Some first-time visitors to Japan have worries about finding their way around. This may be because of language, the size of the cities, or just general unfamiliarity with Japan. It is possible to get around in Japan, even for the first-time independent traveller. There are a few simple actions you can take to make your travels easier. Continue reading “Finding your way around cities 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?”