Are you visiting Japan for the first time? Did you want to see the beauty of the April cherry blossom? Or maybe you’re simply revisiting just because? Looking for travel and safety tips for Japan? We have you covered! Here are the top 10 travel tips for your Japan travel adventure!
1. CASH IS KING
Most establishments still rely on cash payments so it is best to have some Japanese Yen handy when exploring Japan. The street food and street vendors are definitely worth carrying the cash for.
2. WIFI IS SCARCE.
Wifi might be hard to find in Japan. When you arrive, be sure to rent a pocket wifi at the airport for your connectivity needs. I’m talking about Google Maps, Transit Apps and of course, Instagram for all the yummy Ramen bowls.
3. CONVENIENCE STORES ARE VERY CONVENIENT.
Don’t hesitate to check out Japanese convenient stores for anything and everything. They will likely have all the random things you forgot to bring for your trip (like those elusive deodorants).
4. JAPAN IS SAFE, EVEN AT NIGHT.
One of the best things about Japan is that safety is a priority. Feel free to wander around and discover the various cities even late at night. Practice common sense and caution, as always, but other than that look around!
5. SIMPLE JAPANESE PHRASES WILL TAKE YOU A LONG WAY.
Japanese is still the main language of communication in all of Japan. Aside from the airport and tourist-saturated areas, you might find yourself using sign language to communicate. Knowing a few Japanese phrases can take you far and you’ll find the locals become more approachable.
6. KNOW BASIC JAPANESE ETIQUETTE.
Japanese locals are polite and friendly. It pays off to know the basics of Japanese etiquette. Remove your shoes when entering a private home, temples, and traditional accommodations (like a Ryokan).
7. KNOW BASIC JAPANESE ETIQUETTE (part two).
Japan is keen on chopstick manners. Some quick tips: do not stick your chopsticks into your rice; do not pass food around using your chopsticks; do not cross your chopsticks when resting it. Some of these practices resemble Japanese funeral rituals!
8. TO TIP OR NOT TO TIP?
Tipping is not commonly practiced in Japan. However, politeness and respectfulness are always expected. Do not get offended if they refuse to accept any tips.
9. CARRY SOME TISSUE.
Be aware that most public restrooms do not have hand dryers or tissues. It’s worth it to know this ahead of time so you can be sure to carry hand towels or tissues.
10. STAND ON YOUR LEFT, WALK ON YOUR RIGHT.
This also applies when driving; in Japan cars drive on the left side and the steering wheel is on the right. When standing on escalators, stand on your left, walk on your right.
There you have it! Japan could easily get overwhelming and intimidating. There are so many things to do and places to see. Feel like you need more travel tips for Japan? Contact us at Freestyle Travel Co.! We are dedicated to creating a worry-free and exclusive Japanese travel experience for those who value their time and freedom.
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