Enroute to Japan!
26.07.2009 - 07.08.2009
There are 3 of us that are super excited to leave Calgary on a trip to Japan tomorrow so we’re just making sure we have everything we need on our check list, and think other people travelling might find this helpful as well. This website can help you get started on packing so you don't forget anything.
In Japan they speak Japanese so we bought a couple of translator books and we have also sat in on a few Japanese language classes to learn main greetings, gratitude’s, and pronunciations. We have exchanged some Canadian Dollars into the Japanese currency, which is Yen, so when we arrive we can just take a taxi to our hotel, or get some food and not worry about having the proper currency. For our first night in Tokyo we pre-booked a hotel room so we don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay that is vacant in order to lessen our worries. It is a good idea to check out the following website so you have some information on Japan before you leave.
Another good idea is to make sure you have a copy of the booking to bring along with the name and address of the hotel on it in case you aren’t able to describe it to the taxi driver and can just show it to him or her.
The only identification you will need if you’re travelling to Japan is a passport that is valid for up to six months from when you arrive in their country. You don’t have to send away for a tourist visa before you leave because they will stamp your passport upon arrival and that will be good for up to three months. To keep your documentation safe I would try to stay in places that offer in-room safes so you can place all your papers in there while you’re out exploring. If you’re not staying in hotels and choosing places that won’t offer safes, I would recommend buying a money belt that you can put your money and important documents in, that is worn under your clothes close to you. If you plan on going out a lot at night, you should always bring a separate photo I.D so you have less chance of misplacing or getting your passport stolen, and other I.D will fit much easier in the money belt.
Japan is like Canada in the fact that it has 4 seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. We’re going to be there in the summer which can be very humid, so we will be bringing light breathable clothes and proper walking shoes so we don’t have to cab everywhere. If you’re taking a trip to Japan make sure you check what time of year you are going so you can pack accordingly since they do have a big rainy season.
One last thing before you leave for your trip, make sure you have the proper amount of insurance coverage to keep your thoughts on your trip and not thinking about what will happen if you unfortunately get hurt or sick. We got our insurance through a travel agency, however there are many places where you can obtain it such as banks, online or through a travel operator.
Alright well we have to go get some sleep for our long journey tomorrow!
We’ll keep in touch.