10 Travelling to Japan Tips

Hi everyone! It's Kim Dao here, today I'm going to be sharing 10 Japan travelling tips which would be useful for first time travellers to Japan.
10 Japan Travel Hacks - Video on the Kim Dao Youtube Channel

Travelling to Japan for the first time can be scary, especially if you don't know how to speak the language. Thankfully it is quite easy to travel to Japan and still have a great time without any Japanese knowledge! Here are my tips that I would like to tell you! (Scroll down for the video!)


Wifi is something that is now very important to all of us.
Back in the day, I had the impression that Japan had free wifi everywhere. Wrong! There was barely any free wifi and it was very difficult to navigate streets if you got lost. These days there are more places that offer free wifi, however having your own portable wifi device would make things a lot easier.  You can also purchase simcards from large electronic stores like Bic Camera and Yamada Denki.

Train pass

By getting a train pass, it will save you a lot of time as you don’t have to buy tickets individually. All you have to do is just tap in and out of the train stations!

JR Pass

You can use the JR pass to travel on all JR trains (including bullet trains!) as much as you want! Keep in mind that you do have to buy this pass before you get to Japan and it isn’t cheap, so make sure you check to see if it’s worth buying first!

Google Maps

If you can’t read Japanese and are travelling to Japan for the first time, Google maps is a great application to use! You will be able to get instructions in English including trains/busses and how much it will cost!

Withdraw money 

Withdrawing money from an ATM in Japan has become quite easy. You should be able to withdraw at most convenience stores (7/11 seems to work for most people) as well as post office ATMs!

Bring a powerboard

It will be much easier if you can bring a powerboard so you can charge all your electronics in one place!

Get a car

If you want to travel to the countryside in Japan, getting a car is highly recommended as you can go to places not many people go to. You can hire a car as long as you have an international driver’s license!

Heat packs

Very useful especially during winter. These heat packs stick on your clothes and heat up, keeping you warm all day!

Take photos!

This was something I used to do back when there was no wifi available. Before I left my hotel I would take photos of where I’m going, just incase I get lost. If you do get lost, if you show a photo of the landmark of where you want to go, it will be easier to ask a local for help!

And of course, Odigo!

The Odigo site makes it so much easier to plan your trip as well as booking it – all in one website! If you don't know where to travel to on your first trip to Japan, why not check out some itineraries that are already made?
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Kim Dao