Category: Japan

Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 3]

Anecdotes about Japanese culture, customs and life

Japanese culture is often taken as mysterious and contradictory for Westerners. In Japan some values are obvious at first sight: order, organization, hierarchy and privacy. The Japanese psyche however is much more complex than that, especially regarding human interactions and sexuality.

Following our previous posts on about what to know in your first hour in Japan and tips about Japanese food, we now write about interesting facts about Japanese everyday life, customs and culture.

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Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 2]

24 Tips about eating out, groceries and food

Japan has an exquisite relationship with food. Japanese learn since childhood and school to have a nutritious and varied diet, that is based on fish, seafood, seaweed, rice, soy, fruit, and vegetables alongside small amounts of other animal products (chicken, beef, eggs). Japanese food is not restricted to sushi or ramen and it invites travelers to know the culture through flavors and textures that might sound strange at the beginning but that end up being delicious. After our first post about essential things to know before leaving the airport in Japan, we crafted 24 tips about food and dining out to help travelers enjoy Japanese gastronomic options.

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Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 1]

15 Essential travel tips to know before leaving the airport

Japan’s tourism is booming. Since 2012 the country has experienced an off the charts rise of tourists visiting each year. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), about 28.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2017. In 2012 this number was barely 8 million. The UNWTO considers any overnight stay by foreigners a tourist visit. 

In 2020 this trend will surely be kept as Tokyo is the next Olympic Games host and the main entrance to other famous Japanese destinations, like Kyoto and Osaka. Having that in mind and considering prices always increase in cities that host global events, we decided to head to Tokyo in the New Year for an 8-day vacation. Needless to say, it was intense and certainly unforgettable. 

So, what we wish we knew before going to Japan for the first time and, more so, going in the New Year? 

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