This is an extremely simplified version of Before You Ask. If you are intereted in more information or general information not available here, see the full version here.
PUBLIC TRANSIT IN JAPAN
on checking Trains Routes
on all kinds of Rail Passes
Japan Guide on Rail Pass, whether or not to get a Rail Pass
on Taxi Fare calculations
Taxis are common in Japan, but they’re also quite expensive and should be used only if there are no other alternatives, like visiting the tuna auctions at Tsukiji Market at 4am.
Taxi Fare Finder
ON CAR RENTAL
Tocoo is the rental service middleman of choice, and the price point to compare with other booking agencies.
Niconico Rent A Car is an alternative cheaper choice. They rent older model 2nd hand cars, generally at a cheaper rate than most of the competition.
Toyota is the most common direct rental company for foreigners.
Nissan is also popular with a good English website.
ON HOTELS & OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS
for more information on this, please see our Accommodations post.
Choices of accommodations in Japan includes: Rider House, Couchsurfing, Homestay, Capsule Hotels, Hostel, Airbnb, Long Stay Hotels, Minshuku, Business Hotel, Western Hotel, Ryokan, Lodge, Ski Resort, Onsen Resort.
Common accommodations booking websites includes:
Make sure you do your own price comparisons to get the best possible deals.
- Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association
- Japanese Guest Houses
- Rakuten Travel
ON CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Japan Post Bank’s ATM service
Many convenience stores may also have ATMs that accepts international cards.
Tokyo Cheapo has a good article on currency exchange:
WIFI IN JAPAN
Please check this post by fellow admin Au Weng Kay.
ON SOME BASIC MEDICINE IN JAPAN
This post and the comments talks in detail about many kinds of basic medicine to be found in Japan.
which lead to my first draft of meds info.
ON ELECTRICITY (thanks Magi Ya for suggesting this)
All of Japan has 100v power sockets, if you plug in wrong voltage, appliance may not work or cause electrical fire. Japan also uses 2 flat pronged plugs, similar to North America.
WEATHER IN JAPAN
on weather in different areas in Japan
Japan's Popular Seasonal Activities.
This file lists some resources on various dietary restrictive needs while traveling in Japan
http://www.onsenjapan.net/ (this one’s in English)
There are thousands of public baths all over Japan. they’re called Sento (paid baths). the etiquette is similar to that of an onsen, always clean yourself in the seated showers first, then soak in the bath, then rinse off the bathwater again in the seated showers.
Sento Guide (English, with a well written etiquette guide)
The majority of public theme parks, water parks, pools, and onsens are still quite unfriendly to people with tattoos, and the resources for tattoo friendly places lacking.
Tattoo-Spot (Google Translated to English)
ON WHEELCHAIR AND ELDERLY ACCESSIBILITY
Japan Accessible Tourism Center is a website that notes by city, the accessibility of some of the major tourist attractions and some info on accessibility on public transit.
|A huge thanks to many members of Japan Travel Friendly Discussion Group for help in creating and updating the information in this document.|