are? Hope everyone is well.

Tomuu

on Oct 13

5 Answers

Favorite resources/apps for emergencies?

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!

genkidesu

on Oct 11

6 Answers

Typhoon Hagibis preparations

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?

Tomuu

on Oct 10

13 Answers

Netflix Japan: What are we watching (update)

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?!

Tomuu

on Oct 9

6 Answers

Fashion Survey

Hello! I am doing a survey on fashion for college, if anyone could answer it would be amazing! -How old are you? -Where are you from? -How important is fashion for you in a scale of 1-10? -Do you have a classic style or you are more avant garde? -What issues would you like to solve, related to nowadays clothes? -Do you express yourself through your clothes? -Do you like to draw attention to you? -Do you like unique clothes or you don't care?

Inês9736

on Sep 28

8 Answers

Professional Development While ALTing?

I was wondering if you have any ideas on some things I can do to continue to develop while I am an ALT. I know that in a few years I will want a new gig, and I was wondering what I can do while being an ALT to bulk up my skills and resume.

ReishiiTravels

on Sep 18

19 Answers

If you were to move to another location in within Japan?

Been thinking about moving out of the Tokyo area for a while now. I've got a few ideas of where I would like to go (although not at all sure if they are actually doable) but just out of curiosity if you could move (or had to move) to another location in Japan (and no, not just down the road), where would it be? Me: Miyazaki, or somewhere on the Izu, or maybe Yokohama

Tomuu

on Sep 13

8 Answers

Amazon hits and misses

Most of my purchases on Amazon have been household goods and groceries. Kitchen equipment, rugs, laundry and bath stuff. For food, mostly whole bean coffee, condiments, and dried or canned foods. So my question is, for kitchen, bath, and laundry, what purchases have you made that were good value for money? What grocery items do you get?

TonetoEdo

on Aug 21

8 Answers

Your fave autumn leaf spots

I know it's still hot right now in much of the country, but I'm already dreaming of the changing leaves (and cooler temps!) of autumn. What are your favorite autumn leaf spots across Japan? Here in Niigata I really like the scenery and colors around Lake Daigenta which is about a 30 minute drive from home!

genkidesu

on Aug 19

6 Answers

International school

Great article. What do you recommend? I have a MFA in Visual Arts. And teaching for the past 10 years in college level. Do I need teacher certification to land anything with JET? Thanks so much

Christian

on Aug 18

5 Answers

Recommendation please for Effective JLPT study resources

Good day and happy summer to everyone! Please spare a moment to share your recommendations for effective JLPT preparation resources. I have been invited to work part time as an Assistant English Teacher even they knew I am not fluent in their language both written and verbal, but it was fun and I made it through. Since then, I came to appreciate teaching here but I was advised that I will be more effective and well compensated if I have an JLPT Certification. Please, would appreciate your recommendation as to where and how to map a successful study and preparation path. Also, I have a plan to volunteer and start up a reading and practice your everyday English in my community which is going to be once or twice a month program. Thank you in advance.

Yen3529

on Aug 6

13 Answers

Budget Family Living in Japan? Several questions for all you Expats!

How might I achieve a shoestring budget lifestyle in Japan? After reading genkidesu's blog post on City-Cost about living on a shoestring budget, it seems possible to live a dream that seemed reserved for retirement. Here is my situation and my background for anyone that is interested in helping me navigate this transition. I'm married with a 7 year old daughter and 2 year old son. We live in Oklahoma. What should I take into consideration with regards to young children and moving internationally? I have held several jobs from washing cars to telemarketing to IT to home automation programming. Where should I start with regards to jobs that will bring in a minimum of $2,000 per month in Japan? I'd like to move to Japan within the next 6 months. Is this realistic? What pitfalls have you experienced that I should be on the look out for, if any? Maemotte kansha shimasu! (Thank you in advance :P)

zkoynz

on Aug 1

3 Answers

Therapy Cats

Hello! I heard it was hard to find apartments that accept pets in Japan. I have a therapy cat who will absolutely have to come with me on my journey. Does anyone know if Japan apartments recognize therapy cats or how hard would it be to get my baby accepted? Thank you for the help!

Denise1862

on Jul 12

8 Answers

Any birthday idea?

It's my boyfriend birthday next month! I'm thinking about how to celebrate his birthday in Tokyo. We used to go abroad, but this time we would like to celebrate in Japan. Would be glad if your could recommend restaurants or any events in August? or how to celebrate in extra special way?

Nice

on Jul 10

10 Answers

Beach for summer!

Any beach recommendations for summer nearby Tokyo?

Nice

on Jun 21

8 Answers

Buying a Computer in Japan

So, my computer died, and I need to buy a new one. Any tips or recommendations on how/where to buy a computer in Japan?

ReishiiTravels

on Jun 21

12 Answers

Your favorite summer getaway spots?

Any favorite places you all have to get away to during the stinking hot summer months? I would love a long weekend away somewhere (ideally cooler!) We did Hakodate/Aomori one summer and really enjoyed it. Would love to hear your suggestions.

genkidesu

on Jun 12

4 Answers

Hot water into cold water

I heard or read somewhere that pouring hot water into cold water was not a good thing to do. (I like my water luke warm sometimes) Something to do with religion or dead association with dead people (and Japan does not like that) Have you heard of this? Any sources I could see so I don’t mess up in a critical moment?

Kasajizo

on Jun 9