Pick up the charm of Japan travel and what to prepare before your trip

A woman traveling in Okinawa

I thought about traveling to Japan, but I think many people are wondering what kind of country it is and what kind of preparations to make. The author, who has lived in Japan for 30 years, has summarized the points to be worried about when traveling to Japan.

To begin with, Japan is an island nation in East Asia, consisting of four relatively large islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, and other small islands.
It has the tenth largest population in the world (as of 2021) and is characterized by various tourist destinations.
(Kids Ministry of Foreign Affairs website https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/kids/ranking/jinko_o.html)

I will introduce what kind of charm Japan has.

Points of Interest in Japan

There are sushi, ramen, yakiniku and other foods.

There may be Japanese restaurants in your country, but the real thing is a little different.
It is important whether the rice you are traveling to is delicious or not.
Japanese food strictly manages hygiene, and there is no need to worry about food poisoning when eating what is sold raw.
This site also introduces the recommended shops in various places.

The contents that can be enjoyed in each region are very different, and it is not tired.

Kyoto is home to old Japanese culture such as Maiko.
Tokyo has a lively city such as Shibuya and a bitter downtown culture.
A heavy snowfall area where you can play with the best snow for skiing.
Kyushu, where active volcanoes are still active and high-quality hot springs spring out.
Okinawa is warm all year round and you can enjoy your vacation.

There is a very wide range of ways to play because the climate varies greatly from region to region.
I’m sure you’ll find a place you want to go.

Distinctive cultures such as ninjas, samurai, anime and manga flourish.

Ninjas and samurai who flourished in old Japan are now almost extinct, but you can still see their traces in various places. We will introduce it on this site, such as Osaka Castle.
In recent years, the culture of manga and anime has become more active. We’ll also explain where you can enjoy it.

中野 まんだらけ日本のアニメ・漫画が体験できるエリアを一挙紹介!

Very secure except in a few areas

When you travel, you usually worry about theft and fraud, but you don’t need to worry about it in Japan. With the exception of some areas such as Kabukicho, you can relax and travel to anywhere in Japan.
The area i think is a dangerous area is described on the following pages.

police日本の治安(東京版)短い記事です。

Very comfortable except summer

You can travel comfortably except in the summer months from July to September. Summer is the best season for some summer resorts such as Hokkaido.

Please see on the individual sightseeing spots page for specific tourist attractions and how many days it is recommended to stay!!

What to prepare

Many people are wondering what to prepare when traveling. As for the belongings of the trip to Japan, I have selected the ones that seem to be necessary, so please refer to them. In addition, SUICA (IC cards can only be bought locally, so it’s a good idea to buy them early after arrival.)

Wifi

Some areas, such as Tokyo, have public wifi. That wifi may have security issues. It seems better not to trust it because it will be interrupted soon.

Power strip

Japanese hotels and inns have a small number of power plugs or are far from beds. If you use a lot of electronic devices such as smartphones, we recommend using the octopus wiring. With this, you can plan your trip while lying in bed.

The voltage in Japan is 100V and the frequency is 50Hz ~ 60Hz.

Pants, toothbrushes, umbrellas, water, and food are always available at convenience stores that operate 24 hours a day, so you’ll need a minimum of daily necessities. (There is no convenience store in the mountains)

Suica

The names of pasmo and icoca are different depending on the ticketing company, but they all refer to cash-charged prepaid cards issued by train companies.
It can be used in transportation, restaurants, entertainment facilities, etc., and it becomes very convenient to pay.
You can use the remaining money that you couldn’t use in cash before you return home, so you can use it with confidence.
More information is described in the following articles. (Ticketing method, charge method, refund method, etc.)

IC card交通系ICカードの購入方法と払い戻し方法について説明します!|SUICA,ICOCA,PITAPA等

In addition, the article is introduced in detail in each article.

I sincerely hope that your trip to Japan will be the best!
In addition, please feel free to ask because i accept the question on twitter if it was easy.

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