- Tokyo is known for being expensive, prepare yourself.
- Hotel rooms will be small. Pack light.
- Plugs have two flat pins (like the US). Current is 100V (like the US). Any American appliance with a 3rd pin will need a converter.
- I didn't have a hard time finding people who spoke English while I was traveling in Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto.
- US citizens don't need a visa.
Japan is known for extreme etiquette, but foreigners get a break so don't stress too much.
- Look down in the subways for the queue lines.
- Let everyone off the train before getting on.
- Check out my full guide to the Tokyo Subway here!
- Dress nicely, even just when sightseeing. You don't have to be fancy, but the Japanese are always 'well put together'.
- When in doubt, dress in dark colors.
- Google maps is the perfect app to use for help getting around. It gives clear instructions including JR Trains, subways, and buses.
- Subway stations have clear English signs to get around.
- JR trains are included on the JR Pass, but not subways.
- If you have the JR pass you can use it for the JR trains and the Shinkansen (bullet train) - but be careful there is one train you cannot take with the JR Pass!!
Food and Restaurants
- Do not walk and eat food. It is frowned upon
- Definitely, don't eat in the subway
- Many restaurants are cash only. Make sure you check before you order.
- Do not tip in Japan. Ever. It is frowned upon and if you try to servers will run after you to return your money.
- Top end restaurants will automatically add 10% service to your bill.
- Under train stations and shopping centers are food halls with great cheap food!
- Credit cards are accepted but a lot of establishments are cash only
- You can only take out US dollars at 7/11 from an international ATM
- Always carry a couple hundred yen on you
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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