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Parking in Japan

Parking in Japan is actually quite complicated. You don't need to be in Japan very long to notice that there is not much street parking. There are some parking metered areas, but there are way more cars in commercial car parks than there are on the streets.In fact, it is basically illegal to park…(675 words)

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StevieB

Tokyo Park Restaurant Yokohama Shopping Ticket Police Department store Coin
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Funny English (Sexy)

There are many examples of strange English in japan, as well as the rest of Asia. Strange English is found, in fact, on signs throughout the world. But some of the most strange English is found on t-shirts. I wonder who writes the copy? Many of these provide the foreign visitor with a great lau…(200 words)

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mikekato

English Tokyo Shinjuku Building Shibuya Fashion Japanglish
Japanese Vending Machines: Food Tickets images

Japanese Vending Machines: Food Tickets

Many shops and restaurants have ticket vending machines at the entrance or outside. Ramen, soba, or udon noodle stores often have them. Some gyudon restaurants like Matsuya also use the ticket machines.To pay and order put in money and then select what you want to eat or drink. If you want to o…(156 words)

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David

Vending Machines Ticket machine Restaurant Ramen noodles Soba noodles Udon noodles Gyudon (Beef bowl) Ticket
The Glory that is Onigiri images

The Glory that is Onigiri

Often translated as a Japanese rice ball, they tend to come in two distinct shapes: disc and triangle. Onigiri is packed rice with some kind of filling inside then usually (but not always) wrapped in nori or seaweed paper. Imagine a kind maki sushi hamburger. They're easy to eat on the go and they'…(200 words)

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Nate

Onigiri (Rice ball) Convenience store Sushi Umeboshi Mayonnaise Trip
Hand-made Camping Knife and where to buy and sharpen knives. images

Hand-made Camping Knife and where to buy and sharpen knives.

Snow Peak is a famous camping equipment manufacturer from the Tsubame Sanjo area of Niigata Prefecture. It was started by the father of the current president as a manufacturer of carpentry and work tools. But Yukio Yamai, the founder, was an experienced mountaineer, so he decided that he should m…(431 words)

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mikekato

Camping Kyoto Mountain Niigata Outdoor recreation Region Samurai Snow Tokyo
Japanese Vending Machines: Next Generation images

Japanese Vending Machines: Next Generation

Have you seen the new generation of vending machines in Japan? The new touchscreen ones are smart and connected. They watch people and target them by showing commercials, news, recommendations, and special offers.You can identify these new machines easily, they have a huge touchscreen and a cam…(156 words)

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David

Vending Machines Drink Train Train station Camera touchscreen Earthquake advertisement
How do parking lots in Japan work? images

How do parking lots in Japan work?

I think today’s multi-story car parking lot systems are the fruit of many years' labor to utilize the limited area we have in Japan. Some popular parking lots in Tokyo cost 50,000 yen per month. You think this is outrageous? Yep, I agree it’s very expensive. But, without multi-story car park sy…(127 words)

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totowatanabe

Tokyo Park
When Shopping in Japan Live as the Japanese Do images

When Shopping in Japan Live as the Japanese Do

Shopping in Japan can be a dream. The stores are beautiful and the shopkeepers are very civilized and unaggressive. One thing to remember is that when the staff say "Irashaimase" it basically means welcome and is a set phrase at every establishment. They are just welcoming you and not being pushy i…(113 words)

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Shopping Japan Shoes Etiquette Phrase Clothes
Aritsugu - famous "Hocho" (cooking knives) brand images

Aritsugu - famous "Hocho" (cooking knives) brand

"Aritsugu" is one of the famous Hocho brand in Japan. They have shops at two locations - Kyoto and Tsukiji(Tokyo). Tsukiji's one is set up by Kyoto Aritsugu. I found the below video clip from YouTube which can tell you the atmosphere of the Kyoto Aritsugu shop. They are located in Nishiki Marke…(110 words)

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EmiOnishi

Tokyo Kyoto Tsukiji
Japan's Expanded "Tax Free" system for tourists images

Japan's Expanded "Tax Free" system for tourists

If you are coming to Japan on a tourist visa (or if the stamp in your passport says "temporary visitor") and in Japan less than six months, you can take advantage of Japan’s tax free system. Save 8% on Everything from electronics, alcohol, clothes, and more. Just for tourists.Currently, Japan h…(490 words)

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Peter

Shop Shopping Department store Airport Sake (Rice wine) Medicine Cosmetics custom Visa Clothes
Japanese lottery images

Japanese lottery

If parimutuel, think of them as a Japanese version of Lotto (in fact there is something called Lotto on sale here as well); usually these tickets can be bought at booths located near Mizuho Bank, in addition to standalone booths found on street corners... there are also "Takarakuji" tickets from st…(86 words)

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Mike's

Shopping Bank Akihabara Japanese style shopping arcade
The "Kuji" for prizes images

The "Kuji" for prizes

Takarakuji basically means a lottery, with random chances at getting a prize. The most common and commercial one is the national money lottery, and tickets are usually sold at small booths near train stations, or out in front of large grocery stores.However, often called "Kuji" for short, many …(153 words)

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KurtisW

Train Ticket Ramen noodles Train station
What does the kiosk on the train platform offer? images

What does the kiosk on the train platform offer?

A convenience store on the train platform where you can buy very basic stuffs! Kiosk offers best possible basic needs with a minimum space on the train platform. We had Kiosk even before all the convenience stores did not exist. As each Kiosk store has only one staff, they use a lot of full…(221 words)

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Train Railway platform Convenience store Etiquette Phrase
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Asakusa

You can find Japanese traditional souvenir at the street in front of Temple sensou-ji. There are a lot of souvenir shops located .(22 words)

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Emyuuu

Tokyo Asakusa Tera (Temple) Souvenir
Japan's the Best Place for Cute Tiny Gifts images

Japan's the Best Place for Cute Tiny Gifts

Look closely at the little knick knacks in the various shops along a street or shopping arcade in Japan and you will be amazed by the ingenuity that goes in to one little item and how it can grace the home with a bit of sweetness and be useful at the same time. I believe Japan has kind of mastered …(166 words)

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Shopping Japan Art Coffee Souvenir Milk Arcade
medal games for adults purely for fun images

medal games for adults purely for fun

one can enjoy or kill time at game centers. There are many type of gaming machines for all kind of age. you have to purchase some medals to play the machines, and it is not exchangable for cash, but you create an account and keep it, valid for 2-3 months in the game center until your next visit. On…(65 words)

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Game Amusement arcade
Chubby Guys With Blank Eyes images

Chubby Guys With Blank Eyes

At the shrines, and in many shops, you’ll see these roly-poly dolls with blank eyes (if they are for sale) or one eye painted black (if they are on display and owned by the shop).These rotund dolls are known as Daruma (Dharma) and are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Bu…(295 words)

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Joe Peters

Daruma Souvenir Lucky
Buying a Used or New Car in Tokyo japan images

Buying a Used or New Car in Tokyo japan

When arriving in Tokyo or other areas of japan you may be wanting to buy a used car. Be ready for the advertised price not to be the final price. Depending on the length of registration, taxes, dealer fees etc there could be as much as 400,000 yen extra on top of the listed price to get the car …(246 words)

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Mick Lay

Tokyo buy used car Cars new Japan
Food, Drinks, Utilities- Restrooms - convenience stores is a small world in itself.. images

Food, Drinks, Utilities- Restrooms - convenience stores is a small world in itself..

Convenience stores will store the following - 1. Food - salad boxes, ready to eat bento box (pasta/curry etc) (mostly non-vegetarian), fruits (banana, apple, oranges), Curd, Diet biscuits, nuts, chips, chocolates, chewing gum, cup ramen noodles, soups, french fries or chicken nuggets (ready to ea…(287 words)

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suku

Convenience store Drink Ticket Tea Ramen noodles Sea Coffee Fruits Bank Milk
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recommended Daiso

Daiso is the most popular 100yen shop in Tokyo.The largest Daiso shop is in Kinshicho town near Tokyo Sky Tree.The shop in Harajuku town is also recommendable with wide variety of products.(34 words)

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Tokyo Harajuku Daiso 100 yen shop
A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude images

A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude

From when Japanese children are young, they learn the importance of buying souvenirs for their family and friends if they travel or visit somewhere not in the vicinity. At the beginning, the children buy souvenirs just for fun, but they gradually find out that it is a sign of politeness, kindness a…(59 words)

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RieS

Souvenir
Go to Daiso for low-cost solutions! images

Go to Daiso for low-cost solutions!

The most common and popular 100yen store in Japan is Daiso. They are usually placed close to a train station or in malls and therefore are easily accessible. Although I go to Daiso for stationery goods such as notebooks, binders, folders and erasers, there is so much more available, from food to gl…(100 words)

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RieS

Train Train station Stationery Daiso 100 yen shop
A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items! images

A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items!

“Gacha Gachas” are coin-operated vending machines with capsules containing items from manga, anime and other popular icons – these may be key-chains, cellphone straps or a figure. They remind me of the bubblegum machines in the USA, since people insert coins, turn the crank and out comes a capsule.…(104 words)

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RieS

Tokyo Game Manga Anime Toy Amusement arcade
Must take a purikura! images

Must take a purikura!

In Japan, there is a big arcade culture, perhaps because of the variety of machines from Mario Kart to air hockey to UFO catchers. However, my favorite destination is the purikura or the print club machines. This is a machine in which you go in, take photos of yourself with different poses and back…(164 words)

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RieS

Photo booth Game Hair Arcade Amusement arcade
A present full of surprises images

A present full of surprises

During the first few days of January, there is a big shopping spree in which many people buy big “Lucky” bags filled with products from that store. Although the contents of the bag are unknown, people buy it because the contents are said to be worth more than the selling price. It’s thrilling to…(91 words)

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RieS

Shopping Department store
Keep the store clean and stay polite! images

Keep the store clean and stay polite!

An aspect I am always surprised by when shopping in Japan is that the stores are always impeccably clean! What I learned through experience is that the shoppers themselves leave the shops clean by folding the clothes or not picking up the clothes unless they like it. Also, it is a Japanese custo…(120 words)

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RieS

Shopping Etiquette
A store for things you may need on the train images

A store for things you may need on the train

The kiosk is usually a small stall in the middle of the train platform, which sells goods that you may need on a train ride. Common things are drinks, snacks (candy, cookies, gum, etc.), magazines and newspapers. They also sell other small commodities such as masks, tissues and band-aids.(49 words)

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RieS

Train Railway platform
A super store! images

A super store!

It is important to know that a convenience store isn’t just a place to buy drinks, food, masks, stationery, magazines and other everyday products. It has developed to the extent in which you can send domestic mail, have your suit dry cleaned, photocopy, fax and scan and purchase bus, concert and sp…(96 words)

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RieS

Convenience store Sport Bus Concert Stationery
A MEGA store for anything you need images

A MEGA store for anything you need

Don Quixote is one of the best discount stores in Japan and are present all over the country. If you’re looking for anything for low prices, this would be the first place to look! They sell everything that anyone can look for: bicycles, electronics, clothes, costumes, food, suitcases, etc. They hav…(140 words)

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RieS

Manga Discount stores
Oedo Antique Market images

Oedo Antique Market

I love going to the outdoor Oedo Antique Market at the Tokyo International Forum. It's open on the first and third Sunday of every month. You can find many different items like traditional Japanese clothing and shoes, antique Japanese armor, art, toys, collectibles, jewelry, and other treasures. Th…(65 words)

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HillaryB

Tokyo Art Souvenir Shoes Outdoor recreation Jewelry
find your favorite SAKE! images

find your favorite SAKE!

If you want to find your favorite Sake, go to Hasegawa Saké Shop (はせがわ酒店), OMOTESANDO HILLS(表参道ヒルズ) or Tokyu Futakotamagawa RISE (東急二子玉川店) (http://www.hasegawasaketen.com/shop/). They have counter seats, and you can drink a cup of Sake from their choice by paying some amount. Y…(57 words)

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Moo Moo

 
Street parking? Parking lot? images

Street parking? Parking lot?

It is not recommended to park illegally on the side of the streets where there is no street parking, because the police come around frequently. Therefore, you should either use the street parking (and definitely put the money in the meter) or go to a nearby parking lot. For street parking, you usua…(122 words)

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RieS

Park Police
Large parks in Tokyo images

Large parks in Tokyo

Many large parks in Tokyo such as Shinjuku Central Park, Yoyogi Park, Komazawa Olympic Park have regular flea markets throughout the year.Japan has in some cases a binary culture in terms of used items. In general, and you will hear many Japanese and foreigners alike claim this, Japanese LOVE n…(167 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo Park Shopping Shinjuku Yoyogi Park
See if You Like Shochu images

See if You Like Shochu

Of the varieties of alcohol in Japan, Shochu is the most common hard liquor that is often drank on its own and is mixed in a variety of drinks. It's strength is typically in the 15-20% range and comes has a wide variety of brands to try. It tastes like sour plums. Even if you don't like it on its o…(87 words)

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KurtisW

Shochu
Daiso is SO da BOMB! images

Daiso is SO da BOMB!

Back home the dollar store is home to outdated, tacky t-shirts, plastic plates and expired candy and food. In Japan, however, the hyaku-en shop, or Daiso, is a mecca of high-quality goods and great Japanese souvenirs.Plates, bowls, mugs and cups that would cost 10 times as much in your home cou…(188 words)

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Nate

Daiso 100 yen shop Discount stores
Not everything costs 100 yen images

Not everything costs 100 yen

Some items in the stores cost more than 100 yen so pay attention to the price tags. There are some items that go for up to 600 yen or so. With the tax hike, all goods are at least 108 yen at this time and may rise in the future with additional tax increases.(54 words)

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Kenji

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Shopping

Forever 21 Shopping Building in Shibuya, 5 floors , Most Clothing is Under 1000 yen ~ Today  Jeans on sale 500yen! Some Summer Shirts 300yen ! Mens Clothes and Childrens too !(25 words)

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ShelleySweeney

 
What are the toy machines "Gacha Gacha" I see around town? images

What are the toy machines "Gacha Gacha" I see around town?

They are one-coin operating gadget vending machines! I would say they were developed based on Japanese people's two characteristics - 1. Like to test one's luck. 2. Love the action of devising an unusual plan on tiny items. Japanese people love to test their luck based on every little things ar…(245 words)

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totowatanabe

Toy Etiquette
Local Shops Have Great Prices Too images

Local Shops Have Great Prices Too

Daiso is actually a Hiroshima company that is now in Australia and other countries around Asia as well. However, none of the products are actually made in Japan. Of course it is fun to walk around and see all the cheap Chinese made products, but you can actually find most of the good things they ha…(387 words)

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jjwalsh

Tokyo City Shopping History Harajuku Okonomiyaki Hiroshima Daiso 100 yen shop Yamaguchi
Where to Find a Tasty Japanese Bento in Japan? images

Where to Find a Tasty Japanese Bento in Japan?

I had a wonderful taste of Miyagi, Hiroshima and Kyoto before I reached Fujisawa just 30 minutes later on the Tokkaido line from Tokyo station. I splurged on the green car for a very relaxed and private meal and let me tastebuds have a party. If you a planning a 30 plus minute ride on a train from …(79 words)

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Bento (box meal) Japan Tokyo Train Kyoto Hiroshima Miyagi