Tips and Tricks while Travelling to Tokyo

Hey everyone, here are a few tips and tricks while travelling to Tokyo.

  1. Travel light. Not many people believed that me and husband travelled to Tokyo with just hand carry baggages, no check in luggages. We love travelling light as we don’t like waiting for baggages at the end of a tiring trip when all we want to do is to go to to our furbaby. If you have a check in luggage, ensure you pack in an organised pattern so you don’t bring things that you do not need.
  2. Wear the right pair of shoe. I hopped on the plane with a pair of shoes, okay to walk, but not enough cushioning as we walked more than 20,000 steps per day. It has caused my lower back to play up to the point where I could not walk anymore and had to go back to the hotel to rest. Be aware of the weather as it may rain and we don’t like wet shoes and socks. my husband was clever by wearing a pair of Timberland.
  3. Decide what camera you want to use. We brought along our Olympus, GoPro and our phones. I initially wanted to bring along my Instax (Luckily I didn’t). Conclusion: We find that we took more photos with our phones while we were there and we seldom use the camera and GoPro. The photography gears took up 3.5kg of our 7kg carry on baggage, and it is not really worth it. Carrying those gear for the whole day can be a pain sometimes.
  4. Do your research. That includes accommodation, transport, places you want to visit, opening hours and other special considerations. I have to say that I was super happy with the fact that we used public transport in Japan. It was super confusing in the start to figure out what line to use, what station to hop off. The experience was amazing and that was what we wanted. We went to the information centre everytime if we have any queries and the staff members are very helpful. We got around Tokyo well despite not being able to speak Japanese. Google maps is also very helpful.
  5. Always say thank you. Gratitude can get you a long way. The experience we had was great in Japan. We would love to go back again one day.

Last but not least, fill your life with adventures, not things. Thanks for reading.


2 thoughts on “Tips and Tricks while Travelling to Tokyo

  1. I think “do your research” is the key one you mentioned. Whether it’s for public transport (“how do I buy a Suica/Pasmo card?”), where to go (and that’s why you need Google Maps and Google Translate) or food (especially if you’re vegan or vegetarian) a bit of Google searching and YouTube beforehand will get you a long way.

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