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What are some tips for traveling to Japan?

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I am going to be visiting Japan for the first time in about a month. I'm super excited for the trip but am also a little nervous. Do you have any tips for traveling to Japan that you could share with me? Thanks in advance!
asked Mar 6, 2016 in Travel and Leisure by Jules89
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Wow, what an incredible trip! I have only been outside the country once, but I am hoping to get a few more stamps in my passport over the next few years. I did a little research for you, and these were the best tips that I found:

 

1. Look into a Japan Rail Pass.

 

Japan has a train network that goes through all four of their islands. If you purchase a pass ahead of time, for a flat rate, you can save a lot of money. Also, download the Hyperdia app. It will help you keep track of the train schedule and it is available at no cost for the first month of use.

 

2. Arrive in Haneda

 

If you haven't already booked your flight, make sure you land in Haneda Airport rather than Narita International Airport. You can get from Haneda to Tokyo in less time, and for less money, than if you went a different route.

 

 

3. Get the Google Translate App

 

This is a free application that will help translate from English to Japanese. The language barrier may be a little intimidating at first, but this app will help you bridge the gap and get your message across.

 

4. Carry a small hand towel on your person.

 

The bathrooms generally don't have a way for you to dry your hands, so this will come in handy.

 

5. Carry cash.

 

Many places in Japan will not accept your credit card. Therefore, make sure to take about 15,000 yen with you.

 

References: 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/06/travel/japan-travel-tips/

 

https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2012/06/01/30-tips-for-first-time-travelers-to-japan/

answered Mar 6, 2016 by Unckelli (50,310 points)
edited Mar 9, 2016 by Unckelli
As you mentioned to take 15,000 yen is it safe to have t hat much amount all togther with us? I dont know how safe the place is. So my advice do not carry all the money together keep some in your suitcase some you your hand bag and some keep it with you.
Yes, I think it would be smart to split the money up into different locations to avoid theft. I personally have not been to Japan, but because my research indicates that credit cards are not generally accepted, it seems to be important to have some cash on you. Use your best judgment when it comes to keeping your money and your possessions (and yourself!) safe!

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