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Everything is way more expensive than you can reasonably imagine. $400 dollars won't last you even a few weeks so get saving.Being reserved and intelligent is a good way of covering up the fact that it takes you twice as long to work out what you are going to say.Try and learn some Japaneses before you go, though you can pick up a lot as you go having those first bits is important.
One tip... train prices can be expensive. Look for local trains. Often they take only a few minutes more, and costmuchless. For example, a local train from the airport to downtown is about half the cost of the airport express train.
Buy some panties from a vending machine.
Are you interested in the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum? It is in Takarazuka. You can get there from Kyoto using your Japan Rail Pass. That is how I visited it.
Buy some panties from a vending machine.This is an old story that got passed around the Internet way too much. I did some research on it years ago, and I found that there was only one such machine, and I don't think it's there anymore. If anyone has any new evidence in recent years of more panty vending machines, feel free to share.
If you don't want really fancy food you can eat out for every meal for less than $5.
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