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So after living in Japan for nearly 7 years in total and making videos on youtube for 3 of them, I realised that I’ve never actually made a definitive list of all my Japan travel tips and advice all together so here it is. International travel is starting to open up around the world so when Japan follows suit, you’ve now got all the advice you need to plan the best trip possible. Gosh damn I can’t wait till everyone can come visit! Come say hi in Osakaaaaa.
01:17 When will Japan open again?
2:00 Worst time to visit
5:36 Public transport vs Car
9:57 Cost of travel
14:39 Helpful Apps
16:05 Do I need to speak Japanese?
17:24 Food for vegans
20:40 Must-haves to bring
Helpful links and resources:
JR Pass Prices:
List of countries that can get international driving permit: https://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/multilingual/english/traffic_safety/drivers_licenses/geneva.html
Information for International Driving Permits for ppl from countries like: Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland and Taiwan: https://english.jaf.or.jp/driving-in-japan/drive-in-japan/switch-to-japanese-license
Help for Vegans in Japan:
The helpful vegan phrase:
“I am vegan, I don’t eat beef, chicken, fish or seafood, egg, dairy products, honey or other animal derived ingredients.”
“私はビーガンです。蓄肉・鶏肉・魚介類 などの肉類、卵・乳製品・ハチミツなどの 動物由来の食品は一切食べません”
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46 thoughts on “Don't Waste Your Time In Japan – 2021 Updated Guide To Travelling Japan”
I recommend ensuring you have cash on hand in Japan. Over here in Canada, you can get away with just a debit card or credit card these days – I've used cash only once or twice since COVID set in. But for its high technology, Japan is still surprisingly cash-based. There may be some places that only accept cash or "high-end" credit cards.
Hey so do you recommend hiring a car?
solo hiking rule while recording: 1 set the camera then walk forward/back, 2 pretend first time go thru new path, 3 play back the video carefully.
I have a trip scheduled to Japan starting May 8th till the 21st as long as everything opens back up, I didn't realize I would be arriving so close to golden week will things still be really busy a couple days afterwards?
If you truly love cows 🐄 , chicken 🐓 and fish 🐟, eat them. Vegetarianism is an exercise in self-deception.
"I've only experienced worst humidity in Singapore"
Me, A singaporean @ the humidity: I hate this. Why do you make me hate my life, humidity.
I'm with you Hannah.
I went to Tokyo in 2017 and only a few people spoke English and again in 2018 and I was so impressed with how many more Japanese ppl spoke English just a year later. everyone in the restaurants, transportation and retail places spoke enough English to communicate in 2018. Great video!
So good! Can't wait to get back to Japan!
GREAT video, Hannah!
Hannah chan, you are amazing on puttiwmg all the information together!! I'ljaj recommend my foreigner friends to watch this for planning to travel in Japan!🥰✨👏👏👏
I just can't wait to go to Japan once they open up for the U.S. because it hurt my soul once this panoramic decided to shut down the world. I will start crying when they announce the opening date 😭😭😭
Japan is reopening to business travellers and international students this month! So that’s a step closer! I’m coming as a student in April! Can’t wait!
You're so good at taking a video. I enjoyed your video. I'm a beginner on youtube, so I can learn a lot from your video. I've subscribed to your channel. Did you take a video alone?
Thanks for the video. We went during end of winter (off-season). You're right about the lack of leafy vibrant scenery but the good thing is I didn't need to deal with the tourist and packed streets for most of my trip. That alone made it a very enjoyable experience so for those who don't mind a little cold, I would definitely encourage you to go during winter.
Thanks for making this video Hannah! It's awesome!!!
Sorry, but what a bullshit video. It’s so obviously a 20+ minute long advertisement that’s trying to catch Youtube’s “Could we travel to Japan next year?” wave.
"Visiting Japan is great at any time, but I would avoid two of the four seasons and these additional days."
I go Japan every year since 2013 to 2020 just before travel ban… love that place hope to visit 2022
What is the location at 7:14 ?
I wonder if some how by a unknown war will happened,in some future, should I still go to Japan?
"main countries" 😢
A simple suggestion: Japanese commonly study English for six years in school. As such, they can read manageably but very poor in general at spoken language. Hence, you can get away with writing notes and passing to or showing them. Works even in rural areas.
My favourite time to visit is winter. What it lacks in greenery it makes up for in beautiful snowy scenery. Plus, because a lot of people don't travel there during the winter you have a lot of places almost to yourself. YMMV though and if you don't cope with the cold very well then it's definitely the season to avoid.
Is it better to travel with a suitcase or travel bag
The Tatooine backgrounds are beautiful! Lots of great tips too! Thanks for that!
Hey Hannah My question about flexitarian is, should I be worried about the digestive side effects 😂 I want to visit Japan but I’ve been vegan for so long that idk how my stomach would react. Because I’ve definitely considered that I would have to if I visit!
I visit twice. Both time I visit during new year. Its true that many things can be close. But that just planning thing.
Still we love new year. Just book small house base accomodations and visit shinto temple. People are extra friendly during holidays.
So you must do more effort, but it can find more.
Winter is nice too, but we are from Finland and very just to winter.
If your going to travel from one city to another on the bullet train consider having you bags delivered. It can cost about $20 and can take a day but you won't have to mess about with your bags at all. I do it from the airport as well it's so much easier
Thank you for sharing this video 🙂 What bag did you use for this trip?
Have you tried using a duffle bag for your travel? I recommend using the Bento Bag from Nomad Lane.
Unfortunately can’t travel there yet so I’m trying to get work visa for English teaching there
I would recommend Japan during winter and especially New Years, I guess we have different outlooks on it.
Thanks introduce Japan🇯🇵I went all 47prefecture in Japan,and I make the home video about my Travel（not good as yours🤣）．Please see my video,when you have time.
As an Alaskan who misses the winter, I’ve always wanted to go to Hokkaido in the winter.
JR rail accessibility site says the trains are equipped for disabled people but what I see in videos is that doors and corridors in trains are quite narrow .. how can I move around with my mother who is on wheelchair when I have to take a train or places I cannot rent a car¿ also .. can you rent a car in Okinawa for example and return it in as Asahikawa¿ and do they rent four wheelers¿ I did search but maybe because I am not searching in Japanese I did not get conclusive information … would really appreciate your advice please
Addicted to your travel videos .Superb work Hannah
What can a diabetic that is controlling starch or sugar as treatment. This means no noodles, rice, sugar mixtures and I hate fish. I'm in trouble.
You're the BEST!! Great video!!
Very insightful, thank you so much for sharing! ❤️🌸
I live here but enjoyed the video just the same lol also is that Star Wars in the background?!:o
Thank for all the Tips! We have a layover in Narita. We are thinking about ditching our final destination. Do you know if we can do that?
what’s the app you’re talking about on 15:56?
So helpful, so concise, and so charming! This was super helpful.
Finally someone who talks about the logistics, thank you kind lady!
omg those places I see on the video, are just so beautiful, would you mind telling me some of the best places and pretty views in Japan