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  • Hey guys it's Kim Dao right here welcome back to my channel in today's video

  • I'm going to be telling you guys 10 Japan travel hacks that will make your travel to Japan a lot easier

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  • Wi-Fi these days wi-Fi. It is very important to everyone. Let's face it. I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys cannot survive Wi-Fi

  • I'm one of those people too, and yes, I do know it is bad to be so dependent on internet, but

  • It's just how it is these days the first time I went to Japan about five years ago

  • I had this mindset that all Japan is a land of technology right? They must be free wi-Fi everywhere

  • Wrong but , then there was no free Wi-Fi in Japan

  • It was so hard to contact people navigating around the country it was

  • Very difficult back in the day luckily these days there are pieces where you can get free Wi-Fi

  • But will it be more convenient has wi-fi it's everywhere you go

  • That is why you should get your own wi-Fi by getting a pocket WIFI or a sim card

  • I'm going to be talking about both of these so you guys can pick whichever one is more convenient for you first off are going

  • To be talking about the pocket Wi-Fi, so the pocket Wi-Fi

  • got really popular a couple of years ago the second time

  • I went to Japan I rent a pocket wi-Fi, and it made my life so much easier

  • I was able to look at Maps

  • I was able to search up places where I wanted to go when I wasn't at home

  • I was able to contact my friends. It was amazing now typically pocket

  • Wi-Fi if you have to get them before you come to Japan

  • So if you just google up pocket Wi-Fi Japan rentals something like that there are many companies that will rent out a top of Wi-Fi

  • To use now keep in [mind]. They aren't exactly cheap

  • so if I can remember correctly for one month

  • I would pay about maybe $100 for a pocket wi-Fi device now the good thing about the pocket Wi-Fi device

  • Is that it is very fast internet you can connect your phone you can connect your laptop and you can do your work?

  • inconvenient thing about this is that you have charge it

  • So you have to carry around something extra in your bag which is a bit annoying when you're traveling especially?

  • And you also have to keep an eye out on the battery

  • so when your battery dies

  • You won't have wi-Fi and you have to charge it and these days your phone's eyes really quickly right and also if you're travelling in

  • A big group of people and everyone's connected to this wi-Fi, and you guys [will] separate who's going to keep the Wi-Fi device

  • but if you're traveling [by] [yourself], and you use [your] computer

  • I would definitely recommend you get the Wi-Fi device now

  • There are SIM cards , SIM cards recently became super popular in Japan for tourists you can buy them very easily when you come to Japan

  • So you can even get them at the airport, but I recommend you go to a big camera , a Yamada Denki

  • one of the big electronics shops? They would definitely have SIM cards now these SIM cards

  • Don't come with phone numbers

  • You can't get a phone number in Japan unless if u live here, but in the darkest in cars

  • Which is exactly what you need now these SIM

  • cards aren't exactly cheap as well compared to I guess other countries so you can get about I think five gigabytes for about

  • $30 and it only lasts for a [certain] amount of time it depends on how long [you] buy for you can buy it for one

  • [week] two weeks, or one month these sim card. Just put them into your phones, and you have to do some set up

  • So you need some wi-Fi to set it up and voila

  • You've got internet now some cars are more convenient if you're doing in and laptop

  • You just have to put it in your phone and and you've got wi-fi everywhere you go so you don't have to carry it around

  • a pocket wifi device . There is a dose limit . Oh, so that's a downside whereas the pocket Wi-Fi usually

  • There's no limit so you can use as much internet as you want number two getting a JR

  • Pass a lot of people [ask] me if they should get a Jr

  • Puff or not when they travel to Japan

  • and I can't really answer that for you because that's something you should try and

  • Figure out yourself because I don't know where you are going to travel to in Japan, but anyway the Jl

  • Pass is a part of many people and tourist visas are able to get it isn't cheap

  • It's about 300 dollars for one week, but that means you can ride as manyJR

  • trains as you want for the whole week including bullet trains except the fastest one which is nozomi

  • You can use the JR pass to travel to different cities in Japan for example

  • You can go from tokyo to Osaka down in Hiroshima , and it saves you a lot of money because a one-way ticket

  • From tokyo to Osaka is about

  • 150 Dollars

  • so if you think [about] it this way if you're going from Tokyo to Osaka

  • [down to Hiroshima traveling around that area then you go back to tokyo

  • [that] would be worth it because if you calculator or a JR pass is

  • Cheaper than paying for the ticket separately it is a very good path that has if you've had to travel all around Japan because it

  • Will save you a lot of money [number] [three] thinking about [all] [the] travel stuff

  • I want to tell you guys the site called audio JP

  • Now you guys may have known Odigo because I traveled with them last year, but recently they have rebadged our whole website

  • So it is completely different now

  • [so] the website allows you to plan [your] trips to Japan

  • And it makes your life so much easier [suppose] over there are a lot [of] people that want to travel to Japan

  • But don't know much about Japan and it's fun because this website makes everything easier for you by giving you suggestions

  • [so] you just put in data when you plan to travel?

  • Where you plan to travel?

  • And in which all you guys suggestions

  • Or where you can go in Japan and how to get around which makes your life so much easier

  • One huge change in audio, which I really like is that you [can] book your whole entire trip using this website

  • You can now book your flight your accommodation [rest] a car. You can book activities

  • You can book tours everything can be done on this one website [so] as you can see the website has improved a lot

  • Now one thing [about] this website

  • that's really new they are trying to make a more community base which means you guys going to be a

  • Contributor [to] the website and then you can get paid for making

  • articles about Japan you can share your

  • Experiences in Japan you can give tips on traveling you can give tips [on] where to shop what takes you must do when you are

  • In Japan things you must eat in Japan the [celeron] is much more like a community now

  • And I'm also going to be making a lot of blog posts

  • About traveling to Japan so make sure you follow me on Odigo

  • Which I'll link that down below as well

  • and a great thing is is that [if] [you] make [sloth] post always be contribute to the

  • Community your own points which turns into money so you actually get paid for the stuff that you do so I need to get paid

  • to travel to Japan you don't know what to do and

  • You [are] stuck on how to plan your trip then definitely check out the odigo website, or if you have already being in Japan

  • and want to help other [alt ]

  • Then make sure you sign up and then try and make some blog [posts] just to help other people out and number four trade apps

  • You can use in Japan [so] you guys probably know that trades are kind of crazy Japan

  • There are so many different train lines

  • And it is very confusing like I mean look at this when I first came to Japan [boy]. I was confused

  • I did not know what I was doing luckily now because [of] train apps. They do make things a lot more easier

  • There are many apps in English that you can use if you just type in Japan travel or Japan trains

  • Just only one of those apps and then put where you want to go and where you're coming [from] and it just makes things

  • So much easier. It will tell you exactly what transient to take What characters. to make

  • It is very confusing at the start, but once you get used to it

  • It's just a lot easier a lot of you guys already probably know this but you can [use] Google maps

  • And I find Google maps is a lot easier if you're putting in landmark for example

  • [I'm] [staying] in a zen B&B in the [Sukkah sabashi ] right now, and I want to go through the Asakusa sky tree

  • I've been just parked in Asakusa sky tree, and it tells me I can walk for 39 minutes

  • Which is probably not what [I] want to do, but it's only a 16 minute train ride

  • I just have to take one train. It tells me I have to walk [to] the train station. It takes four [minutes] paper train

  • It's got four thoughts in between and then I have to go to Australia station and from there

  • I walk so you can just look at the map it tells you exactly where you have to go exactly where the train [spaces] are

  • It's just very convenient or in English, so it makes things a lot easier for you on the [five] get a train card now

  • Why should you get a train card?

  • getting Train card is a lot easier because you don't have the [base] clickers now in Japan especially around

  • Tokyo to big cities. There are many different train companies

  • But as [agile] [iron] the tokyo Metro and there are also private lines

  • Nowadays for example you are traveling from Shinjuku station self sacrifice stations. There is no zero train that takes you from Shinjuku, Filofax

  • Are you need to make some transfers and the easiest way is to?

  • Transfer from different [companies] to different companies the fourth airport if you're on a junior line has a by Ji ticket you want to transfer

  • [to] tokyo Metro you have to enter the [Ji-won]

  • Go to [tokyo] [Metro], and then you have to buy another ticket

  • And then here's the way in [lighting]

  • Certificate is find out how much it costs to buy that ticket?

  • It does take up some time, but with the train card you just beat yourself up

  • And then you feed yourself in again when you go to tokyo metro you save a lot of time now these currently can't get at

  • The airport you can also get them at almost every single train station

  • It costs 500 yen

  • And you can also get a refund so when you leave Japan you can get your refunds back when it's cast you want one of

  • These [cars] then go to one of the ticket machines and you can also present English options

  • But I really recommend you get one because it just makes your life so much easier

  • You can use your phone as to see what?

  • Transfers Disobey, and then just pick [yourself] in and out also if you're too lazy to pay cash

  • You [can] go to convenience stores and pay using this card as well number six with drawing money

  • So [Japan] [is] still pretty much a cash society a lot of places still don't accept credit cards or debit cards

  • So when you travel with your pet I really recommend you carrying a bunch of cash with you usually [what] I do is that I?

  • Try and bring cash from our own country I convert a little bit and I come here on [my] card and I use my card

  • To withdraw cash and this can be done very easily if you go to a convenience store at 7-Eleven family mart or losses now

  • I know that atms and 7-Eleven was the best for a lot of people and family mart is also really good as well

  • It's also very far enough friendly because they've got English Chinese and Korean most of the time on these machines

  • and besides convenience stores

  • You can go to a post office to also withdraw money usually there is a fee when you use a foreign atm

  • It's about maybe

  • 100 to

  • 300 yen

  • Depends on the Atm and also you may be charged fees depending on the bank you are with but withdrawing money in Japan has become

  • very easy And you should really [have] any problems finding [a] convenience store that has an atm in our number seven bring a power board now this

  • Is especially useful for those [who] live in different countries?

  • And you guys don't use the same outlet as Japan so almost all my electronics are australian

  • And they have the australian plug which is different [to] Japan and unfortunately

  • I forgot to bring my power board and I'm having a hard time tracking all my [electricity] [new] cultures

  • take your own advice, [but] anyway this airBnb this come with a Japanese power board and

  • Honestly guys if you are traveling with a lot [of] stuff to charge

  • You should bring your own power board because you don't have to buy multiple adapters. [I] only have Australia to Japan adapter

  • Which I use, I have a power board which is [auto] Australian plugs

  • And I charge all my electronics on there usually it just honestly makes your life easier

  • and especially if you've got everything in one place