Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter in Japan! I'm going to Tokyo to kick start my 2014!

Hi everyone! First of all, I would like to wish you guys Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! I think, i'm not that too late to wish as we are still in a festive season.......but anyway, I'm  working today. 2013 was an awesome and amazing year for me and dearest 2014, please be good to me.. 

Cut the crap, hey I'm so excited because i'm going to Tokyo this month for 5 days trip. Tokyo was not in my list of vacation but i knew that Japan was an amazing place to visit. I'm a NUMBER ONE ANIME fan especially Naruto and for real this time, I will meet him in Tokyo hahaha. 

Anyway, below is some of my checklist or tips that i found it interesting and might be useful for you too. Before I forget, just for your information that there are a few unique Japanese customs that set the city apart from other travel destinations in terms of what to pack.Tokyo is a Westernized and sophisticated city, and shopping here is paradise.

Travel Tips to Japan:

Current Exchange (RM1 to Yen) 
RM1= 31.6362 JPY 

1. Think light and small - compared with westerners, Japanese people tend to travel with smaller size luggage. As a result, there usually isn't a wide space to store large luggage in trains (including the bullet train). Coin lockers in subway stations aren't large enough to hold big suitcases either. Subway stations in Tokyo consist of endless pathways, some include stairs (and no elevators). Planning to use the subway with luggage in hand is not a good idea.

2. Bring cash - many stores and restaurants might not accept credit cards. It's a good idea to prepare for that by bringing a substantial amount of Japanese yen in cash.

3. Pack a pair of shoes that you can slip off easily. Since it's a Japanese custom to walk without shoes indoors, you might have to take off your shoes frequently. Be sure to pack your best looking socks and pantyhose to avoid any embarrassment when you take off your shoes.

4. Take comfortable shoes for walking, you'll be doing a lot of that.

5. Carry a mini-towel in your bag for drying your hands. Most restrooms, in spite of their extreme cleanliness, do not provide paper towels. Carrying a mini towel is a very common Japanese thing to do.

6. If you want to feel like part of the crowd - Jeans are not an option while dining. Casual clothes are fine for sightseeing, but most Tokyo citizens dress very formally - a suit or a jacket for men, Long shorts are okay for men as long as the beach look is avoided. Women usually wear Skirts and high heels. Revealing clothes are not common among Japanese women. Women are likely to feel very out of place in shorts or cleavage. Men should avoid black ties and women should avoid an all-black look - since this is the funeral attire.

7. Packing warm clothing is a must in winter. The wind is freezing cold. Your list should include Gloves, long underwear, a scarf, and a warm knitted hat. Winter is very dry, and people with sensitive skin should pack their favorite skin lotion in abundance. Wet season - pack an umbrella. In the summer - cotton clothing is the best. Most places are air-conditioned, so put a light jacket on your checklist. Autumn and spring tips - packing light jackets and sweaters is recommended. Evening clothing must be warmer, since the temperatures drop drastically.

8. Make sure to pack a converter or plug - the electricity in Tokyo is 100 volts. American appliances can be used in Japan without a converter although they will have less power. If your appliances are three-pronged, you need a plug since Japanese appliances are two-pronged. You can purchase converters and plugs in the airport shops.

9. Take mosquito repellent if you're visiting during the summer season. You're likely to find mosquitoes in parks and gardens. You can find mosquito repellents in Japanese drugstores.

10. Take along the name and address of your Tokyo hotel in Japanese and in English.
Check the expiration date of your passport (for Tokyo - it must be at least 6 months before expiration).

11. A Japanese/English electronic dictionary It’s fun to be able to exchange a few words with the locals with this compact little Appliance, that will fit in your pocket or purse.

12. Casual clothes are fine for sightseeing, but the Japanese dress very formally: a suit or a jacket for men, a skirt and high heels for women. If you want to feel like part of the crowd Jeans and shorts are not an option when dining in Tokyo restaurants.

13. Women dress very femininely – usually in skirts and heels, but nothing too Revealing here. No short skirts, no low cleavage. Japanese women dress very conservatively and you’re likely to feel very out of place in shorts or a cleavage.

14. Colors. Men and women dress in classic colors: black, blue, brown and gray.
If you plan to have a business meeting in Tokyo, know that Shirts for men are usually blue or white. If you’d like to blend in the crowd, the classic colors are a safe option.
Avoid black ties or an all-black look for women as this is the formal funeral clothing.

15. Tokyo winter (December-February). Packing warm clothing is a must in winter. Temperatures are around 5 – 10 degrees Celsius (40 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit). The wind is freezing cold. Your packing lists should include Gloves, long underwear, a scarf, and a warm knitted hat.
Winter weather in Tokyo is very dry, and people with sensitive skin should take along their favorite skin lotion in abundance.

16. Wet season (June). Japan Summer climate begins in June with the rainy season, which lasts between 3 weeks to 1 month.
Although it doesn’t rain every day, rain can be heavy. Pack an umbrella.

17. Summer in Tokyo (July-August). For the hot and humid summer, cotton clothing is the best. Most Tokyo places are air-conditioned, so women might need a light jacket or cotton sweater too.

18. Tokyo Autumn (October-November). The climate is perfect for sightseeing. Tokyo Weather in October means pleasant temperatures during the day and a clear sky.
Tokyo Night temperatures drop significantly, so bring something warm for the evening.

19. Spring (March-May) is the perfect season to visit Tokyo. That’s when Japan’s famous Blossom festival happens, beginning with plum trees in February through to March and April with cherry blossom flower festival.


Thank you and Arigato! 




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