Trust me, you will thank yourself for reading this post about the things you must know before your anticipated trip to Japan.
Be prepared for Japan’s long stairs, especially in train stations. These staircases can be challenging, especially with heavy luggage. Traveling with minimal luggage can make navigating these staircases more manageable and enhance your overall experience.
COIN LOCKERS ARE ACCESSIBLE IN THE STATIONS
If you’ve checked out of your hotel but still need to explore without your luggage, no worries. Coin lockers in the station are easily accessible. Follow the signs, and instructions are available in various languages for your convenience.
PLEASE OBSERVE SILENCE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
In Japan, it’s customary to maintain a quiet environment on public transportation. Do not talk on the phone. If you’re on a Shinkansen, there’s a designated area for calls. It’s outside the car, where the toilets are.
Please be mindful of this cultural practice by keeping conversations at a low volume.
PLEASE LEARN HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS
In many small Japanese restaurants, forks and spoons may not be available. Learning to use chopsticks, even at a basic level, will make your dining experience more enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just enough to navigate your meal comfortably.
LEARN BASIC NIHONGO
In Japan, English proficiency is limited, and even those who can speak it might be hesitant. Utilizing basic expressions is not only appreciated but brings a positive response. While gestures are fine, having a grasp of fundamental phrases is a valuable asset, making your interactions smoother and more enjoyable.
Here are some basic Japanese phrases along with their Romaji and English translations:
1. Hello / Hi
2. Thank you
Romaji: Arigatou (informal), Arigatou gozaimasu (formal)
3. Excuse me / I’m sorry
4. Yes / No
Romaji: Hai / Iie
Romaji: Sayonara (formal), Ja ne (informal)
7. Where is…?
Romaji: … wa doko desu ka?
8. How much is this?
Romaji: Kore wa ikura desu ka?
9. I don’t understand
10. Please lend me a hand or Please help me with this.
Romaji: Tetsudatte kudasai
Feel free to practice these, and they should be helpful during your time in Japan!
AVAIL TAX-FREE GOODS IN SELECTED SHOPS
Many shops in Japan offer tax-free goods to tourists. All you have to do is show your passport.
WEAR THE COMFIEST SHOES
Opt for the most comfortable footwear. In Japan, you’ll be walking a minimum of 10,000 steps, if not more.
IN SUMMER, DO NOT FORGET THE SUNSCREEN
Summers in Japan can be quite demanding; the combination of high temperatures and humidity is relentless. Spending just a few hours outdoors guarantees a suntan, so it’s crucial for good skin health not to be complacent about sunscreen application. Additionally, considering frequent summer rain, wearing caps or bringing umbrellas is advisable, especially in the initial weeks of the season.
RESPECT THE NO-PHOTO SIGNS
Kindly adhere to ‘No-Photo’ signs to show respect for local customs and privacy. It’s a simple gesture that contributes to a more considerate and enjoyable travel experience for everyone.
That’s all for now. For a pleasant and respectful trip, remember the age-old wisdom: ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ This timeless advice holds the key to a culturally immersive and enjoyable travel experience. Safe and enriching travels!