There has been so many things I have learned since going to Japan for the first time. Since I had never been there before I didn't now how to pack or how to plan on what to do, especially since it was not a solo trip. There are five things I have learned when travelling to Japan, I hope these tips help you if you ever go.
Buy A train pass
Taking the train in Japan can be very expensive. There are different trains that are privately owned, so you have to pay separate fares. Also depending on which railway pass you get you might have to pay to take certain trains. I got the $50 JR pass (Japan Railway) so I could use all the JR trains in Osaka to go to most major train stations. But I had to pay to go to some places like Namba.
Plan, Plan, Plan
So both the people I went with had been to Osaka but I hadn't so I let them do the planning. I definitely should have laid out some of my ideas because it was a little chaotic and we missed out on some good sites because we didn't plan very well. Three days in Osaka sounded like a lot of time but it really wasn't. If you're going to be partying try not to get back at a reasonable hour so you don't end up sleeping your days away.
Start your day early
During this trip we were all pretty tired. I was on vacation two weeks earlier, then we had to work 6 days in a row to make up days we would miss for the Korean Seollal holiday. I felt like I wasted a vital day for exploring because we went out clubbing and to Karaoke the night before and came in at 4 30 am. Then we didn't leave the apartment until 3 pm which was such a waste of our day especially since we had such little time. On my vacation alone I was up and ready to go by 11 am, but I also got to plan my own itinerary and was on my own time which I like a lot better. But in Japan everything is pretty spread out in Osaka, so if you want to be able to see a lot of sights wake up early and get a head start.
Have a Budget
Everyone knows Japan is expensive. In some places you don't need to budget because it's cheap, but japan in NOT one of those places. I originally set a budget of $500 to spend for four days. I ended up bring back 100 yen back but i could have easily spent it. We went to some places where dinner was close to $200. Then buying a railway pass plus paying extra for some trains. Then paying admission fees and cabs. If I was there for a week I'm scared to see how much I would have spent. I think next time I will be eating at cheaper places and going in earlier so I don't need to spend money on cabs. Cab far starts at 600 yen ($6) when you step into the cab. A 20 minute ride cost us about $50. I used to complain Korea was expensive. It's really hard to budget when you travel with people who might not necessarily care to budget. There are tons of restaurants that are cheap and has great quality food for cheaper prices just made sure to do your research.
Who doesn't like Japanese food? I love it! Coming to Japan I realized I have a real problem..... I can't control my eating habits. I found in Japan I never got full unless I stuffed myself. Living in Korea is a lot different then Japan. In Korea I can buy a cheap meal and be full but in Japan there is no such thing as a cheap meal, I guess that is why people don't eat as much. When I went for conveyor belt sushi I literally stuffed myself until I couldn't eat and then I felt tired and lazy. Not the greatest thing to do while on vacation.
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