Finally with Japan reopen Expectations are high for the world on October 11th. While there’s a lot to be excited about, it’s best to be informed to help make your trip as smooth as possible.
We know security guidelines vary from country to country, and Japan still has some antivirus measures in place.soHere are some important Covid-19 etiquette tips to know when visiting Japan.
wearing a mask
While face masks are less common in other countries, they are still very popular in Japan. Wearing a mask is not strictly mandatory in Japan, but is encouraged indoors and on public transport. In addition, many venues, including museums, restaurants and shops, still require visitors to wear masks before entering.
If you are not sure where you should wear your mask, most venues will have a sign at the entrance giving you further guidance. Need to buy some extra masks? You can easily find them at drugstores and convenience stores across the city.
If you’re in a situation where you don’t need to wear a mask, you’ll notice that people don’t speak up, especially in crowded places or while eating in a restaurant. Most restaurants will also place clear plastic barriers between diners.
Follow other antivirus precautions
In addition to wearing a mask, many establishments will still take your temperature and require you to wash your hands when you enter. Temperature is usually measured by scanning your wrist or forehead.
You should also maintain social distance, if possible. Some venues are still providing guidelines on the floor to help mark where you should keep a safe distance from others around you.
To avoid spreading germs, public restrooms have now switched off their automatic hand dryers. So it’s a good idea to keep a small towel and some extra hand sanitizer handy in your bag.
make an appointment
Since the pandemic, many venues, including restaurants and museums, now require advance reservations to avoid overcrowding and congestion. If you know which restaurant you want to eat at, you can always ask your hotel concierge or a Japanese-speaking friend to make a reservation for you. Museums, in particular, now implement a timed entry system, so you need to confirm your entry time slot when booking your tickets.
If you’re wondering if you need a reservation, just check your attraction’s official website, as many reservations can now be easily made online (Google Translate will be your best friend).
Use cashless payment options
In recent years, Japan has introduced some Cashless payment option This is very convenient in this pandemic era. Keep in mind that going completely cashless may not be possible. You’ll still need to have some bills in your wallet, as many small shops and restaurants in Japan only accept cash.
For international tourists, having a rechargeable IC card may be your best choice. In Tokyo, the two most widely used IC cards are Pasmo and Suica, which can be purchased at train stations. You can use these cards for transportation as well as shopping at convenience stores and select stores and restaurants.
monitor your health
Also, if you are unwell, it is best to take a break and avoid going out. Definitely worth a stay if your temperature hits 37.5 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit).
For multilingual medical assistance in Japan, visit Japan National Tourism Organization website. You can also contact the JNTO Call Center on 050 3816 2787.
Planning a trip to Japan?See our Japan reopening guide here.
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