Traveling in Japan - Advice/Tips/etc?

"Irasshaimase!!" is, possibly, the most annoying sound in the entire country.

Vector wrote:

Drinking is fine on the streets and trains. The biggest thing is to carry your garbage with you until you can appropriately drop it off in the correct bins.

You can do it, but it's not a great look. My wife and some other Japanese friends have commented that people who drink on trains and while walking down the street are either foreigners or alcoholics. Probably not a universally held opinion, but I generally don't see a lot of locals downing Strong Zeros on the train to Yokohama.

That said, I've certainly enjoyed being able to have a drink in my hand while wandering around, and wouldn't begrudge anyone the experience. Definitely a strong second on carrying trash and disposing of it appropriately.

With respect to Snack bars, there's an entire phalanx of Nigerians in Roppongi who try to guide unsuspecting foreign visitors into them, usually with the aid of a smoking hot Thai girl standing outside. I know of at least one Sailor who found himself with an entirely legal $3000 bar-tab after a few hours of being the coolest guy in the world to the hottest girl he'd ever spoken to. It was a nasty surprise when she left and the guy with big arms showed up.

I would have said good luck collecting on that bill but I can't speak from personal experience.

I have to say: This is why I love this community. A flood of great information and tips that i wouldn't have necessarily found else where.

master0 wrote:

Oh yeah the mobile wifi was a life saver. Used that the entire trip. GPS alone is a lifesaver because some places are a bit of a maze.

Not to mention finding an address. I know how Japanese addresses work, but I could never for the life of me find my way to one.

The mobile wifi is especially handy if you leave urban areas. On my trip last fall, by day 3 I was getting pretty cocky because I didn't even need to look at my phone to navigate the subway in Tokyo. That cockiness wore off the several times I was standing at a commuter train stop in the middle of nowhere and all the English on the signs disappeared and nobody around me knew English either. I learned the kanji for "weekend" and "weekday" on bus stops pretty quickly.

(Being forced to fiddle with every button on Japanese toilets the first couple days meant I also recognized the kanji for "small" and "large" on menus LOL.)

You can also buy a SIM card for your mobile phone that does the same thing as a mobile wifi. I used it when I went there and it was perfectly fine (provided your phone is unlocked, of course). GPS is a life saver. It's nice to wander around and get lost, but at some point you do need to get back on track.

bobbywatson wrote:

You can also buy a SIM card for your mobile phone that does the same thing as a mobile wifi. I used it when I went there and it was perfectly fine (provided your phone is unlocked, of course). GPS is a life saver. It's nice to wander around and get lost, but at some point you do need to get back on track.

I've got an iphone Xs, it has a slot for a sim card, but i'm not certain whether it's ;unlocked' since it came w verizon already installed

thrawn82 wrote:

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I'm attanding a wedding in Tsu, Mei province in May, and i have a day and change unscheduled so far between wedding shinanigans and flying back to the US from KIX. I'm kind of having analysis paralysis for what to do with my time. Any recommendations that aren't more than a few hours travel time from the airport?

I used to live in Mie-ken.

Nearby is the quite famous and very nice Ise-jingu Shrine.

Or if you want to see hiking then Mount Gozaisho area is quite nice.

There is also a Ninja themed village kinda aimed at kids in Mie-ken in a town called Iga.

The ise area is also famous for pearls.

How about some Matsuzaka steak, yum.