If you come from a rural area, your exposure to a large city like Tokyo can be overwhelming. This may even be the first time you use the subway. It is important that you know travel etiquette. For example, if you are traveling by bus, sit at the farthest part of the bus from the door. This helps there be more room for people to keep boarding. If you travel by railway, it is polite to offer your seat to a pregnant women or an elderly person. If you are traveling long distance by train, it is impolite to prop your feet up on an empty chair in front of you. In addition, everyone is quit and usually on their phones while transporting.
Pack comfortable slip on shoes. Keep in mind that several restaurants, cafés, and hotels require you to take off your shoes before entering. Some places provide slippers, so you are not necessarily shoe-less. If you go anywhere that has tatami floors, like a Ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel), you are guaranteed to swap your shoes for slippers. Of course, packing a pair of running shoes works fine too, because you will also be doing a decent amount of walking.
You can travel Tokyo by only relying on free Wi-Fi and maps. Get yourself a map of the subway system and note where you want to go before leaving your accommodation. Some subway stations offer free Wi-Fi, as well as restaurants. McDonalds and Starbucks are great places to sit around to use Wi-Fi, but other restaurants prefer you make a purchase before you sit at their tables. Alternatively, if you are not on a tight budget, you can purchase the luxury of a pocket Wi-Fi.
Do not be afraid to ask for directions. Tokyo is a big place, and you will get lost at least once. Subways and taxis can only take you so far to your destination, and you may have to continue your journey on foot. Before getting off a station, ask the information desks for directions. Otherwise, ask a local. If you look lost, locals may even stop and offer their assistance. Japanese people are very friendly and seem to want to help. Several of them try to speak English with you, or they may even pull up google translate on their phone.
Familiarize yourself with Japanese toilets. Toilets in japan are much more advanced that the ones you probably use at home. If you don’t read Japanese, your bathroom experience can get complex. Maybe this is the perfect time to brush up on some kanji because you will find yourself not knowing how to make these toilets flush. Otherwise, be aware that squat toilets still exist. Additionally, some public bathrooms provide no paper towels, so it helps to carry a small hand towel.
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