Japan Warnings and Dangers

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Japan Warnings and Dangers

  • Cash / Money

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    A reminder! not all ATM machines in Japan in general and tokyo in particular, accept ATM cards from International Consortiums like Cirrus, Maestro, Discover, Plus, etc. Only the ATM Machines in select 7-11 convenience stores and in airports and major subway and train stations accept the international atm cards with a 400 yen surcharge per...

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  • Scams

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    At 650 yen a pop most people bought two or three of these "Johnny Jumpers". Hey, that seems like a bargain to the duped customers handing over the Yen. A couple of thousand Yen and they're already anticipating the laughs they'll get from the guys in the office (especially when their co-workers see them scratching their head in disbelief when the...

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  • traffic / getting lost

    Osaka Warnings and Dangers

    Umeda Station's underground maze is extremely confusing. It took me a few visits before I could navigate without running in circles. The trick is to follow the signs very carefully, and try to draw a map in your head with some unique landmarks (e.g. station exits, which are numbered). When meeting people, plan ahead and give yourself some buffer...

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  • Night Out

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    I made a friend on a social network who lived in Fukushima. She had a little store called Heart Farm, and promised me that if I went there she would offer me a job with visa, and that she really wanted to meet me. Well, I saved money for a whole year, sold several things I had and went to Tokyo first. I told my parents and friends in Mexico and...

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  • Street Safety and Cautions

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    As stated before, Japanese bike riders and pedestrains do get a little close to you when you transerse their sidewalks. What I find is that they are really just trying to second guess where you'll be when they intersect you. So pick a line of walking or a path if you will, and stick to it. If you stay on coarse, it doesn't matter whether they are...

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  • money

    Osaka Warnings and Dangers

    Japan is expensive- bring enough money! The cheapest accomodation you will likely find will be about \4000 pp as there are not many youth hostels and when there are they are not often close, convenient or friendly! Eating out at cheap restaurants such as noodle houses or okonomiyaki is usually as cheap as trying to buy food to cook. The rice,...

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  • People to Avoid

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    With very few exceptions, if women use common sense they will be safe in Tokyo. Much safer than any US city. Don't walk down dark alleys alone at night, etc. Use a buddy system if you are drinking. If you get "molested" (butt grabbed) on a train make a scene in any language. The grabber will be embarrassed by the attention. In the last month the...

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  • Weather

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    May is lovely with spring blossoms and blue skies most of the time. October and November have the cool autumn air and red maple leaves. That aside, here are the seasons to avoid: June is the rainy season and while it can be pleasant for the first week or so, the rain and humidity arrive one day and then it's very oppressive. Even if it's not...

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  • Traffic / Transportation

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    Are you thinking about renting a car in Japan? Are you going to be able to deal with driving where most of the world considers to be on the wrong side of the road? Do you hate being splashed by inconsiderate drivers during or after a rainstorm? In Tokyo, that last one can cost you about US$65 if you happen to be that inconsiderate...

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  • Child Safety and Cautions

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    Some shops close to the Heian Temple (left side of the temple) sells x-rated stuff. Also, most of the Seven Eleven stores all over Japan sell Adult x-rated magazines without covers. I saw some x-rated t-shirts for sale close to the temple with the "F" word on it and with cartoons depicting x-rated stuff. There's a picture sample in here and I...

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  • Public Peace

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    Tokyo has one of the lowest crime rates of any large city in the world. I have never felt unsafe, even wandering alone at night in some of the seedier sections. In fact, Tokyo is so safe that it is common to see young Japanese school children riding the trains home alone at night -- there's no reason to worry about their safety. Despite the fact...

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  • Law / Rule

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    You need to check carefully any over-the-counter medicines which maybe commonly used in the U.S. or other countries, into Japan. Some of these you might not think twice about but they are not all allowed and Japanese customs can be very strict about this. Most doctors in Japan however can prescribe something similar to any you find banned to get...

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  • Equipments / Products

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    EVERYTHING in modern Japanese apartments is high tech. You use a keycard to get in, but the real innovation is the bathroom. I had to turn the faucet on by hand but everything else seems to work remotely. As you approach the toilet, the lid automatically raises. It flushes itself when you're done, and if you're of a mood to use it as a...

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  • Nature / Weather

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    How exciting Tokyo might be, the biggest metropolis in the world is indeed clean but if you look at what's in the air this does not apply. Admitedly, it is not as bad as in Mexico City or Cairo, but smog is an issue in Tokyo. This probably annoys asthmatic as much as it annoys tourists, because only in winter when the air clears up Mt. Fuji is...

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  • Communication

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    You may be tempted to buy a Japanese T-Shirt because it might look cool to walk around with flashy kanji or hiragana on your body -- you'll look worldy and sophisticated, after all. If you think that, just remember you could be wearing something you don't understand (just like all the Tokyoites with their Englis-language shirts, which is another...

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  • Local Customs

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    There is an element of flirting with danger when eating this fish. The fugue fish is highly poisonous and a few people have been known to have died eating it. In Japan, only a few selected establishments with a fully trained chef are allowed to serve this fugue fish. The poison cut out from parts of the fish is then kept under lock and key, until...

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  • You need a bicycle light if you ride at...

    In Japan, if the police catch you they'll pullyou over for not having a bicycle light on yourbicycle if you're riding it at night.It's the law so you can even get a ticket if you don't have one.If you want to save money in the long termI recommend that you buy an LED (light emiting diodes) bicycle light and rechargeable batteries. LED's use just a...

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  • Be Watchful. You Drive Your Own Issues

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • Earthquakes

    Japan is one of the unlucky countries to suffer from earthquakes. If you are staying in a hotel there is always a survival plan somewhere in your room. Read it and hope you don´t have to use it....If you would like to read some warnings before going take a look at the website. It is an earthquake survival guide by the Tokyo Metroplitan Government

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  • Tsunami Alert

    In Japan, Meteological Agency takes care of Earthquakes, Volcano warnings and latest informations. While the tsunami alert is being issued, get away from coast and avoid riverbank and evacuate when necessary.For details of Tsunami alert. See the pages below.http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/

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  • Take the Train!

    Taxi fares out of NRT are extremely expensive. Take the train! I visited four Hard Rock Cafes by train, going as far south as Yokohama, all within 10 hours. Do some homework before you go and know what your're doing. Trains run quite often and are reliable.

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  • Driving in small streets, driving in...

    The streets in Ibaraki, Japan are very tiny and very small. If you are driving over there, make sure to look at all times on those circular mirrors that are placed on the streets especially on those corners.The Japanese drivers drive fast even if the roads are small because they are used to this culture. They know how to manuever their small cars...

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  • Please be careful with what...

    Please be careful with what you bring INTO Japan. I was datained and questioned for having 'smuggled' an economy pack of Sudafed with me (and I explained that I regularly take Sudafed, a common decongestant in the US, to help open my sinuses in the course of air travel). This was all to no avail (Sudafed I learned is strictly forbidden in Japan and...

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  • some pi$$'in in the street!

    For all its social rules and refinement, there is still some lacking "qualities" one might encounter in Japan. Like most places in Asia, public urination is an all too common sight here. Of course, one would expect that in any country to some degree, especially in the bar sections of the city. however, in Japan you can expect to see it in the...

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  • Geishas

    I went to the area that was known for Geishas and felt unsafe. This was the only part of the city where I felt unwelcome and made sure that I left before the sun went down! This area has signs posted for women for "rent" and is overall not a good area of Kyoto.

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  • Get Your Kids Back!

    Japan is a very crowded place, so if you have inquisitive (and fast moving) children as I do, you need to watch out! For peace of mind, I had the adresses of the places we were staying printed up in Japanese and laminated. At each destination I would pin our current adress to the back of the baby's jacket...just in case! Some of our hosts thought...

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  • Woman Alone in Japan

    I travelled alone to Japan for 2 weeks last year. When i was in Tokyo, i stayed in Asakusa area, and i felt very safe!! and Tokyo is really safe. Train was alright too. However i Didn't feel safe in Osaka, and Osaka is the only place i met weird people, and There is seperate cabin for women only in the Osaka Train. I didn't see train like tat in...

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  • There's no avoiding the Kitty!

    Those people unenamoured with Hello Kitty will find no escape in Japan. Every region even has its own regional Hello Kitty souvenirs!

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  • SERVICE CHARGE!!

    I only experienced this once and it was because the two guys I was with wanted a "change of scenery" we ended up in a darts bar just to the right of the big screen in Shibuya. I'd read about it before and hadn't ever in the whole 2 weeks had any extra charges but I knew something was up when the "Complementary" popcorn and warm towels arrived.Only...

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  • Historical revisionism

    Note that some Museums in Japan are very much into historical revisionism, whitewashing events that may be embarrassing to Japan, in particular, but not restricted to WW2 atrocities.The Yushukan museum in Tokyo is the worst example perhaps, but not the only one. Many Japanese dislike this revisionist trend as well, but be prepared to see things...

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  • The 2 sides of the law

    Crime is a relatively rare thing in Japan, but it is fast on the rise here. Certainly if you’re a victim of a crime you should report it to the police, however don’t have much hope in anything being done. Most lost items, even items of value, are recovered because of good Samaritans, though this is also changing. Its not surprising to hear people...

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  • Bullet Train pickpockets

    I agree with most people that Japan is generally a safe place. But my brother was pickpocketed a few months ago on the bullet train between Kyoto and Tokyo. He was in the Green Car (first class), his jacket was hanging on a hook...while snoozing, someone came along and took his wallet from the jacket chest pocket.

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  • Right Wing Crackpots

    These guys in the black buses tend to be right wing racist crackpots related to criminal organisations.They go around blaring stuff out of their loud speakers, criticising Japanese politicians with whom they disagree, and generally making incendiary comments about other countries, most notably North Korea and China.Best to ignore them.

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  • night train with JR Pass

    Please note that there are many complications when you try to make a reservation on an overnight train. The JR Rail pass website did not mentioned anything, but do refer to Japan Guide for more detail - http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2356.html. However, from our experience, even some trains mentioned there were disputed by the officers.Tips - ensure...

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  • JR Reservation Offices

    Most officiers don't speak English and are not prepared to extend any help. In the JR Rail pass website, it stated - "If you travel overnight on the last day your pass is valid, the basic fare will be covered as far as you travel, including train changes, until you first exit a station. However, surcharges are only covered for the train on which...

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  • unfriendly people

    You may be surprise but my experience is that Japaness are very helpful when they are at work (except the JR officer). If you ask for help in a retail shop, they will go all ways to help you. however, outside of their work, if you lost your way and try to ask for direction, you must be prepare to face with 2 situations. one is the kind soul that...

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  • Objectify me, please!

    In almost every city and town in Japan you will find a thriving red-light district. The way sex is for sale in Japan will blow your mind. It is with no imagination that one can say that a sex slave trade is still alive and well in Asia and Japan is certainly a major perpetrator in importing women for sexual gains. The pictures in this tip were all...

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  • Urusai

    Generally a pleasant enough society that is quite considerate of others especially when it comes to noise. One major exception to this is the really loud and annoying vans that drive during the day blasting among other things right wing political messages. These things are an assault on your ears and decency. The only thing you can do at this point...

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  • The problem with public transit in Japan

    For the most part, public transit in Japan is awesome. Not always as cheap as I would like to be, but effective and far reaching. The major problem however is the rather inconvenient time trains, subways and bus stop running, which is usually before midnight, even in Tokyo. Please be very aware of this when going out for the night. You three...

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  • Taxis in Japan

    Generally speaking, taxis in Japan will not rip you off by driving you in circles and I’ve never heard there being black or illegal taxi. As well, I’ve never even heard of there being a taxi with a fixed meter. Taxi drivers, like most Japanese, are honest to a fault. So, what’s the problem with taxis? Well, its just that are extremely expensive. So...

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  • Earthquakes

    Every traveler who comes to Japan must be prepared for the occurrence of earthquakes. They happen frequently and it’s just a fact of life here. Knowing what to do might just save your life.1. Very important, stay away from glass. As with hurricanes, wounds resulting from shattered glass are the number one injury.2. Don’t panic. Easier said than...

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  • This is my place so get the hell out of...

    As with the tip before this, Japanese people tend to act in a way that some Westerns find socially bizarre. One thing that kind of bugs me is the fact that Japanese will stake a place a week before a festival, lay a tarp and think it’s forever theirs. I come from the mind set that if you want to stake a claim to area for an event, which isn’t...

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  • Agoraphobia!!!!

    Japan is not the place to go if you have agoraphobia (fear of crowded places). Even the country side can feel quite claustrophobic. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind. Even though most Japanese people are socially pleasant they will push and shove without apology. That’s just the way it is here. If you get angry with someone...

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  • Enough to bring a tear to an Indians...

    Thinking of going to a beach in Japan? Think again, cause it’s more like going the dump. In a strange anomaly, Japan which is ultra clean has the most disgusting beaches in the first world. The Japanese will swear that it comes for Korea or China, but it’s easy to find many products with katakana ect ect. It’s really a sad situation. The only...

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  • Patriarchal society

    For those unaware, Japan can be a very patriarchal society, especially compared to some western countries. Japanese men do expect their women to care for them and almost practically wait on them hand and foot. Women seem to foot the bill and play the part though. It is a changing system though. What you might see, women carrying something so the...

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