Here is my last entry on Japan Travel Tips focused on lodging and other facts before I share the details of my trip. I hope it comes useful to you!
Lodging & Shopping
- I suggest picking a place near a main train station (e.g. Shinjuku) or main train track (e.g. Yamanote Line) that will enable you to connect to other sub-stations. This will save you money and time from transferring stations as travel is not cheap in Japan. Some sub-tracks may seem near to main tracks but actually require passengers to walk far or deep underground. I found traversing through stairs to be difficult on long days with many baggage.
- Shopping is not cheap in Japan except in certain areas like Gotemba Outlet where you can find relatively cheaper branded items.
- Convenient stores line almost every corner of Japan where unique items can be found hidden in shelves. Check these out as you might find something cool to try.
- There are numerous craft stores in Japan where my friends have gone crazy buying items. I was able to visit Tokyu Hands but I was too tired to search every nook and cranny of the place.
Other Facts & Tips
- If I had time, I would have tried checking out a cat cafe as I heard there were a couple of popular ones in Tokyo. Since I was alone on my last day, I got too scared to be surrounded by cats. Maybe I will try next time when Reg is with me.
- Samurai sessions are available for tourists.
- Castles and some popular tourist spots are closed on Mondays. Schedule your itinerary considering this fact!
- Watch out for tourist spots that prohibit the use of photography and tripods.
- Money changers may be difficult to find if you are not in a hotel so better change your money in the airport or train station. Since I didn’t know this fact when we got to Kyoto, I had to change money in a bank which required me to wait until the bank opened.
- Since I have been to Japan in the past, getting a visa was no issue. Fortunately, the embassy issued me a multiple-entry visa for the next four years.
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