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5 Things You Must Know Before Traveling to Tokyo

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Are you traveling to Tokyo soon? Here are 10 essential things to know before heading to Japan. 

1. Your Passport has at least 6 months left

Japan is one of those countries that you need at least six months left on your passport in order to travel there. So if your passport has less than 6 months left, get it renewed before your trip. 

2. Avoid Golden Week (if possible)

Golden Week is the busiest time of year in Tokyo and Japan. It falls around the end of April / early May and it’s where the entire country is off on holiday. You’ll find typical tourist destinations to feel far more crowded than usual. If you can’t help it, be sure to plan your trips to super touristy spots around off-peak times such as morning or late afternoon. 

3. Some Basic Japanese

If you’re traveling to Tokyo, it’s best to learn some basic Japanese phrases. There is some English or Romaji around the city, but if you can learn these basic phrases, your trip will be a thousand times easier. Plus, you can simply learn these phrases and totally pull off faking a level of Japanese proficiency. 

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4. You'll Need cash

Tokyo is not a fully cashless society yet, especially when it comes to the plethora of local spots all around the country. Unfortunately, even the best travel credit card cannot suffice in Japan. But no worries, cash is super easy. The most popular spot to withdraw cash safely is at a local 7 Eleven. There’s an abundance of these around town. 

5. Eating Gluten Free is Hard

If you’re traveling to Japan as either a celiac or if you have a wheat allergy, it’s not going to be easy. Allergy and gluten free awareness is still not totally prevalent in Tokyo and komugi, or wheat, is in everything. There are not too many dedicated gluten free establishments either. I had to eat gluten free when I lived in Japan and I basically ate a lot of yakiniku and paleo inspired dishes without a lot of potential for contamination. Also, try to bring an allergy translation card. 

Are you heading to Tokyo soon and want to actually get to know Tokyo? You may find some super helpful Tokyo travel tips on my blog, but I can promise you, my travel guide will help you uncover the layers of this city that are hidden to most tourists. Hidden Tokyo was written as a comprehensive neighborhood guide to help you uncover what makes Tokyo such a complex and fascinating city – its many different districts. Most people who travel to Tokyo and only skim the surface – this guide goes deep.


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  1. Ashley
    March 24, 2019 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. March 19, 2019 at 1:39 am — Reply

    This site has lots of information and it is useful for us.
    Thanks for sharing your views.

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