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  • Japan Travel News: New Flight Cancellation Policies

    Many airlines have announced low-to-no-fee travel waivers, re-booking, or cancellation options in the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Some tickets can only be changed for a limited time, and can't be rebooked online, so it's best to act now. Plus, direct from our forums, travelers share their thoughts on their upcoming Japan trips.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 14, 2011 at 4:18:43 PM EDT in Travel Tips Tagged: Anthony Bourdain, july4
  • Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Update

    At 2:46pm local time, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. "The Ring of Fire" is unfortunately living up to its name. Combined with the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the devastation in Japan proves that the Pacific Rim is where many of the world's most deadly and unpredictable seismic events occur. While there's a lot we still don't know about the Japan earthquake, here are a few things we do know.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 11, 2011 at 8:21:12 AM EST in Travel Tips Tagged: Santa Barbara, beaujolais
  • Trim the fat from Tokyo's hi-tech vending machines.

    Japan's vending machines, ubiquitous and indicative of the technology-rich culture, aren't exactly healthful—offering sugar-laden coffee, colas, and even alcohol. However, new machines are geared toward the health-conscious. Dole installed banana dispensers around Shibuya Station in Tokyo, targeting hurried commuters with no time for breakfast. The fruit is lightly refrigerated and gently lowered to the opening to avoid bruising. Single bananas and bunches are available.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on February 10, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips Tagged: San Juan, history
  • Japan: Get a handle on what to expect in the bathroom

    The most hygienic restrooms are in hotels and department stores and are usually marked with international symbols. You may encounter Japanese-style toilets, with bowls recessed into the floor, over which you squat facing the top. If you can’t face a squat, the last cubical in the row may be a Western-style toilet. In many homes and Japanese-style public places, there will be a pair of slippers at the entrance to the restroom. Change into these before entering the room, and change back when you exit. Many public toilets don’t have toilet paper, though there are dispensers where packets can be purchased for Y50 (45 cents) or so.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on August 15, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Japan: Get a Japan Rail Pass.

    This pass offers unlimited travel on Japan Railways (JR) trains. A one-week pass is less expensive than a regular round-trip ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto on the Shinkansen. Note that you must obtain a rail-pass voucher prior to departure for Japan, and the pass must be used within three months of purchase. The pass is available only to people with tourist visas, as opposed to business, student, and diplomatic visas.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 26, 2010 at 2:00:11 AM EDT in Travel Tips Tagged: Walking Tours, Cruise Lines
  • Japan: Greet with a bow

    Japanese of all ages and backgrounds bow in greeting each other (even on the telephone!), and foreign visitors who at least bob the head will get a smile of recognition. However, Japanese know all about handshaking now, and the visitor’s head may crash with an out-stretched hand. In business, exchanging name cards is essential.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 04, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Japan: Take instant coffee

    All lodgings provide a thermos of hot water and bags of green tea in every room, but for coffee you'll either have to call room service (which can be expensive) or buy very sweet coffee in a can from a vending machine.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 03, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Japan: Be prompt for both social and business occasions

    Tardiness is a major faux pas. Japanese addresses tend to be complicated, and traffic is often heavy, so allow for adequate travel time.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 26, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Customs and Etiquette in Japan: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

    From chopstick faux pas to respectful forms of greeting, here are the top things you need to know (and avoid) on your next trip to Japan.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 04, 2010 at 2:08:19 PM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Japan: Pack your best socks and stockings

    Japanese don't wear shoes in homes, temples, or traditional inns. Having shoes you can quickly slip in and out of is a decided advantage. Take wool socks (checking first for holes!) to help you through those shoeless occasions during the winter.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 29, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips

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