Today I will talk about things to bring for travel in Japan. Before and after going to Japan, please refer to that. And also, I will explain why you should prepare and bring, and when you could get and buy. I wish this column will be useful for your travel to Japan.
Cash and credit card
Firstly you should prepare cash, of course. You could get to the airport and an international bank. And also, in Japan, credit cards such as VISA, Mastercard are able to be used. However, there are fewer local shops such as souvenir shops than other countries, Europe, America. Bringing cash is more important than bringing credit cards.
Travel Insurance for Japan
Moreover, you have better take insurance. If you take part in the insurance, you can take care for free in Japan in an emergency case such as traffic accidents. It takes about 100$ per week, however depending on the differences of countries, the costs may be changing differently.
Medicine for motion sickness
About medicine for motion sickness, it is good for you to bring if you want to feel safe for getting caught, but I think that medicine in Japan is more safe and convenient than your country, because it is said to take the longest time to make new medicine for motion sickness in the world.
Suica is a useful thing for traveling in the center of the city, especially in Tokyo. Suica is available while using the train and rapid train even such as Shinkansen. And sometimes it is available when you buy something in convenience stores and supermarkets.
You could buy Suika in the original machine, and the counter where we usually buy rapid train tickets called Midori no Madoguchi. It takes 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 3,000 yen, 4,000 yen ・・・including 500 yen as a deposit. Other amounts except for deposit can be used as the fee of transportation. For example, if you buy Suika by 1,000 yen, you could use transportation for 500 yen.
Reserve a SIM card or portable wifi
You should prepare a SIM card for using telephone or take portable wifi. If you use a SIM card, I suggest you use an unlocked smartphone when you buy SIM in the airport and convenience stores. You could buy by about 2,000 yen per week for 220 MB.
If you rent portable wifi while traveling in Japan, I recommend Ninja WiFi. It takes 900 yen per day which can connect to less than 5 devices and you use until 187.5 Mbps. In Japan, there is less wifi environment than other countries. So it is important to prepare a SIM or rent portable wifi during traveling in Tokyo.
Download useful apps
I recommend three apps for traveling in Japan. The first one is called DiG JAPAN! which you could research sightseeing spots and restaurants in every area in Japan, and also you could use this app without online.
The second one is called JAPAN Trips Navigator which is a helpful app using AI. This app makes recommend model courses about travel from the history of your research. It makes your travel more enjoyable.
The third one is called UrDoc which is a counselor app about medicine for foreign travelers. If you catch a cold while staying in Japan, you could use and give a counselor from the doctors and nurses by 300 yen for a minute. These apps are helping you stay in Japan.
Rain jacket, A clear umbrella
Japan is one of Asia, so it rains at more times than Europe and America. And we don’t sometimes know when it starts raining, so you should take a clear umbrella which you can buy cheaply at the supermarkets. A rain jacket is necessary when it rains and the wind is strong because a clear umbrella is easy to get broken. If you have both, you have better bring them to Japan.
Electrical adapter and power bank
The style of an electrical adapter is different from those of your country. Japanese adapter style is A-type. In most of European countries they use C type, it is different from Japanese. So you bring electrical adapters or converter flags.
Passport and Visa for Japan
Japan accepts foreign people having without VISA to stay for less than 3 months. If you stay for more than 3 months because of studying abroad, you have to issue a student VISA for a year. If you get married to Japanese people, you may get a permanent residence VISA.
Japan Guide Books and Maps
If you don’t know the Japanese, you bring a guide book although the online map is useful. The guide book makes you get interested in Japan. And it is clear to understand Japanese sightseeing spots thanks to colorful images. You also write some a note on the guide books, they are useful for traveling.
Lightweight Folding Tote Bags
In Japan like European countries, they tend to take care of environmental problems such as a waste of using plastic bags, so many supermarkets ask us to use plastic bags with money. Therefore, I suggest you bring your bag such as lightweight folding tote bags. They will be useful.
These days, Mask is the most important because coronavirus is popular in Japan. And also, it gets difficult to buy masks because Japanese people bought more before the virus gets popular. If in your country, masks are bought, you should take masks to Japan.
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