Japan is an amazing destination and a trip to Japan was on our bucket list for quite some time. We noticed that Japan is quite different from Europe or another Western country.
5 Important Tips When Traveling to Japan
That is why we partnered up with other travel bloggers to give you 5 important tips when traveling to Japan.
1. Book Pocket WiFi
Japan is one of the countries where it could make a huge difference to have pocket WiFi. The area with free WiFi is slowly expanding, but it’s not as if you can connect anywhere you go. Also, as I will explain later, sometimes traveling in Japan with language barriers could be harsh, especially in the countryside. So, for your trip to Japan, the internet could be the biggest savior. Japan-Wireless is a highly recommended and reliable business that provides very inexpensive rental pocket WiFi with quick internet speed. Before you leave for Japan, make sure to book it!
2. Get Japan Rail Pass
If you are planning to travel to several towns in Japan, Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is a must-have item and can only be bought outside Japan, which implies you should place your order before you arrive in Japan. This rail pass “exclusive to foreigners” allows you to move across the nation with any JR lines including bullet trains (generally very expensive!). If you’re just visiting Tokyo, though, this item isn’t essential.
3. Exchange Money
The exchange rate in Japan appears to be greater than in other nations, according to many travelers to Japan. There are not many counters for exchanges on the road either. So, it’s wiser to have some yen prepared in your nation before you travel and handle it while traveling with your credit card.
4. Don’t Ask ‘Do you speak English?
“If you need to stop a stranger asking for directions, don’t start asking, ‘ Do you speak English? A lot of people are shy and say ‘ no ‘ even though they understand some English. Instead, try something like ‘ Hello, could you help me, please? I’m trying to find a …
5. You cannot smoke everywhere
Smoking on the streets is prohibited, as in other places in Asia. When you’re outdoors, make sure you go to the designated smoking area, usually next to large buildings, shops or train stations. Smoking outside this area is extremely disrespectful and one of Japan’s big offenses.
Last but not least.. As you might expect health care in Japan is excellent but it comes at a high cost. Make sure you have some sort of travel insurance before you leave for Japan. We never had anything serious happen on any of our journeys around the world but you know what they say, better safe than sorry. That’s all for our important tips when traveling to Japan. We hope it would be useful for you.