I'm an American planning to head to Kyoto about three weeks from now. I will be studying at a language school for at least a year so I'm trying to get a handle on what I can/cannot bring with me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
1) I'm planning to bring along a year's supply of prescription contact lenses. Since they're individually packaged in sterile solution, would they be counted as a liquids? And if so, would I need to place them into a ziplock bag and declare it to TSA?
2) I'd like to bring my guitar along on my trip if possible. It's nothing fancy; just a $400 acoustic that I've had for a while. Which of these options would be the most recommended? For reference, I will be using All Nippon Airways.
a) Check it in to baggage
b) Bring it aboard as a carry-on
c) Ship it through mail
d) Leave it home and get a new one in Japan
3) After arriving at Kansai International Airport (Osaka), I will need to somehow carry everything back to my apartment in Kyoto. What type of transportation would you recommend for someone completely unfamiliar with the area and only able to read kana?