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All You Need to Know About Visiting Tokyo, Japan

Posted by in Travel: Destination Guides: Asia  ~  July 03, 2012 08:58:24 AM

When visiting a foreign country, it is important to be well prepared. If you are planning on visiting Tokyo for the first time, you may not know some very essential travel information. How does the monetary system in Tokyo work? When is the best time of the year to visit this Japanese city? What about all of the earthquakes that you hear about? Here are the answers to these questions about visiting Tokyo, Japan.

Monetary System in Tokyo

The currency in Tokyo is the Japanese Yen. Some of the places to exchange currency in Tokyo include exchange windows at airports and at most big banks. Some hotel desks also offer currency exchange services. It is important to make sure that you are getting the correct rate because language barriers are known to be a problem. Unlike many other countries, Tokyo is not known to have quite so many scammers in terms of exchanging money, but being aware of how much money you should be getting in exchange for your United States dollars will help prevent any problems.

Temperatures in Tokyo

The temperatures in Tokyo range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. November through March is the coldest times of year. July through September is the hottest. Interestingly enough, the weather in Tokyo is a lot like the weather in the United States. The best time to visit is probably during the spring or summertime, depending on your own personal preferences in temperature. Do keep in mind that the beginning of May and the second week of August are the times when Tokyo is the most crowded, so If you want to avoid other tourists you may consider June or July. Asia is known for this type of weather.

Earthquakes in Tokyo

What many tourists do not realize is that earthquakes generally occur in Tokyo on a daily basis. Although most of the earthquakes are difficult to even feel, there are some larger degree earthquakes. The best thing that you can do if you are planning to visit Tokyo is learn how to be prepared. Print out a list of instructions on what to do in the event of an earthquake, and consider asking the hotel that you are staying at what type of procedures they follow when an earthquake occurs. The most important thing to keep in mind is that most of Tokyo is as prepared as it possibly can be for an earthquake and major quakes do not occur too often, so you should not worry about this too much during your trip.

These are just a few of the different things that you should know about when visiting Tokyo, Japan. They may seem somewhat insignificant. However, it is important to give a lot of consideration to where you will exchange your currency, the best time to plan your trip, and what type of preparation needs to be done in the event of an earthquake. When you consider of all these factors, it is likely that you will have a great time during your trip to Tokyo!