Japan is a unique country. Apart from being on the other side of the world, Japanese people write from top to bottom and from right to left, with characters that don’t seem to make sense. As if difficult communication is not enough when eating instead of using tableware used by Ohashi, “sticks” that oppose the coordination of some people. The difference does not stop there and is part of the experience of knowing the country of the sunrise. But before actually getting there, make sure you have enough Yen. Having local money can be beneficial in real situations. If you want to continue to Korea, it’s also important for you to exchange Yen to Won, and so on.
The truth is, overcoming the first impact of communication and food, Japan is a very easy country to travel. Public transportation works well; the people are polite; it is a regular place, very safe, and full of things to explore. Here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable and full of happy memories!
The Japanese train system works very well and takes you practically everywhere. There is a pass called JR Pass which gives you the right to use the JR Line’s largest trains, subways, buses, and ferries, plus several flights.
There are three types of passes that are valid for 7, 14, or 21 days. They can only be used by foreigners on tourist visas and must be purchased outside of Japan, so plan before you go and buy you before you leave your country.
There are several types of trains at different prices. Shinkansen (bullet train) is the fastest and most expensive. If you are going to be alone in Tokyo and its surroundings, JR Pass is not worth it, but if you travel back and forth from Tokyo to Kyoto, it is very valuable.
If you think you will live with sushi and sashimi in Japan, forget it. However, be prepared to eat rice at almost every meal, including breakfast (if you choose a typical Japanese breakfast, which is a meal like lunch or dinner).
What is eaten in Japan
Be sure to try sweets. They are so beautiful that you can even feel sorry for eating, but they are delicious, not sweet and nauseating. Making a few extra pounds there is easy!
Know how to live collectively
One of the things that struck me most about Japan was the sense of collectivity in which they lived. Respect and care for others make the country organized, clean, and safe. One day I was in a small town, and I went to a small shop just to look around. When the seller came out, he ran after me asking what had happened. I said I just looked and he apologized that there was nothing about the shop that pleased me. I imagined that around here, he would complain about me not buying anything, not getting sales commissions or wasting time with me. It’s also common, at closing hours for department stores, that salespeople remain at the door thanking you for visits when customers leave, even if you haven’t bought anything.
Preserving tradition is very important in Japan, and this is seen in the daily lives of people and the details of architecture, cuisine, and so on. On the other hand, we also talk about countries that invest in education, cutting-edge technology, and sophisticated techniques.
Imagine a country of culture passed down from generation to generation, with ancient temples, geisha streets, and ancient art. Now imagine a country with one of the most sophisticated technologies in the world, full of skyscrapers with an earthquake protection system, with bullet trains running on it and exporting cars, computers, and electronics throughout the world. This is Japan, all at the same time, all together and mixed and all combined with harmony.