Going on a trip to Japan? Here are 3 things which are essential to purchase!!

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  • Traveling to Japan is an incredible experience. From skiing in Hokkaido, snorkeling in Okinawa or an excursion to Tokyo and other cities, Japan has much to offer. Therefore, it is essential to prepare properly beforehand so that the trip runs smoothly and that you have great memories.

    Here are three things which I think that as a tourist, you should definitely consider buying when embarking on a short trip to Japan.

    1. Suica Card

    Unlike some countries where you might have different travel cards depending on the city that you are at, the Suica card can be used on a variety of trains throughout Japan. This makes them very convenient. You can purchase them from a ticket machine when you first arrive at the airport. Fare information is available in English. It saves you from having to purchase single tickets from the ticket machine which can become complicating because Japan has many different train lines. It’s also easy to recharge. Simply insert the Suica into a ticket machine and then put into the machine the amount of yen you would like to recharge on your Suica card. Be aware that Suica cards cannot be used for Green Car trains or the Shinkansen. On the whole, a Suica card will save you plenty of time and money.

    Suica Website

    2. Japan Rail Pass

    Just like the Suica card, the Japan Rail Pass is a must-have item for people who want to travel around Japan. They offer packages of 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. You can purchase the Japan Rail Pass online and have it delivered to your home before traveling to Japan. There are many JR stations where the staff can assist you on activating your pass. Using this pass is an incredible money-saving way of getting around Japan. The pass can be used on all JR trains and JR lines, the Shinkansen (excludes Nozomi and Mizuho trains), JR buses and the JR West Miyajima ferry. If you intend to go on many day trips to places outside of Tokyo such as Kamakura, Yokohama, and Saitama then you will get more than your money’s worth. Whenever you go on a JR line, walk through the area where the staff are standing and show your pass along with your passport. It’s that simple!! Although you have to reserve seats with your pass for some sections on the trains, the JR pass can be used for non-reserved seats too. Buying this pass is an incredible money-saving way of getting around Japan so do buy one before going to Japan.

    Japan Rail Pass Website

    3. Japanese SIM Cards

    It should be quite easy to find Wifi in Japan. Throughout the JR stations, you can access Wifi and there are free Wifi apps such as Travel Wifi Japan, Japan connected Free or Odakyu Free Wifi. However, free Wifi should not be entirely relied on. I would recommend that you buy a Japanese prepaid SIM card. SIM cards can be purchased online before your flight to Japan or you can purchase them at Haneda and Narita airports. If you decide to buy them later on your trip, visit one of the many ‘Yodobashi Camera’ stores in Japan where you can purchase these SIM cards. I purchased a 3GB 30-day SIM card for around £30. Purchasing this is a wise choice as it gives you access to Wifi without having to look for hotspots.

    Prepaid SIM card Website

    Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time traveler, I recommend you buy these three items before or during your trip to Japan. I hope this will make your trip stress free and pleasant!

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