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?


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

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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