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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

Currency

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.
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Japan costs

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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).

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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!
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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). 
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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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Tokyo Welcome Package
Greetings in Tokyo don’t come better than this, with an arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel and a Cityrama bus tour of Tokyo the next day. On your tour, see sights such as the Japanese Gardens of the Imperial Palace and the ancient Senso-ji Temple, then take Day 3 to explore this energetic city at your own pace.
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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. A seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Pass can help international travellers save money on train fares. Make sure you have yours before you set foor in the country - speak to someone instore or book online now!
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Ski Japan: Madarao package
Japan's northern Alps are home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. Head to Madarao to hit up a dozen different mountains in one valley alone with this package deal including return flights to Tokyo, transfers, 7 nights accommodation, 5 day lift pass and more!
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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.

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