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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. 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).

Japan lit up at night

Adventure tours

Ryokan inn in Japan
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.

Street food in Japan
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. 

Park in Japan
Tokyo to Tokyo adventure

Toyko > Hakone > Kyoto > Hiroshima > Osaka 


Highlights: feast on fresh sushi at the Tsukiji Market and float on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi below Mt Fuji.

Hidden street in Japan
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.
Rail travel in Japan
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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