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Japan Travel Guide

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. 
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The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese.
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Japanese Yen (JPY)
Symbol: ¥
100 JPY is approx 68p
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Japan Standard Time (GMT+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.

Top tours in Japan

Avenues of cherry blossom, snow-covered peaks, trains as fast as bullets and crazy cat cafes. Where the ancient meets the modern, the beautiful meets the bizarre, and no one bats an eyelid. View all Japan tours
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Speed Trains and Street Food

Tokyo > Takayama > Kyoto > Hiroshima > Osaka

Highlights: stay in a traditional ryokan inn, travel by Japan Rail aka the bullet train and enjoy karaoke in Kyoto.
11 days
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Osaka castle

Japan in a week

Tokyo > Kyoto > Osaka

Highlights: dine at the robot cabaret, soak in a traditional Onsen and whizz over to Kyoto via bullet train. 
8 days
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Flights to Japan

Travelling to Japan, although lengthy, is relatively easy, with direct flights available and numerous connecting routes. Tokyo is the most popular entry point and the city has two major international airports, Haneda and Narita. Osaka is another large airport with frequent international flights, and New Chitose Airport is likely to be your entry point if you are visiting Sapporo or other Hokkaido destinations. View all cheap flights to Japan.

 

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Japan travel extras

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Work in Japan

Japan is on the rise as a working holiday destination due to its high-octant cities and plentiful slopes. Immerse yourself in everyday life, visit hidden gems lesser known to tourists and save up some cash before travelling the rest of the country. Soak up the culture of Japan by living there like a local with a working holiday visa.
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Japan Rail Passes

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! A seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Pass can help international travellers save money on train fares. Want the good news? You’ll save even more if you buy one before you set foot in the country.

What we love about Japan

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Robot restaurants, boundless energy and ramen. Where big business meets Buddhist temples (and lots of neon)
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Japan has some of the best powder on the planer and over 500 ski resorts to ride it in. Check out Niseko and Hakuba.
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A rice wine popular across the country. Goes best with sushi or with friends at a local izakaya.

Frequently asked questions about travelling in Japan

When is the best time to visit Japan?

High season: Apr –May, Aug. Low season: Jan-Mar

Late March and early April has brilliant weather and gives way to bursts and showers of cherry blossoms. The Golden Week holiday brings huge crowds in late April. For the best skiing, head to the slopes in Jan-Mar. Prices away from the slopes are at their lowest which, for Japan, counts for a lot!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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Tokyo... the local way

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5 top sights in Japan...once you've done Tokyo!

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The Tokyo café that's cool for cats

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