Traveler Essentials

Prepare for an extraordinary adventure in Japan with our essential travel tips that will enhance your experience and ensure a smooth journey from start to finish.


Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned explorer, our advice will equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to make the most of your trip. 

Passport, VISA  & money

First things first: you need a valid passport and some money when coming to Japan. See the whole list if your country needs a VISA before travelling and where you can exchange money!



Japan’s official language is Japanese which consists of three different writing systems, hiragana, katakana, and kanji. When traveling to Japan it’s good to know some useful phrases since English isn’t widely spoken.

Internet and electricity

Japan has some free Wi-Fi spots and almost all the hotels offer Wi-Fi when staying there. However when travelling all around it might benefit to have your own internet at hand . Read more to learn about your options and what kind of charger or adaptor to use. 


The famous Japanese four seasons and how to prepare for them. It makes a difference what time of the year you choose to travel to Japan and if you have any preferences regarding activities you wish to take. 

Daily Life and Cultural Guidelines


Japanese train system is world known to always being on time and it is a good way to get around during your visit. However some other forms of transport might also suit you well when travelling at night time or trying to figure out the easiest way to pay on the bus. Learn all about the public and private transportation options and see what suits you best. 

Driving in Japan

Despite the comprehensive train system, there are some places you can only access by a private car. Driving in Japan is fairly easy and comfortable. Renting a car for just a day or longer is a good way to see the not so known sites and get to experience cultural differences when driving down Japan’s highways. 

Toilet and Onsen

Learn how to operate the famous (and sometimes scary!) Japanese toilet and what to do and not to do in public baths.

Shoe etiquette

Japanese don’t wear shoes indoors so it is important to learn the do’s and don’ts of shoe etiquette in order not to insult anyone. Click below to learn more.

Smoking and trash

Smoking indoors is prohibited by law but still happens sometimes in smaller restaurants and bars. Since trash bins are few to come by get ready to carry your trash with you back to the hotel or to the nearest convenient store. 

Other tips to help along the way

Here you can find other relevant things to be aware of when travelling in Japan such as how to greet people and how to prepare gifts. Click below to view the whole list.