This Japan facts section is Stage 2 of your Tokyo travel planning journey. If you've just entered the site here then take a moment to check out our Tokyo essentials section to make sure you've got everything you need for Stage 1. When you're ready, head back over here to get your survival kit together for when you land : )
There are 7 Japan facts you need to make sure you pack in your Tokyo survival kit. If you've done some of them already then all you need to do is check them off. But if you haven't, now's the time to get these organized.
When I first moved to Tokyo in 2001 there were definitely some things I forgot to pack. They're items that now belong on this list. Things like deodorant. Having enough money for the first few days so I didn't have to worry about finding... and communicating!... with a bank. Knowing the basic phrases for those questions you're going to need to ask. Life would have been a lot easier if I'd been a little more prepared. Still, that experience is why we've put this section together.
Check off the facts here and you'll avoid some of the sticky situations I found myself in when I first arrived! Want an example? I didn't realize the banks would be closed over New Year with no access to cash... but worse I got sick and to see a doctor I had to be able to pay. Thank goodness for my lovely friends who bailed me out on that occasion!
Before you travel to Tokyo, learn to speak some Japanese. At least get a grasp of the basic phrases that'll let you communicate your needs and wants. The Japanese will love you for it if you can speak just a little of their language and it will make things a whole heap easier for you too! We'll get you started with our travel Japanese series. Just head over to step 1. When you're done it's time for step 2.
Our Tokyo money section is one of the most important parts of your survival kit. At least we think so. Many people have found themselves in a bit of a mess when it comes to traveling to Tokyo because they didn't have the necessary Japan facts about money. The biggest mistake is to assume that because this is a major capital city, you'll have no problem using your credit card or cash card. Strike 1! Make sure you can access your money and plan ahead for your time here. Things will be a lot less stressful if you do.
Tokyo prices can be a scary thing if you don't know what you're doing. You can pay a lot... or you can pay a little. It all depends where you go. We'll give you the inside deal so you don't pay over the odds. There's also a currency convertor to help you plan your budget as well as a list of some of the more common items you might be buying.
Packing your suitcase for Tokyo is next on our Japan facts list. When you visit a new place there are always some thing you need to bring with you that are particular to that place. Tokyo's no exception. From your deodorant to the kinds of socks and shoes you pack, there are little things that can make a big difference to your comfort during your vacation in some ways that might surprise you. Check our packing tips so you don't miss anything out.
These Tokyo facts bring together all the most frequent questions we get asked when people want information about the city. We've covered some of the points before but all of these are really important to make sure you have a great Japan vacation. It's a good idea to check back over the list and remind yourself of the things you need to know.
Knowing what to do in the event of a Tokyo earthquake is pretty much part of regular life here. They happen and we deal with it. It's important to know what you should do in the event of a big one, however, and that's what we cover here. Being prepared for this one could save your life.
Last but not least for stage 2 of your Japan facts planning is your cell phone rental in Japan. For most times when we travel, all we need to do is take our regular phone with us and switch networks when we land. Japan likes to be a little different though and that includes the cell phone technology they use. Find out before you fly whether you'll be able to use your own phone or if you'll need to rent one for your Japan vacation.
If you've not started yet, here's your link to fact 1. Take the time to work your way through these Japan facts. These are the things I wish I'd known before I arrived! When you're done, it's time to move to stage 3, getting around Tokyo. Everything you need to know about how to get from A to B during your stay in Japan.
P.S. We don't try to know everything about Tokyo. It's just not possible! What we do do though is share our favorite bits of the city and give you our geniune personal experience of what we like. Remember KISS... keep it safe and simple ; )
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