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    Rent a cellular phone at the Narita Airport

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you are in Japan for business or for sightseeing tour and wanted to have a cellphone where you can get in touch with your family, friends or business partner, you can actually sign up for a cell phone at the Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor, Arrival Lobby.

    The cell phone booth is there close to where you can rent cars. There are sales representatives over there who could barely speak English. The ame of the cell phone company is GRP (Global Rent-A-Phone).

    When I signed up for a cell phone, they required me to show them my passport, driver's license where it shows my address and a credit car.

    Here's more information of the cell phone rental:

    Telephone Numer is 043-243-6662 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-6662 (From Overseas)

    Fax Numer: 043-243-2241 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-2241 (From Overseas)

    URL: http://www.tokyoay.co.jp/worldphone

    Narita Airport Termina 1 rth Floor:Garden Square - 17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 2, 3rd Floor; Departure Loby -17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor; Arrival Lobby- 17:30-19:30
    Kansai Airport 4th Floor, International Departure Lobby - 18:30-19:30
    GLOBAL Rent-A-Phone (GRP) - Kansai Airport 1st Floor; International Arrival Lobby- 17:00-22:00
    Central Japan Chubu Centrair Airport 3rd Floor: Arrival Lobby - 17:00-20:30

    Fondest memory: A long lasting memory of my travels in Ibaraki-ken especially visiting the Ushiku Buddha and the riding of the cable car at the Tsukubayama with my father

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    Visiting another herbal medicines factory

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: During my official trip to Japan, I had a chance to visit another famous herbal medicines factory (at Tokyo) in addition to the one at Ibaraki Prefecture. Photographs of this visit are at the travelogue section of this VT page, and it is indeed a very good experience for me to be able to witness the high standards of herbal medicines manufacturing in Japan.

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    Herbal medicines factory: friendly & nice staff

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The staff of the herbal medicines factory which we visited are very friendly and courteous, which is typical of the Japanese cuture. They are also well organised, competent, professional and gives a very good impression on the quality of items made in Japan.

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    Herbal medicines factory: store house

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The store house of the herbal medicines factory is huge, which is not surprising as this factory is one of the biggest in Japan. The herbal raw materials are stored at a temperature of about 15 degrees celsius inside here, where the environmental conditions are monitored very closely.

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    Herbal medicines factory: museum (2)

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Here is a close-up of one of the interesting items of the museum of the herbal medicines factory, which is a multi-compartment small cabinet for storing raw herbal medicines during the good old days :)

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    Herbal medicines factory: museum

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There is an impressive museum at the main administrative building of the herbal medicines factory which I visited at Ibaraki which showcases the history of the factory, its various products over the years and how they involved until today. Very educational for me indeed :)

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    Herbal medicines factory: factory compound

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The herbal medicines factory which I visited in Ibaraki is a huge and famous one in Japan. The compound is huge consisting of the manufacturing plant, research laboratories, stores, an administrative building cum museum with a nice fountain display in front (see photograph) and a beautiful herbal garden as well. More photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Herbal medicines factory: herbal garden

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Perhaps the highlight of my visit to the herbal medicine factory at Ibaraki must be the beautiful herbal garden with many common herbs used in traditional Japanese Kampo medicine being grown here. More photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Herbal medicines factory: Herbs sample room

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There is a huge room in the herbal medicines factory where samples of many different kinds of herbals commonly used in traditional Kampo medicines of Japan is stored. Visiting the room is a very interesting experience for me since I work in this area.

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    Herbal medicines factory: tissue culture room

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This herbal medicines factory which I visited is very advanced and even started a tissue culture project to grow some of their herbs, which will be planted into the soil when they grow older. This is to ensure consistency in the quality of the herbs from generation to generation.

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    Herbal medicines factory: Herbs sample room (2)

    by victorwkf Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This photograph is a close up view of some of the samples of herbs used in traditional Kampo medicine of Japan, stored in the herbs sample room of the factory.

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