5 Tips & Tricks Before Going To Japan


Japan - Shibuya - Tokyo

Going to any new country can be scary, but these 5 tips and tricks for travelling to Japan will help you be organised and allow you to enjoy your holiday without unnecessary stresses.
Harajuku JR station Tokyo, Japan
1.  JR Pass
If your planning on traveling to places outside Tokyo, for example: Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima  then a JR Pass is something you will want to have a look into. This pass is only for people living outside of Japan and will save you a ton of money! No joke. If like me your someone who doesn’t like to be living out of a suitcase while your on holiday – or even if your someone who does, this pass will some in handy and be a cheaper option that let’s you see more of Japan.

What’s more, the company I bought my JR Pass from (Japan Rail Pass by Japan Experience) was kind enough to include a map of the rail lines and loads of information. So even if this is your first trip or your fifth to Japan, you’ll have all the information you need to make your trip easier.

2. Pocket Wifi
Yes this does sound as good as it is. Although Japan is very high tech, there’s still not many places the have wifi, so this little device will save your bacon if you get a little lost. It’s a little box that you carry around with you that gives you unlimited wifi for a fairly reasonable price. So if your Instagram crazy like me, you have no limits!

A little heads up: you can buy your JR Pass and rent a pocket wifi device form the same company! How great is that?!

Tokyo Disney Sea Japan 15th Anniversary

3. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea tickets

There are a variety of ways to buy tickets to go to Tokyo Disney. Firstly you can order them online, however this is only if you have a credit card and even then you will only get an confirmation order which requires you to pick up your tickets on the day. But if your like me and don’t have a credit card, there is an alternative way.

There are a number of Disney stores in Tokyo and certain ones sell Disney tickets for both Disneyland and Disneysea up to 2 months in advance. You can pay cash or by card. The only thing I would say if you might want to aim to get to the stores for when they open. I would also try and stay clear from the Disney store in Shibuya – you’ll be waiting for hours if you go there at anytime except for when it opens. The best one for securing tickets, and the one I went to, is the store in Ikebukuro in Sunshine City.

4. Guide books / Blogs & Vlogs
There are some things that guide books are great at, they are great for telling you loads of information about tourist attractions, famous sites and so forth, but I find more interesting information and things to see and do by reading blogs or watching YouTube videos. I mean, hello this is the age of the internet. There’s a whole host of information right at your finger tips. I find seeing another persons experience makes researching so much more enjoyable. Plus blog or vlog might give you some ideas on places you may have not known about if you just looked through a guide book.

Psst: this blog your reading will have a load of posts about some great places to visit in the up coming months so keep your eyes peeled!


5. Check your check in time with your hotel
Sounds simple enough but the flights I’ve been on got me arriving in Japan early in the morning, and check in didn’t start at my hotel until 3pm. I believe this is the standard time for most hotels in Japan.

You can usually email your hotel and ask what time check in is, and they’ll get back to you promptly. If you have a few hours before check in – or like me where I had six hours to kill before check in, you can ask if the hotel can store your luggage until check in. My experience of this is that hotels will gladly do this for you free of charge. Alternatively you can pay extra to check in earlier.

I hope these 5 tips and tricks before travelling to Japan help, if you have any questions about travelling to Japan or anything about Japan in general then please feel free to message me. I am in no means an expert, but I’ve learnt a few things from my trips.


If you liked this post, you might like Back from Japan & an update and My long haul flight travel essentials.





  1. January 24, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    We've been to Japan in September and loved it so much we're already thinking about going back. I can confirm that getting a JR pass is great and money saving and that the portable WiFi saved our lives, well allowed me to Tweet whenever πŸ˜‰
    Another great tip is get a PASMO or similar, it made our travel around Tokyo (and Kyoto and a few other places) much easier as it's like an Oyster card, but valid pretty much anywhere in the country (it wasn't valid in Hiroshima).

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:12 am

      I can't believe I completely forgot to write about Pasmo and Suica cards πŸ˜†
      When in September did you go and what was the weather like? I'm hoping to go back to Japan in a couple of years around Sept/Oct time x

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