What challenges did you face when you visited Japan?

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11. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1071 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

For a refreshing treat, try the Meiji ChocoMint ice bars, available at some FamilyMart convenience stores.

https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2018/07/chocomint-fever-the-story-of-japans-summer-mint-chocolate-madness/

12. Posted by Travellingwings (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I was in Japan in May, the biggest challenge for me was that very few places use credit cards, its a cash society. I don't like travelling with huge amounts of cash and you need it in Japan for most things.

I travelled round on the trains with a Japan rail pass great value for money and public transport is clean, efficient and always on time.

Just don't stand to long looking at a map as you'll be swamped by locals wanting to help you!

13. Posted by cecilecutblues (Full Member 33 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting king_golo

a) The heat - it does get incredibly hot in summer with temperatures almost peaking at 40 °C. Add to this the fact that it doesn't cool down at night, and you know what I mean. Advice: Don't go in August!

Haha, the heat this year was extraordinary. I feel sorry that you came this year, not last year.
I have lived in Japan for all my life but I had never ever experienced such heat in Japan. Normally it does cool down at nights and mornings, and the temperature never reach 40C (normally it's around 30-33C and 35C even at the very peak), but this year it was totally different.

Although summer in Japan is muggy and hot, it's a beautiful season with full of traditional festivals and fireworks. And if you guys are into mountaineering and outdoor activities, August is the right season to come.

14. Posted by cecilecutblues (Full Member 33 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

For a refreshing treat, try the Meiji ChocoMint ice bars, available at some FamilyMart convenience stores.

https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2018/07/chocomint-fever-the-story-of-japans-summer-mint-chocolate-madness/

I'd like you to try ice bars from Seven-Eleven as well. Its fruits (mango, kiwi fruits, peaches, honey dew melons etc... ) ice bars are super tasty. I am totally addicted to it!

15. Posted by sapporostan (Budding Member 15 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

the person from London has yet to respond to all of our comments. it is difficult to know if we are suggesting ideas that pertain to the central theme as originally proposed. please let us know what you think

16. Posted by nanayama1223 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, thank you very much for your answers!
For context, I am going to Japan for 2 weeks (Tokyo and Kyoto), and I wanted to know what everyone's advice was to someone who is going to Japan for the first time.
Especially if there are any apps you can suggest which can help combat these challenges I would be extremely grateful!

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2018, at 19:24 by nanayama1223 ]

17. Posted by Kyraaa (Budding Member 3 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I actually just went to Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) this summer. We had a lot of fun but the weather was definitely a struggle sometomes. I can deal with the heat and the burning sun all day, that's not really a problem for me besides the fact that I start sweating like crazy lol. The last three days however, the weather changed completely and it started raining a lot. Eventally it didn't stop anymore and the streets had flooded a bit. This is the point when we went home and we were very lucky we booked that flight home and we were also very lucky that we didn't choose to stay in places closer to the shore. That's where a lot of people died from the storms and the floodings. It was so shocking to hear that right after we got home safe. Mixed feelings. The rain wasn't too difficult, it just made everything a little bit less fun. The biggest struggle was the fact that the trains stopped going, so we were not able to go to Nara for example.

Sometimes the language barrier was a challange too, but nothing crazy. Most staff at the restaurants know English, at least a few words. We went to one amusement building to go bowling though and the lady working there didn't know one word in English so she grabbed this form that had all of the scentences she might want to explain on it, including the English translation. So she just pointed at what she wanted to say and we read the English version of it haha worked out just fine.

We didn't really face any other challanges to be honest. But that might also be because we had been looking up information about the country and culture for ages already. So we knew what to expect in certain situations. The public transportation is easy and cheap, the people are super friendly and helpfull and a few Japanese words can get you a long way.

18. Posted by sapporostan (Budding Member 15 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

thank you for finally telling us where you want to go. how about when?

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20. Posted by neurotraveler (Budding Member 17 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

What's not to like about tempura?? Yummy!!

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