Where is “central Tokyo”?

Tokyo is one of the world’s great metropolises, with over 38 million people in the greater Tokyo area. It can be overwhelming to potential visitors. Sometimes they’ll seek advice on where to stay in “central Tokyo” that’s “close to the sights”. Tokyo doesn’t have a city centre in the way that many other cities do, so there’s no straightforward answer to give to these visitors. Continue reading “Where is “central Tokyo”?”

Do you need to speak Japanese to travel in Japan?

Some visitors worry about how they will manage without knowing Japanese while others haven’t given it a thought because they assume that there will be plenty of English speaking people available. The actual situation is somewhere in between these two assumptions.

While many Japanese people know some English, their knowledge is often basic and focuses on written English. In hotels and other tourist places, there are some people with excellent English and others whose knowledge is just sufficient to cover transactions such as checking in, buying tickets etc. Continue reading “Do you need to speak Japanese to travel in Japan?”