Japan Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

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  • Those Washlet Toilets are very nice to have! Some models will have a seat warmer, some will release an air sanitizer to cover those… ahem… uncouth odors and some play music to cover sounds.

    The first time I used a stoop and poop style toilet, I really, really, really had to go. I had no choice as it was the only style at the stadium.

  • Scottman895 Travel says:

    This video should be required viewing for all flights going to Japan! Thank you for the awesome tips! I will remember these when I get a chance to finally visit Japan someday!

  • Hello person scrolling down the comments i just wanted to say have a good day <3

    Also maybe subscribe to us to help us with our dreams 😛 (but no pressure)

  • It’s been 15 years since I’ve been to japan, but I remember how notable it was that they didn’t have paper towels in the public bathrooms there. Very eco friendly! Something else we noticed is that it was very hard to find Pepsi. It was very much a Coke country. Is that still the case? Great video, very helpful!

  • Thank you Chris and Topher! We are on our way to Japan in March and the tip to book hotels 3 months in advance will really help us.

  • Yellow Productions says:

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  • Japan is on our bucket list!! It's such an easy flight from Hawaii. We are going to soak up all your Japan videos before we go!! Great video as usual! Aloha~

  • thank you so much for the video keep posting more I want to use your info to send my parents to Japan for a holiday in 2020 thanks Chris

  • *Sakurathefresh * says:

    It's not really a compliment to the chef per say…It's just something that….People do. Slurping just isn't considered rude y'know. I mean, it's a big hot bowl a noodles that your supposed to eat fast

  • jurassicgalaxy9 says:

    The cherries there are amazing, got a cherry cheese Danish, best thing I ever ate, ten years later I still dream about that.

  • Your videos are really making me feel much more confident about my upcoming trip to Japan! Thanks again for all the time and effort you've put in!

  • Thank you so much, bro, this is a really great video! Your speaking and
    delivery are just delightful and very helpful. I feel like I'm visiting
    you, an old friend, and you show me the way.
    I also enjoyed that yellow scarf.

  • After watching several of these videos, there is only one golden rule: hire a guide who stays by your side for 24 hrs a day.

  • Hi Chris, if I need to pre-book a seat on the bullet train in Japan, how early before the train leaves do I need to book. Hours, days, weeks?

  • Excellent Information! I plan to visit Japan this Summer and will be gleaning all I can from your channel. Arigatou Gozaimasu! Subscribed.

  • I’m a new subscriber. Really great videos. Super informative. Help me to understand the little stuffed toys. Is there a story behind them or just added for a random, quirky effect? 🙂

  • I've been to Japan once (almost 50 years ago.) Unfortunately I'll never be able to go again probably, but your videos help me to relive that wonderful month I spent there. I wish that I'd known then what I'm learning from you now. The Japanese people are wonderful, and very helpful and understanding. Thank you so much for bringing back those wonderful memories!

  • Watched this video while riding the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto – all excellent information. One update, Uber is all over Tokyo and a good option when traveling with a suit case.

  • Rener De Castro says:

    Really hoping I can go back to Kyoto by next year. Love your guides. They've saved me a lot of times during my second and third trips to Japan last year.

  • Help! Anyone. I am flying March 31 thru April 12th, 2019. 11 days . I was thinking lodging 5 days y Kyoto and 6 days in Tokyo and then move from these 2 main points. Should i pick a third place to lodge? This is an adventure i am doing this with my son, we are not going in a tour. Arigato Goizamase!

  • Tokyo Tremblant says:

    Oh my God I'm freaking out I'm going to Japan within a week it's just stress me out because I cannot read in Japanese I don't know where should visits first it's a lot of attraction. Thank you for this video it's ready helpful for me

  • Great information. I have had very sweet cantaloupe on the Big Island and on Oahu equal to Japanese cantaloupe. Cheaper too.

  • Steve Pritchard says:

    Chris, is the beer at 9:41 really 5680 yen – seems a bit pricey. May only be able to buy one when we are in Japan.

  • I like your video. Next time will you show places of other countries? Like the most romantic France? Or other romantic place to go? wechat: ZTLouiseting

  • Piddles pankreata says:

    I just got back from Tokyo and Kyoto and had no trouble paying with a credit card in small ramen and izakayas and other establishments, so in my experience (April 2019), the notion that you need to walk around with large amounts of cash in Tokyo is somewhat exaggerated. I also had no trouble finding ATM machines throughout the city and metro stations if I did want to carry cash.

  • Hey guys, went to Japan. Literally shit public transport. Korea is better. Japan shut at midnight (so much for a great city) Namba dotunburi is full of chinese the japanese don't give a shit about etiquette only money in tourist areas.

    I got more flack for putting an extra 25ml of milk in my coffee at Family mart than the japanese because they literally wont talk up they are so weak.

  • I wonder if is it best to book your flight and room together before you go or since you have a vague idea of the different sites and will be traveling everywhere it would be wise to wait and book the room.

  • Thanks so much for this video! We're thinking of traveling to Japan for the 2020 Olympics. Do you have any suggestions about Pocket WiFi, I heard this will be needed if we want to use our cell phones

  • Momiji Shibata says:

    I really love this video since I’m Japanese, I can know how foreigners see our country but one thing.. tipping is not rude… yes, people do not neet to tip in Japan, but still is money, and we also know tipping systems in other countries, we will be very happy once we get one. Normally we will say “No” when people try to tip tho… but once again, we say no not because it rude, it because we think we are not worth it getting tips

  • william castle says:

    Great video!.. I've got one question about toilets… I've got a problem where when I have to go, i have to go. Are public bathrooms very prevalent? If I'm walking down the sidewalk in Shinjuku and the urge hits me hard where do I go? Are they at all subway stations? Do convenience stores have them? Do they cost? I'm going in a few weeks and that's the only thing I worry about 🙂

  • Thanks for being informative on all your videos. I've been to Japan a few times and can say you are spot on. You mention lots of interesting facts that other people don't. Great job!

  • I will never slurp it’s disgusting I don’t care what they think it’s not an honor it’s gross sounds horrible luckily I hate ramen anyway also disgusting absolutely love Tokyo and Japan but NEVER slurping

  • I just got a question for the food, so my friends are vegans and I am a vegetarian.. do you know if theres a way to order something without meat, fish and that? Or maybe a japanese word to ask if its vegan/vegetarian? I don't want that we end up in fast food restaurants like McDonald's everyday just because there are vegan options 😅

  • honestyrocksu says:

    The cantaloupes had 1990 on them, that can't be yen, that's 18 dollars, how much are they? And the beer said 5600 yen? wtf? that's 50 usd. what am I not getting?

  • Before traveling to Japan, Please check the radioactive contamination map of Japan for health reasons. Especially Tokyo!!!!!! Tokyo is contaminated by high concentration radioactivity rain. You may not have a problem right now, but think about your descendants. If you eat radioactive contaminated foods that regulate exports in the WTO, your baby may become malformed or you may get cancer.

  • People that travel outside the US to Europe for example say that apps on your phone for paying for things are often used in restaurants and stores. Is this happening in the major cities of Japan or is it still as you say in this video that cash, the yen, is the way to go in Japan?

  • Thank you so much for the fantastic video on Osaka, Chris. It's very informative. In fact, all your videos are. Is staying near the Osaka train station better than staying near Shin Osaka. Are the shops and restaurants mostly located in Osaka station?

  • there was a time when I wanted to go to Japan. But, I am discouraged by several stories of xenophobia, dishonesty, racism and prejudices that come from Japanese people. they are too culturally closed to be interested by foreigners, we can't understand them , they hates learning other languages , they forgives nothing and it make them unpredictable , untrustworthy and detestable. I'm afraid of being bored, alone or with my western family or friends. whitout forget the yakuza gangs , the exspensive prices , tsunamis , earthquakes and spitting volcanos . many of defaults which outweight the advantages. I would have said the same thing about the united states. So I just watch videos to "travel" now

  • Did you mention Japan is also a shopping mecca? I could easily spend half a day in shops like Yodobashi Camera, BIC Camera or Toyko Hands.

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