tokyo, japan
19 Apr , 2019

Japan places to visit

Posted By Jassim Mohammad

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Welcome to Japan – Yōkoso ようこそ

 

Traveling to Tokyo, Japan gives you interesting choices to see a historic high developed city with a rich history and jovial nature. Whether you are visiting in the summer or spring, you will enjoy many opportunities to enrich your experience.

Tokyo offers a variety of activities, shopping, tourism, sightseeing, specialized Japanese style dining, and various gardens and lakes to enjoy. Although Japan considered one of the most expensive Countries; especially in Tokyo, it is worth the trip. Hope you will enjoy a pleasant journey.

Tokyo Life

 

With Tokyo’s high dense population and huge buildings, and long interconnected streets, you will find the amuse in traveling on your foot all over the city. Tokyo has the world’s best public transit system and clean, reliable taxis. You will come across backstreets with interesting shops and dining bars, that are not known to most locals, nor it does have an address. You might experience poor free wi-fi connections around Tokyo for walking navigation, and you might want to rent a pocket wifi device.


 

Where to go

Shibuya district

Shimokitazawa-neighborhood

    

Shibuya

Is a key terminal between Tokyo and Yokohama; also, it is one the most visited areas in Tokyo for youth since the 1980s, for its interesting bars, DJ clubs, arcades, and restaurants which mostly stays open until midnight. There are several famous fashion department stores, major shopping center near Shibuya Station.

Shimokitazawa

A vibrant area of Tokyo, full of narrow streets that you will enjoy walking, and browsing; Its atmosphere mostly for young age “hipsters.” It has cultural events that attract many people.

Ginza

Ginza is the upscale business and shopping district of Tokyo. It has high-end department stores, galleries, fine dining restaurants, and clubs. One square meter in Ginza cost as much as a million US dollar. Best times to visit: is during weekends when the central Chuo Dori street closed to automobile traffic.

Ebiso

A stylish area to spend quality time, it has a station on the JR Yamanote line, one stop south of Shibuya. It is small enough that you may walk to connects to the famous Ebisu Garden Place. Daikanyama, Nakameguro, Hiroo.

 

daikanyama-restaurant-bar-cafe

 


Life in Japan

If you are considering to live there, you may want to check this video of what is life like in Japan.

 


 

Things to consider when Shopping

Japanese people are courteous and friendly toward, tourist and it is safe for shopping. However, unexpected problems can still occur in shops and other places of business.

Consider these tips when shopping.

Defective products

Products in Japan pass through quality control, and faulty products are relatively rare. However, If you happen to find a problem with a faulty purchased product considers the following:

Before purchase

Some deeply discounted items might not be a bargain as you might think, Make sure to inspect the merchandise before purchase to confirm it is not damaged or defective. If you are buying expensive items such as electronics or brand-name goods, make sure the brand has an international warranty and also, allows exchanges. Also, make sure to keep your proof of purchase.

Difficulty in returning a product

As a general rule in Japan, all purchase are final. Even if the product is unused, most shops will not allow returns or give refunds if there is nothing wrong with it.

Pressurized into a tax-free purchase

The majority of duty-free shops in Japan provide a safe and enjoyable shopping experience where visitors can take advantage of great shopping at lower-than-regular prices. However, in recent times, there have been a few reported problems from international visitors regarding individual tax-free shops and products. These issues have included false information regarding tax-free shops, the products sold there, and time limits being given on shopping time encouraging rushed purchases.

Quick research into duty-free shopping in Japan and the types of products that you wish to buy will help avoid any of these issues. Be extra cautious if you hear guides or store clerks say things like “This store is XX percent cheaper than other shops,” “Japanese people all use this product” or “This is your only chance to buy this product.” While these cases are sporadic, it is essential to use common sense.

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Planning to do some driving? 

If you are planning to rent a car in Japan, you may not use your home country driving license. You will need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). Most nationalities will be able to drive if they have the IDP issued from their country of origin. Some nationalities will require appropriate documentation. You may have to check with Japan’s Embassy, where you obtained the visa form. IDP is only valid for one year, and you a required to have the IDP from your country of origin translated into Japanese, by an officially approved source; keeping in mind that you will need to have your state issued driving license and passport with the IDP all the time.  If you plan to live in Japan for more than a year and have an address, you must obtain an official local driving license.

Be careful; however, Japan only recognizes International Driving Permits based on the 1949 Geneva Convention. International Driving Permits conforming to the model of the Vienna Convention or other conventions are not valid.  Before arriving in Japan, you must obtain your International Driving Permit from the National Automobile Association in the country which issued your license.

CAREFUL: International Driving Permits emanating from individual countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Taiwan, are not recognized.

For more information: you may check Japan Automobile Federation

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