Hot springs to visa runs; plan your Japan trip online

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Hot springs to visa runs; plan your Japan trip online
The Japan National Tourist Organization’s official Web site covers everything from tourist sites to drinking etiquette. There are sections on arts and crafts, festivals, hot springs, performing arts, shopping, sports. theme parks and free attractions.
If you know where you want to go, check out the regional links. Or find reasonably priced accommodations through the “Places to Stay” link.
Tokyo has one of the world’s largest and best subway systems ― and one of the most confusing. With 13 lines, and another under construction, it’s good news that travelers can get an English-language guide before hitting town.
The Teito Rapid Transit Authority’s online guide lets you print out system maps, plan your routing and focus on sections.
This Web site should be titled Japan Visa Runs for Dummies. An expatriate named Phil Hankie, living in Busan, put together a pictorial guide to finding the Korean consulate in Fukuoka. His route starts at the exit of the Tojin-machi subway station in Fukuoka.
There are pictures of subway signs, what the neighborhood looks like when exiting the subway, major intersections and two pictures of the Korean consulate ― a side view and a view from across the street.
For the truly dumb, there’s even a link to a video guide. Hope you don’t get lost!

by Joe Yong-hee
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