Over at the JaPlan! Facebook group, there's a wealth of Japan travel knowledge, and a very small amount of it is mobilised here, to provide you with some handy tips to get more from your trip.

  1. The restaurant that is super expensive by night will probably be cheaper by day. You might have a slightly reduced menu but you've also got a much better chance of making a booking. Here's a list of Tokyo spots recommended by Eater to get going with.

  2. When it comes to cheap and cheerful meals, you're not restricted to the konbini. Train stations are packed full of delicious, quick and cheap options. Look for the spot with a queue of slightly-drunk salarymen outside.

  3. Gachapon make the best souvenirs and you can buy them at the airport. Learn more about the greatness of gacha.

  4. Whisky. As well as great beer, and singular sake, Japan produces exceptional whiskey. If you're even mildly into whiskey make sure you visit a whiskey bar or two, and don't miss the chance to snag a few bottles at the airport when you're heading home.

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  1. Eat first, ask questions later. You will make some incredible food discoveries! Unless you're vegetarian, in which case you should ask lots of questions all the time.

  2. No need to head to McDonalds in your hour of need. You're always close to a Uniqlo, and that means you're always close to a bathroom. You'll also find toilets in department stores and the big electronics chains.

  3. Keeping with this theme, public toilets often don't have toilet paper or soap. Carrying some wet wipes and hand sanitizer is a great idea. Likewise, the toilets range from high-tech futuristic wonder to literal hole in the ground. Vary your expectations accordingly.

  4. If you learn one word (but come on, try harder), make it sumimasen (すみません). It generally means, I'm sorry, or, excuse me, but you can also stretch it to an approximation of thank you when you can see that someone has put themselves out for you.

  5. Cash really is king. ATMs at the nearest 7/11 are a safe bet to use international bankcards. If you're planning to use ATMs from the Japanese banks, you need to know that they tend to shut down for the night. They can also be prone to closing over the weekend. Make sure you've always got enough cash for the next day, and remember that hotels often need to be paid in cash in advance.

  6. Omiyage is a serious business. The giving of souvenirs or gifts is a ritualised thing, and rather than a nice gesture, there's a little cultural expectation around it. As a tourist you're obviously not included in this, but why not be an exemplary visitor and pack a few treats? The best thing to choose is something local and something tasty. We've taken everything from Melbourne coffee to Freddo frogs. Dish them out to accommodation hosts, guides, or people that you meet, and enjoy the delight that will follow. Learn more about omiyage.