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Uki Uki Chat! - First Time Travel Tips

Welcome to Uki Uki Chat!

This is a casual round-table discussion on various topics related to Japan. The topic of this week’s video is tips for first-time travelers to Japan.

Drinking with friends and colleagues

Pour drinks for your superiors, colleagues or friends when you see their glass is empty. It’s thoughtful and gives good impression.


Both at home and public baths, wash your body and hair first before entering the hot bath.

Don’t bring a bath towel into the hot bath.


No eating or talking aloud is permitted on trains. Cell phones must be silenced.

Jaywalking is generally discouraged.

Public restrooms

The western-style toilet looks the same, except it often comes with high-tech features.

To use the Japanese-style toilet, straddle the toilet facing the front (which has a dorm shape) and squat.


Most apartments and houses have a washing machine.

Hang your laundry on the laundry hanger to dry.

Vending machines

Vending machines can be found everywhere.

You can buy regular and alcoholic beverages, tobaccos, etc.


Go with friends or alone.

It’s a great way to spend the night cheaply if you missed the last train.

Do you have any topic you would like us to discuss? Please let us know in the comment section.

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