I recently returned from my first trip to Japan, where I fell in love with the intoxicatingly bustling, energetic, and delicious city of Tokyo. Here are some things I wish I knew before visiting — and some tips to keep in mind if you're thinking of planning a trip.
1.Exchange currency for Japanese yen before traveling, or head to the local ATM when you land.
2.Get a Pasmo card and take the subway...everywhere.
3.And if you're traveling throughout the country, consider a Japan Rail Pass.
4.Prepare to be lost in translation, literally.
5.Carry a backpack or something to store your garbage in.
6.There's wayyyy more to Japanese food than sushi.
7.Speaking of food, you don't have to spend a lot of money to eat extremely well.
8.There's more to Tokyo than crowds and skyscrapers.
9.Make your dietary restrictions or preferences known at the beginning of a meal.
10.Prepare to get a little lost, especially when looking for restaurants.
11.Follow the unwritten social cues when it comes to using public transportation.
12.You'll want to book another trip as soon as you leave.