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Posted in: Town to block Mount Fuji view from troublesome tourists See in context

Proof that they are not Japanese?

Was there last November and that was exactly what caught my eye as well. Unruly tourists hopping in the middle of the street to take selfies of each other with car traffic actually having to honk their horns to get them to move aside. Won't go into shaming individual nationalities but let's just say they sure didn't speak Japanese.

I can very much understand the vexation of tourism in Kawaguchiko, Kyoto, and Osaka in particular. Even as a tourist myself, the stuff I've seen others do is often just plain embarrassing and totally disrespectful.

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Posted in: Is the Japan Rail Pass worth it? See in context

Still don't understand how it was ever feasible in the first place. Last time, I had a jolly two week vacation traveling from Osaka to Tokyo (with a few side-trips) and spent about ¥17,000 on Shinkansen (and a few thousand more on local lines). JR Pass for 14 days would've been ¥80,000. Even before the price hike, JR Pass only seemed of value when on a looooong vacation, really going hither and thither across Japan, always keeping in mind where the pass is valid, and generally spending lots of the vacation in public transport. Much easier to just have a regular IC card.

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