Traveling has always become one of the ways to heal and improve ourselves. Speaking about traveling, Japan is one of the countries which always appear on the travelers’ list. For those who do not know, Japan is famous for its rich culture, amazing sceneries, delicious foods, friendly citizens, and cleanliness. If what you are looking for are a country with a rich culture and delicious foods, then you must definitely put Japan in your list. For first-time travelers, going to a faraway country might give an uneasy feeling. We will not say that it is not true, but we do have some helpful tips which you can follow so you can prepare yourself better when you travel to Japan. Let’s check them out!
If money is not an issue, it is highly recommended for you to take an international flight. The reason is pretty simple, the comfort. You will at least spend 13 hours up in the air and you definitely want a chair which will give you comfort so you will not get sore when you arrive in Japan. You can choose a flight which will give you roomier seats and footrests.
Get the JR Pass
The first thing you need to do when you travel to Japan is getting a Japan Rail Pass or JR Pass. For your information, Japan has made JR Pass for foreigners. For only $250, you can get a JR Pass which will allow you to access any JR line in the country for seven days straight including shinkansen trains or high-speed trains.
The next thing which you should do is to bring a stack of cash. Japan is known as a cash-based society. Meaning, there are many places including McDonald’s do not take credit cards. Then, how if you run out of cash? Do not worry. You can take your cash out of ATMs at 7-11 or the post office. Also, do not forget to bring a coin purse as 1 yen to 500 yen are coins in Japan.
Say Hello to Your New Friend: Convenience Stores
If you think that Japanese convenience stores are just like the usual convenience stores, then, you are wrong people. The convenience store in Japan is like your food heaven. You can find almost every kind of foods in the convenience store. Starting from light meals or heavy meals or snacks, you can find them all in the store. You can also get your cash in their easy-to-use ATM and the friendly staff will help you with the food and heat it up for you. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner, you can go to the convenience store.
Those are the four important things which you need to pay attention when you travel to Japan. The most important thing is that you need to be friendly and mindful to the citizen and do not hesitate to ask for help if you do not know what to do or if you are in a tight condition.