TOKYO TRAVEL TIPS: 5 THINGS YOU NEED IN JAPAN
COMFORTABLE, STYLISH WALKING SHOES
I’m a die hard lover of Chuck Taylors with their bold colors, white laces and classic style. My Converse are rad, but…we clocked about 20,000 steps hustling and bustling around Tokyo and by the end of the 3rd night, my feet were killing me. Fortunately for me, Okinawan sake is a powerful pain killer and after a few rounds at dinner, I was able to finish off the night by exploring the area around the Tokyo Tower despite my blistered toes.
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY! POCKET WI-FI OR PRE-PAID SIM CARD
GOOGLE MAPS (IN ENGLISH)
CASH. CASH. AND A LITTLE MORE CASH
I brought about 200 US dollars worth of yen, thinking that would be plenty since I’d just use my credit card for incidentals throughout Japan. I mean, Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world, right? Well…in some respects it’s the epitome of modern, but it’s also a cash only city. I burned through my cash since I had to use it unexpectedly for train fare, meals, entrance fees and for settling up with my travel partners. I would have been more comfortable with $400-$500 in cash.
MY OWN PERSONAL WALKING TOUR GUIDE
The last thing I wish I had on my trip to Tokyo is my own private tour guide. Fortunately, GPSMyCity.com has created a whole series of Walking Guide apps to guide you through the city. For a $5 app, totally worth it. It’s a BIG app though, so make sure you have room on your phone for all those vacation photos you’re going to take. (Source: passportandcoughfee.com).