BEFORE YOU GO: JAPAN OVERVIEW

 🛂 VISA   💉 VACCINES  💬 LANGUAGE  💰 CURRENCY 
Check here to see if you’ll need a visa. Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs! National Language is Japanese. Learn common phrases here. Japanese Yen ¥. Code: JPY. Check your exchange here.

IMPORTANT

WORKING ATMS Cash is extremely prevalent in smaller, family-run shops. Rural areas it can be hard to find a working ATM that accepts non-japanese cards. Majority of tourist areas will accept a card.
CULTURAL Foreigners are expected to shake hands, however, you can still opt for the traditional greeting of a bow.
Remove shoes before entering a home in Japan.
Try not to eat on the streets or public areas eg: stations.
ENGLISH? You’ll have no trouble reading signs, hearing announcements in English. Culturally, Japanese are quite reserved and will opt to reply in Japanese or write the answer down, even if they understand. Read more on it here.
TIPPING  There is no tipping, in any context. It can be considered insulting if you do.
TRANSPORT Trains are the way to go in larger cities. For Tokyo, check here for 1-3 day passes to cheapen the cost.  All JR trains are included in the JR PASS. I’d suggest using this when you’re going to be doing trips to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara etc from Tokyo.
WATER?  Yep! You can drink the tap water here!
INSURANCE?  Yes. You ALWAYS need insurance when travelling.

OTHER

📡FREE WIFI
– Major Railway Stations
– Coffee & Fast Food Restaurants
– Tourist Information Desks
🥫 FOOD
– Sushi
– Ramen
– Tempura
– Okonomiyaki
– Shabu Shabu
– Miso Soup
🥃 DRINK
– Green Tea
– Pocari Sweat
– Matcha Latte
– Chuhai (Alc)
– Sake (Alc)
– Beer (Alc)
🔌 POWER
Two, non-polarised pins.
Voltage: 100 Volts.
They fit into North American Outlets.

FUN FACTS

Japan is made up of 6,852 Islands
Japan is the English name. Nippon is Japanese and means “Sun Origin.”
Three-Quarters of Japan’s land is either forest or mountains.
Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire” which means many earthquakes.
Mt Fuji is the highest point of Japan, sitting at 3,7776m / 12,388ft.

 

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