Here are some points to keep in mind for those coming to Japan from overseas to make your life in Japan comfortable. While understanding that you may be surprised by the differences in culture and customs, we will explain in detail what to expect when entering Japan, what to expect during your stay, and how to buy money and clothing so that you can enjoy your life in Japan. Please read this article and enjoy a safe and comfortable trip to Japan.
Preparations for Visiting JapanEntry Restrictions and Screening
Before departing for Japan, it is important to review the entry regulations and guidelines to ensure that you will be allowed to enter the country. The Japanese government has established certain restrictions for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of its citizens in the wake of the Covid. However, as of today, border controls have been relaxed and advance procedures have been virtually eliminated.
Ministry Foreign Affair of Japan website(MOFA)
Japanese culture and customs expectations
When visiting Japan, it is important to understand and observe Japanese culture and customs. Japanese culture is based on respect and the active avoidance of causing discomfort or difficulty. Japanese people respect their elders, and honorific titles such as “san” and “sama” are commonly used. Dress code is also important in Japan, and one should research dress codes before visiting restaurants and cultural attractions. Furthermore, public health is important in Japan, and care must be taken to follow local regulations regarding garbage disposal, noise, and smoking restrictions. In Japan, it is customary to greet people with a bow. Also, many areas in Japan are very sensitive to the environment, so it is important not to destroy or abuse the environment.
Accommodations during your stay in Japan
Accommodations in Japan range from traditional ryokans to upscale resort hotels to luxurious city hotels. You should research what accommodations are available and determine what level of comfort and convenience you are looking for. In addition to hotels, you can also rent an apartment or do a homestay. Generally, foreigners in Japan tend to opt for more luxurious hotels, but it should be noted that most inexpensive accommodations are very basic and may not offer additional amenities.
About Money Exchange and Payment Methods
The currency in Japan is the yen (JPY). International credit cards are accepted in most stores, but be aware that some smaller stores may not accept credit cards or may only accept cash. Therefore, most travelers are advised to purchase local currency and exchange it for Japanese yen in advance. Currency exchange can be done at foreign currency exchange offices of major banks, post offices, international airports, and many hotels. Money can also be withdrawn at convenience stores and post offices ATMs.
Visiting Japan can be a wonderful experience for travelers, but it is important to understand the local culture and customs and to be well prepared. Understanding immigration regulations, culture and customs, finding the best accommodations, and familiarizing yourself with the currency and payment methods will make your trip to Japan a more rewarding experience.