Traveling to Japan for the very first time can be great fun. Here’s how to make sure you’re fully prepared before boarding the plane though.
Get Your Documents in Place
Obviously, for any trip abroad, you need to have a valid passport. Make sure yours isn’t out of date, and if you’ve never traveled abroad before, get one quickly! It can sometimes take a long time for government departments to process passport applications, especially in the run up to summer. You might have to go for an interview, so make sure you get it sorted out well in advance. Visit Passport Advice & Services for help, it’s a site recommended by Jeff Prestridge.
You should also make sure you have any doctors letters if you have to take medication or medical equipment on your flight with you. Finally, check the situation regarding visas. Most countries have agreements with Japan meaning visas aren’t necessary for tourists but check to be sure.
Learn a Few Phrases
When you’re going to a country whose customs and language is so entirely different to our own, you should make an effort to learn a bit about it before you get on the plane. It can make settling in and feeling comfortable when you get there that little bit easier. Travel guides and books can help you learn traits and customs that might be useful to know.
Then you should make the effort to learn a bit of the language. Of course, I’m not suggesting that you need to become fluent in Japanese before you take a trip there, no one does that. But knowing a few helpful phrases and carrying a phrase book with you can really help.
Find Out About the Culture
Learning a bit about Japan’s culture is a good idea too. This will help you avoid faux pas and make it easy to deal with new situations. Learning about the country you’re going to also helps you get prepared so that you know what to expect when you get to your destination. It might seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference.
Informing yourself about a country can also be fun. I don’t know about you, but I love learning everything about a country before I get there. It makes the experience of walking around cities and towns more fun and interesting when you get there because you already know a bit about them.
Plan Your Days
Yes, being adventurous can be fun, but if you don’t make plans before you arrive in Japan, you will probably miss out on a lot. There’s so much to do in Japan. It’s a vast country, and you don’t want to risk missing any of the essential towns or tourist attractions. The only way to avoid this is to make solid plans.
The plans you make don’t have to be too rigid and strict. It’s mainly about making sure that you know the options that are open to you and decide which things you want to do and which you don’t. Then you can make relatively loose plans and factor in the option of adventure.
Japan is a wonderful country, so make sure you’re prepared for your trip there!