1. People who have local friendsCities like Tokyo have plenty of secret little restaurants, bars, karaoke and attractions that only locals know. Connecting with locals is key to enjoying your trip.
It's worth getting in touch with old friends who live in Japan — even if you're not close anymore. Japan is such a popular destination that most locals are accustomed to showing people around.
2. Avid readersThe more you read about Japan before your trip the more fun you'll have. Japan has a lot to offer — picking up a guide book doesn't help you much.
Those who have the most fun have found the books and blogs that are passionate about Japanese culture. The writers who are interested in unlocking Japan's many secrets.
3. People who speak JapaneseJapan is more fun for those who can speak a little Japanese.
When it comes to language, quality is often better than quantity. If you can say 10 important phrases really well it will vastly improve your trip.
People appreciate it when you make an effort to speak a little Japanese. It will put their guard down and make them more likely to try some English on you.
4. People who don't set expectationsTravelers often feel they need to accomplish something on their trip. Many come to Japan on a serious mission. This ranges from achieving zen enlightenment to meeting girls.
Japan isn't likely to bend to your expectations. It might sound cliché but travelers who go with the flow have way more fun.
5. The braveIn a city like Tokyo, you're likely to be out of your element. It might be tempting to cling to the familiar.
If you're looking for food in a sea of neon Japanese signs — somewhere familiar such as McDonald's might seem like a good idea. This is a little unimaginative.
Ducking into a tiny restaurant when you have no idea what kind of food they serve is a little intimidating but usually ends up being more fun.
6. The patientCulture shock demands a great deal of patience. Being crushed on a Tokyo train or being unable to communicate can be frustrating.
People who laugh off problems have more fun in a high culture shock country like Japan.
7. The respectfulThose who look at Japan with a sense of cultural superiority end up being bored on their trip.
The Japanese have a unique culture and outlook on life. Those who have a little respect for the culture have more fun.