Travelling to Tokyo for business

Travelling to Tokyo for business

Useful tips for your first business trip to Tokyo!

Tokyo is a world-class business destination. Thanks to its numerous convention venues and conference centers, the capital of Japan is among world’s top meeting points. Moreover, the city’s expanding air connections, luxurious hotels and Michelin starred restaurants, make Tokyo the perfect place for business events.

If this is your first business trip to the Japanese capital, there are a few useful tips that will help you during your stay. So, as soon as you book your cheap flights to Tokyo, prepare yourself for success!

  1.  Japan credit card yenJapanese business people are well dressed. Men and women follow conservative principals and prefer dark colors such as black and dark blue. When you pack your bag, choose simple, classy and formal outfits. It is common to take off your shoes indoors in Japan. So, rethink your shoe choices and avoid shoes with lots of lacing. Another essential thing to do before your flight to Tokyo is to pack a spare change of clothes in your carry-on just in case you lose your luggage.
  2. Use your flight time to sleep. It is the best way to deal with jet lag and beat time zone tiredness.
  3. Business cards (meishi) matter and you should bring plenty of them with you on your trip to Tokyo! Business cards are a powerful, direct marketing tool that will make a great first impression of your brand. Moreover, exchanging business cards is a great way to engage in eye contact and start a real conversation. On the contrary, sending contact information via text on the spot is impersonal and it won’t create a significant memory of the encounter. Getting more business cards printed, show you are well prepared. If you want to impress the locals, introduce yourself with a 45o bow and a double sided Japanese-English meishi. Always remember to treat business cards with the respect of a true professional!
  4. Don’t fly to Tokyo without several money options! During your business trip you’ll need credit cards, ATM cards, traveler’s checks and cash. Make sure to get some Yen before you leave in order to avoid paying ATM surcharge fees. You can also inform your bank of your trip for safety reasons and verify that your credit, debit and ATM cards will work in Tokyo.
  5. Japan restaurantAdherence to the proper etiquette for a business meeting shows respect to the participants and honors the Japanese traditions. Japanese businessmen have conservative values. So, avoid flashy pens and clothing and wait for direction on where to sit. Remember that the highest ranking person sits on the head of the table and the subordinates on both sides. It is essential to do some research on the participants and who are the senior representatives. Send your presentation before the meeting and remember to speak English slowly, using simple vocabulary without slang and idioms. You can also learn a few Japanese words and basic phrases such as “good morning” (ohayou gozaimasu) and “thank you” (arigatougozaimasu).
  6. During your trip to Tokyo make sure to receive a dinner invitation every night. Restaurants and bars are the best places to spend some valuable time with your associates. Be extra careful with drinking though, because too much alcohol affects business performances!