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Japan Travel Guide

Travel Japan and discover old-world charm mixed with new-age living

The Land of the Rising Sun, of the secret world of the Geisha, of the mysterious Samurai, and then again of anime, technology and the bullet train. Japan has everything you want from both tradition to a splash of Western wonder with plenty to explore. Check out our Japan travel inspiration below.

Top cities in Japan

Japan is a place where the ancient and the futuristic seem to coexist in complete harmony, where an elaborate temple may sit side by side a skyscraper and where traditional clothing can be seen next to the latest fashion trends. Get ready to pack your bags and experience the neon lights of Tokyo or explore Kyoto's Geisha culture with our handy city travel guides.
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Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

Head from the bright and shiny lights of Tokyo to Osaka, via cultural hubs of Kyoto (look out for geishas!) and historical epicentre of Hiroshima. You'll fly past Mt Fuji on the train, enjoy heaps of local cuisine, and get to explore Koyasan and Hakone!
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Japan in a Week

Beginning in Tokyo, this budget tour takes you to the sights and experiences of Kyoto and Osaka. Filled with a dazzling fusion of modern spectacle and ancient charm, this trip is the best way to see Japan in a week.
8 days
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Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food

Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife, visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas, see the floating torii gate of Miyajima, stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan
11 days
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Japan Rail Passes

There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen, or bullet trains, which whizz you effortlessly from A to B at a speed of up to 300km/h. Explore our wide range of seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Passes. 
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Ski Japan Packages

Get the low-down on skiing and snowboarding in Japan. Whether you want the steepest runs in Japan, tons of dry powder, terrain parks, or half pipes, our Japan ski packages have it all!
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Robot Restaurant

Experience the spectacle of robotic monsters, neon-clad dancers, and high energy music with this 90-minute matinee performance of the robot cabaret show in Tokyo. You'll be transported to a crazy, Japanese anime-style future, populated by whimsical dancing robots, bright lights, and body-moving techno music.
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Mount Fuji and Hakone

Kick off this day trip visiting Mt. Fuji 5th station and tucking into a Japanese lunch in Gotemba. Board the Hakone Sky Gondola formountainous views and visit Owakudani Valley, a volcanic zonehome to numerous steam vents and bubbling pools. Round it all off with a pirate boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Ticking off the good stuff !
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Universal Studios Japan 1 Day Pass

Have a fun-filled day in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan. You’ll beat the crowds who are waiting to buy tickets on the day, by having a pre-booked one-day Studio Pass. This is the perfect activity for adults and children alike, with plenty of attractions for all ages. Enjoy attractions such as Hollywood District, Jurassic Park, and rides such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Japan travel costs

cost of beer in japan

Beers

The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between ¥500 – ¥600 (approx $6-$7), but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of ¥100 – ¥200 (approx $1.20-$2.40).

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Meals

The cost of a meal in Japan can range from ¥800 – ¥3000 (approx $9-$36), with a bowl of ramen costing around ¥500(approx $6). Top tip: if you're looking for a quick and inexpensive meal such as soba and domburi, keep your eyes peeled around large train stations.

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Taxi Ride

Looking to catch a cab? a normal taxi tariff starts at ¥300 (approx $3.60) depending on where you're going.

Transport

One of the best things about Japan is its transportation, with the cost of an adult 1-day subway ticket costing around ¥800 (approx $9.60).

Hostels

Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around ¥3000 (approx $36).

Hotels

Japan has a range of accommodation to choose from, including both traditional rooms and Western style hotels, with the average cost of a night being around ¥2000 (approx $24).

FAQ - Travel in Japan

What's the best way to travel to Japan?

Travelling to Japan, although lengthy, is relatively easy, with direct flights available and numerous connecting routes. Tokyo is the most popular entry point and the city has two major international airports, Haneda and Narita. Both are served by many well known airlines, and student/youth flights are available with STA Travel. Osaka is another large airport with frequent international flights, and New Chitose Airport is likely to be your entry point if you are visiting Sapporo or other Hakkaido destinations.

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