Originally Posted by Ste
June is the rainy season, is it not? I was there the first two weeks of June, and it rained almost everyday. It didn't stop me doing what I set out to do, but be aware.
I checked online about the weather & found a cool site:http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2273.html
Not only does it talk about the weather averages month to month but when it's cheap or
expensive to go, certain times that you may want to avoid, "Golden Week":http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2282.html
Here is a link on that site that lists different tours:http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2275.html
I found some interesting tips at:http://www.japandeluxetour.com/index...in_page=page_3Note:
Not all subway lines are connected. If you have to switch subway lines in the middle
of your journey, you may have to buy a NEW TICKET. Finally, always remember to keep your
subway ticket for the duration of your train ride. You cannot get out of the subway without a
ticket.Purchasing Subway Tickets
-- Most subways are not part of the Japan Rail system, and thus, are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. However, subways are not expensive. Charges are by distance, but the average subway ride in Tokyo is about $1.50 (equivalent to the cost of a subway ride in New York). Signs at most stations are in Japanese and English, except as you go out to the more suburban regions. If you are not sure how much to pay, you can purchase the minimal fee, and then add on fare at the end of your journey. If you need a receipt be advised that you must purchase your ticket from the station attendant's window and ask for a receipt at that time. Say "Re-Sheet-To Kudasai" (Please give me a receipt.) and they should understand what you want.
Buy Dollar Traveler Checks before you go. You will get a better exchange rate when exchanging dollar travelers checks for yen than dollar bills for yen. Plan on exchanging enough for one day each morning before leaving your hotel. Don't plan on bringing travelers checks with you to purchase items or meals at shops or restaurants.Japan is a CASH SOCIETY
, especially in rural areas. Credit cards are fine in large establishments in Tokyo and Kyoto, but even in these cities, small hotels, inns, shops, and restaurants only accept cash. And, you will need cash for buses, taxis, trains, and admission to all museums, sights, temples, and shrines.DISCOUNT / WELCOME CARDS
--There are currently eight cities/regions in Japan that offer a discount "Welcome Card" service. These regions include: Aomori Prefecture (on Northern Honshu), Kagawa Prefecture, Narita City and its surrounding towns, Nagahama City, Fukuoka City, Kitakyushu City, Hokkaido Island, and the Kansai Region (including Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka). The city of Tokyo offered a trial card which has expired, but expects to issue a permanent card some time in the year 2000 (date TBA). "Welcome Cards" are available free of charge (except for the Kansai card, which costs 700 yen) to foreign travelers when they present their passport at one of the JNTO TIC's or any of the sponsoring local tourist offices. When presenting the "Welcome Card," foreign visitors receive discounts on attraction and museum entrance fees, meals, souvenir shops, and accommodations. Some facilities even offer free gifts to "Welcome Card" holders. Contact JNTO USA offices for more information on "Welcome Card" services.EATING HABITS
-- Soup: Making loud, "sliping" sounds while eating noodle soup is perfectly acceptable. Also you will not eat soup with a spoon. You will use your chopsticks for the noodles, meat and vegetable, and drink the soup by bringing the bowl to your mouth.
Sushi: When eating sushi, try not to soak your rice in the soy sauce. Dip the top portion with the fish into the sauce and put the sushi into your mouth with the fish top facing down upon your tongue, so you can savor the flavor.
Rice: When you have finished eating your rice, put the chopsticks down along the side of your plate. Usually chopstick holders are provided. DO NOT PLACE YOUR CHOPSICKS STRAIGHT UP IN THE RICE. This is how rice is served to the dead.Etiquette Tips
-- Blowing Your Nose: Blowing your nose in public places -- such as restaurants, the theater or on a group tour is considered rude. Try to sniffle until you get to a restroom.
Surgical Masks: When traveling around Japan you may encounter people with their nose and mouth covered by a surgical mask. No, they are not trying to protect themselves from the city air. (Actually, Japan's air quality is the highest in Asia). They are protecting themselves from pollen if they have hay fever and protecting others from their germs if they have a cold. This is especially considerate on crowded subways.