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First-Time Visitors

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.

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