Added by on October 7, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for joining in as usual. We are so excited to share with you this video which we have worked very hard on.

This video will give you all the starter information you’ll need when you visit Japan.

You may find this video to be a little bit detailed and lengthy. However, we wanted to create a video that really runs you through the steps and provides as much comprehensive information as possible so you don’t need to go through the hours of research that we had to do when we first travelled to Japan!

If there’s anything that has been missed, please leave us a comment below and let us know!

We would be incredibly grateful if you liked this video, and shared it with anyone who may be interested in travelling to Japan!

And to make it easier for you all, here are the tips in the order as they’re mentioned in the video!

1. Money @1:55
– Getting cash in Japan @2:55
– Credit card use in Japan @3:30
– Tipping in Japan @3:45

2. Transportation @4:20
– Getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo City @4:38
– JR PASS (Website: @7:00
– Suica & Pasmo IC Cards @9:35
– Regular tickets & Day Passes @11:10
– How to navigate around Japan @11:54
– Rush hour in Japan @12:38
– Train cart and door numbers @13:15

3. Luggage Storage @13:38
– Luggage Delivery Service ( @15:05

4. Wi-Fi in Japan @15:40
– Free Wi-Fi in Japan @15:47
– Roaming @17:05
– SIM Card @17:24
– Pocket Wi-Fi Rental @17:38

5. Using Your Electronics in Japan@18:34

6. Types of Accommodations in Japan @19:10

7. Language tips in Japan @20:24

8. Trash in Japan @22:38

9. “Unspoken” rules & Mannerism in Japan @24:12

10. Smoking in Japan @26:22

11. Drinking in Japan @26:59

12. Walking in Japan @28:00

13. Emergencies in Japan @29:14

Thank you as always!

Much love,

Thomas & Tracey



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  • Thomas & Tracey 9 months ago

    Hi Friends!
    If this helped you, please click that thumbs up "like" button and share it with your friends! It will really help us and we'll be forever grateful! Thank you!

  • Emma Mah 9 months ago

    there's also the ICOCA card which I believe can be used in Tokyo and in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe)

  • Rosita Chua 9 months ago

    Hi Thomas & Tracey, bringing you greetings from Canada. Anyway, I am so glad I ran across your video. It's so awesome as you offered info that are so detailed and thorough.
    Showing us the Yen denomination and the use of Suica/Passmo cards were very helpful.

    Now to my question: I will be arriving in Narita Airport on a Friday afternoon at 4:30PM next November and have to catch a connecting flight to Chitose Airport at 6:30PM within the same Terminal. Will I have enough time to catch my connecting flight because I have to go thru Customs and Immigration upon arrival? Please advise and thank you.

  • jbn03canada 9 months ago

    Hi there. Could you recommend a good pocket wifi? I am thinking about getting ninja wifi at narita airport, but I am not sure if it is a good decision. Thanks in advance.

  • Rando 9 months ago

    great tips, love your vids!

  • redfish337 9 months ago

    Technically, the suica/pasmo price isn't necessarily cheaper than the ticket price, it just usually is.

    More importantly, I think your section on the day passes is confusing… and a bit outdated.
    JR Tokunai is 750 yen per day, and basically works on the Yamanote and the Chuo/Sobu lines crossing it and out a few stations in each direction. It is hard to make worth it EVERY day, but can certainly be made worth it occasionally.

    Tokyo Metro's 1 day pass is now actually a 24 hour pass. It costs 600 yen. It is usually fairly easy to make this worth it.
    TOEI's 1 day pass is 700 yen. If your starting station is TOEI, it may be worth it, but it is usually hard to make this pass worth it.

    The TOEI/Tokyo Metro combined pass is 900 yen for 1 day. It is unlikely to be worth it.
    The combined JR/TOEI/Tokyo Metro pass is 1590 yen. This is almost certainly a ripoff.

    But… now we get to the important passes… namely the tourist passes. The 24/48/72 hour Tokyo Metro/TOEI combined passes.
    The 24-hour one is 800 yen, the 48-hour one is 1200 yen (~600/day), and the 72 hour one is 1500 yen (~500/day)…
    Although the 24-hour one is 100 yen cheaper as a tourist, it's unlikely to be worth it- a basic Tokyo Metro 1 day (600 yen) or paying as you go is probably preferred.

    The 48- hour one is the same price/day as Tokyo Metro's 24 hour but provides access to TOEI as well. So it's good.
    But the 72-hour one is as cheap as it gets AND gives access to 2 of the 3 main systems. It's the way to go. It's easy to get to 500 yen of train travel per day… you really just have to go two places and back home.

    In short, buy 72-hour combined passes to cover most of the trip. Use a suica/pasmo and perhaps some of the other passes to fill in holes in the schedule or legs of the itinerary that aren't covered.

  • Micah Liam Torres 9 months ago

    Very informative video.👍😊 What is the best month to travel Japan?

  • Gary Hirsch 9 months ago

    Hi guys,
    you are such a beautiful couple, love to watch your channel
    im comming to Tokyo in a few weeks, alone kinda nervous !! lol
    do most people speak or understand English ? any suggestions ?
    ill be staying in Shinjuku… Do you know anything about the Hop on Hop off bus ?

    Gary 🙂

  • Sam A 9 months ago

    Thank you so much for this video!! It helps so much

    Edit:I have a question if you don't mind. With the IC cards, can a family share them? For example, can one family all use the same ic card when going on a train?

  • Justine Page 9 months ago

    I don't even know what to do with the 1¥ and 5¥ …. do the vending machines or ticket machines accept them?
    I wouldn't recommend the wifi box when you stay longer than a month because it is way to expensive, the data SIM costs about 10-30$/€ a month 🙂

  • Jeffrey lee 9 months ago

    Thank you for the tips! we will be there on October 🙂 more power!

  • Kelli Sue 9 months ago

    Thanks for tips, especially about the storage lockers at the stations! Few questions if you could help. We have the JR Pass for 14 days but we don't want to activate it until it is the beginning of our last 14 days in Japan (we will be there for 18 days in total). SO was wondering if we could exchange the papers for our JR Passes on Day 1 at the Narita Airport when we first arrive without actually "activating" them yet? Or does exchanging them for our passes automatically start our Day 1 of JR Passes and so then we would have to wait until day 4 of our trip to exchange them? We would prefer to not to go to the JR East exchange place on that day because it is way out of the way of the other stuff we have planned. Also does the JR Pass work in cities like Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima? Thank you and any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Jeffrey Sabagquit 9 months ago

    Hi Thomas and Tracey. I am huge follower of yours. I would normally check ur channel everyday to check for new videos. I am going to Japan by August. and If u would allow, I would like to join u when u roam around the city. Would reply appreciate ur response.

    here's my email –

  • PEN15 9 months ago

    You forgot the most important of ALLLLLL! While exploring Japan on foot, you will usually never go thirsty. Vending machines are everywhere!!!!

  • PEN15 9 months ago

    What I found is that the JR pass works well and saves you about $50 USD if you're going from say Narita Airport to Osaka and then back to Tokyo to finish your trip. In Tokyo, there isn't much of the JR line that goes to many places so I found that I had to pay to use the metro. I highly recommend using the JR Pass if you're traveling a long distance from one major city to another as it is the most cost saving. ALSO!!! When purchasing your JR Pass, the prices of the pass will always change as it goes by the Yen currency. So if the yen is low for the day then the JR Pass will be cheaper in price and if the Yen is higher then you pay a higher price.

    As for the money from ATM. I highly recommend pulling money from the ATM. If you're from the USA, I recommend using banks that don't charge an ATM fee or a bank that will refund you the ATM fee such as USAA and most Credit Unions offer ATM fee reimbursement. Most smaller banks will charge 1% transaction charge for using your debit card as a charge card or pulling money. One good thing about pulling money out of the ATM is the rates. You get the best rates and whenever your bank process the ATM debit, you get the rates at the time when they process and post to your account.

    If you're going to use a credit card, I highly recommend Capital One. No transaction fee, fraud protection, and easy online disputes.

  • Triple J: Jinkx's Journey to Japan 9 months ago

    Really good and informative video! Me and my boyfriend are staying in Yokohama for a month as of yesterday and we're loving it so far! My boyfriend is having to be very aware in regards to smoking since in the uk you can smoke anywhere outside, that doesn't have a no smoking sign so he's being very careful. Hoping we might bump into you guys around Tokyo some time, love your videos and you guys have been an inspiration to me while I've been putting my channel together, just wish I had more patience with editing haha as always looking forward to the next video from you guys! X

  • co0kii 9 months ago

    wow I can't believe I watched a 30 minute video. That SIM card limit was something I didn't know about and now I'm reconsidering that option for my next trip. mango cafe though… 😛
    that reminds me, last time I came to Japan I arrived in Tokyo quite late. Taking advantage of the jet lag (Sydney is 3 hours ahead) I planned to go to Tsukiji market. I didn't want to pay for accomodation for that night so I stored my luggage at Tokyo Station. I was supposed to stay at a manga cafe because and ended up staying a couple of hours at Denny's instead. I wouldn't count the family restaurants as "accomodation" but the fact that they're open 24 hours could be useful information for other travellers. They also have English menus with pictures!