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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.

Japan fast facts

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese, however you will also find minority languages such as Ainu


Name: Japanese Yen
Code: JPY
Symbol: ¥
100 JPY is approx $1.20

Time Zone

Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00)

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.








Japan costs

cost of beer in japan


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).

cost of food in japan


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.

cost of taxis in japan

Taxi Ride

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


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).


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


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).

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Adventure tours

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Japan adventure tours

Japan express tour
Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo | 9 Days
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!
epic japan
Epic Japan | 11 Day
Beginning in Tokyo, this budget tour takes you to Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka and includes all of your accommodation, transport and a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). 
madaoro ski
Ski Japan | 7 nights
Not yet a main stream ski resort to Westerners, and well renowned for its powder (13m annually!), Madarao offers a true Japanese ski experience. The Madarao and Tangram combined lift pass offers 23 lifts and caters for beginner runs to advance powder tree skiing. Japanese and western dining options are available. 

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Japan hotels and hostels
Search and book hostels and hotels across the whole of Japan at the click of a button.We've got traditional family run guesthouses, cheap and cheerful backpacker joints in downtown Tokyo, and luxury hotels!
From $15 per night
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Japan rail
Japan rail passes
Buzzing for that bullet train? Good. We've got some of the cheapest rates for Japan rail tickets and passes, meaning you can hop from Tokyo to pretty much anywhere on both islands. Heading to Japan armed only with your backpack and an open mind? Speak to someone instore or book online now!
Ski Japan - Hakuba packages & more
Japan's northern Alps are home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world (and monkey infested hotsprings! Google, and thank us later). Head to Hakuba to hit up a dozen different mountains in one valley alone, exprience the Sapporo Snow Festival, and more...
7 night ski packages from $549
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