Places to stay

Japan has a wide range of small-rooms-but-cheap-and-modern hotels in every corner of the country, and they're a great choice. And should you want to induldge, there's an abundance of upscale hotel experiences too. Here's a few suggestions on hotels in Tokyo and around Japan.  

Getting Around

You will probably end up using trains. The Japanese ones are are awesome. They're on time, efficient and great looking. Here's everything you need to know about how to use them when roaming around in Japan.

the Onsen experience

In Japan, hot spring baths – onsens – provides a pretty unique experience. The water is mighty hot, surroundings are often serene, and your mental state descends into tranquility. Try an onsen. You won't regret it.


Good to Know

Wall sockets are US style, 110V.

No need to tip anywhere, anytime. Makes everything so much easier.

Stand to the left when riding escalators. This goes for pretty much all of Japan with the exception of Osaka.

When communicating, the Japanese use ✕ for no (indicate with your index fingers crossed) and ◯ for yes (indicate using 👌). This along with the insane politeness of most Japanese people will get you a very long way when trying to bridge those language barriers.

Credit cards are less likely to be accepted the further you get from the major cities. And it's harder to find ATMs accepting foreign credit cards, so you'll want to plan your cash logistics accordingly.


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Bring cash. Getting hold of it while in Japan might require more logistics than you think, especially when venturing outside major urban areas. And quite a few places and taxis don't do credit cards.

Order a rental pocket wifi device to be sent to your hotel, or pick it up at the airport. If you don't have cheap roaming, do it.

 

 

Get a Rail Pass if your plan includes travelling across Japan. And you have to get it before you get there.

Sign up for the Japanese Starbucks Wifi service, doing so on-site requires roaming.

Pick a hotel in Tokyo, or elsewhere in Japan if you haven't already.