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 ๐Ÿš… (Mitaka)
    Taito Station Shinjuku GameWorld (for Purikura) ๐Ÿš… (Shinjuku)
    Senso-ji ๐Ÿš… (Asakusa)
    Meiji Jingu Shrine ๐Ÿš… (Meiji-jingumae)
    Tsukiji & Toyosu Fish Markets ๐Ÿš… (Tsukiji & Toyosu)
    Nezu-jinja ๐Ÿš… (Nezu)
    Tokyo Skytree ๐Ÿš… (Oshiage)
    Tokyo Tower ๐Ÿš… (Onarimon)
    Shibuya 109 (Shibuya) ๐Ÿš…
    Rikugien Garden ๐Ÿš… (Komagome)
    Takeshita Street ๐Ÿš… (Harajuku)
    Shinjuku Gyoen ๐Ÿš… (Shinjuku Gyeon-mae)
    Nakano Broadway ๐Ÿš… (Nakano)
    Imperial Palace ๐Ÿš… (Otemachi/Tokyo/Takebashi depending on the gate entrance)
    @Home Cafe ๐Ÿš… (Maid Cafe, however it is up to you – Akihabara/Suehirocho)

  • Kyoto:
    Fushimi Inari Shrine ๐Ÿš‡ (Fushimi-Inari)
    Yasaka Shrine ๐Ÿš‡ (Gion-Shijo)
    Gionmachi Kitagawa ๐Ÿš‡ (to see Geishas – Gion-Shijo)
    Kyoto Handicraft Center ๐Ÿš‡ (Jingu-Marutamachi)

  • Osaka:
    Universal Studios ๐Ÿš† (Sakurajima)
    Osaka Castle ๐Ÿš† (Osakajokoen)
    Dลtonbori Food District ๐Ÿš† (Dลtonbori)
    Ameri-mura ๐Ÿš† (Shinsaibashi/Yotsubashi/Namba)
    Shinsekai ๐Ÿš† (Dobutsuen-Mae)

Apps

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

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