Are you planning a trip to Japan and looking for the best guide to help you get the most out of your trip? Look no further! This guide provides an in-depth information on things you should know before you visit Japan. From advice on getting around the country to how to stay connected, this guide has everything you need to get the most out of your Japan trip.
I discovered that getting to Japan wasn’t as simple as flying there and then setting off. I had to make a lot of preparations before I landed. After my first trip, I realised I had missed out on a lot of wonderful experiences since I hadn’t planned ahead or reserved some of the special attractions.
So, for any of you considering a vacation to Japan, here is my list of things to think about.
Buy a Japan Rail Pass
I strongly advise booking a JR Pass in advance if you plan to travel across Japan. You can save a tonne of money by using the pass, which is valid on the majority of trains throughout Japan.
Shinkansen (bullet trains), limited express, express, fast, and local trains will all be accessible. The Tokyo monorail to and from Haneda Airport, several regional JR bus services (not on highway buses), the ferry from Hiroshima to Miyajima, and more are also available with this pass.
A voucher pack for the JR Pass, which must be purchased outside of Japan and has a three-month expiration date, will be mailed to your country of residency. The voucher is only available to non-Japanese nationals entering Japan on a temporary visa, and you have three months from the date of issue to visit Japan and exchange it. You can click here for further details and to buy a JR Pass.
When you arrive, you can exchange the voucher at the airport for your pass; but, once exchanged, the date cannot be modified. I advise getting a standard JR Pass. Although green class offers somewhat more room and priority reservations, regular class has plenty of room and is equally spotless.
Book in advance
I’ve always been a serendipitous traveller. I had heard of some incredible locations to visit when I first arrived in Japan, but I was unable to do so since I did not make advance reservations (it’s not all bad, I now have a reason to return).
I urge you to thoroughly research attractions in advance. Many attractions in Japan demand reservations three months in advance due to the country’s high population density and growing international interest.
I like to use Viator to book all of my tours and attractions.
In Japan, accomodation is largely the same and is quite simple to reserve while visiting. I always make sure to reserve the first couple of nights before winging the remainder.
Don’t be afraid to book a hostel occasionally, especially if you’re a solo traveller. I discovered that most hostels were nicer and cleaner places to stay than some hotels. If you do book a hostel, you will come across some incredible people along the way.
You may experience traditional Japanese living by staying in a Ryokan. This may be more difficult if you are travelling alone since most Ryokans demand a minimum of 2 guests to make a reservation.
Wifi and Sim Cards
Prior to travelling to Japan, you can arrange for portable wifi and a Japanese SIM card online, but only one or the other is necessary. On my most recent vacation, all I needed was an internet dongle, which I simply rented.
You can place an order in advance online or arrange for wifi and a sim card once you arrive at the airport.
Japan has many places with free wifi, but it’s incredibly simple to get lost and lose your signal. The language of many street signs is Japanese. A portable internet and google maps helped me in this situation, but I also ended up on some fairly spectacular trips when I had no idea where I was headed.
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