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Tokyo Travel: 5 Top Tips When Planning a Trip to Japan

ByDave Stopher

May 19, 2020

In 2018, 30 million tourists traveled to Japan.

If you’re planning on being one of those millions of tourists, there are some things you should know before you embark on your new journey.

Are you getting ready to visit Tokyo and other hot spots in Japan? Read this article to learn more about planning a trip to Japan.

  1. Get a JR Pass

Getting a JR East Pass (or a West) is really important to do if you’re planning on leaving Tokyo.

This pass doesn’t cost much, and with it, you can get about anywhere in the country that is connected to the JR line. This is normally good for seven days, and you can also use it on the high-speed trains in Japan.

Many people pass up the pass and decide to use the subway or taxis. While the fares are cheap, it may add up if you are going to be doing a lot of traveling and seeing many different things.

If you’re going to be outside of Tokyo for most of your trip, make sure that you look into getting one.

  1. Bring Cards and Cash

While we’re on the subject of money, you should also make sure you bring some cash and some cards to draw cash out if you need to.

Japan is largely based on cash, and most places won’t accept your credit cards. Most stores aren’t equipped to use your credit card, and they will have a sign out front if they do.

There are plenty of ATMs that you can draw cash out of if you forgot to do so before you went on your trip. However, you should make sure you bring a card that doesn’t have any international or foreign transaction fees.

Much of the currency here comes in the form of coins as well, so you should try and bring a coin purse with you.

  1. Book Your Accommodations

Before you get there, you should make sure that you book your accommodations. Hotels and motels will book up fast, and you want them to be prepared for your arrival.

There are many different sites that will offer you great rates on comfortable accommodations.

  1. Get a Wi-Fi Hotspot

When you get there, you’ll want to make sure you have a Wi-Fi hotspot so you don’t rack up the data on your phone. You’ll need it as soon as possible to make calls, check Google Maps, and pull up any reservations or confirmations you had.

You may also need it to do some translating.

  1. Brush up on Japanese

Lastly, you should make sure that you brush up on Japanese.

While it’s a hard language to learn, even learning some of the basics can help you out. Most people won’t be able to speak English, and all of the transportation and maps are only in Japanese.

Learn More About Planning a Trip to Japan

With all of these in mind, you’re ready to start planning a trip to Japan.

Make sure you do your research to discover even more tips and tricks to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

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