If there’s one piece of advice that you should know before traveling to Thailand, it’s that preparation is essential. Japan is not a country that you can travel to and expect to do fine in without any problems.
Not only is the language barrier going to be an obvious issue, but you will quickly find that Japan is very much different from the United States in terms of how things are run.
Here are the top tips for traveling to Japan:
Learning The Japanese Language
Or at least learn the basics of it so you can be conversational. Japanese is a Category 5 language, which means it is among the most difficult to learn. It will requires several thousand hours of dedicated and committed study. Fortunately, traveling to Japan and immersing yourself in the culture and the language can be one of the very best things you can do to become a more fluent and confident Japanese speaker.
Travel Via Bus
In Japan, it will be much more economic for you to travel via bus then by train. It will take longer to travel by bus, but you’ll save a lot of money too.
Purchase A JR Pass
Do you think you will leave Tokyo? If so then you are going to need a JR (Japan Rail) pass. This pass is made for foreigners that will allow them to access any JR line across the country for seven days. You’ll get access to high-speed trains so you can criss cross the country quickly, and the pass is available for a very reasonable two hundred and fifty dollars.
Bring Lots of Cash
A major difference between Japan and the United States is the way commerce is conducted. Whereas people tend to buy things in the United States using debit or credit cards the most often, people in Japan buy most things using cash.
What this means is that most convenience stores and restaurants in Japan are unlikely to have a credit card machine. Instead, you’re going to need to make sure you have access to ATM’s so you can withdraw Japanese currency (these are usually available within walking distances of airpots or at a post office).
If you do bring a credit card, makes sure it’s one with a low foreign transaction fee (Capital One is a good example).
Bring A Plastic Bag With You
Another key difference between life in Japan and America is how trash is disposed. Trash bins and garbage containers are a common thing in public locations in America, but the same is not true in Japan. This is why you need to bring a small to medium sized plastic bag with to hold you trash (you can then dispose of the plastic bag containing your trash when you do find a garbage bin).
The most common places in Japan to find a trash bin will be bathrooms and convenience stores.
Traveling To Japan
Traveling to Japan can be a very fun and enlightening experience, and these will be the top tips to help you prepare for it.