Saturday, 9 May 2015

6 Tips For Travelling To Japan

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Ever since posting my photo diaries from Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara and Osaka I've been having major Japan withdrawal symptoms! Their culture is just so much more relaxed and friendly - plus the sushi is delicious. So if you're lucky enough to be travelling there soon or are planning to in the future, I thought I'd compile a few handy travelling tips for you:

  1. Pick up a JR Pass. If you're going to be travelling round the country quite a bit then I'd definitely recommend applying for a JR Pass. You can choose either a week, two week or 21 day pass and this gets you on majority of the shinkansen and local trains. It's super easy to apply for from and you'll get a bundle of leaflets of the best routes and must see places. 
  2. Prepare for the weather... and a lot of walking. Sight-seeing holidays usually involve a fair bit of walking, so wear your most comfortable trainers! Also depending on what time of year you're going, make sure you bring a waterproof jacket, sunglasses and suncream. 
  3. Travel during the best seasons. November is a great time to go because of all the autumnal colours, whereas July and August is the hottest so perhaps not the best for lots of travelling. April is generally the busiest because it's cherry blossom season, which is the best time to go!
  4. Read your travel guide. There's so much to see in Japan it's hard to fit it all in. I actually created an itinerary so we could work it out with the JR Pass and make the most of our time. So prioritise the stuff you want to see and do first, then fill in the time with lots of sushi eating!
  5. Learn the lingo. This isn't totally essential but it's worth knowing the basics of hello, thank you, goodbye etc. Also it's best to grasp the currency too because they work in Yen with about 1000 ¥ working out to be £6, so you'll have to get used to working in the thousands!
  6. Enjoy it! Above all enjoy it. It's one of those 'culture shock' countries that you'll never have experienced before, unless you're a well seasoned traveller. If like for me it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, don't waste a minute there and take lots of photos and memories back with you!
So those are my best tips for travelling to Japan! It's definitely a lifetime achievement ticked off my bucket list and I hope to explore the rest of the country in the next few years.

If you want to catch up on my photo diaries, just click on each: Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Nara.

What's your best travelling tip?

Rhiannon x 

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