Japan is a country located in East Asia and has become a very popular travel destination in recent years. Japan is well known for it’s highly efficient urban cities, rich history and culture, advanced technology, extreme cleanliness and friendly people. It’s also known for karaoke, gaming arcades and all things Hello Kitty.
Japan has five main islands; Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa, all offering different sights and experiences. The entire country is connected by a very efficient railway system, making most cities and prefectures easy to visit.
Japan has four distinct seasons, all offering different things to see and do:
“White cherry blossom”
Accommodation – From my experience, accommodation in Japan is quite expensive, particularly in the larger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. The rooms are small and compact, yet generally clean, comfortable and functional. Capsule or pod hotels have become popular in Japan as they are unique and affordable.
Food – Vegan food can be difficult to find in Japan as most of their food contains seafood and/or is cooked using ‘dashi’, a Japanese fish stock which is used as a base for most noodle, soups and ramens. With a little bit of research, I managed to find some outstanding vegan food throughout Japan!
Transportation – Japan’s railway network is outstanding and arguably the best in the world. Trains are fast, clean and very efficient. There are English speaking staff at most popular train stations who will assist with advice and directions. Buses are also a fantastic and affordable way to get around. There are plenty of taxis around however they are very expensive compared to public transport.
Suggested daily budget – $200-$250 AUD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a 3-4 star hotel, eating out for all meals and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in more luxurious accommodation or eat out in more gourment places, expect this to be higher!)