03 May

Things you need to prepare when traveling to Japan

Japan is a name not to be missed on the tourist map. Japan attracts tourists from all over the world, including Vietnamese tourists, in many ways.

From the traditional culture characterized by long-known famous dishes such as sushi, ramen, mochi, and colorful kimonos to the modern culture of Anime or the first-class modern bullet trains in the world. All create a Japan that is loved by international friends and wants to come here to exchange and explore.

Before “pack your bags and go”, please pocket the following useful information to make your trip to Japan more perfect! Check out things you need to prepare when traveling to Japan.

Basic things to have for a trip to Japan

1. Currency

The first thing to prepare when traveling to Japan is the currency of that country.

The official currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen, commonly denoted ¥. The international currency code for the Japanese Yen is JPY.

The Japanese Yen is the most traded currency in Asia and one of the most traded currencies in the world foreign exchange market. This is due to the relatively low-interest rates of the Japanese Yen relative to other currencies such as the Australian dollar and the US dollar.

The Yen currently has 10 denominations, divided into 2 types: banknotes and coins. Metal coins or coins include 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen, and 500 yen coins. Banknotes include 1000 yen, 2000 yen, 5000 yen bills, and 10,000 yen bills.

2. Immigration issues

Immigration issues is definitely something to prepare when traveling to Japan.


Japan has one of the strictest visa requirements. If you comply with the prescribed requirements, the process of applying for a self-sufficient Japanese visa is not too complicated, but if you are still not confident, you can apply for a visa through a third-party service or a travel agent calendar.

Things you need to prepare when traveling to Japan
Japanese visa

Currently, there is no Japanese visa exemption policy for Vietnamese tourists, and based on the purpose of coming to Japan, the documents required in the visa application will be slightly different.

When checking in to Japan at the airport, visitors will be asked to save fingerprints and portraits, to prevent terrorism. When traveling to Japan, always carry your passport with you.

On January 7, Japan officially applied the collection of international tourist tax. Accordingly, foreign tourists coming to Japan to travel when leaving the country will have to pay a tax of 1,000 yen (about 9 USD) per person.

With this new policy,  Japan Targets will use the proceeds to improve service quality measures that will help increase the number of tourists to Japan to 40 million by 2020.

3. Phone SIM

Phone sim is also a very important thing to prepare when traveling to Japan. Buying a phone sim in Japan is not as simple as it is in other countries.

Phone sim in Japan are encrypted for certain networks. In addition, to buy a phone sim in Japan, the buyer has to go through a very cumbersome procedure, so the best way is to buy a sim card in your country and ask them to assist in activating the sim before the trip. The cost of a Japanese sim is more than 500 USD.

4. Internet

Free Wi-Fi in Japan is like a scarce commodity. At most, you can only use free Wi-Fi in restaurants or hotels.

Things you need to prepare when traveling to Japan
Free Wi-Fi in Japan is like a scarce commodity.

The way to always stay online is to buy a 3G data card at the airport, sign up for a Wifi Router package in Japan or use the Roaming service. So the internet is also a very important thing to prepare when traveling to Japan.

5. Clothes

Of course, the outfit is also a very important thing to prepare when traveling to Japan.

What to wear when traveling to Japan? What to wear when traveling to Japan is probably something that many tourists are interested in. Appropriate clothing must first be appropriate for the weather, provide comfort to the wearer, and importantly, be appropriate to the local culture.

If you travel in spring or summer, you should bring light, airy, easy-to-move clothes or you can bring an umbrella, hat or thin jacket in case the weather changes.

If going in autumn or winter, remember to bring clothes, hats, socks, and scarves to keep your body warm (especially in winter because it snows in Japan, so it’s very cold).

The Japanese dress very neatly and discreetly, so it is advisable to avoid clothes that are too revealing, “lack of cloth”, especially when going to sacred places such as temples.

In addition to preparing clothes, sports shoes are always the number 1 companion in all travel. Avoid carrying high heels, which are both inconvenient and prone to accidents (such as tripping, tripping) when moving. A few small accessories such as sunglasses (if going in summer), a scarf, hat, and gloves are also very useful.

In addition, you should also bring a crossbody bag or small backpack to hold some sundries such as a wallet, phone, and camera. Do not carry too many things with you because it is easy to forget them when you stop somewhere and it is not convenient to carry them if you have to travel a long distance.

Some differences in Japanese culture

Except for things to prepare when traveling to Japan, you should also learn about some differences in Japanese culture.

Things you need to prepare when traveling to Japan
Some differences in Japanese culture

Visiting a foreign country, cultural differences are inevitable. Please note the following differences in Japanese culture to avoid being surprised when coming here:

  • Reserve your restaurant seat with your bag, loyalty card, wallet, or phone. The Japanese use these to reserve seats in the restaurant, so if you see that they have left these items, do not sit in these positions!
  • Always adhere to the principle “Customer is king”
  • Signposts appear everywhere, so if you need to find your way or somewhere it will be very convenient, right?
  • There are no bus fare collectors. Buses in Japan do not have an assistant, but when getting on the bus, customers will have to put money in a small box near the driver.
  • Do not walk on the right side of the road
  • Cross the road in the right place
  • No smoking or littering
  • Do not jostle or push when queuing
  • Do not tip restaurant staff
  • Not pointing directly at others
  • Do not sit cross-legged
  • Don’t eat while walking
  • Do not spit indiscriminately on the street
  • Do not wear swimsuits when bathing in hot springs.

Above are things to prepare when traveling to Japan and some differences in Japanese culture.

Hope the above information will be useful for your Japan travel planning. Have a great trip with lots of good memories!

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