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    General Tips & Advice

    Arriving in Japan Don’t take the subway with tons of luggage. Use a luggage forwarding system.This is a huge mistake most foreigners make. You will never see another Japanese person dragging tons of giant luggage around.  Not only will people literally want to kill you, there’s VERY very few handicapped access points so you may be dragging a giant suitcase literally for up to a mile underground. The Tokyo subway system is vast and cavernous and something that looks like an easy transfer on a map could be a 1km walk up and down stairs during rush hour. Leaving the Airport Taxis: Unless you’re rich or flying into Haneda Airport…

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    First Time in Japan

      Food: – Honestly, I don’t have many because historically my friends and I would just go to whatever good local place there was. These little places are everywhere in Japan and all generally high quality, BUT..   – My Tokyo list on Foursquare though…these pretty heavily trend towards ‘normal’ places Japanese people go to, aka Italian restaurants and things like that https://foursquare.com/thejanellemj/list/tokyo-list BUT I highly recommend Yoroniku as it has some of the best Japanese BBQ (aka Japanese korean style BBQ) I recommend within a price range that isn’t insane.   – For ramen: Ichiran and Ramen Jirou for ramen. Ichiran for the experience alone (you sit quietly in a booth and interact with no one and quietly eat…