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Ok so need some advice;

Friend of mine is currently on holidays in Japan. He actually wanted to go last year with his girlfriend but she wasn't sure if she would have been able to go because of school/work. So they decided to delay it to this year. Now, a couple of weeks before they were supposed to go, she decided to go on a holiday to Morocco, and just blew off going to Japan with him. So he still went on his own, and they pretty much broke up.(Which is good, she wasn't great for him).

But now his holiday has this dark cloud hanging over it since he is alone there experiencing all this. I want him to have a fun time there and i think it would help him a bit if he made some friends there. Anyone know some kind of platform where you can meet local people that want to hangout with a tourist basically? Tinder would be too much i think :P
 
I just need some clarification on this bit here from cdjapan

To avoid network congestion, once the total amount of data used exceeds 20GB over any 3 consecutive days, the speed is limited to max. 1Mbps temporarily until 12AM. Even when the speed is limited, it is still fast enough to watch Youtube.
So the ideal consumption of data per day should be 6.5gb so that every 3 consecutive days of consumption would avg. around 19.5gb/3 days, did I get that right or I missed something? lol
 
SonicX_Zero I think you should get a prepaid SIM.
I'm currently using b-mobile, they have 21 day sim loaded with 5 gb data, costs about 3200 yen. Saves you the hassle of carrying another device, and easier on your phone's battery since you'll be using mobile data instead of wifi. Good LTE network too.
 
SonicX_Zero I think you should get a prepaid SIM.
I'm currently using b-mobile, they have 21 day sim loaded with 5 gb data, costs about 3200 yen. Saves you the hassle of carrying another device, and easier on your phone's battery since you'll be using mobile data instead of wifi. Good LTE network too.
Thanks for the suggestion definitely considering it during my next visit especially if I'm going solo, but for this trip data allowance is currently my priority since I'm going with a group and I need as much as allowance as I can get per day.



Btw just sharing this reply I got from Japan-Wireless about their FUP

Dear Customer,

Thank you very much for your inquiry to Japan Wireless.

No, our Premium router does not have any speed restriction by your data amount.

However, we very highly appreciate our customers' kind cooperation keeping your one day data
amount smaller than 3GB at most if possible.
This is because your router unit is for the share-use by people as a rental unit.
Too much data consuming may cause those data cap for speed restriction applied in our future contract
with the service provider.
In order to keep offering this unlimited service for our great customers, we truely appreciate your kind cooperation.

Of course, exceeding 3GB on the needed day/s is not a problem.
Let us thank you for all your generous understanding.

Best regards,
Japan Wireless Customer Services
So yeaaaaah.
 
Just booked a 9 day trip from Canada! My girlfriend and I are leaving November 18 returning on the 28th. We are flying into Tokyo (HND). This is our first trip outside of North America.
Got a great deal using some miles we had saved up, so we have a budget of roughly $2000 CAD each for the 10 day trip. (not including flights obviously). Looking for hotel recommendations in around Shinjuku or Shibuya.
I'm going to be doing some heavy scrolling through this thread for other ideas. Do you think we should plan on just staying in Tokyo? One thing we are set on is Disney, and hopefully Ghibli museum, but we would like to maybe hit up an Onsen for a day or two. Other than that, we're going for the food and just general sight seeing.
 
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/...riendly-bus-services-ahead-of-2020-games.html

Japan will introduce more foreigner-friendly bus services in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by implementing an alphanumeric system to simplify labeling of routes and stops, according to the transport ministry.

According to the draft guidelines, each bus route will be identified with up to three digits or a combination of up to four numbers and letters, the ministry said.

The information will be displayed on route maps and bus destination displays as well as at bus stops for local, airport and tourist bus services among others.

At present, bus operators mostly use Japanese characters combined with numbers, though some transport companies are beginning to use an alphanumeric system to help the increasing number of foreign visitors.
Good. Although the worst thing about buses currently are the maps of the bus stops :p
 
Ok so need some advice;
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Tinder isn't really a thing here so don't worry about that haha.

There are apps like Meetup that some people use. Its good for making a few connections for things to do or meeting a group to go somewhere. Maybe can find facebook groups as well. OR the tried and true, go to a bar, foreigner or non, and drink with peeps.
 
Leaving Tokyo on Monday, sorry.

Getting kinda worried about the typhoon.. supposed to be going to and staying in Hakone on Monday, then going to Osaka on Tuesday..

Even knowing what to do this evening in Tokyo is a bit.. uncertain (supposed to be meeting friends who are flying in today).
 
Cheaper to go to Hokkaido for the next 6 months:
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809290031.html

Huge discounts are being offered for flights to and accommodation in Hokkaido to help revitalize the economy of the main northern island following a recent big earthquake.

The government on Sept. 28 set aside 15.3 billion yen ($135 million) from its budget to support rebuilding efforts on Hokkaido. Subsidies will be provided to travel agencies and hotel operators to allow them to offer tours at a discount.
Foreign tourists would receive a discount of 70 percent, but there will be an upper limit of 20,000 yen for each night's discount.

The discount will only be allowed for three nights for Japanese visitors, while foreign tourists will benefit for five nights.

The tours are expected to go on sale from Oct. 1 and extend until March 2019.
Under the JAL discount program, flights within Hokkaido will also be covered. A maximum discount of 84 percent will be implemented for flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. The cheapest ticket under the program would start from 6,400 yen. The program will run from Oct. 28 until March 30.

For foreign tourists, the cost of a ticket from Haneda to New Chitose will be discounted from 10,800 yen to 7,560 yen.

ANA's discount program will cover flights to and from Hokkaido from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Currently, early-reservation tickets between Haneda and New Chitose cost 9,200 yen, but that would be discounted to 9,000 yen.

The discount program will run from Nov. 6 until March 30.

For foreign tourists, the cheapest seats for flights between Haneda and New Chitose will fall from 10,600 yen to 5,400 yen.

And more expensive to stay in Kyoto:
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/...kyoto-introduces-lodging-tax-on-tourists.html

Japan's ancient city of Kyoto, a popular tourist destination, began levying taxes Monday on visitors staying at hotels, traditional inns and private lodgings to ease problems such as congestion and improve tourism services.

Guests will be taxed between 200 yen ($1.76) and 1,000 yen per night depending on the accommodation charge. The city expects to raise 4.56 billion yen annually through the tax and use the revenue for tourism promotion measures.
 
Oooooh man - leaving in 19 days!

For our cell phones, we plan to just use our international plan on AT&T. $10/day for our normal cell plan. It's not CHEAP, but my company covers my half because I need to be reachable when I'm not at work. So that's a plus. Anyone ever use a similar feature with success? We used it in France/Germany/Italy and it was great. Figure Japan will be as good/better, but it won't hurt to ask.

How much yen should we bring? Disney will be allow us to use card, so that's easy. But throughout Tokyo and Kyoto, how much is cash vs card?
 
Oooooh man - leaving in 19 days!

For our cell phones, we plan to just use our international plan on AT&T. $10/day for our normal cell plan. It's not CHEAP, but my company covers my half because I need to be reachable when I'm not at work. So that's a plus. Anyone ever use a similar feature with success? We used it in France/Germany/Italy and it was great. Figure Japan will be as good/better, but it won't hurt to ask.

How much yen should we bring? Disney will be allow us to use card, so that's easy. But throughout Tokyo and Kyoto, how much is cash vs card?
Everything is cash.
 
Could I return to Japan very quickly and go to Hokkaido..


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Yamanote line, during rush hour... with suitcases.. was an interesting circle of hell (it was our main option to get to Tokyo Station).

Still makes for an interesting story.

Hakone was / is very nice, but unfortunately a lot was closed to due to high winds, hoping today is better.
 
Go to Hakone. And check out Kamakura as well for the old Japan feeling.

Only 2 weeks to go until you have to F5 for Ghibli tickets :P
We are planning the Hakone > Kamakura trip in November. Would you, or anyone here like to recommend a place to stay for one or two nights in Hakone? Somewhere under $150 USD per night would be ideal.
 
We are planning the Hakone > Kamakura trip in November. Would you, or anyone here like to recommend a place to stay for one or two nights in Hakone? Somewhere under $150 USD per night would be ideal.
I did not stay there myself but I’ve read great things about Fuji Hakone Guesthouse, very affordable, has its own onsen.

Also, right now, there is an EVA Hakone store next to Yumoto Station.
I practically squealed when I saw it in the bus window.
 
We are planning the Hakone > Kamakura trip in November. Would you, or anyone here like to recommend a place to stay for one or two nights in Hakone? Somewhere under $150 USD per night would be ideal.
I stayed at Onsen Guesthouse HAKONE TENT and it was fairly cheap and decent last I recall.
The food was pretty good too.
 
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