Are you thinking of going to Japan? Or if you are going, will it be your first time? Well if your answer is “YES!”, then you should totally continue reading this as it will give you a few tips on traveling to Japan! Let’s go!
Travel to Japan for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, especially those who do not understand the language or those who came from a different culture, but that is truly understandable! There is no doubt that after visiting this magical place, you will truly end up falling in love with it! Now let us get started!
First let me give you some basic information on Japan. This beautiful country is situated in the northeastern Asian between North Pacific and the sea of Japan and it consist of 6,852 islands including the main large islands which are: Honshu ( main island), Shikoku ( smallest island), Hokaido (northern island), Kyushu (southern island). The population of Japan is about 127 million. The official language there Japanese and although they understand English, very few can speak English fluently. However, they are really helpful and nice people who communication will not be a problem with them helping you!
Now for the first tip: If possible, fly into Haneda and not Narita. For most travelers, it is more convenient to land in Haneda airport than Narita International Airport because of the distance the main city, Tokyo. A train from Haneda to Tokyo will take approximately 28 minutes and will only cost about 6$, while a train ride from Narita to Tokyo will be at most 58 minutes, costing about 25$.
Next is to book a Japan Rail Pass (JR PASS) before arrival. This pass is made specially for foreigners and can only be purchased outside Japan. It allows visitors to enjoy discounted travel on nearly all services of the wide-ranging JR Transportation Network, including the Shinkasen, a.k.a the “bullet train”. This pass will be convenient for those who will travel long distance within the country.
Third tip is to try to learn a bit of their culture and some of the basic Japanese words or sentences. It is very useful to at least know how to say phrases like ” Thank you”, “Please” and “Excuse me” whenever you go to any country but it will be most useful when traveling to Japan since despite that many locals there are capable of understanding English, they might not be able to answer properly. Learning their culture could likewise be useful once you are there since it is very diverse from others, specially if you came from the Western countries. It will help you to respect their ethics and to also know what is taboo or not in that country.
Last tip is to bring cash and not your card. Many establishments and ATM’s do not accept card in Japan, so bringing cash is undoubtedly more convenient or you can also purchase “Suica” cards where you can put as much Yen ( Japanese currency) as you want to buy things from various stores or buy local train tickets. You can also withdraw money from your card in an 7-11 store or a post office if the above options are not available.
With all these tips given, I hope your first time in Japan would be a unforgetable experience! Enjoy it to the fullest!!! See you guys on the next post~