Japan Travel Essentials: What You Must Know and Do Before Your Journey 🛫📝
Preparing for a journey can be quite exhausting, especially when the country you visit is very different from your own. But don't worry! I've done a lot of research and created this guide so that you don't have to. 🌍✈️ This guide includes: 🆘 Emergency Numbers 🛂 VISA Requirements & Arrival ⛅ Weather 💵 Currency and Payment Methods 📱 Internet and SIM Cards 🚈 Transportation 🔌 Sockets Voltage and Type 📅 Must-Book Before 🎁 Best souvenirs (with pictures of mine) 📌 More tips If you believe there's anything else worth mentioning, don't hesitate to reach out via DM or email at yourfriendchichi@gmail.com! Your feedback is valuable in enhancing this guide.🙌
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🆘 Emergency Numbers 

Police: 110

Ambulance or fire department: 119

Foreign Traveller Hotline: 050-3816-2787

🛂 VISA Requirements & Arrival 

Do you need a VISA to enter Japan?

Check it in the link below before you book your flight. 

Japan uses a QR code system for their Immigration, Customs and Tax-free shopping service, which will make it faster to go through as you declare everything before you even land. 

Make sure you have this done before you even take your plane so you don't stress once there.

Here below is the link and you can complete it from your phone as well. 

⛅ Weather 

The best time to visit Japan is Spring (Mar-Apr) when you can see the beautiful Cherry Blossoms and Autumn (Oct-Nov) with red foliage all around. The days are sunny and dry and the temperatures are mild enough to enjoy.

During the summer months (May-Sept), the cities are hot and humid, with heavy rainfall occurring across the country in June & July, except for Hokkaido.

In winter (Dec-Feb), days are cool and crisp, with heavy snowfall in Hokkaido and the Japanese Alps. 

💵 Currency and Payment Methods 

Currency: Japanese Yen - JPY - ¥

Cash is necessary in Japan, but nowadays card readers are everywhere in big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Temples, small local shops and even some restaurants didn't accept cards, but they were much less than expected. Always ask before you order so you don't waste your and their time.

If you think of going to more rural areas, definitely need a big amount of cash.

I use Revolut as a Travel Card and I didn't have any issues during my time in Japan. 

📱 Internet and SIM Cards

There are many options to get data on your phone nowadays.

Whatever option you choose, always remember to make sure it is compatible with your phone model. 

eSim

eSims are very popular as you don't need to physically switch your sims and it is so easy to just activate/deactivate. A con is that you don't have access to phone calls, but if you don't need them I find it the best choice. 

I used Airalo from the Phone App to purchase mine and it went very smoothly.

I purchased the 20 GB for $26 and had plenty left at the end of the two weeks (bear in mind I uploaded stories on IG, watched TikToks and continuously used Google Maps). 

Pocket Wifi

Another option is Pocket Wifi.

This is very convenient if you have multiple devices and you will not need to check if it is compatible with your devices.

Physical Sims 

If you prefer having calls available or a more traditional option, you can get a sim at the airport or even in the city in-store such as Bic Camera.

Here below is an article with all the options you can get at Narita Airport. 

🚈 Transportation 

Japan is famous for its excellent transportation system, especially the trains.

JR Pass

If you are visiting many different cities, the JR pass is the best option. Book it at least a month before your trip so you can have peace of mind, they will ship the paper coupon to your delivery address or pick-up point and you must keep that with you until you are in Japan where you will exchange it for the real pass.

They will give you the JR pass paper copy and if you lose it there is no way to get another one, so make sure you treasure it!

Here below is the link where I purchased it and one where it explains how to book the seats. 

City metros and buses

To use the local cities transportation such as metros and buses you will need an IC card. They have different names across Japan, but they all work everywhere. You can also use them to pay in convenience stores and some game arcades. 

You can get it at the airport at the same counter where you exchange the JR Pass, at JR East ticket machines at train stations and at JR East Travel Service Centers.

There is a deposit fare to pay and they give you back once you return it (we kept ours as memories and in case we come back), there is also a tourist one valid only for 30 days, but you can claim back any of the remaining values so you need to be careful. 

Here below is a link of an article that explain IC cards very well. 

Use can use an app to check the balance in the IC card from your phone, which I found super useful to now when to recharge it with no surprises.

Apps to get around there

Once you are there, you can use Navitime to get around. 

If you have the JR Pass you can select it and it will tell you what is covered by the pass so that you can make the most use of it. 

It is very accurate with the timings, it will tell you the platform of the station, which car of the train is best and what exit. 

The only downside is that it doesn't update the timing in real-time, so if you make a stop on your way or lose the train it recommended, you need to get out of that journey and start again. 

Google Maps works very well in Japan.

I suggest you save all the places you want to visit there including restaurants, cafes, and pubs in different areas, once you are there and go to your saved places it will recommend the ones near you before the rest, which I found very helpful. And of course, saving your accommodation address is essential. 

🔌 Sockets Voltage and Types

Power plug sockets: Type A & B

Standard voltage: 100 V

Frequency: 50 and 60 Hz

Check your electronics before hands, usually cameras, phones, powerbanks, tablet and similar all have "100-240V" and "50-60Hz" market which mean they are safe to use over there as well.

Things that require more energy like laptop chargers and hair dryers usually are not suitable and you must buy a converter rather than a simple adaptor. 

If you need a simple adaptor, I strongly recommend this one. Me and my partner used it in Japan and it was enough for all our appliances.

📅 Must-Book Before 

You have your ticket and accommodation and now it's time to plan some of the things to make it easier once you are there. 

QR codes, JR Pass, and Hakone Free Pass are all the necessary things you should do before going there. 

Here below I listed some activities and restaurants you should book before to avoid missing them or waiting hours. 

Activities 

Osaka Castle
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Revered castle dating to 1597 & since rebuilt, featuring gardens & a museum with varied exhibits. From Wikipedia
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Universal Studios Japan
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If we had more time, we would have dedicated one day to having fun there. As many videos and blogs online mention, don't expect to be able to go there and purchase a ticket, that's unlikely to happen. you must buy before hands and it will be very crowded and busy (like Disneyland if you have been there).
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KIMONO TEA CEREMONY KYOTO MAIKOYA at NISHIKI
@yourfriend_chichi
Going to a Tea Ceremony and wearing a Kimono was my top priority for Japan. After reviewing many places, I decided to go for this one and I am so happy I did. I booked in advance from the link you find here in Thatch and I recommend booking beforehand as some days were not available even months in advance. Allow 3h for the whole experience as it will take some time to get dressed, do the tea ceremony, and then take pictures at the end. It was one of the best memories I have of the trip. In this experience, you will make your own Matcha Tea in the traditional way. The host and the assistant were explaining all about the Tea Ceremony, and how to make the Matcha, and answered the questions we had. Before the Ceremony start, you will get dressed by some of the ladies and they will even make your hair! You can choose the Kimono and hair accessories you like, but as a girl, be ready to suffer because that thing is really tight and for me was impossible to keep the posture they wanted a girl to keep, so I sat as a man instead (don't be ashamed). After the Tea Ceremony, you will have all the time you want to take pictures and videos. There is a cute garden where they leave more traditional umbrellas and fans that you can use as props, and you can also go around in the neighborhood as much as you want. They will let you store all your stuff in a bag that you will leave in there, and give you a small purse where you can store your valuable ones. Overall, I really loved it, and felt so authentic, that I highly recommend it to anyone going to Kyoto.
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SAMURAI & NINJA MUSEUM with EXPERIENCE
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My partner is a big fan of Samurai and Ninja, so I had to find an experience for him as well. We were in a big group of people, and the guide was explaining the history of the Samurai and made it very interactive by asking the group questions and making jokes. It was quite interesting learning about this part of Japanese history and seeing their armor and Katanas. At the end of the tour, we had some time to throw the Ninja star throw and even had a competition. After that, we had to go to a different site (just a few minutes walk away), where we could wear Samurai armor and take cool pictures and videos.
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Shibuya Sky
@yourfriend_chichi
As a rooftop place going at sunset must be amazing! I recommend you book in advance if you care about catching the sunset! We didn't want to plan too many things and ended up going there at midday because they were the only spot left 😂 Also, bring with you 100 yen coins as on the outside terrace to can bring only your camera and telephone and need to leave everything else such as bags inside some lockers.
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teamLab Planets TOKYO
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Another experience I highly recommend you book in advance! I have mixed feelings about this because on the one side, I got amazing pictures and we really had fun, and on the other side I really felt disappointed when I came out of there. It is split into two areas, the water and the Earth. The water area is the first one you have to go for, it has many more rooms and it is so fun with all the water and lights things. It lasted almost 1h and set my expectations very high for the second area. Well, the Earth one lasted 15 minutes in total as it had a few rooms and the one with flowers had limited time (we checked with a timer and it was 3 minutes exactly). You will need to go barefoot at some point, so make sure your bottom is not too long! I really could smell people's feet and felt a bit disgusted I was in the same water as millions of other tourists where all of us have been walking all day (for me this thought lasted a few seconds but consider this). Overall, I don't regret going as I wanted to see if it is all the hype as it looked on socials and got not only amazing pictures but also a lot of fun with my partner.
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Restaurants 

Tor Road Steak Aoyama
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This was our first choice, but when we got there they were fully booked and didn't take any walk-in. Don't do my mistake, book in advance!
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Kichi Kichi Omurice
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This place became famous thanks to social media and it's very difficult to book it. It is open for dinner and they do lunch only at the weekend. The website always showed fully booked and it was impossible for me to reserve, We went there to check if we could book for the same day and they told us people start to line up around 1h before they open the reservations, so at the end we didn't go as we didn't want to waste 1h waiting.
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YAKINIKU FUTAGO 17th St.
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OMG! I can't describe this place and this experience! So worth it and I think you should go if you can afford it! Booking was not easy, there were many Japanese websites but none accepted my name or needed a Japanese telephone number, so I contacted them on IG and booked with them. We spent £150 each, but the quality of food and service, I swear, in London would be worth £500+ We booked the 9-course one, where you will need to choose the main one you prefer. We had a separate room just for us, where we could call the waiter by a button and the chef came and cooked all the meat in front of us, explaining what cut it was and which sauces should we go for. Every dish was delicious, the wine was incredible, the service was top, I can't express how happy I am that I spend this money. If you can afford it, I truly recommend it as it was one of the best dinners I ever had! Google might indicate the back of the building, if you are in a small alley, just go around and find the front of it. They accept card and they speak English as well.
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🎁 Best Souvenirs 

I strongly suggest you go with more than half of your luggage empty!

Here below is a list I found when researching the best souvenirs I should get and pick the ones that suited my taste. 

I personally bought a lot of different things and here below are the pictures of the souvenirs I and my partner bought. 

There are a lot of different things and I recommend making a list of your must-have for your loved ones so you don't forget about anything. 

If you are into skincare, do your research before so you can get the best ones for your skin type. They were so cheap compared to London that I regret not buying more!

Pottery, folding fans, teas, small things like pins, lucky charms, decorated towel napkins and all the typical things were a must for me. And sometimes it was also nice to just discover local shops and buy what you like on the spot. 

Video games, consoles, gaming accessories and merch are everywhere there and another must! If you are a chef you must bring home a Japanese knife! The quality is superior and the price will be much cheaper than in your town. Japan is famous for its whisky and of course, sake, so if you enjoy alcoholic drinks it's nice to bring home some flavours to taste later on. 

📌 More tips 

Japan has a very strong culture and it's better to learn about it before going there. 

Here below I linked some blogposts that explain all the basic things to know about Japanese culture and some basic phrases to use. 

Let me know if I should add anything to this list! 🙌

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Do you dream of exciting adventures but worry your wallet can't handle them? Think again! I'm here to help you travel smart, spend less, and still have a blast exploring the world. 😎 Hello, fellow adventurer! I'm ChiChi, your Budget-Friendly Travel Buddy. I'm not your typical fancy travel expert sipping expensive drinks in luxury hotels. Nope, I'm a traveller like you, and I believe everyone should have awesome adventures, no matter their budget. I'm here to prove you can enjoy new places, yummy food, and amazing cultures without breaking the bank. ✨ What can you get from me? 🗺️ Guides and itineraries where you will get valuable information about the place you want to travel to, for example, food-related tips, accommodation, transportation and my own experience on what is best to do and not to do 🗣️ 1:1 consultations where you can ask me any sort of question about the place you want to visit, how to get the best deals, important things to know and anything related to how to plan that trip 🍽️ Restaurant recommendations for all kinds of budgets. From small authentic restaurants to fancy ones, we deserve to taste all the experiences a city can offer. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to DM me on Instagram 😁
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Japan Travel Essentials: What You Must Know and Do Before Your Journey 🛫📝
Preparing for a journey can be quite exhausting, especially when the country you visit is very different from your own. But don't worry! I've done a lot of research and created this guide so that you don't have to. 🌍✈️ This guide includes: 🆘 Emergency Numbers 🛂 VISA Requirements & Arrival ⛅ Weather 💵 Currency and Payment Methods 📱 Internet and SIM Cards 🚈 Transportation 🔌 Sockets Voltage and Type 📅 Must-Book Before 🎁 Best souvenirs (with pictures of mine) 📌 More tips If you believe there's anything else worth mentioning, don't hesitate to reach out via DM or email at yourfriendchichi@gmail.com! Your feedback is valuable in enhancing this guide.🙌
9 Places • 1 Save • ago
Free

🆘 Emergency Numbers 

Police: 110

Ambulance or fire department: 119

Foreign Traveller Hotline: 050-3816-2787

🛂 VISA Requirements & Arrival 

Do you need a VISA to enter Japan?

Check it in the link below before you book your flight. 

Japan uses a QR code system for their Immigration, Customs and Tax-free shopping service, which will make it faster to go through as you declare everything before you even land. 

Make sure you have this done before you even take your plane so you don't stress once there.

Here below is the link and you can complete it from your phone as well. 

⛅ Weather 

The best time to visit Japan is Spring (Mar-Apr) when you can see the beautiful Cherry Blossoms and Autumn (Oct-Nov) with red foliage all around. The days are sunny and dry and the temperatures are mild enough to enjoy.

During the summer months (May-Sept), the cities are hot and humid, with heavy rainfall occurring across the country in June & July, except for Hokkaido.

In winter (Dec-Feb), days are cool and crisp, with heavy snowfall in Hokkaido and the Japanese Alps. 

💵 Currency and Payment Methods 

Currency: Japanese Yen - JPY - ¥

Cash is necessary in Japan, but nowadays card readers are everywhere in big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Temples, small local shops and even some restaurants didn't accept cards, but they were much less than expected. Always ask before you order so you don't waste your and their time.

If you think of going to more rural areas, definitely need a big amount of cash.

I use Revolut as a Travel Card and I didn't have any issues during my time in Japan. 

📱 Internet and SIM Cards

There are many options to get data on your phone nowadays.

Whatever option you choose, always remember to make sure it is compatible with your phone model. 

eSim

eSims are very popular as you don't need to physically switch your sims and it is so easy to just activate/deactivate. A con is that you don't have access to phone calls, but if you don't need them I find it the best choice. 

I used Airalo from the Phone App to purchase mine and it went very smoothly.

I purchased the 20 GB for $26 and had plenty left at the end of the two weeks (bear in mind I uploaded stories on IG, watched TikToks and continuously used Google Maps). 

Pocket Wifi

Another option is Pocket Wifi.

This is very convenient if you have multiple devices and you will not need to check if it is compatible with your devices.

Physical Sims 

If you prefer having calls available or a more traditional option, you can get a sim at the airport or even in the city in-store such as Bic Camera.

Here below is an article with all the options you can get at Narita Airport. 

🚈 Transportation 

Japan is famous for its excellent transportation system, especially the trains.

JR Pass

If you are visiting many different cities, the JR pass is the best option. Book it at least a month before your trip so you can have peace of mind, they will ship the paper coupon to your delivery address or pick-up point and you must keep that with you until you are in Japan where you will exchange it for the real pass.

They will give you the JR pass paper copy and if you lose it there is no way to get another one, so make sure you treasure it!

Here below is the link where I purchased it and one where it explains how to book the seats. 

City metros and buses

To use the local cities transportation such as metros and buses you will need an IC card. They have different names across Japan, but they all work everywhere. You can also use them to pay in convenience stores and some game arcades. 

You can get it at the airport at the same counter where you exchange the JR Pass, at JR East ticket machines at train stations and at JR East Travel Service Centers.

There is a deposit fare to pay and they give you back once you return it (we kept ours as memories and in case we come back), there is also a tourist one valid only for 30 days, but you can claim back any of the remaining values so you need to be careful. 

Here below is a link of an article that explain IC cards very well. 

Use can use an app to check the balance in the IC card from your phone, which I found super useful to now when to recharge it with no surprises.

Apps to get around there

Once you are there, you can use Navitime to get around. 

If you have the JR Pass you can select it and it will tell you what is covered by the pass so that you can make the most use of it. 

It is very accurate with the timings, it will tell you the platform of the station, which car of the train is best and what exit. 

The only downside is that it doesn't update the timing in real-time, so if you make a stop on your way or lose the train it recommended, you need to get out of that journey and start again. 

Google Maps works very well in Japan.

I suggest you save all the places you want to visit there including restaurants, cafes, and pubs in different areas, once you are there and go to your saved places it will recommend the ones near you before the rest, which I found very helpful. And of course, saving your accommodation address is essential. 

🔌 Sockets Voltage and Types

Power plug sockets: Type A & B

Standard voltage: 100 V

Frequency: 50 and 60 Hz

Check your electronics before hands, usually cameras, phones, powerbanks, tablet and similar all have "100-240V" and "50-60Hz" market which mean they are safe to use over there as well.

Things that require more energy like laptop chargers and hair dryers usually are not suitable and you must buy a converter rather than a simple adaptor. 

If you need a simple adaptor, I strongly recommend this one. Me and my partner used it in Japan and it was enough for all our appliances.

📅 Must-Book Before 

You have your ticket and accommodation and now it's time to plan some of the things to make it easier once you are there. 

QR codes, JR Pass, and Hakone Free Pass are all the necessary things you should do before going there. 

Here below I listed some activities and restaurants you should book before to avoid missing them or waiting hours. 

Activities 

Osaka Castle
@yourfriend_chichi
Revered castle dating to 1597 & since rebuilt, featuring gardens & a museum with varied exhibits. From Wikipedia
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Universal Studios Japan
@yourfriend_chichi
If we had more time, we would have dedicated one day to having fun there. As many videos and blogs online mention, don't expect to be able to go there and purchase a ticket, that's unlikely to happen. you must buy before hands and it will be very crowded and busy (like Disneyland if you have been there).
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KIMONO TEA CEREMONY KYOTO MAIKOYA at NISHIKI
@yourfriend_chichi
Going to a Tea Ceremony and wearing a Kimono was my top priority for Japan. After reviewing many places, I decided to go for this one and I am so happy I did. I booked in advance from the link you find here in Thatch and I recommend booking beforehand as some days were not available even months in advance. Allow 3h for the whole experience as it will take some time to get dressed, do the tea ceremony, and then take pictures at the end. It was one of the best memories I have of the trip. In this experience, you will make your own Matcha Tea in the traditional way. The host and the assistant were explaining all about the Tea Ceremony, and how to make the Matcha, and answered the questions we had. Before the Ceremony start, you will get dressed by some of the ladies and they will even make your hair! You can choose the Kimono and hair accessories you like, but as a girl, be ready to suffer because that thing is really tight and for me was impossible to keep the posture they wanted a girl to keep, so I sat as a man instead (don't be ashamed). After the Tea Ceremony, you will have all the time you want to take pictures and videos. There is a cute garden where they leave more traditional umbrellas and fans that you can use as props, and you can also go around in the neighborhood as much as you want. They will let you store all your stuff in a bag that you will leave in there, and give you a small purse where you can store your valuable ones. Overall, I really loved it, and felt so authentic, that I highly recommend it to anyone going to Kyoto.
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SAMURAI & NINJA MUSEUM with EXPERIENCE
@yourfriend_chichi
My partner is a big fan of Samurai and Ninja, so I had to find an experience for him as well. We were in a big group of people, and the guide was explaining the history of the Samurai and made it very interactive by asking the group questions and making jokes. It was quite interesting learning about this part of Japanese history and seeing their armor and Katanas. At the end of the tour, we had some time to throw the Ninja star throw and even had a competition. After that, we had to go to a different site (just a few minutes walk away), where we could wear Samurai armor and take cool pictures and videos.
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Shibuya Sky
@yourfriend_chichi
As a rooftop place going at sunset must be amazing! I recommend you book in advance if you care about catching the sunset! We didn't want to plan too many things and ended up going there at midday because they were the only spot left 😂 Also, bring with you 100 yen coins as on the outside terrace to can bring only your camera and telephone and need to leave everything else such as bags inside some lockers.
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teamLab Planets TOKYO
@yourfriend_chichi
Another experience I highly recommend you book in advance! I have mixed feelings about this because on the one side, I got amazing pictures and we really had fun, and on the other side I really felt disappointed when I came out of there. It is split into two areas, the water and the Earth. The water area is the first one you have to go for, it has many more rooms and it is so fun with all the water and lights things. It lasted almost 1h and set my expectations very high for the second area. Well, the Earth one lasted 15 minutes in total as it had a few rooms and the one with flowers had limited time (we checked with a timer and it was 3 minutes exactly). You will need to go barefoot at some point, so make sure your bottom is not too long! I really could smell people's feet and felt a bit disgusted I was in the same water as millions of other tourists where all of us have been walking all day (for me this thought lasted a few seconds but consider this). Overall, I don't regret going as I wanted to see if it is all the hype as it looked on socials and got not only amazing pictures but also a lot of fun with my partner.
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Restaurants 

Tor Road Steak Aoyama
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This was our first choice, but when we got there they were fully booked and didn't take any walk-in. Don't do my mistake, book in advance!
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Kichi Kichi Omurice
@yourfriend_chichi
This place became famous thanks to social media and it's very difficult to book it. It is open for dinner and they do lunch only at the weekend. The website always showed fully booked and it was impossible for me to reserve, We went there to check if we could book for the same day and they told us people start to line up around 1h before they open the reservations, so at the end we didn't go as we didn't want to waste 1h waiting.
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YAKINIKU FUTAGO 17th St.
@yourfriend_chichi
OMG! I can't describe this place and this experience! So worth it and I think you should go if you can afford it! Booking was not easy, there were many Japanese websites but none accepted my name or needed a Japanese telephone number, so I contacted them on IG and booked with them. We spent £150 each, but the quality of food and service, I swear, in London would be worth £500+ We booked the 9-course one, where you will need to choose the main one you prefer. We had a separate room just for us, where we could call the waiter by a button and the chef came and cooked all the meat in front of us, explaining what cut it was and which sauces should we go for. Every dish was delicious, the wine was incredible, the service was top, I can't express how happy I am that I spend this money. If you can afford it, I truly recommend it as it was one of the best dinners I ever had! Google might indicate the back of the building, if you are in a small alley, just go around and find the front of it. They accept card and they speak English as well.
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🎁 Best Souvenirs 

I strongly suggest you go with more than half of your luggage empty!

Here below is a list I found when researching the best souvenirs I should get and pick the ones that suited my taste. 

I personally bought a lot of different things and here below are the pictures of the souvenirs I and my partner bought. 

There are a lot of different things and I recommend making a list of your must-have for your loved ones so you don't forget about anything. 

If you are into skincare, do your research before so you can get the best ones for your skin type. They were so cheap compared to London that I regret not buying more!

Pottery, folding fans, teas, small things like pins, lucky charms, decorated towel napkins and all the typical things were a must for me. And sometimes it was also nice to just discover local shops and buy what you like on the spot. 

Video games, consoles, gaming accessories and merch are everywhere there and another must! If you are a chef you must bring home a Japanese knife! The quality is superior and the price will be much cheaper than in your town. Japan is famous for its whisky and of course, sake, so if you enjoy alcoholic drinks it's nice to bring home some flavours to taste later on. 

📌 More tips 

Japan has a very strong culture and it's better to learn about it before going there. 

Here below I linked some blogposts that explain all the basic things to know about Japanese culture and some basic phrases to use. 

Let me know if I should add anything to this list! 🙌

* * *
CURATED BY
Do you dream of exciting adventures but worry your wallet can't handle them? Think again! I'm here to help you travel smart, spend less, and still have a blast exploring the world. 😎 Hello, fellow adventurer! I'm ChiChi, your Budget-Friendly Travel Buddy. I'm not your typical fancy travel expert sipping expensive drinks in luxury hotels. Nope, I'm a traveller like you, and I believe everyone should have awesome adventures, no matter their budget. I'm here to prove you can enjoy new places, yummy food, and amazing cultures without breaking the bank. ✨ What can you get from me? 🗺️ Guides and itineraries where you will get valuable information about the place you want to travel to, for example, food-related tips, accommodation, transportation and my own experience on what is best to do and not to do 🗣️ 1:1 consultations where you can ask me any sort of question about the place you want to visit, how to get the best deals, important things to know and anything related to how to plan that trip 🍽️ Restaurant recommendations for all kinds of budgets. From small authentic restaurants to fancy ones, we deserve to taste all the experiences a city can offer. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to DM me on Instagram 😁
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