Saitama, Japan travel tips

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Be polite, and say thank you, or "arigat? gozaimasu"!

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Japanese love when you try to speak their language, so even learning a few phrases can save the day!

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Sail down the river on a traditional Japanese wooden boat, taking in the beautiful nature of Nagatoro. Bring your camera!

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Urawa Washington Hotel is a four star hotel with all the benefits of such an establishment. Call or book online as they get full quite often.

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If you are looking for a mid-range hotel just look up Hotel Bell House, they offer great service for a bargain!

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Looking for a place to sleep? You can find cheap rooms at City Plaza Urawa. Call or book online.

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A Japanese phrasebook can save lives as most locals do not speak English.

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Taxis in Saitama are relatively cheap, and while some drivers may drive a bit crazy, they are friendly and polite They don't always speak English, so writing your destination on a piece of paper in Japanese helps!

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Flights to Japan may not be cheap, but the closest airport to Saitama is the Narita Airport.

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The Railway Museum is a must for everybody interested in the rich history of Japanese locomotion.

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The Hikawa Jinja is one of the most important Shinto shrines in the area, it is more than two thousand year old!

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Look out for falling objects in case of a minor earthquake!

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If you feel like clubbing do not worry, Japanese people do know how to party. Start off in the nearest bar and then head to Velours.

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Be sure to ask around at your hotel for the local pubs and bars. If they come up empty just ask about The HUB.

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Feeling hungry? Ask around for Torikukai Yakitori bar and grill as they have an amazing selection.

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Eating out in Japan shouldn't necessarily be expensive as there are countless options to choose from. If you are on a budget, look up Three Little Lambs.

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Japanese love to sing and karaoke places are everywhere. It is a must!

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Always keep an eye on your belongings! Japan is one of the safest places on Earth, but things do get lost once in a while!

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Spring in any Japanese city is magnificent, but Saitama is especially beautiful experience, so make sure you bring your best camera.

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Tipping is not customary in Japan, in fact, do not tip ever!

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