When visiting somewhere new it’s always handy to have a friend waiting to greet you; someone to lighten the load, guide you on local etiquette, secret restaurants and cultural attractions away from the tourist trail.
Unless you’re lucky enough to be “winner of the world’s most friends in far-flung places award” (in which case, well done), it’s likely that this isn’t always possible. Don’t know anyone in Japan? All is not lost.
We've put together a series of Insider Guide videos to help you on your way. We’re kicking off with an Insider’s Guide to… The Izakaya – Japan’s answer to the gastropub.
Put down that guidebook, step back and take it all in…