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jburdess 20d
Hey everyone, Is this time of the year a good time to visit Japan?
kqkibajgkk It's hot and rainy, but it's still Japan! I'm enjoying it so far.
Doing the Bullet Climb up Mt. Fuji tomorrow evening. Anybody interested in joining?

Leaving Tokyo at 4pm with the rental car. Driving to Mt. Fuji and then climbing up for sunrise. sunrise_over_mountainsmount_fujijp
Ahhh wish I had more time in advance to know, I would have joined but I have plans tomorrow
Tomorrow there's a typhoon scheduled to come right over Kanto, you might want to be careful
JP post EMS delivered my package to the east coast US in less than 3 days
znletwflrygc yep, that's what I ended up going with in the end. The woman at the post-office in shinjuku spoke english and was extremely helpful. Thanks anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰
nottug 20d
if i was there i would - I'm there next week, if you do other interesting hikes lmk I'm probs in. i wanna do some of the japanese alps
You are right U022ZMLDWVD! ๐ŸŒช โ˜” ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
Delaying hike until tomorrow. Same schedule
aarono 20d
Is it actually bad ?
aarono 20d
From Google it seems pretty mild in terms of rain and wind
Nah not at this point, itโ€™s really weakened and kinda stopped off the coast, but always good to be aware ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ
joshica 19d
October seems to be the last month of nice weather (around 20C) and when itโ€™s less touristy. Timing just worked out itโ€™s my first destination.
sascha 19d
October is very good month to visit imo.
quintin 19d
๐Ÿ›ฌ dkwfuxthc just arrived in โ›ฉ Osaka, #japan
olivero 19d
October is good, late March is ideal if you can catch cherry blossoms.
zakher 17d
Hi everyone, anyone currently in Japan with a Japanese phone number? I'm trying to buy tickets for the Ghibli museum and I need to verify a Japanese phone number. I'll be in Japan in October!
hadley 17d
Hey Everybody, i am pondering going to Japan next. Whats the best place to look for 1-2 month short term apartments in Tokyo?
I got some about 7 years ago using| about a month in advance. I think they just go out and buy them at 7eleven like a resident tbh.
mandymww 17d
๐Ÿ›ฌ gqfftlapwv just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Okinawa City, Okinawa, #japan
I did metroresidences the first time. Doing another service this time. Canโ€™t link because I havenโ€™t been active here.
Metro residences is better from what I saw. It just didnโ€™t have apartments in the area of the city I wanted to be in.
hadley 16d
Thanks! I will check it out
Bad news...none of the rental car places in Japan would rent me a car without a IDP (International Drivers Permit). I even tried getting one of the ones that you order online. They rejected it. All 4 rental car places I visited had a book of authentic IDPs from each and every country. What a nightmare. No Fuji for me. mount_fujijp
roder13 15d
I'd be interested in doing a hike this weekend somewhere!
roder13 15d
and I do have an IDP
moises001 15d
Currently im the same situation, i'll be there 4 weeks in Oct-Nov and i'll need a place to work overnight to have some meetings with my clients / teamates, i saw that regus its 24/7 but not sure yet
zakher 15d
Thanks ayubqojdxxvwk for your reply! Turned out I got a friend in Japan who was able to help
zakher 15d
I'm doing the same with a friend! We decided to stay in Tokyo for a week only and move around Japan instead. We also work in the tech industry and looking to meet fellow digital nomads there!
joshica 14d
Will keep yโ€™all posted on what we land on. Down to meet up once weโ€™re settled in the Tokyo.
swimrat 14d
๐Ÿ›ฌ cdquhoqfe just arrived in โ›ฉ Osaka, #japan
janwillem 14d
๐Ÿ›ฌ kdrfdtoqitx just arrived in ๐Ÿ—ผ Tokyo, #japan
curtis 13d
๐Ÿ›ฌ adwvhqrn just arrived in Takayama, #japan
๐Ÿ›ฌ hsqeqskbitle just arrived in Nagano, #japan
klim 12d
Anyone in Osaka tonight or tomorrow? ๐Ÿ‘‹
munybrr 11d
๐Ÿ›ฌ bubicswzb just arrived in โ›ฉ Osaka, #japan
jeroam 11d
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machone 11d
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ayawatt 11d
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Any favorite cafes or coworking spots in Tokyo Ueno area?
Does anyone have recommendation for any rural Japan area where I can work from remote for a week or two? Or should I just stay in Tokyo and take trains in the weekends?
curtis 10d
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๐Ÿ›ฌ yrtoektbuzaavbrm just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Kyoto, #japan
๐Ÿ›ฌ qtszyxpoharp just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Yokohama, #japan
There are plenty of rural areas where the internet is fast enough. I'm not sure around Tokyo but in Kansai you could pick places in Wakayama, northern part of Kyoto prefecture, parts of Nara, mountains of Kobe. There are lots of options.
Thanks for the recommendations! Yes, having a reliable internet would be #1 choice. I will research those list!
I got more intel on this visa straight from the immigration center itself. They recommended me to come on a temporary visitor visa first, prepare the documents, then go to an immigration center and apply for a change of status. They said that the supporting documents could be in either English or Japanese and that the savings DOES NOT need to be in a Japanese bank account (shout out to the dude who argued with me on this point for no reason). They sadly didn't answer my question about if the savings needed to be liquid or not, but it doesn't really matter to me either way.

I think the only important thing that you need to do before you come is make sure you have the health insurance for the whole period you are staying, as most companies wont insure you once you land in Japan
It seems like it if you do it this way you skip the step of needing to apply for the actual visa at your embassy and/or get the actual COE, like its a combined COE+Visa at once just at the immigration center
I bet Nagano has some good coverage in the mid size cities. Infra from the Olympics and ski tourists is probably pretty good.
๐Ÿ›ฌ dhgqrjegff just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Kyoto, #japan
hadley 8d
Do any of these places have any good websites to look for month to month stays?
hadley 8d
Hey is anybody looking for a roommate in Japan? Im pretty open to areas
joshica 8d
Just booked an APA hotel in Shinjuku from Oct 4-14th in case anyone else will be in Tokyo.
๐Ÿ›ฌ irdgfjanoacthumq just arrived in ๐Ÿ—ผ Tokyo, #japan
ayakay 8d
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tinni95 7d
Hey guys, would you recommend taking some Japanese courses before going to Japan? I am not sure how easy it is with English, in Osaka or Tokyo
Depends what you want to do. Had no issues without any Japanese in Tokyo. If you need to talk to someone who doesnโ€™t speak english, I did fine with the google translate app.
Curious about this too. Iโ€™ll be in nippori close by for 6 weeks. I plan on going to Google during the week. But wouldnโ€™t mind options in that area for the weekend.

Otherwise, I was going to Tsutaya back when I was in the roppongi hills area. They have a Starbucks inside. Thereโ€™s a good one in Ginza which isnโ€™t too far.
andrewb 7d
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nottug 7d
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evan222 6d
๐Ÿ›ฌ kbflcqbif just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Yokohama, #japan
carlio 6d
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reustle 6d
Not necessary at all, but if you really want a leg up, take some time to learn Katakana. It can be done in a few evenings, and once you can read the characters, everything is essentially english. Very helpful in some situations.
reustle 6d
Plenty of nomads here, shall we do a dinner next week? ๐Ÿ‘ if you're interested.
I'm always up for dinner ๐Ÿ˜
I get in Oct 4th sadly ๐Ÿ˜ž
๐Ÿ›ฌ ubejkhujyby just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Fukuoka, #japan
jeroam 5d
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Iโ€™m down
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munybrr 4d
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evan222 4d
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Following this!
Any good find U03RAMLHHEK?
Thatโ€™s right. Works across cities tooโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜Ž Most places in the world this functionality is not ready yet. Mostly China & Japan. But I expect coverage to be rolled out slowly but surely. Itโ€™d be interesting to hear some informed guesstimates of when-n-where from anybody who has some insight.
In Kansai you can grab an ICOCA card from the pink machines with a 500 yen deposit. It works like a debit card for train travel. You don't even need to talk to a human to set it up and the directions are in English ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
I used the Suica card in my iPhone wallet during my last trip to Japan in 2019 and it was super convenient. You top up the card via an App that accepts payments from your regular debit card e.g. Revolut. Then you can pay everywhere where Suica is accepted convenient stores, trains, buses, supermarkets, any other stores etc.
bmhvtrhiqdwz I also used Revolut for topping up Suica, as well as for payments in general. Ppl donโ€™t have access to Revolut yet tho (even tho u can buy yen w/ Revolut) , and ppl are also not used to crypto. Can use local payment apps. Still tho ยซcash is kingยป. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Even for many of their vending machines. Found that Singapore has more modern vending machines (altho many there also only take cash). Moving fwdโ€ฆ Sloooowlyโ€ฆ

(Iโ€™m from Norway and I have barely even carried cash for a couple of decades.)
jtdpxlmnj is not only Katakana... If you want to read they use Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji ๐Ÿ˜”
wish they would get it on Android ๐Ÿ˜ž
๐Ÿ›ฌ bwdfxtlgzvua just arrived in ๐Ÿ—ผ Tokyo, #japan
I just arrived in Tokyo! Anyone here up for a plan?? Or any advice on restaurants or fun activities?
reustle 2d
eodupjsdiyqucqebyehns Yes, but learning Hiragana and Kanji is mostly useless unless you can speak Japanese. With Katakana, the words are almost always in English. (been here 7 years)

Cheeseburger โ†’ chi zu ba ga โ†’ ใƒใƒผใ‚บใƒใƒผใ‚ฌใƒผ
Parking โ†’ Pa ki n gu โ†’ ใƒ‘ใƒผใ‚ญใƒณใ‚ฐ
dcurr 2d
What app are you using? I can't seem to find anything in English
jymyieb Wallet App. Itโ€™s already on your phone.
At least that's the one I used in 2019 for top ups.
carlio 22h
๐Ÿ›ฌ dzdjlxbr just arrived in Fukushima, #japan
You do not need to download an app from the App Store to use a Suica card on your phone. Simply add Suica card from your iPhoneโ€™s Wallet app.

Open Wallet >> tap Plus Sign (+) >> Tap Transit Card >> Add Suica >> Add a balance.
Oh that looks fun, definitely adding this one to my list
you definitely donโ€™t need a passport to buy a SUICA in person, and you can just get it from the machines. they probably thought you wanted the JR Pass for foreigners ๐Ÿ˜‚
gioewennzi Yeah. Definitely some lost in translation issues. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Something seemingly very simple and common turned very complicated. Fortunately problem solved.
Just cuz I havenโ€™t seen it yet, physical, unregistered Suica and PASMO card sales have been suspended earlier this year due to the chip shortage.
So currently apart from the temporary tourist suica that they sell at certain stations and the airports, physical suica cards are not sold at all the ticket machines unless you are buying one with full registration with a name and address and everything.
Which is why the OP needed a passport to even get one
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