Do you want tips for a manageable and stress free Japan vacation?
So before your much-awaited sojourn in Japan, let me give you some handy tips to make your trip smooth and breathable.
1. Download the JAPAN RAIL MAP app on your phone or tablet.
This app saves us a lot while getting on and off the trains. We were able to track the station where we were heading, learn how to get from one station to another and see the timetable of trips. This will be useful for travelers who will often ride the train during their DIY tour.
2. Learn how to read some Japanese letters and say some Japanese words.
It was after our trip when I decided to take Japanese Class. I can only imagine how helpful it would be if I only took this earlier. Here are some basic Japanese sentences you can use during your tour.
Ohayoo Gozaimasu- Good Morning
Konnichiwa- Good Afternoon
Konbanwa- Good Evening
Oyasumi Nasai- Good night
Domo Arigatoo Gozaimasu- Thank you very much
Moichido Onegaishimasu- Please repeat
Yu kuri Onegaishimasu- Slowly please
Watashiwa (name) des- I’m (name)
Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu- Nice to meet you
Iie- No (should be pronounced as Eeee-ye)
Sumimasen- Excuse me or Sorry
Kore wa ikura desu ka- How much is this?
Kore wa nan desu ka- What is this?
3. Bring an international debit card.
Before we went to Japan, I asked BPI to activate my debit card for international transaction. You can also inquire on your bank about the activation of your card. For Union cardholders, you can readily transact abroad because it is accredited internationally.
Withdrawing money from ATM in Japan will be on 5,000 Yen, 10,000 Yen and so on. So make sure, you have enough bank deposits in case of emergency.
4. If you don’t have international debit card, buy Japanese Yen here.
I suggest that you review your option and check the rates.
You can always check the exchange rates of currencies in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas website.
Choose the money exchange establishments that offer the highest rates. Consider the proximity of your place and how much money you like to have in hand.
Japanese Yen is twice bigger than Philippine Peso.
Usually, the conversion is 1 peso = 2 Yen
5. Know the weather or season in Japan.
There are four beautiful seasons in Japan: Summer, Winter, Autum and Spring
Summer is from June to August. But, take note that during this season,
some days are rainy. So better bring an umbrella in case the rain pours.
Autumn is between September to November. You’ll feel colder breeze because after this season, winter is coming. Be amazed of the autumn colors of the nature.
Winter lasts from December to February. It could be dangerous for traveler who are not used to zero degree weather. But this season is very fascinating. I suggest that you visit the Shikarawago in Nagoya where you’ll see Christmas houses- alike.
Spring is usually between March and May. They say it’s the best
season of all because of the Cherry blossoms. It is also the peak season
for travelers in Japan. So if you don’t want to experience the surge of
tourist, pick another season to visit.