Japan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Japan

A unique country that manages to fuse both historical traditions and a new modern culture, Japan is the perfect place to visit if you are interested in diverse foods, scenic mountains, and tropical beaches.

With its convenient public transportation and diverse regions, guests never run out of places to visit while traveling throughout this country.

What to do in Japan

1. Soak Up Japan's Rich History

Make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera, a traditional Buddhist temple that is in Kyoto and provides scenic views of the surrounding region.

2. Visit the Osaka Castle

For architecture lovers, don't miss this historical monument in Osaka that contains a museum featuring a variety of photographs, artifacts, and art.

3. Discover the Country's Wildlife

Go for a scenic walk in Arashiyama, a historical district that contains many shrines, trails, and animals, such as monkeys.

4. See the City of Tokyo

Visit one of the country's most popular cities and see iconic attractions like the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, and Tsukiji Market.

5. Visit Universal Studios Japan

Head to this amusement park in Osaka that contains movie-themed rides and activities, as well as many restaurants and shops.

When to visit Japan

In order to avoid as much rainfall as possible and benefit from warm temperatures, the best time to visit Japan is between the months of March to May and September to November.

How to Get to Japan

Entry Requirements

Citizens of EU countries and the United States are able to visit Japan without a visa for up to 90 days. Individuals from other countries, like Thailand and Brunei, are only able to be in the country for up to 15 days.

Plane

Narita Airport, located in Tokyo, is the most common destination for international flights and offers many domestic flights that travel to different parts of the country.

Boat

If traveling to Japan from a nearby country, such as South Korea, China, Taiwan, or Russia, it is possible to take an international ferry.

Popular airlines serving Japan

United Airlines
Good (69,494 reviews)
American Airlines
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Lufthansa
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KLM
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Delta
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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
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Iberia
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Emirates
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Finnair
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LOT
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Etihad Airways
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LATAM Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Where to stay in Japan

When visiting Japan, consider staying in a Ryokan, which is a traditional inn that is often composed of a small wooden building with a large lush garden. If you are hoping to travel on a budget, you can also book a capsule hotel. Those that will be visiting large cities like Tokyo and Yokohama will be able to choose from a large selection of international hotels.

Where to stay in popular areas of Japan

Most booked hotels in Japan

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$132+
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$81+
Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$178+
Intercontinental Yokohama Grand, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$121+
The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$90+
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$95+
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How to Get Around Japan

Public Transportation

If you're visiting Tokyo, you can use the city's extensive metro system to take you to a selection of stations located throughout the city center and the suburbs. The rest of the country also has an effective metro, bus and train system in place.

Trains

One of the most efficient ways to travel between different cities in Japan is by train, as the country's rail system is fast, efficient, and affordable. To save money on your travels, you can purchase a Japan Rail Pass, which will provide you with unlimited train rides during a 7, 14, or 21-day period.

Bus

Long-distance buses are also very common in Japan, with one-way tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto available for around 3,500 JPY.

Car

In order to rent a car in Japan, you must be a minimum of 18 years old and hold an international driver's license. You will find most major rental companies are available at all international airports.

Plane

While flying in between cities is not as common in Japan due to the efficient rail system, it is considered to be one of the most efficient ways to access the country's islands. There are several local airlines to choose from, including Japan Airlines, Jetstar, and Air DO.

The Cost of Living in Japan

When purchasing a basic lunch in a restaurant, you can expect to pay between 1,000-1,500 JPY for your meal and a drink. In a grocery store, a jug of milk will cost you approximately 200 JPY, while 2 lb of tomatoes will cost just under 600 JPY. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and malls.