Tips for a more enjoyable stay during your Tokyo travel – and overall Japan Trip, for that matter.
Following the Japanese tradition, you’ll do a lot of shoe removal in Japan. Restaurants, shrines and some museums and Ryokan (Hotels) will ask you of take off your shoes. To avoid unnecessary embarrassment, make sure to pack only good condition hose/socks – bring some extras. Make sure your shoes are easy to remove quickly – you don’t want to be the one holding back the tour because your shoes take 7 minutes to lace. And don’t forget comfortable walking shoes!
In most places, you’ll be given Japanese clogs to walk in.
In the USA we like to think big; most Western countries are close to this mindset as well. In Japan, it is the opposite. Downsize as much as you can, or you will feel awkward on trains, subways and hotel rooms. Leave as many excess items as you can at home – Storage in trains, lockers, and general space is limited. Consider a smaller suitcase and when it doubt, leave it home. This will actually make it much more comfortable to get around, as well.
See More: From Narita Airport to your Tokyo Hotel
Most areas of Japan, especially those attracting tourists have Wi-Fi at no charge. You may, however, need to register; research the areas you plan to visit if this is important to you. More information is available here:
Part 1: Tokyo free WI-Fi
Part 2: Additional spots for Japan Free Wi-Fi : Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka and more
Be forewarned: Subway stations have long and winding passes, and in many cases do not sport elevators or escalators. Lightweight luggage with good wheels will greatly ease your shuttling about.
See More: Tokyo Subway
Japan is mostly cash and carry. Bring Japanese Yen if you can or USA dollars to exchange. Decide whether it pays to bring your card at all since use is limited it may not be worthwhile.
See more: The Japanese Money And A Yen Converter
The electricity in Japan is 100 volts. Most USA items will not need a converter, although you may experience a difference in the flow of electricity. Bring an adapter – or, if you have a 3 prong plug; Japan standard is 2.
Dress up, not Down
Blend in with the locals and avoid offending them by dressing conservatively and respectfully. Men tend to wear suits or jackets. Women are usually in skirts and blouses. Revealing clothing – tight, cut out, sheer – are not common, and may cause embarrassment.
Color – here too, Japanese are more conservative. In business meetings, the general dress is white or blue shirts. Classic colors, black, blue, brown, and gray, are standard. You’ll be more comfortable if you blend in. on the other hand, avoid dressing in all black attire – this is common for funerals only.
Tissues, Pre-moistened towels, Paper towels
Take along some of these in your handbag -you will be glad you did. Although sanitation levels are high anywhere in Japan, there is not an abundance of these items to be found in restrooms, and other public areas. Come prepared, as most of the locals do.
See More: Tokyo packing checklist