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  1. Marion Blanchfield
    November 19, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

    Thanks Alex Japan is on my list so I found this very informative. 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 20, 2016 @ 9:37 am

      Thanks Marion! Glad you found it useful. Keep an eye out on future posts about Japan!

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  2. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)
    November 21, 2016 @ 4:54 am

    Great post, Lexx! Pinned it for later – your trip definitely helped me sell the better half on a trip to Japan (I think I owe you one now!), so we’ll be using these tips. Thanks mate!
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    • Travel Lexx
      November 21, 2016 @ 6:23 am

      Well that just makes it all worthwhile for me! Glad you enjoyed it and happy to answer any questions you guys have! Thanks a lot

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  3. David
    November 25, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    Sugoi! Reading through this list really makes me want to visit again and there’s some really good info here. Surprising that it is still mostly a cash society considering how hi-tech Japan is. Great advice on customs and I’d add that being noisy on public transport was frowned upon when I was there last (may have changed?). Ah, take me back!!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 25, 2016 @ 10:02 am

      You should definitely go! I absolutely loved it! Public transport at night in the cities was a little bit louder than during the day but definitely not rowdy!

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  4. Paul and Carole
    November 25, 2016 @ 9:43 am

    Really informative post. Japan has never really been on our radar but recently is it becoming a place that we would love to visit. We will be pinning this for future reference. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Travel Lexx
      November 25, 2016 @ 10:03 am

      Thank you! There is so much to see and do out there. I was the same – had other countries higher up on the list but I’m really glad I took the plunge this year!

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  5. Trippin' Turpins (Kelly)
    November 25, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    Excellent tips Lexx! I hope one day I get to put them to good use by visiting Japan! Important to know about the cash verses ATM. Thanks for a heap of good info. I will pin it to use in the future. Cheers.

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 25, 2016 @ 10:04 am

      Thanks Kelly! It was fun learning it all first hand of course but would be great to know some of these things that not all guides tell you about!

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  6. Garth
    November 25, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

    Great tips Alexei! I now want to go back and have another go with the vending machines! Your 3rd tip of convenience stores is spot on! we used them loads on our budget, as Japan is expensive. Your Fushimi-Inari Shrine photo is brilliant too! I used your getting up early tip (sigh) recently in Vietnam, it was totally worth it, especially in tourist hot spots!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 25, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

      Haha getting up early is the way forward! Thanks Garth and glad you found these helpful! I miss the vending machines!

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  7. Suzy
    November 25, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

    Great recap! It has been a while since I’ve been to Japan and this piece is a great reminder!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

      Thanks Suzy! Hope you get to visit again!

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  8. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    November 25, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

    Konnichiwa – Great photos and tips Alexei! You brought me back to a place I love and frequented often. Your tips were spot on especially getting up early to catch the best shots with less people. I did however splurge on my Starbucks and never bought coffee out of the machines but I did love the Sushi train Restaurants. Lol…way to cool. Takes a little bit to know how they operate when no one speaks English and you watch your food go round and round. Spot on about cash, cash, cash…Pinned this for others to see and will share with my overseas group. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! I miss it already and can’t wait to go back! I did get Starbucks and Tullys a few times, especially when I needed to catch the baseball!

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  9. Angie (FeetDoTravel)
    November 25, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

    OMG this posts is bloomin’ amazing, absolutely fantastic, I love it! Japan is top of my bucket list, and this is the best and most informative guide I have seen so a massive THANK YOU for taking the time and trouble to put all of this together! Pinned to my Japan board for future reference.

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks Angie! I hope this comes in useful if you ever make it over there!

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  10. Heart of Istria
    November 25, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

    Very useful! Arigatou!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

      Doitashimashite! Glad you found them useful!

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  11. SamH Travels
    November 25, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

    These are really useful tips for a first time visitor to Japan. A country where you can’t speak the language can and the culture is very different, can be be is daunting. I will certainly be keeping this for when I make my trip to Japan. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fascinating place and there I really loved learning all these things about the country!

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  12. Jenn
    November 26, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

    This is great – you brought up a ton of points about Japan that wouldn’t have really crossed my mind. It’s interesting that cash is still so prominent there! I like that you got some places all to yourself by arriving early too. So cool! Sounds like you had an amazing trip!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 26, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

      Thanks Jenn. It was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back again!

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  13. Lisa
    November 27, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    Great post and great tips! Definitely want to visit one day. I know from reading all the business news that cash is prominent there. There is such beauty in the countryside…need to hike it!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 27, 2016 @ 4:09 pm

      Thanks Lisa. You definitely should and I can’t wait to go back myself! Its a stunning country!

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  14. Lauren
    November 27, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

    Great blogvery informative. I never considered Japan a country I really wanted to visit until reading this and seeing your Instagram pics!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 28, 2016 @ 6:42 am

      Thanks Lauren. We went at this particular time to catch up with a friend who lives over there but I’m so glad we did! Stunning country and an amazing culture and people! You should definitely go!

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  15. Helena
    November 29, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

    I am really looking forward to my trip to Japan so thanks for sharing these tips! I was wondering if I should buy a rail pass and I think you have just confirmed it – thanks!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 30, 2016 @ 12:09 am

      Thanks Helena! It’s worth checking your itinerary to see how much it would cost if you just bought the tickets individually and compare! But it’s definitely good value!

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  16. Kreete
    November 29, 2016 @ 10:48 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Japan and this makes me want to go even more. For some reason it does seem a bit mystical and maybe something that needs a bit of organizing before hand. And as it comes out from your article, that’s so true! I love how some people like yourself get up early to see places without crowds, but I can’t even get up for the sunrise when I am sleeping on the beach haha! Thanks for sharing these tips, I have saved it for the future!

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    • Travel Lexx
      November 30, 2016 @ 12:11 am

      Thanks Kreete! Japan can seem mystical even when you’re there and that’s part of its charm! Dragging myself out of bed wasn’t the easiest but was so worth it!

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  17. Lolo
    August 19, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    This is great! I hope to make it Japan one day and see where I was born! I’ll need all the tips and advice I can get when the time comes!! #feetdotravel

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    • Travel Lexx
      August 30, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

      Ah amazing – where were you born?

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    • Travel Lexx
      August 30, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

      Thanks Angie – you are not far from the truth there. I made it up to three peaks earlier that day and then did a few more a couple of days later! Korean food is so good!

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  19. Shona
    August 22, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

    Fantastic info. I’ll be using this in February when I go to Japan for the first time! Yay!!

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  20. Marcelle
    August 23, 2017 @ 8:23 am

    Japan for First Timers is just the right post for me to safe for the future. I’d love to visit Japan as for the totally different culture. Best tip from you may be the one to be early to see touristy attractions in a country that populated as Japan.

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  21. Barry
    August 24, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    Great bunch of tips for travel in Japan Lexx. I could have done with a few of these the first time I visited but agree that the 7-11 is great. I can live out of them while I’m travelling in Asia, not sure about the vending machine coffee as I normally use an Areopress – will have to give them a try.
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  22. Sandy N Vyjay
    August 28, 2017 @ 4:43 am

    These are invaluable tips for first time travelers to Japan. Have never been there hence find these tips really useful, when we go get there. The Japanese Rail pass seems quite convenient for traveling around the country.

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  23. Siddharth and Shruti
    August 30, 2017 @ 11:27 am

    That is such a helpful post! Japan is on our bucketlist. Bookmarking this post for the future. What is the fish cracker thingy? Looks cute! I’m sure it is yummy as well. Didn’t realise Japan is still a cash economy. Given how technologically advanced they are, I would have thought it would be more card friendly.

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    • Travel Lexx
      August 30, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

      It’s a taiyaki – a cake with a sweet filling. It’s seriously delicious! Yeah Japan is a country of contrasts for sure!

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