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Travel Guide

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 is a fascinating land of contrasts filled with plenty to explore. Check out our Japan travel inspiration below.

Japan costs

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 68p

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 fast facts


The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between ¥500 – ¥600 (approx £3.40-£4), but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of ¥100 – ¥200 (approx 68p-£1.40).


The cost of a meal in Japan can range from ¥800 – ¥3000 (approx £5.50-£20), with a bowl of ramen costing around ¥500 (approx £3.40). 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.

Taxi Ride

Looking to catch a cab? a normal taxi tariff starts at ¥300 (approx £2) 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 £5.50).


Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around ¥3000 (approx £20).


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 £13).

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Japan Adventure Tours

Japan Express Tour
Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak - 13 days
Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular temples, cycle across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you've worked for it.
From £3,399
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Epic Japan Tour
Epic Japan
This nine-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun  lets you get to grips with Tokyo nightlife, explore the famous Geisha district of Kyoto and the gorgeous mountainous region of Hakone. Plus, eat your way around Osaka's food markets and relax whilst soaking in hot springs. 

From £1,699 

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Authentic Japan Tour
Authentic Japan
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty, amazing history, and enchanting culture of Japan on this unforgettable small group experience. Meditate in Buddhist temples, chill with snow monkeys, walk through a bamboo forest, see how sake is made, go bar-hopping in the world’s biggest city with your new best friends and more on this amazing Japanese adventure. 

From £2,255 

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Work in Japan
Truly soak up the culture of Japan by living there like a local with a working holiday visa! Immerse yourself in everyday life, visit hidden gems lesser known to tourists and save up some cash before travelling the rest of the country.
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Getting Around Japan
From Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple to Hiroshima's memorial museum and the bright lights of Tokyo, Discover Japan with its variety of transportation methods to get you from A to B, most notably on their super speedy bullet trains!



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