Hey guys! Hi! So we’ve been traveling in Japan most of this year and We’ve been to 19 prefectures so far? And since we’ve been traveling so much we thought we should make a video about some kind of travel tips video, and that’s what we’re doing today We’ve been to 22 prefectures total in the past few years And we’re going to Okinawa soon so it’ll make 23 Which is still not even half. They’re 47 prefectures But- its still a lot of travel yeah! And there are a lot of really awesome things about traveling in Japan And there are a couple of frustrating things as well So! if you’re planning on traveling to Japan maybe this will help give you some ideas of what to expect when you get here So lets get into it! Japan is a really safe country! If you’re traveling here, you can travel by yourself, you can travel by yourself if you’re a woman I personally would not feel uncomfortable walking anywhere in Japan in a mini skirt by myself, at night down an alleyway I wouldn’t expect anything to happen You might have some drunk guys hit on you If it’s like, late at night. But uh.. And I haven’t really heard of them getting very pushy or anything like they’ve never gotten pushy with me. they’re just.. drunk We’ve met quite a few drunken [salary men]. But that is about it. Right? – Yeah, yeah – Hello – Merry Christmas It was not even Christmas
– No, it was not Christmas ..that was hilarious
I like that dude. That was funny The safety things … I don’t really go abroad. Actually.. I don’t really know how.. that can be.. ..you know pro’s.. but, for you guys, I think it’s really great. Right You sweet summer child growing up in a country like Japan that is so safe. you were with me in America though when we were in.. ..the appartment that we rented. Where like.. our neighbour got broken into.. ..in the middle of the night.
Where you awake at all for that? Well, yeah. I get up first. Okay, yeah, so.. um.. You’ve experienced scary things in other countries. Yeah. That was pretty unusual. Yeah There aren’t really scams here.. I mean.. there are. All of this..these are things that do happen in Japan still. But not often. Have you ever felt uncomfortable and, like, slightly unsafe? I’m sure there are [moments], but.. I haven’t been to any of those places.. Have you ever thought about, like, oh I shouldn’t take out my wallet.. ..and show people how much money I have. Because someone might steal it? You mean open my wallet and show it to people?
Yeah Yeah, yeah, like.. just open it. Um, not really. I mean I see signs that say: “be careful about..” um, so, purse snatching. Yeah. Um but.. But that happens at night.
..I never heard of that happening to someone actually. I know, I know. it has to because they have signs for it. We have never really been concerned about it. I’m naturally kind of cautious..with my purse and everything. If we are walking around I’ll have like a hand on it. in any country. Or I usually wear my, like,
over-the-shoulders-purse. so its not something someone can easily grab. This is not me, but some people leave their stuff to keep their seat. Oh yeah, yeah. I don’t because I feel uncomfortable. But I see some people do. Yeah, if you are at some cafe somewhere..or, like, at a mall where there are a lot of tables.. people just put their stuff on the tables. People will leave their purse or their phone on the table sometimes and just walk away so they can reserve a table while they go stand in line. yeah There aren’t many scams here really. There aren’t a lot of cases.. Like some countries, if you go there there will be someone who will do, like, “a favor” for you. but then when its done they’ll request “a tip”. Really, that doesn’t happen here.
We don’t have “tips” at all really. Again, this might happen somewhere. But it is not common. Tipping is not common in Japan
You are really going to be fine.. There are 3 things I can think of as far as scams go – Scams, okay.
– Kind of..uhm.. So one is..if you have a phone here, it used to have a phone email address and you would have random people adding you as a friend. But uh..now it’s Line. Everybody uses the app Line. And you’ll have random people adding you saying.. “Hey. It’s been a long time. Remember me?”. And it’s like a girl with a really sexy avatar or something. You know what that is. Don’t add them. Like, Come on ! You don’t have sexy girl friends. Yeah you don’t have sexy girlfriends, you know you don’t Just don’t add those random people We have a friend who actually had her Line hacked into So, you know, be careful about your passwords. If you’re shopping online And especially if you’re shopping auction websites like (Yahoo auction or Rakuten auction) which are really popular here, be careful if it’s really cheap items and it’s suspicious like the pictures all look different or something It’s usually not what you’re actually going to receive if you paid for that So make sure you …
Auctions ? Yeah, auctions Does it happen on email and stuff too ? Yeah yeah this is all over America too So take it, all over the world, just be careful in general.
It’s not just exclusive to Japan, this is probably everywhere. But that’s just like a general internet thing and they do have that here in Japan as well Personally, I’ve done auctions, I mean, a lot, more than a dozen i’ve never experienced anything like that so.. Right but, you shop different things Like he shops expensive knives Wait wait wait wait That was just one time, I don’t really bought things like I use for .. home stuff Oh yeah, our home stuff or vegetables or things
Furniture because it was a lot cheaper It happens a lot with clothes, if you look at clothes on the internet Yeah I was gonna say like clothes, they’re a little cheap crap Yeah just be careful, those. And the 3rd thing I heard that you probably won’t come accross is people calling up elderly ore ore? people saying like “Hey I need money remember me I’m your family” And this again, this happens everywhere, like it’s not a Japan thing it’s just a worldwide scam thing We have a ATM at convenience stores At the, right in front the ATM it’s says, “when you transfer money be careful. Are you sure you’re not scam?” There are signs like that.
Really? Oh I never saw that. So, be careful. Yeah
It happens Right
Yeah be careful Okay , also at stations I’ve seen signs for like “Be careful chikan” Which is like ‘pervert’ or molester Like, Japan if infamous for having this reputation of like creepy guys touching girls on trains or taking pictures up skirts which is why they have the sound on the cameras here So you take a picture with your camera like with our phone camera it always makes noise. I still haven’t had this happen to me But these is something that happens to some people sometimes So if you are a girl and you’re like wearing a short skirt I *pic sound* So subtle Jun Yeah it makes noise if you’re wearing a short skirt, I always wear shorts underneath but that’s also because it’s really windy here and I’ve had some accidents with the wind and not wearing shorts so um just be careful about things like that as well so I would recommend if you were a woman to wear like like thin shorts or something underneath your skirt or dress the most likely things that would happen to you in japan is someone would steal your umbrella if you put it in one of the things outside of konbini while you go inside
Jun: that happens everyday or if someone might steal your bicycle if you leave it unlocked unless you are going to like certain kinds of bars or like Kyabakura clubs in like Roppongi I’ve heard there are some that will drag you in and then charge you a really high cover fee but we don’t go to those kind of places so we’re not super knowledgeable about that Con number one Japan is very crowded especially in cities so when i was in college to go to school and every morning i was squashed like this with him oh the salary men and everyone it was so packed and i hated it yeah um Japan’s not actually a very small island it’s a decent size but most of it is mountains and most people just live on the small coastal plain areas so even though there’s a lot of space everyone’s packed into like a couple areas and that’s why these areas are so crowded especially Tokyo if you’re there like during the holiday’s and you’re at one of the big stations like Shinjuku I would literally get picked up by the crowd on the train and like carried off the train at the stop and you can’t really.. There’s nothing you can do about it you’re just.. You’re going with them and you know this is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world for people to travel to so there are people all over the world coming here there are people in Japan traveling to other parts of Japan um, Kyoto was probably one of the worst places we went for traveling it was so beautiful it was still beautiful and i still love going there but it was also one of the most disappointing initially because when you look at pictures of Kyoto or like those really artsy videos that people take They wait until like people part so that they can get a nice shot Jun: Or wake up super early Rachel: Or they wake up like super early and they go at special times where there aren’t people there But that’s not how it looks like in real life when you go there, there are thousands of other people there Just like you Yeah, Just like you just like us we’re one of them and so even though these places are like they should be amazing and magical you go there and then there’s like thousands of other people and hundreds of them have their cameras out taking pictures and videos um, exactly like us we are 100% part of the problem but then it just doesn’t feel as magical anymore so I grew up here so like I have also been to Kyoto before and I don’t know normal to me i was familiar with it but if you’re from not so crowded areas then you might be a little bit disappointed but if not then you might be okay like my wife she’s from not so crowded areas so and i just personally prefer like non touristy areas so there are still a lot of really awesome areas in Japan that aren’t crowded yet especially if they’re not as accessible by train so we’ve made videos on some of those places before that you can go and it still feels like incredibly beautiful and magical and you can have like a fantastic time without the huge crowds and it’s kind of weird because by showing you these places we’re going to make them more crowded so they will end up becoming more touristy so we’re still contributing to the problem but at the same time I don’t wanna like keep these places to ourselves they’re so awesome and I think you guys deserve to know about them and the people who live there deserve to have like more visitors to get like the more tourist money and everything so Jun: i think a lot of the places we’ve been to I think they’re still worth going Rachel: Yeah Kiyomizu-dera was probably my favorite place in Kyoto is this giant temple built on a mountain and you can see the entire city of Kyoto from there and even though there are so many other people there it still feels like.. You can put yourself back in time and imagine just how amazing this place was before but if you don’t like the huge touristy crowds there are also other places you can go um that won’t be quite as crowded which we shared before like Geibikei gorge, and um Gujō Hachiman still isn’t super crowded except during like the festival season and another tip would be like I said earlier wake up super early in the morning or go there right before they close and you can get to enjoy like the whole Kiyomizu-dera for example just by yourself Rachel: without as many people there
Jun: yeah and actually my friend whose living in Kyoto told me this and she enjoyed Kiyomizu-dera by herself several times before and she loved it so Rachel: yeah yeah yeah
Jun: you should try that and you can also try to travel during off seasons so just in general in Japan most people travel during spring especially around cherry blossom season which is like um early April um early August is Obon season which is one of Japan’s biggest holidays everyone’s traveling to go see their families so places will be really crowded then as well New years is really crowded lots of people especially go to like Temples and Shrines during that time and um Koyo season in the fall when the leaves are changing color that’s also a really popular time to travel the problem is if you go in the winter when it’s really cold some places aren’t open especially if you’re going to really rural areas so there won’t be a lot of shops for you to shop at um the big places like Kiyomizu-dera they’re still gonna be open but they’re still gonna be maybe somewhat crowded just not quite as crowded Summer is really hot and humid so humid it’s not the best for walking outside for long periods of time um but some places might not be quite as crowded as Spring or Fall but honestly i would still recommend people travel during Spring or Fall even though it’s more crowded then just because the weather is just much more permitting and everything is gonna be open right also depending on the prices uh if you go off season then you might not really enjoy anything So yeah just do some research before going there Yeah there’s so many people giving awesome tips about Japan, like so many blog websites so many YouTube channels so if there’s one place in particular you wanna go you can just google it and I’m sure you’ll be able to find lots of research and advice on when’s the best time to go is yeah so another tip we could give you guys would be just do some research and find the best timing or season to go Rachel: yeah
Jun: yeah Alright so we have a whole list of pros and cons but we already have been talking so long for this first pro and con so i think we’re gonna end this first video here and then we’ll do a part two a little bit later on Jun: Okay
Rachel: Otherwise this video is gonna be really long as we get older I can just like talk forever now which is.. I used to be like I couldn’t talk at all and I would’ve been so happy to be me now but now like i”m just like what am I supposed to do I just went on forever about this Jun: you’re becoming grandma So I’m becoming one of those old people “back in my day” I’m just gonna be able to talk forever we’re gonna have grandkids and they’re gonna be like shutup grandma stop well I hope this was a little bit helpful for you if you have any other tips on traveling in Japan then leave them down in the comments for other people otherwise we’ll see you in part two! Rachel: Bye!
Jun: okay bye!