If you’re visiting Japan for the first time, there will certainly be some things that don’t match your expectations. You may be surprised to see some well-known stereotypes turn out to be completely false! Here’s a few common myths about Japan that actually aren’t true.
1. Japan is expensive.
This is a very common stereotype about living in or traveling to Japan. Many people seem to have this idea that a trip to Japan will break the bank, but this is actually not true! This image of Japan likely originated in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when Japan was very expensive and actually experienced a large economic crisis. However, since the late 1990’s, Japan’s economy has been flourishing, and it is no longer nearly as expensive as it once was.
Today, there are a number of ways even the most budget-conscious person can experience Japan and really enjoy it. If you’re visiting Japan for a short time on a sight-seeing visa, you should look into getting the Japan Rail Pass. Tourists can purchase a JR Pass from one, two, or three weeks, and during that time, can ride any JR Train they’d like, including most high-speed Shinkansen bullet trains!
As far as where to stay, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy hotel – thanks to other options like Airbnb and even hostels, there are plenty of affordable options as well. Using an accommodation-sharing site will allow you to experience life as a normal Japanese person would.
2. There are people at the station that stuff people into trains.
Thanks to the Internet, many people’s image of Japanese train stations is from those viral videos of station attendants literally shoving people into the train. It’s true that Japan does have some crowded trains and subways, especially in Tokyo. However, …continue reading