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Traveling to Japan as a foreign visitor can seem daunting or even confusing, but don’t worry, you are not alone. Here are some useful travel tips to help you navigate through Japan, because everyone should have the chance to explore this beautif…… more

Traveling to Japan as a foreign visitor can seem daunting or even confusing, but don’t worry, you are not alone. Here are some useful travel tips to help you navigate through Japan, because everyone should have the chance to explore this beautiful country without uncertainty.

Research your Japan itinerary and the places you plan to visit. Don’t forget to double check it to avoid any possible setbacks. This includes transportation methods, opening hours for tourist spots, and cost of entrance. Some locations and service activities are limited to foreign visitors, thus being important to research your Japan itinerary.

Staying connected throughout your Japan trip is also important. Searching for directions on Google Maps and uploading photos on social media both require internet, so having a WiFi hotspot is essential. Ninja WiFi, for example, provides unlimited data plans and can be registered online prior to your Japan trip. These portable WiFi devices can be picked up at a location of your liking, including airports and hotels. After your Japan trip, just return the pocket WiFi at an airport service counter before boarding your flight back home.

If you are considering on traveling outside of Tokyo to surrounding cities, purchase a JR (Japan Rail) Pass. This gives you a discounted ticket to all of Japan’s main transportation networks, so you can conveniently discover the whole country while saving money and avoid confusion on purchasing individual tickets. It is recommended to purchase these passes before your trip to Japan.

Make sure to do your homework on Japanese etiquette and manners. Japanese people are well-known for their courtesy and respectfulness, so it is important to be thoughtful of their traditions. Remove your shoes before entering homes and particular establishments, follow onsen (hot spring) rules, be aware of chopstick manners, and more. Please read our “Cultural Tips” for details, so you can avoid possible embarrassment or insults.

Credit and debit cards from major branches are being increasingly accepted in Japan’s metropolis cities, however, you may struggle finding an ATM that supports international cards. ATMs that accept foreign cards are normally located within post offices or convenience stores, not banks. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at larger hotels and major banks. In short, carry cash with you to avoid inconveniences.

Last but not least, consider contacting a travel agency specialized in Japan travel. Not only will you gain more insight about Japan, but you will also have an opportunity to check out personalized travel itineraries for a hassle- free Japan trip. All Japan Tours offers custom itineraries and tour packages, so you can plan a memorable vacation to Japan.



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