Cities in Japan
There’s obviously more cities in Japan, but these are the ones that is currently added to the guide.
What are the top gay cities in Japan?
Japan offers a variety of gay-friendly destinations, with Tokyo leading the pack, especially areas like Shinjuku Ni-chome where the party really never stops. Don't forget about Osaka with its super lively Doyama-cho district, and Kyoto comes next with its blend of tradition and pockets of gay culture. Aside from these, Fukuoka is also on the rise for its gay scene in the Kyushu region. 🌈
What currency is used in Japan?
Japan operates on the Japanese Yen (¥). While credit cards are widely accepted, especially in larger cities and tourist hotspots, it's still a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments or rural areas. There's plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw cash with international cards, so no worries!
Is it expensive in Japan?
The cost of travel in Japan can vary. Tokyo and Osaka can be a touch on the pricier side, especially with accommodation and dining out. But hey, there are ways to save like convenience store meals which are surprisingly yummy, or staying in capsule hotels. Planning ahead can also help keep your wallet happy!
Do I need any extra paperwork to visit Japan?
That'll depend on where you're coming from! Many countries have visa exemption arrangements with Japan for short stays. Always check your government's travel advice for Japan prior to your trip to see if you need to apply for a visa beforehand.
Is Japan gay friendly?
Japan is relatively gay-friendly compared to other countries in Asia. You're unlikely to experience outright discrimination, but Japan's LGBTQ+ culture can be quite low-key. It's more about the atmosphere and subtle nods than public displays of affection, unless you're in certain bars or during pride events.
Is gay marriage allowed in Japan?
Currently, Japan doesn't legally recognize same-sex marriage. But don't let this put a damper on your trip! The LGBTQ+ scene is still vibrant and welcoming, especially in the larger cities.
Can I use English in Japan?
You can get by with English in most tourist spots, major cities and at hotels. But keep in mind, once you step off the beaten track, English levels can drop. It's always appreciated when you try a few words in Japanese – it goes a long way in making connections!
Should I leave a tip for the waiter in Japan?
Nope, tipping isn't part of the culture in Japan. In fact, it can sometimes be seen as rude. The service is usually top-notch without the expectation of a tip – so enjoy the hospitality!
What's the best time of year to visit Japan?
Cherry blossom season in late March to early April is super popular for a reason – it's stunningly beautiful. Autumn foliage around November is equally breathtaking. But honestly, each season has its own charm – snow sports in winter, festivals in summer, so pick your vibe and pack accordingly!
What's the local language in Japan, and how do I say basic phrases?
The local language is Japanese. Nailing a few phrases can make your travels smoother and more fun! Here's a quick list:
Hello: こんにちは (Konnichiwa)
Thank you: ありがとう (Arigatou) or more formally ありがとうございます (Arigatou gozaimasu)
Yes: はい (Hai)
No: いいえ (Iie)
Excuse me/Sorry: すみません (Sumimasen)
Goodbye: さようなら (Sayounara)
I'm single: 独身です (Dokushin desu)
You have a beautiful smile: 素敵な笑顔ですね (Suteki na egao desu ne)
Can I buy you a drink?: 一緒に飲みませんか？ (Issho ni nomimasen ka?)
I'm just looking around: ぶらぶらしています (Burabura shiteimasu)
This is my first time here: 初めて来ました (Hajimete kimashita)
I'm lost, can you help me?: 道に迷っちゃったんですけど、助けてもらえますか？ (Michi ni mayocchattan desu kedo, tasukete moraemasu ka?)
What's the local cuisine like in Japan, and what are some must-try dishes?
Japanese cuisine is delish! It goes way beyond sushi and ramen – not that we're complaining about those! You've got to try Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), Takoyaki (octopus balls), and for the adventurous – Fugu (pufferfish). Just remember to find a licensed chef for that last one!
What are the emergency numbers, and how do I call for help in Japan?
In case of emergency, call 110 for the police and 119 for fire and ambulance. Put these in your phone as soon as you arrive, just to be safe.
Are there any cultural taboos or behaviors that I should avoid in Japan?
Here are a few no-nos: loud phone calls on public transport are a big faux pas; always remove your shoes when entering someone's home; don't stick chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice; and remember personal space is highly valued. Observing and respecting local customs will make your trip all the sweeter.