11 things to know before traveling to Japan

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Are you travelling to Japan? Here are the things you need to know before visiting Japan.

1) Best time to go

It’s best to travel to Japan in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November), when temperatures remain pleasant.

2) Tokyo International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.

If your destination is Tokyo, Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.

3) Driving is left sided.

Driving is left sided and have the driver’s seat and steering wheel on their right side.

4) The official currency in Japan is the Japanese yen.

Make sure you have an internationally activated debit card and you have plenty of cash with you. Japan is largely a cash-based society, outside of major cities, you’ll find that some places like local restaurants, bars, markets may not accept your credit card.

Exchange your money at the airport!!

5) Vending machines serve almost anything

In Japan, you can buy just about anything from vending machines, and they are available all the time, everywhere. Japan has about 5.52 million vending machines.

6) There’s no need to tip

Nobody tips in Japan. You’ll get a lot of help from local people, but they will never expect anything in return.

7) Japan is very clean country

Japan is a very clean country and they have rules to help keep things clean. So you know what to do. Handle your own trash

8) Japanese taxis are not cheap.

Traveling in Japan with a taxi is very expensive. Use public transport. It is better for you to use Train. Book a Japan Rail Pass before arrival. Booking the flat-rate foreigner only Japan Rail Pass can save a lot of money for travel by train.

How to find an apartment in Japan

9) Take Your Shoes Off Please.

Never wear your outside shoes inside a house, you will be given house slippers to wear instead.

10) Priority seats

You can find priority seats on every train, buses and even at airports and bus stops in Japan.

You are supposed to give up your seats to Pregnant woman, woman with infant, physical challenged people and Elderly.

11) Electricity

Voltage in Japan is 100 V. Japan electric wall socket system use the 2-flat-pin plugs.

Tokyo ,Japan

Tokyo, ,Japan (Photograph dorinser – Flicker)

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