From visiting historical sites to finding the best authentic cuisine, travelling is one of life's greatest adventures. Our "Travel Notes" series features travel itineraries from real people as inspiration for your future escapades.
Ah, Tokyo. With its bustling city streets and quiet neighbourhoods, the central city of Japan has been a bucket list destination for travellers around the globe. From delicious food to unique cultural experiences, there is always fun to be found in every corner of the district. I took a week-long vacation to Tokyo last October and spent at least 80 per cent of the time going to shopping spots in different areas.
Preparing for your trip
We’ve covered the travel details needed to go to Japan in our previous itineraries, but for a brief recap, Malaysian and Singaporean passport holders do not need a Japanese visitor’s visa while Philippine passport holders do.
When it comes to currency, I suggest buying from your home country. Singaporean dollars have a good exchange rate with Japanese yen; however, the same cannot be said for Philippine Peso and Malaysian Ringgit. Call your bank to reserve the amount of Yen you’re buying several weeks before your trip starts. You can also bring along a Mastercard or Visa credit card, but do note that not all establishments accept credit cards. This especially applies to smaller establishments like restaurants or neighbourhood stores.