Things to do in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

 

Kyoto

 

Kyoto is one of the best cities in Japan. It’s old and full of history as well as modern. There is lots to see in Kyoto and I could spend years there and not see it all. I was asked by a friend what to see if they had a few days and here is the short list of things you should do in Kyoto.

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10 things to make your next trip to Japan easier

10 things to make your next trip to Japan easier

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Tokyo is an extremely tourist-friendly city. Whether you’re in town to take photos of Tokyo life, dine at the best alleyway ramen joints, or wander through the countless temples, Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is ready for you. If you’re considering a trip, remember these 10 pieces of advice to make the experience as seamless as possible.

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Traveling to Japan – Money

Traveling to Japan – Money

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YEN

Paper Money or YEN in Japan is very popular. I say this as it will become very apparent to you after you have been in Japan for more than a few hours. Everything is done with paper money. This will shock you at first as you did not expect this in Japan of all places. The technology country it is and YEN is still king. The Japanese do not use Credit Cards like we do…they use YEN. So get used to using it and make sure you have a plan for the change. You will need a place to keep it so that it’s not a mess. A small pocket or dedicated pouch will make you feel more prepared.

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Traveling to Japan – Mobile Phones

Traveling to Japan – Mobile Phones

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While in Japan you may want to keep your mobile phone in Airplane mode as ROAMING and calls can be expensive. You can run up a $200 bill in about 2 or 3 days. But you know all the information you need is on the internet. While you can search for open Wifi in public places and there are plenty of places that have free Wifi it’s not always where you need it to be. So while in Japan you can rent a mobile hot spot to take with you everywhere, even on the train at 150 MPH.

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The Konbini or 7/11

The Konbini or 7/11

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Japan and Convince Stores are awesome!

The 7/11’s, Larson’s, and  Family Marts are everywhere and unlike in the US where they are not pleasant places to eat from, in Japan they are really pretty good places to eat and stock up on stuff. These stores are competing with vending machines in Japan so they have to be reasonable and they have to have value.

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Traveling to Japan – Manners

Traveling to Japan – Manners

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I can’t stress this enough…manners. You don’t have them. I assure you! Go look at yourself in the mirror and say this;

“I am an American and I don’t have any clue what manners are!”

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Traveling to Japan – Trains and Passes

Traveling to Japan – Trains and Passes

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Using the Trains in Japan

Japan is known for it’s train system and it is by far the best way to get around Japan period. The trains are never late, are amazing, clean, and awesome. Did I mention I like the trains in Japan?

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Traveling to Japan – Local Lingo

Traveling to Japan – Local Lingo

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A little Japanese for your Travels

In Japan, greetings are given great importance. It is considered rude to fail to greet someone or even to greet them in a lazy or offhand manner.

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Traveling to Japan – Hotels

Traveling to Japan – Hotels

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Hotels in Japan are not that expensive

Hotels are thought to be really expensive and while yes a hotel that is very “AMERICAN” can be, and nice Japanese Hotel is pretty reasonable. There are a few types of hotels in my estimation in Japan. My biggest tip is to get a hotel you can afford that is close to a JR Rail line. Being close to the train is HUGE!

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Traveling to Japan – Part 2

Traveling to Japan – Part 2

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Arriving at Narita will be one of the most awesome moments of your life.

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