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Answered over 3 years ago

What is your suggestion for 5 day in Tokyo

Lauren Shannon Lauren Shannon, Living in Japan

One rec. on your first day here- I recommend a food tour. Especially those done by my friend Anne, at www.arigatojapan.co.jp -- the reason why? They teach ordering, etiquette and give you confidence to explore more food during the rest of your trip.  The ALL STAR TOUR, or the ASAKUSA TOUR are bo...

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Answered over 3 years ago

Are road sign directions written in English in Japan

Norman Norman, Lived in Japan

No, unfortunately, they are written in Japanese only.However, many of them are without the character, but the signs only. And some of them are like internationally the same sign ( I believe...).You can see and learn some of them here: http://www.jaf.or.jp/e/for-overseas-drivers/driving-in-japan.htm

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Answered over 3 years ago

How easy is it for Westerners to travel around on their own

kunoichi kunoichi, Living in Japan

Local restaurants and Izakayas are sometimes difficult because they do not have Japanese menus and staffs often don't speak English. You will be okay when you are seeing around major sightseeing areas, but knowing simple Japanese words always makes communicating easier :)

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Answered over 3 years ago

Can you recommend any stores, more centrally located, to buy cute baby cloths? The department stores like Takashimaya are pretty expensive, so something more budget friendly?

kunoichi kunoichi, Living in Japan

I'm not sure if the stores below have the type of clothes you are looking for (the ones with cute little years and tails), but these are the most famous baby clothes stores that I know of.1. Nishimatsuyahttp://www.24028.jp/Most of the branches are in more residential areas but there is one branch...

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Answered over 3 years ago

can you help me get reservations to membership restaurants

Ming He Ming He, Visited Japan Four times or more

Your absolute best source for this would actually be your hotel concierge. "Membership" restaurants in Japan usually have 'membership' because they are very small and want to make sure their regulars always have a spot; its actually rarely about being elite or status. Another person, even Japanes...

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Answered over 3 years ago

Is luggage forwarding from hotel to hotel reliable when travelling through Japan??

Ming He Ming He, Visited Japan Four times or more

Yes!! I always use this. The shinkansen do not have a lot of luggage storage space and tourists often look and feel clumsy hauling luggage. I've used the 'takuhaibin' service between Tokyo, Fukuoka, Matsumoto, Nagoya, Nozawa onsen, Osaka, Kyoto etc.... My luggage is always waiting for me the next...

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Answered over 3 years ago

What sort of wagashi is the most popular in the whole of Japan?

Norman Norman, Lived in Japan

I think that the sweet bean paste based wagashi is the most popular kinds in Japan. There are so many kinds of wagashi made with sweet bean paste; with the combination of rice, flour, kudzu (arrowroot) starch and so on. That is loved by everyone from children to adults!

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Answered over 3 years ago

I'm half Japanese, what do I do?!

Matt Watson Matt Watson, Living in Japan

I am a foreigner here in Japan and it always causes more trouble that its worth. I feel like people blame me for so many things that aren't my fault, especially on public transportation. So, I can relate a little.I am sorry you are having a tough time. I don't know how old you are or what kind of...

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Answered over 3 years ago

flower garden in Tokyo

Norman Norman, Lived in Japan

It depends on the month when you are visiting Japan, but if you are planning to visit in March, you can find Sakura everywhere. Fuji Shiba-sakura festival is very recommendable to visit from mid-April to late May. It is not locating in Tokyo, but near the Mt.Fuji, and it is only about 90minutes a...

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Answered over 3 years ago

I'm half Japanese, what do I do?!

Sosuke Kimura Sosuke Kimura, Living in Japan

Hi, it is a difficult question to answer.Hub Japan is mainly dedicated to travelers who come to Japan from overseas, so you may not be able to get many responses.Below is my personal opinion.# I could not quite get the nuance of "kid", so my comments are written on the assumption that you are a m...

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