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Friends who have gone to Japan recently (specifically Tokyo):

What should I know before going?

I have hotel, I'm not really leaving Tokyo proper much, what's the "existing in Japan" things I should know?

@phildini

don't have shoes which are too difficult to take on and off

@phildini
Japanese people are really pleased when westerners speak to them in Japanese, since so few can. But schoolchildren come up to you in the street to practice their English.

@phildini @memnus was just there, she might be able to give advice?

@Canageek @phildini A lot of places where you'll want to get food are cash-only, don't trust your credit cards.

And if you're having trouble finding a place, look up. Things are a lot more vertical than you might be used to.

@phildini LOL and *blush* sorry about the, uhm, excess of enthusiasm? ;)

Anyway, I hope you have a GREAT trip!!

@phildini when all else fails, you can get cash at the Seven Eleven ATM using your credit card.

A Suica/Passmo card is the most convenient way to use public transportation; there are even special tourist offers.

If you're on a budget, the 100 yen shop Daiso has some really cute souvenirs for friends & family.

Also, in most restaurants the cashier will be by the exit, so if you want to pay and leave, you take the little receipt staff left on your table to the cashier.

@neauoire til Sunday, although today is the last day in actual Tokyo. Because of a host of complicated reasons, tomorrow and Sunday we’re at Disneyland.

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