These tips, except transport, isn’t necessarily for Kansai only, but leans more towards the whole of Japan in general. With courtesy, of course, they tend to be more lenient with foreigners, but there’s still a level we have to maintain.
Transportation may be my favorite Kansai tips/tricks becuase I saved a lot with this. The best deal to get to go around Kansai is By Kansai Thru Pass. I’ve researched a lot of the different types of discounted tickets and this simply is the best option if you’re going to go around without a tour bus.
Kansai Thru Pass gives you unlimited rides to most of the trains and busses around Kansai including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, to Himeji.
With this pass, we were able to travel to and from the different regions of Kansai without difficulty. The unlimited rides meant never thinking of getting tickets, computing fares, and worrying about what to fare system.
You can get the Kansai Thru Pass here.
Google maps is a great tool to have during trips. Since the trains are buses are scheduled, the navigate option in the app are real time and give you the best route for that exact time.
If you’re in a budget and don’t mind a low quality, yet still eat decent sushi, try eating at a conveyor belt sushi place. Kaiten Sushi is a famous one around Japan that serves good sushi for only Y100 per plate. You can easily get full without going over budget. Their branches are scattered so they’re fairly easy to go to. Simply use Google maps to find where the nearest one to you is.
Japan isn’t as big on street food as their neighboring Asian countries. Mainly, I think, because the locals find it rude to eat and walk at the same time. That being said, try not to eat while walking.
Chopsticks are the staple utensil in Japan. When not eating, rest your chopsticks across your bowl and not pierce your food. An upright chopsticks on food means that you are offering it to the dead.
The rule of thumb in escalators are to stand on the right and walk on the left. A lot of people are rushing, and being on time is a huge deal in Japan so take care not to block their ways.
Never be late. Their transport system is mostly on the dot, right to the minute so planning your travel should be timely as well.
Sticking your chopsticks up on your bowl of food and leaving them there is a disgrace. That gesture is reserved for honoring their ancestors. When you do it, you’re basically offering your food to the dead, and then taking it back and eating it. Rude, much?
Say thank you to the little gestures. Giving thanks is the simplest way to be polite. The Japanese word for thank you is Domo Arigatou. You can even say that you very much Arigatou Gozaimasu. Or even be casual and just say Thanks or Domo.
You can access internet pretty much anywhere public. Their train terminals have free wifi, even their convenience stores offer it. But for more than just simple browsing and the ease of having data everywhere, you can rent wifi dongles or buy sim cards. I’d suggest you rent and pick it up before you fly. That way, the moment you touch down, you have internet at your disposal.
However, if you’re picking up your wifi at the airport in Japan, don’t worry. They have wifi rentals in the airport and it’s really good, too. Just make sure to check the times you can pick it up. It’ll suck if you get there only to find out that they’re closed when you land.
I hope these Kansai Tips help you out your travel to Japan! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below!