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Japan

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The Land of the Rising Sun, of the Geisha, of the mysterious Samurai, robot bars, anime, technology, nightlife, colourful cuisine, the bullet train ...and the future. Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts and neverending exploration. 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

Currency

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.
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Japan fast facts

Beers

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).

Meals

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.

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 £5.50).

Hostels

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

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 £13).

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Japan Highlights

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Japan Adventure Tours

Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo | 9 days
Capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour - savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.
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Epic Japan Tour
Epic Japan | 11 days
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. 
 
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Tokyo to Tokyo adventure | 13 days
This 12-night tour will show off the many sides of Japan in an action-packed itinerary. Not only will you see the main sights in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and elsewhere, but The Dragon Trip itinerary allows you to fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
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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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Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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Tokyo... the local way

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