If you’re reading this article, you’re probably interested in moving to Japan. And if you’re interested in moving to and living in Japan, then you’ve come to the right place! Japan is a spectacular and beautiful country with a fascinating culture and history, modern cities, gorgeous countryside, and very friendly people. Oftentimes, picking up and moving can seem like the hardest thing in the world, so we’re here to help you figure out everything you need to know about moving to Japan!
While cherry blossoms (さくら, sakura) are recognized around the world as a symbol of Japan, Japan isn’t the only country that celebrates their ephemeral blooming. With cherry blossom festival season in full swing, the beautiful blooms will last only for only a few weeks before falling to the ground and remaining bare for another year. In Japan, cherry tree viewing is known as 花見 (hanami), which literally translates to Continue reading The Best Cherry Blossom Festivals Around the World
Why should I learn Japanese? I asked myself as I tried to decide what foreign language to study for my undergraduate degree requirements. I had learned a lot about Japan from a good friend and everything I had heard intrigued me, but I was still hesitant. What would I use Japanese for? Doesn’t it take a lot of time to learn? What about those 2,000+ kanji? Maybe Spanish would be easier…
Last week we looked at 15 ways to travel Japan on the cheap, focusing on accommodation and transportation. This week I’m sharing 12 more useful tips for traveling in Japan on a budget.
Are you planning a trip to Japan soon?
Worried you won’t have time to learn Japanese before you go?
While learning Japanese might seem daunting, rest assured that you can get by on your trip with the Japanese travel phrases below, along with hand motions and a lot of bowing. You might run into people who speak English, especially in cities like Tokyo, but don’t count on it. Using Japanese, even if it’s only to say “please” or “thank you”, goes a long way–people will appreciate your efforts.
You may have heard how expensive it is to travel in Japan. Paying for the flight, then accommodation, food, transportation, and entertainment, when added up, isn’t cheap.