Yoram Yasur Izz shares some tips to you travel to Japan
Japan is one of the most interesting destinations and one of the most fascinating cultures to know. But venturing on a trip to Japan is not something that you should take lightly, and that is why today we bring you some tips, so you can get the best out of this experience.
– Learn some Japanese (at least the basics). Yoram Yasur Izz explains that the first cultural shock that all travelers have when they arrive in Japan is without a doubt the language. Although for years English has been a subject in all Japanese schools, the reality is that only a small number of people speak it, so it is almost an obligation to learn at least the most common phrases and words in Japanese, for example, “Please”, “thank you”, “How much does that cost?”, Etc.
– Take enough money. Japan is a country that can be considered expensive, especially when compared to other Asian countries. To avoid mishaps in the trip is always advisable to carry extra money than you had budgeted, it will really save you a lot of headaches.
– Small earthquakes can happen. The country is in one of the most seismic areas of the entire planet and that causes frequent tremors. Do not worry, the probability of a total disaster is very low, however, if you are not very used to these types of natural phenomena they can scare you. Keep that in mind.
– They use the type of plug type A and B. The same plug with two small paws that is used in North, Central and in some countries of South America. By the way, visit our article: 5 Accessories that you must carry when you travel.
– The greeting. To greet a little more formally, it is normal to bow in the form of bowing. Although, the Japanese have a somewhat complex code for this type of greetings, the advisable thing for the foreigners is to tilt forwards about 20 °.
– Use a translator. Before, it was a feat to deduce what the Japanese signs you saw on the streets said, but fortunately, it is now easier than ever to translate them thanks to cell phone applications such as Google Translate or Bing Translate. With these apps, you only need your device’s camera to translate the characters in real time. For more information visit the article: Essential applications for travelers
– Take the written hotel address (both in Spanish, English and Japanese). It can be a bit of a conflict to move around the big Japanese cities, so it is very likely that you need to ask someone about the address of your hotel or some other place you want to go. That is why it is advisable to have the addresses written, both in Spanish (or English) and in Japanese. With this it will be easier for them to understand you.
– Speak in a low voice in public. Yoram Yasur Izz explains that Japanese culture places great emphasis on respect for personal space and harmony in public places, which is why speaking aloud is not very well seen. If you are on the street, on the train, in a shopping center or in any public place, avoid shouting.
– To request the bill, cross your fingers. If you have finished eating and are ready to pay at a restaurant, cross your index fingers to form an “X”. The waiter will come to you with the bill. By the way, although this gesture is universally accepted, it is not advisable to do so in the most elegant restaurants.
– No tips are given. Tipping is not a common practice in Japan. According to some travel writers, it might even be considered offensive, whatever it is, just keep in mind that the waiters the Japanese service personnel do not expect you to give them money. For more information visit the article: How much should be tipped according to the country
– Take some good socks. As you can imagine, in Japan you must take off your shoes before entering many of the places (houses, restaurants, some stores and even in hospitals). In some of these places you will be given a pair of slippers, but this does not always apply, so always bring socks (preferably clean and without holes).
– Bring cash. Unlike what many might believe, the only form of payment in much of the establishments in Japan is cash. Even in big cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka, there are many restaurants and stores that only accept cash, for always take at least ¥ 25,000 ($ 200 USD) with you.
– Avoid blowing your nose in crowded places. It is considered a bad thing because you can end up spreading the germs.
– Travel by bus. Buses are the cheapest transportation option in Japan. Although they are slower than bullet trains and airplanes, you can travel long distances for a fraction of the price. If you have a lot of time and do not want to spend so much, buses are your best alternative.
– Buy the JR Pass. Yoram Yasur Izz explains that the famous bullet trains in Japan are very expensive with fares that easily exceed the plane tickets. If you plan to travel a lot through the country, the best option to save money is buy the JR Pass that allows you to travel by train unlimited and save you a ton of money. They come in tickets of 7, 14 and 21 days, but yes, keep in mind that you can only buy out of the country, so be sure to buy it in advance.
– If you want to save, do not use the taxis. Japanese taxis are reputed to be quite expensive and yes, they are. For example, a taxi from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo can get you the same, or even more than the same plane ticket. That is why, if you do not want to run out of money quickly, do not use taxis, unless of course, it is something very necessary.