Dealing with dietary requirements and food preferences in Japan

Some travellers may have specific dietary requirements because of allergies, religious beliefs, or being vegetarian, while other people may dislike certain foods, such as shellfish. If you are one of these people, you may be worried about how you will cope in Japan. Japan is increasingly catering to diverse dietary requirements, and there are various helpful resources available to help explain specific dietary requirements in Japanese. Continue reading “Dealing with dietary requirements and food preferences in Japan”

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?”