Travel Hacks: Helpful Ideas for Your Japan Trip
Traveling to a foreign country can feel overwhelming sometimes. From transportation to dining out, the things that are easy to do in everyday life at home and suddenly intimidating and confusing. Understanding this dilemma, we’ve come up with a few helpful ideas for facilitating your trip to Japan.
1. Traveling between hotels with heavy bags? Use a delivery service such as Kuroneko (otherwise known as Yamato) to transport your bags between hotels. Avoid busy public transportation (especially in Tokyo). Save your energy for the adventure.
2. Purchase a Pasmo or Suica card for train travel. Instead of figuring out individual amounts as you go from one train to the next, preload your card and tap in and out at stations. Just be sure to keep an eye on the balance so you don’t become friends with the fare readjustment machine. Cards can be returned at the end of your trip and the 500 yen deposit will also be given back.
3. Use local sites for dining and service coupons. Hot Pepper is one option; however, it is only available currently in Japanese. Try Guru Navi, a dining site that has begun providing information in English.
4. Join a MeetUp group to meet locals and expats who can show you around town from the perspective of a resident. See Japan from a different perspective than most tourists and make a few new friends in the process.
5. Curious to try local snacks without investing in something you might not like? Visit the food floors of department stores for tons of free samples. From savory to sweet, the choices are endless.