Planning My Trip To Japan

So I am about to embark on a trip alone to Japan for about 6 days. I will go alone. I have been discussing thoroughly with my father for preparations. My father has a lot of experience with planning trips and traveling abroad. He has been giving me a lot of tips.

After the ticket was booked, I had to plan myself which cities I would visit and how many days. I then looked for either hotels or hostels to book. Location was important. Since Japan has a very excellent transportation system, they have a bullet train (goes up to speeds of 300 km/h) which allows you to travel Japan in a very fast time. I looked for hostels or hotels near bullet train stations as I would arrive at cities using bullet trains.

Japan also has something called JR Rail Pass, which is a pass which allows you take much of the transportation (not all) for free. Pocket wifi (unlimited 4G) is also sold. These two things I also ordered in advance and would pick up at the airport when I got there. Next, I thought about what kind of luggage I was going to bring. My father and I discussed this and we decided on me bringing a travel backpack with a detachable smaller normal sized bag. My important items such as ID, passport, computer, cellphone, etc would go into the normal sized backpack and other unimportant things I could leave in the travel backpack at my accommodation.

Since I would have to transfer in Taiwan, my father told me that there is a higher chance of my checked in luggage being misplaced. He said that it would be important for me to keep important items on my carry on luggage so that I can at least have some essential items (like water, snacks) to survive for at least one day in case I cannot get my checked in luggage. This is just something to keep in mind and probably won’t happen.

I also checked the location of the Canadian embassy in Japan, which is located in Tokyo. It’s good to know where it is in case I accidentally lose my passport. I’ve also downloaded apps for navigating Japan’s metro in major cities like Tokyo. In Tokyo, the metro system has so many lines and it looks very confusing! Aside from the JR Rail Pass, I researched about SUICA and PASMO cards. These are cards which allow you to use metro lines not covered by the JR Rail Pass, and also allow you to purchase food at the convenience store.

There were many things which I had to research about and I wanted to talk about some of the important details!

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