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Patrick Harnett


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Living in Tokyo, travelling the country guiding people around Japan.

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AJapan: JR Pass - should we get it

Your basic trip is Tokyo to Kyoto return (via Kanazawa/Takayama) and the way you have it scheduled at the moment it doesn't look like it fits into 7-days - if it did, then get the 7-day national pass.  With the non-JR travel you have, and time in Tokyo, the 14-day... See More

AJapan: Solo traveling in Japan for 2 months

Is it too much travel? Yes, but that's because you're adding in some things out of order, backtracking and doing some impractical day trips rather than sightseeing. . For example, Nikko day trip and then Sendai should just be Tokyo-Nikko-Sendai.  (BTW - skip Fuji/Hakone... See More

AJapan: Where should I visit outside of Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo?

It depends a little on where you are starting from and your interests.  With the rail pass, the country shrinks, so you can get to cities on the shinkansen network easily and quickly.  Off that main route, some places, like Naoshima (which is good) take a while to get... See More

ADo i need visa to stay overnight at Japan ?

Japan​ requires every visitor to have a valid status for entering the country.  For the majority of visitors that means a visa in one of many different categories.  For tourists it is a "short-term stay" visa.  Japan has agreements with 67... See More

AKyoto: Itinerary check and which JR Pass

With the trip to "Bunny Island​​" the 5-day pass would be useful, but if you got the 7-day national pass you could activate on your arrival day (13th) and get all the way back to Tokyo​ on the 19th (7-days).Is the schedule doable - yes, but... See More

ATokyo: What is the WiFi like traveling in Japan?

General advice is to not rely on free-wifi because it isn't always that good (despite more than 100,000 spots across the country).   Getting a data sim is easy - a voice sim isn't really necessary and as mentioned in a different answer, hard to get (misuse of... See More

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