Recommended spots around Noda
It can be hard to find good restaurants and shops if you do not speak or read Japanese, so please check out recommended shops, restaurants and more so you do not miss out on anything during your stay. After all you can not spend ALL your time in the dojo, even ninjas have to eat and relax, right?
- It is illegal for foreigners to move around without passport or an alien registration-card. Of course it is unlikely that you will get into trouble for not following this law, but you should at least know this.
- If you want to withdraw money with e.g. a VISA-card you can only use ATMs located in the post-office or Seven-Eleven.
- In Japan you do not pay your check at the table, instead pick up your check (which is usually left on the table), proceed to the counter and pay what you owe.
- Even if the service is great (which it most often is in Japan) do not bother to try to tip the staff, in Japan you always pay the exact amount regardless of how good the service might have been.
- Do you think that the beer tastes a bit watery? That could be because you are actually not drinking beer but happoushuu (発泡酒). Because of the high taxation on beer the japanese have invented their own beer-like drink which contains very low amounts of malt, so if you want to have real beer look for "nama-biiru" (生ビール) on the label.
- Even Japan and especially the Tokyo area is not thought of as a cold country it can get pretty cold and the houses have often thin walls and limited heating facilities, so make sure that you are prepared for that if you come during late fall or winter.