A Traveller’s Guide to Japan


Budding travellers certainly need to make their way to Japan, which offers everything from palaces and temples to beautiful beaches and national parks. However, there are some things you need to know ahead of a trip to ensure you make the most of your time in this truly remarkable country.

Wear Suitable Shoes

This tip really is a must. Before you enter someone’s home or a temple, you must take off your shoes, where you will find indoor shoes to slip into. Make sure you wear shoes that are easy to take off in an instant. It’s also important to note that you’ll have to slip into some toilet slippers when you visit a toilet in a person’s home, restaurant or a temple.

Don’t Tip

You might think tipping is the right thing to do after a meal, but I would advise against it because it can be often be viewed as rude. If you would really like to offer a Japanese person a token of your appreciation, you could always present them with a gift from your country, which will show your appreciation.

Be Respectful

Locals are both polite and quiet on public transport, and will view you as disrespectful if you talk on the phone, listen to music or eat when on a bus, train or coach. So, if you want to fit in, keep the noise down.

Visit During Sakura

You have probably seen photos of Cherry Blossom Season, which is the best time to visit and takes place during Sakura. You’ll fall in love with the hanami parties and the picturesque scenery, so much so that you won’t want to leave.

Book a Flight to Haneda Airport

If you are travelling to vibrant Tokyo, I strongly recommend booking a flight to Haneda Aiport, because it can sometimes work out a lot cheaper and simpler to reach central Tokyo.

Don’t Rely on ATMs

Learn from my past mistakes and never rely on the use of ATMs in Japan, as they are quite difficult to come by. I recommend exchanging money in advance to have on your person during your trip.

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