I think that it is a fair assumption that if you’re reading this post you are at least considering visiting Japan. Although there are many articles about the amazing things to do in Japan, I’ve noticed a lack of guidance on what exactly to do once you step out of the airport after landing in Japan; where to go, how to get to places etc. But do not fear because this is the perfect guide to your first day in Japan.
When you arrive in Japan for a holiday and want to go to Tokyo, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the most of your trip. One of the first things you will need to do is to figure out how to get from the airport to your hotel or other accommodations. If you’re arriving at Narita Airport, one of the most convenient options is to take the Narita Express or the Keisei Skyliner to Tokyo Station. These trains are both fast and efficient and will get you to the big cities in no time. If you’re arriving at Haneda Airport, then I advise you to take the Limousine bus. This bus will take you straight to Shinjuku station in just over 30 minutes for 1230 yen. Both stations have impressive transport lines and will be able to take you nearly anywhere in Japan.
One important thing to note is to purchase a Suica or Pasmo card, which are rechargeable transit cards that can be used on trains, buses, and subways throughout Tokyo. These cards make it easy to get around the city, and you won’t have to worry about buying individual tickets for each ride. These cards can be bought at almost every station and are 500 yen. You can get your name printed on them if you choose too for the sake of a souvenir. These cards are designed to make traveling cheaper and more convenient compared to tickets. If you want to travel from Tokyo to other major cities like Osaka and Kyoto, then I recommend you to buy the JR pass (Japanese Railway pass) this will give you unlimited rides on all JR trains from Kagoshima at the bottom end of Kyūshū right up to the northern tip of Hokkaidō. You can ride everything from the super-cool Shinkansen (that’s the bullet train) to local, rapid, and limited express JR trains; select JR buses; and even a ferry!
Before you leave for your trip, it’s also a good idea to plan your itinerary and book accommodations in advance. Tokyo is a large and bustling city, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t have a general idea of what you want to see and do. Research the different neighborhoods and landmarks, and decide which ones you want to visit, so you can make the most of your time in the city. I do recommend planning which neighborhood you want to visit.
It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the Japanese currency and customs before you go. Japan is a polite and orderly society, and it’s important to be aware of the etiquette and customs of the country to avoid misunderstandings. But do not fear: Japanese people always let you off the hook once they see that you are not Japanese. As long as you try your best, they are very understanding!
Additionally, make sure you have a data plan for your phone or purchase data, this will help you navigate the city easily and stay connected with your friends and family. Google and Apple maps are a lifeline for traveling around Tokyo. Google translate will also make your life much easier. You can also buy a portable wifi router with mobile data, this is convenient for larger groups but can be slightly more expensive and inconvenient to return.
Once you’re in the city, take the time to explore and experience the culture, food and shopping. The cities in Japan are filled with interesting sights, delicious food and unique shopping experiences, make sure to read the rest of our articles to make the most of your trip. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy and have fun!