Japanese Level

I recommend at least an N5 – N4 level. It is possible to get around with a few words and being street smart. You should be able to say basic greetings and a few sentences especially when out of tourist spots. Most Japanese people will not speak to you in English even in the cities.

IHowever it is possible to get around with a few words and being street smart. You should be able to say basic greetings and a few sentences especially when out of tourist spots. Most Japanese people will not speak to you in English even in the cities.

Newbie things to know

Areas to stay & Accommodation:

Food

Expect a lot from a foodie! Sorry but I don’t eat sushi so no recommendations there. Some links are in English or Japanese but they are just to give you an idea of what the food will look like.

International/Western options (apart from McDonalds, Wendy’s etc)

Sightseeing

  • Tokyo
    Studio Ghibli Museum 🚅 (Mitaka)
    Taito Station Shinjuku GameWorld (for Purikura) 🚅 (Shinjuku)
    Senso-ji 🚅 (Asakusa)
    Meiji Jingu Shrine 🚅 (Meiji-jingumae)
    Tsukiji & Toyosu Fish Markets 🚅 (Tsukiji & Toyosu)
    Nezu-jinja 🚅 (Nezu)
    Tokyo Skytree 🚅 (Oshiage)
    Tokyo Tower 🚅 (Onarimon)
    Shibuya 109 (Shibuya) 🚅
    Rikugien Garden 🚅 (Komagome)
    Takeshita Street 🚅 (Harajuku)
    Shinjuku Gyoen 🚅 (Shinjuku Gyeon-mae)
    Nakano Broadway 🚅 (Nakano)
    Imperial Palace 🚅 (Otemachi/Tokyo/Takebashi depending on the gate entrance)
    @Home Cafe 🚅 (Maid Cafe, however it is up to you – Akihabara/Suehirocho)

  • Kyoto:
    Fushimi Inari Shrine 🚇 (Fushimi-Inari)
    Yasaka Shrine 🚇 (Gion-Shijo)
    Gionmachi Kitagawa 🚇 (to see Geishas – Gion-Shijo)
    Kyoto Handicraft Center 🚇 (Jingu-Marutamachi)

  • Osaka:
    Universal Studios 🚆 (Sakurajima)
    Osaka Castle 🚆 (Osakajokoen)
    Dōtonbori Food District 🚆 (Dōtonbori)
    Ameri-mura 🚆 (Shinsaibashi/Yotsubashi/Namba)
    Shinsekai 🚆 (Dobutsuen-Mae)

Apps

Links below are for Android but ioS is written for most apps.