This October, we were lucky enough to go to Japan again. And this time, we went together. So, we’ve compiled a list of tips for you, if you’re planning a trip to Japan.
- Always have cash on you. Foreign currency ATMs are hard to come by and you’re never sure a vendor will accept your debit card.
- Download Google Translate (and Japanese) before you go. It’ll be a lifesaver.
- If your hotel or Airbnb offer pocket wifi, go for it! And bring an external battery to recharge. Wifi hotspots are almost as hard to find as foreign currency ATMs.
- Get a JR pass. They’re flexible and will let you take as many trips as you want. Plus, trains are a lot more convenient than cars.
- Plan, plan, plan. Know where you are and where you want to go. It can sometimes get overwhelming in Tokyo and places don’t always have convenient connections to where you need to go.
- Don’t be afraid of street vendors and tiny restaurants. Some of the best places we’ve been to seat less than 10 people.
- Bring comfortable shoes and don’t forget nice socks. Chances are, you’ll be taking your shoes off multiple times a day, be it in restaurants, temples or other places.
- Shinkansen trains leave on the dot. If you’re late, you have to get on the next one. Luckily, they go fairly often.
Exploring Japan is amazing and we definitely recommend visiting. As everywhere, being polite takes you a long way and you’ll always get great treatment. Enjoy your trip!