Last Updated on January 23, 2021
Japan is one of the most interesting and amazingly gorgeous destinations on earth to visit. It is the land of great history, rich culture, and crazy adventures where visitors can experience quite a lot of new things that they might never have the chance to experience elsewhere! So, yes, Japan is a unique travel destination that has it all and it’s definitely worth the expensive flight ticket!
However, before you jump into your flight, make sure you are aware of these 8 surprising things in order to be able to get around the country a bit better, especially if you are a first-time traveler to Japan! Also keep in mind that once you are there, you will immediately step out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons.
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Making a hotel reservation and booking a room may not be affordable to everyone, especially that most of the regular hotels in Japan are extremely expensive. However, booking a room in a hostel with other people might seem a good idea as it’s quite affordable but not for those who prefer to have some privacy.
Unless you are claustrophobic, there is always a way to enjoy your stay in Japan and capsule hotels are just the best place to stay if you are traveling on a budget and cannot afford to pay expensive hotels. These super-futuristic hotels are not only cheap but also private enough.
24/7 Stores Can Help You With Any Situation
Konbinis are 24-hour stores that are open during the whole week and can be found everywhere in Japan. These stores can really save your life and help you with any situation.
They don’t only sell basic products but also provide customers with different services, including making a photocopy, paying bills, sending or receiving a package, selling plane or concert tickets, and much more!
That’s not everything as the stores can also heat the food you buy there and offer you spices and napkins for free, which is surprisingly amazing! Let’s not forget to mention that when nature calls you while walking in the street, you can use Konbinis free and clean toilets!
The stores can be recognized by their signboards. For instance, they are usually part of Family Mart, Ministop, Lawson, and 7-Eleven.
Go To 100-Yen Store To Buy Cheap Basic Products
If you wanna save money on your trip to Japan, make sure you seek 100-yen store! The latter offers a wide range of goods including snacks, toys, detergents, cosmetics, shoes, souvenirs, and many other interesting things for only 100 yen, which is a little more than $1 including tax.
No worries! The quality is really good according to the cheap prices of goods. This explains why 100-yen stores are very popular among students and tourists who have a limited budget.
Don’t Forget The Tax When You Buy Things
When you go shopping in Japan, keep in mind that sometimes the prices of goods might not include the tax, which is currently 8% but it will rise to 10% in 2019. Hence, to avoid any misunderstanding when paying a good or a bill, be careful and attentive.
Luckily, there are many shops and stores in Japan that are tax-free shops and you just have to look for their location!
Expect To Take Off Your Shoes When Entering A House, Temple, And Other Places In Japan
Most of the Japanese people have the habit to take off their shoes when they are entering a house, a school, a temple, some restaurants, and even some traditional hotels and that’s very simply because Japanese believe that the outside of the house is dirty!
So, if you are planning a trip to Japan any time soon, make sure you keep this in mind and while you arrive there, pay more attention if there are any signs requiring you to take your shoes off.
What’s even more surprisingly interesting about Japan and Japanese people is that they always wear different and special shoes when entering the bathroom. Also, when planning to visit a temple, make sure you are wearing socks. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to enter it with your shoes or barefoot.
Get An ‘’Emergency Pack’’ In Case Of Bad Weather
No intention to freak you out but if you are traveling to Japan and willing to spend quite a long time there, be prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
So, it would be wise if you get an emergency kit like the one in the picture above! The latter kit includes some necessary things like food and many more! We hope, you have the best vacation ever and won’t need this emergency kit, but still, it’s worth knowing!
In Every Neighborhood In Japan, There 24/7 Police Stations
These 24/7 police stations are known as KOBAN. They exist in each and every neighborhood in Japan and work hard to keep things safe and in order. In fact, koban is a system that was created 100 years ago in Tokyo and then was adopted in the best parts of the country.
Policemen also help tourists who are stuck and don’t know the direction of certain places and transport and they might even drive those who are drunk back to their homes! Also, if you lost something, don’t hesitate to seek KOBAN as you might find there!
The Most Important Thing To Keep In Mind While In Japan Is The ‘’No-Trouble’’ Principle
When you are in Japan, make sure you don’t cause any trouble! People there live safely and hate disturbing the comfort of others. There are a lot of rules that not only locals have to follow but also tourists coming from different places in the world.
For instance, avoid speaking on the phone loudly in public places or lying down on couches in the malls for a long time.