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How to have a smooth and enjoyable trip to Japan?

Jul 9th 2014 at 1:30 AM

A lot of people travel to Japan for work, as well as for leisure. The rich and prosperous economy of Japan and the multitude of local tourist sights attract a large number of people from all corners of the world. Whether you are planning to visit Japan for business or you are going there for a holiday, here are a few important things that you must keep in mind for a smooth and enjoyable trip to Japan.

Plan your visit at the right time. Although it can be enjoyable to visit Japan anytime during the year, it is advisable to plan your visit anywhere between January and May since the weather is really good during these months. April is the best time to visit Japan as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom during this time and the weather is also pleasant. July and August are hot and humid so if you can, avoid travelling around that time. From October to December, the weather is again good. It is mild and dry and allows one to enjoy the spectacular autumn colors.

Carry Japanese Yen. Japan is primarily a cash based society. They usually prefer cash for making payments at restaurants, small stores and shops, outside sightseeing destinations, and at other places. Big, and high end shopping malls, restaurants, and hotels do accept credit and debit cards. To get Japanese currency, you can visit banks, post offices, and money changers at International airports.

Book your accommodation. Japan has a wide range of accommodation to suit varied needs and budget. Depending on your personal choice and your affordability, you can choose from the Japanese style accommodation-Japanese apartments and houses, Ryokan, Minshuku- and Western style accommodation-business hotels, apartments, and budget hostels.

Learn about different Japanese accommodation. Japan is renowned for its public transportation. Their trains are punctual, fast, and affordable. Most people in Japan use trains for getting to different areas and cities in Japan. Other modes of transportation in Japan include buses, airplanes, ships, cars, and bicycles.

Make sure you know the Japanese table manners. Whether you are out for dinner with your Japanese colleague or you are being invited for your dinner at your Japanese friend’s house, never burp while eating. The Japanese consider it as bad manners. Do not talk about toilet or any unpleasant things while eating. Always empty your dish. Do not leave even a single grain of rice in your bowl. Do not start drinking and eating unless everyone at the table is being served. It is a Japanese custom to serve each other at the table.

Chopsticks are used to eat most of the food items in Japan. It would be great if you learn to use chopsticks.

Hire a Japanese translator if you are visiting Japan for business. He would carry English to Japanese kanji translation for you and vice versa to help you understand Japanese words and phrases. Your Japanese interpreter would also introduce you to Japanese etiquettes and business ethics and would ensure that you do not offend your business colleagues.

Have a great trip to Japan.

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