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New Japan General, Cosplay Edition
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed
*Info on prostitution*
*Note about the JR Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.
Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥
Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.
Please refer to the old thread while it's still up: >>1170001
Awesome french cities
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Hey, I want to live in a french city next year (probably from January to March/May or thereabouts), so I'm looking for suggestions. I'll have a passive income of about €1000, and from what I've seen on AirBnB you can rent a room for about €400 in a lot of places, leaving me €600 to eat/travel around.
I speak french, though not great, so my idea is to practice while there. Can't afford Paris, but I wouldn't mind being an hour or two from it so I can make occasional day or weekend trips.
Things I'm interested in:
>culture and history. I've read tons about french history, from middle ages to WWII, so a place with historical importance and interesting sites would be nice.
>nature. Somewhere I can bike or hike, not really a fan of the beach.
>social side: I'm not really into clubbing, more into mellow pubs and nice cafes. I'm 28 so college crowd is not my thing, but expat crowds are always fun.
>sailing: if it's a place with sailing going on, I'd love to get back on a boat.
Some of my ideas so far:
At the foot of the Alps, extremely comfy for the winter, close to great cities like Annecy and Chambery.
The heart of Alsace-Lorraine, lots of history, historic battles, great nature (Vosges?), close to Germany/Belgium for cool short trips.
Normandy is awesome, all the WWII stuff, great area full of picturesque towns.
From what I've read, it's one of the best-preserved cities, with buildings thousands of years old. All the cool castles are in that area.
The cathedral, where all the french kings were crowned, awesome stuff. Champagne area is a plus. Downside is I've read it was bombed to hell and back in WWII, so the city's been reconstructed in art-deco style, might be a bit of an eyesore, don't know.
>Somewhere in Provence, not sure where, maybe Aix-en-Provence?
Hoping to get some suggestions from you guys! Also, I'm looking on Airbnb and leboncoin for short-term rentals (one to three months), any other place I could look in?
Is there a city better than San Francisco, California?
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I intend to buy a house in SF after I graduate from doctoral school for pure Mathematics. Big money I'm gonna get after striking it big in revenue from a massive website I'm going to make. But I was thinking. Is there a better city than SF? You know, mostly cool weather, with especially rainy winters and gray autumns? Can't beat that gloomy gray feel. I've considered Reno, NV, and New York, New York. Post cities like this.