Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Japan

I’ve always wanted to have an expedition in Asia and during my research, I stumbled upon Japan. There’s no denying here, it is one of the best and fascinating countries to visit. I admire how they can blend their new technology and old traditions properly. If you are planning to visit Japan, allow me to introduce the things that you need to know first before booking a plane ticket and gushing over what clothes you are going to wear.

1. Learn the basic language
Before heading to Japan, I make sure that I know a few Japanese phrases that can brighten the day of the local citizens whenever I’m talking to them such as “thank you,” “excuse me,” “please,” “good morning” and “good evening.” I didn’t manage to pronounce them properly, but it is visible in the eyes of the local fruit vendor that she appreciated it and guided me to the best ramen shop in town.

2. Think twice about your tattoos
My friends and I decided to visit a traditional Japanese onsen. However, before we are allowed entry, they checked us first if we have any tattoos on our body. Why? Simply because tattoos in Japan are considered taboo. We learned it the hard way. They thought we are part of the Yakuza gang. What’s artistic for us may not be the same for them. So if you have tattoos of your own, you might want to think twice about visiting an onsen. We weren’t allowed to enter because of my tattooed friend, by the way.

3. Remove your shoes when entering establishments
I’ve watched a lot of Japanese movies and anime series, and one thing is common among all of them—they always remove their shoes before entering an establishment or a house. It is a major sign of disrespect should you not remove your shoes when entering someone’s house. Hence, when we were invited for a beer in my Japanese friend’s house, I told the rest of the group to remove their shoes to avoid offending the homeowner. We all have a good time after that.

4. Visit the Daiichi-Engei

While this a company that offers landscaping services, rest assured that you’re going to find lush and beautiful landscape gardens when you visit. They are one of the leading institutions in Tokyo, offering services for over 110 years. We were lucky to be granted a tour around their company. Just like any other landscaping services, they analyze, plan thoroughly, and even offer assistance after the landscape garden is built. I admire how hard-working Japanese people are, and they do everything with passion.

Even though I do love getting outside and gardening myself my job keeps me from home and I’m unable to keep up with all the work. So, when I hired a landscape service in back at home, I researched all the Naperville landscaping companies and chose the one with all the recommendations.

It’s such a shame we only have six days to explore one of the leading countries in Asia. I learned so much about Japan and I came to appreciate their undying culture and tradition and everything else behind the bright smiles and pastel colors I often saw in anime series and show. If you want to travel in Asia, Japan is a must-see country for you!

Things To See in Tokyo Japan

Traveling by far, in my opinion, is one of the greatest hobbies there is. Not only does it give you a chance to explore new cultures and traditions but in most cases, it gives you a wide variety of experiences which help you make lifelong memories.

One destination, which stands out in Asia from all other Asian cities is that of Tokyo in Japan. This metropolitan city offers a variant kind of travel experience as not only does it boast Tokyo’s rich culture, but it also has multiple attractions which are suited for any age bracket, making it a great travel destination for all kinds of people, whether they are adults or kids.  Here are some of the top travel destinations of Tokyo:

Imperial Palace

Who doesn’t love castles and royals? This is the perfect destination for any person who is a history buff and would love to dwell in the countries Imperial past. Surrounded by lush gardens and massive stone walls, this Palace is just a walk away from the Tokyo station and is home to the current Imperial Family of Japan. And if you are in luck and happen to be in Tokyo on 23rd December (Birthday of the Emperor) or on the 2nd of January (New Year’s greeting), then you will also be taken into the inner grounds of the Palace (which are usually not accessible) and you might be able to catch a wave or two from the Royal Family.


Did someone say shopping? Well, how can one go to Tokyo and not shop? So if you are into shopping make sure you check out the Ginza area, which not only is the shopping hub of Tokyo but also is home to multiple restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques.

Tokyo National Museum

The oldest Museum of Japan is just an eye opener with it’s amazing collection. It consists of 6 buildings, each of which seems like a separate museum. So it’s like going to 6 different Museums for the price of 1, and who wouldn’t want that?




Tokyo Disneyland

Who doesn’t like getting their kid out once in a while? And the best part is that in Tokyo Disneyland you don’t even need a child with you to unleash your inner child. Based on the American Disneyworld and Disneyland, this theme park has 7 different themed parks inside and hosts a variety of parades all year along, each according to the season or holiday.


So what are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and begin your journey of discovery of how one of the most isolated places in the world, ended up being such a hot spot travel destination. Enjoy!

Tips for Thailand Travelers

One of the most well-known travel destinations for backpackers is Thailand. This well know destination is hands down one of the most sought-after locations because of its diversity, location and diverse culture.

Plan Time
Bangkok is the popular destination starting point for a well-rounded trip. Taking a few days to explore the city to explore the atmosphere. Consider spending a night at the infamous Khao San Road prior to exploring the southern islands or to the north at Thailand’s Chiang Mai second largest city. Plan at least a couple of weeks or more if you would like to visit Kanchanaburi with the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai to you bucket list.

Thailand is the land of temples, from the smallest to the magnificent, attempting to visit them all is just to much. Consider just visiting the most popular temples such as the What Phra Kaeo or the Wat Pho found in Bangkok. Another to consider is in Ayutthaya is the Si Samphet or Wat Phra. They are all wonderful and accompanied by the rich street life and beach splendors. It’s all part of the experience.

Great Food on the Street
The street food is abundant, inexpensive and very good. Be warned that travelers have many experiences with food poisoning. Consider taking probiotics to help combat bad bacteria. Remember to always wash your hands before eating. Look for where the crowd east and dine in the well-known location. I remember when my cousin decided to off the path and suffered for it. A good crowd means fresher food. An always remember don’t drink the tap water or ice.

Mosquitoes are known to carry diseases. It’s even possible to contract bloodborne pathogens from fellow travelers when a mosquito dines on more than one person. Use bug repellent. I prefer the natural bug repellents with citronella but in a pinch, I will use the more popular over the counter variety bug repellent with deet.

The Open Markets
You can find a great deal at these open-air markets. Going to one of these markets is a defiant to do on the bucket list. You should know that Thailand is well known for counterfeit items and real products, such as a Rolex, is not something that is legit. You can get a knockoff Rolex for $5. A common market is Chatuchak Weekend Market in Babgkok. You can catch a night market at the well know Chiang Mai’s Night Bizar in Samut Songkhram.

If you get the feeling that someone is trying to rip you off at every street corner the chances are that you are right. You need to stay frosty and do not trust people especially strangers. You need to rely on your hotel staff and concierge. Insist on using a meter in a taxi and always agree on a price if you want to use a tuk tuk.

If you are on a really tight budget then you may need to consider a guesthouse or hostel. Just showing up and asking for a room is the least expensive. Due to the robust tourism, you won’t have difficulty finding a place to stay. When getting a room in a hotel you should know that air conditioning is an added extra expense. If you have the means book a luxury hotel In advance to secure lodging.

Respect The Locals
Thailand locals believe that keeping composure is very important so think that if you raise your voice that it will get you anywhere. In this culture, the top of the body (head) is considered sacred and the feet is the lowest. Don’t ever touch someone on the head in this country because it is considered disrespectful.

Best Travel Destinations in Shanghai

Shanghai China’s largest city located on the Yangtze River Delta, offers many sightseeing views, attractions and fun to visitors. City also provides opportunities to explore waterside areas. The city has many visiting points including museums, art galleries, gardens, parks, temples, and traditional pagodas. Shanghai is modern in technology and has high-speed railway connections. Here is a list of top attractions in Shanghai.

  • Shanghai’s Promenade: The Bund

The name “bund” is an Anglo-Indian name given to the Zhongshan Lu. It is a broad promenade situated on the west bank of the Huangpujiang River. The bund has 52 buildings, all are constructed in different styles like Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque, and Neoclassical. On the Way from north to south, the main buildings are former headquarters of Hong Kong, Shanghai Banking Corporation, Customs offices, the Old Peace Hotel, and the Bank of China. At night the high buildings are lit up in different colors and give beautiful views.

  • Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden)

The history of Yuyuan Garden is dated back to 16th century. It is also known as the Garden of Happiness. The area is 5-acre, and it was completed in 20 years. Initially, it was a private garden for Ming-dynasty official pan Yunduan and his family. The garden had faced many hits and attacks but still, it is standing with grace and loved by many. The highlights are Heralding Spring Hall, the Lotus Pool, and the Jade Magnificence Hall. The garden remains full of the crowd at peak hours, so decide your visit time accordingly.

  • The Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha temple in the Anyuan Lu district of Shanghai was originally constructed as a home for two jade statues. With the passage of time, the statue collection grew, and it became one of the city’s most popular attractions. Besides jade buddhas, there are also other things that are worth seeing. Grand Hall houses three Golden Buddhas. In the Heavenly King Hall (Tian Wang Dian) there are hour heavenly kings. Second jade Buddha is placed in The Hall of the Reclining. Temple is a secret place for Buddhist monasteries.

  • The Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum located on the People’s Square represents classical Chinese art. The top of the building is round and the base is square, it reflects the traditional Chinese concepts of the earth. The four floors display different artwork and culture. It exhibits both Chinese and English work. Display of Bronzes and ceramics represents the culture of the 19th century. It is also home to ink drawings, calligraphy, seals, collections of jade, coins, art collections from ethnic minorities and furnishings from the Ming and Qing periods.

  • Nanjing Road

Nanjing road constructed in the second half of the 19th century is a point to witness the hustle and bustle of Chinese commerce. It is equivalent to The Fifth Avenue of New York. The main area is a walking street. The road is six miles long having shops and departmental stores such as the iconic Yibai and Jiubai. In sunlight, the architecture is admired but in the night the illuminated logos and brand names give fascinating views. There are also a number of restaurants and cinemas. The road is a hub of entertainment and street performances, especially during holidays.