Top Tips for Tokyo Japan


  • 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 TokyoHakone, and Kyoto
  • US citizens don't need a visa.
taking the subway in Tokyo Japan is very easy!

Fitting in

  • 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.

Getting Around

  • 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!!
Best sushi restaurants in Tokyo Japan
Rainbow Vegan Ramen in Tokyo Japan

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...

A super common question I get is: what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and this is the wide angle lens I use and love - I am seriously obsessed with it. 

My full guide that includes all the camera gear I take on every trip is here.


And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email ( 

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