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What can I expect from Japan?

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:

  • December to February is Winter and is fantastic for snow sports.
  • March to May is Spring and the perfect time to see the famous cherry blossoms.
  • June to August is Summer bringing warm temperatures perfect for the beach and outdoor activities.
  • September to November is Autumn, a season of mostly good weather and a great time to see the fall/autumn leaves.

Things to See and Do in Japan

Visit Japan's capital city, Tokyo
Visit or hike Mt Fuji
Experience an onsen
Eat all the ramen
Ride go carts in Tokyo or Osaka
Visit Dotonbori Osaka at night
Walk through the torii gates of Fushimi-inari Taisha
Pay your respects in Hiroshima
Ride on a bullet train (Shinkansen)

“White cherry blossom”

“Mt Fuji”

Typical Costs When Travelling

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!)

Money Saving Tips

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Stay in a capsule hotel Also known as 'pods', capsule hotels have become very popular in Japan due to their convenience and affordability. They are a small pod approximately the size of a single bed and prices usually include wifi.
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Use public transport Japan's public transport system is affordable and highly efficient. Google Maps provides accurate advice on pricing, directions and platforms at train stations and bus depots.
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Prepare some food in your accommodation Find a local grocery store and buy some bread, spreads, hash browns and/or fruit for breakfast. Or purchase some beans, rice and mixed greens to make up a cheap and easy lunch or dinner.
4
Get your steps up & walk around cities This will save you additional money on public transport and get your step count up!
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