This guide to travel to Japan will help you prepare your trip to Japan, one of the most wonderful and special places in the world.
Known for being one of the destinations most requested by travelers and unfortunately sometimes ruled out by the topic of being a very expensive country, Japan is the ideal place to meet and live in first person, as the most ancient tradition and the most extreme modernity, can coexist in true harmony.
All this, together with a fascinating culture and incredibly educated people, make this destination a safe bet and an unforgettable trip.
Has it been your choice? Get ready to enjoy one of the most incredible countries in the world!
Guide to travel to Japan
Touring the most tourist attractions of Japan is also a pleasure for the senses, because as we said earlier, you can enjoy a cocktail that is sometimes not easy to assimilate, in which the incredible traditions, palpable in practically every corner, a modernity that can sometimes even be overwhelming and one of the best cuisines in the world form a difficult set to forget, we are sure, will give you unforgettable moments that will make you want to return to Japan again and again.
After having been in the country a couple of times, the first in a trip to Japan by free, in which we visited most of the places to see in Japan for 18 days and the second in which we will be in the country practically two months, combining Kyoto and Tokyo with some getaways, we wanted to make a guide to travel to Japan, in the most complete way, trying to facilitate planning and above all, trying to capture all the data extracted from our experience.
When to travel to Japan
We could say, without fear of making mistakes, that any time is good for traveling to Japan, although without a doubt, there are two special moments in the year: spring and autumn, moments when the Japanese country dyes its colors that seem to be taken from a painting.
That is why it is not surprising that the country is included among the best trips for spring and the best trips for autumn, moments to keep in mind if you are doubting what time of year to travel.
We also have to take into account that Hanami takes place in spring, which as Wikipedia says is: “Hanami (花 見 lit. “see flowers”) is the Japanese tradition of observing the beauty of flowers, but it is usually associated with word to the period in which the cherry trees bloom and in which the Japanese go en masse to parks and gardens to contemplate their flowers (sakura).”
After our first trip we promised to return to Japan and do it at this time, so the months of April and May have been the time chosen for the second trip, in which we hope to be able to fully enjoy the flowering of the cherry tree and this precious tradition
After our experience we have to say that if you want to travel at this time of the year, you should prepare the trip well in advance, since the prices of the accommodations, in addition to quickly running out, usually go up considerably.
In addition, you should bear in mind that the Hanami is a very ephemeral process, which usually does not last for many days and each year happens on certain dates, which depend on many meteorological factors, so we advise you to go looking at the meteorological agency data from Japan, to see the different forecasts.
In the same way we also have to say that the first trip we made during Christmas and despite the fact that we had been told that the cold was considerable, from our experience and what we have seen in friends that have been around this time, it does cold, but nothing that cannot stand, so if you can only travel in these months, that temperatures do not stop!
The same happens with the hottest months, in which many people consider whether to travel or not, because you have the idea that temperatures are unbearable.
Although we have not traveled in these months, yes we can say that friends who have been in months like July or August, although they have been hot, has not been anything that has prevented them from making the trip with total peace of mind.
Accommodation in Japan
Although it may seem the opposite, accommodation in Japan is cheaper than you may think, not exceeding even 50 euros per room, in mid-range hotels, if you book early.
Keep in mind that most hotels have rooms with all amenities, although these are usually small.
And how it could be otherwise, we advise you to try the experience of staying in a ryokan, the traditional Japanese accommodation, at least on one occasion. We chose the option of doing it in Miyajima and the truth is that it is a totally advisable option, since in addition the place is ideal to enjoy it.
Tips for traveling to Japan
As in any destination, knowing certain tips or recommendations is synonymous with facilitating the trip and preparing the route. That is why, after our two trips to the Japanese country, we want to include in this guide to travel to Japan a post in which we collect what are for us basic and necessary aspects to be able to fully enjoy the trip.
What to see in Japan
Undoubtedly, there is nothing better to enjoy the most of your stay in the country, than to have a clear idea about what to see in Japan and in the different areas that you are going to visit.
After the 18 days we spent on the first trip and several weeks in Kyoto, Tokyo and surroundings, on our second trip, we leave you several articles in which we detail and break down the different places that we believe are essential to know and understand this incredible country.
Routes through Japan
Although we know that Japan is not especially a small country and there are many places to visit, also very interesting, we understand that most travelers opt for a first trip to Japan, between two and three weeks, which includes places more tourist like Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Miyajima, Hiroshima and in many occasions, the area of the Japanese Alps, which includes Takayama and Shirakawa-go.
In our trip to Japan for free in 18 days we include all these places, visiting first Kyoto and the surroundings, then go to Hiroshima and Miyajima, Takayama and Shirakawa-go and finish the trip in the amazing Tokyo.
Taking into account that it can be adapted to the days you have, we believe that this route is ideal for travelers traveling for the first time to the Japanese country and want to enjoy its most tourist attractions.
Transportation in Japan
One of the questions that most make us in the process of planning the trip to Japan, refers to transportation.
Although it usually includes doubts about the subway and bus, especially in Kyoto, most questions arise at the time of booking the JRP of 7.14 or 21 days with included shipping.
That is why after the trip to Japan for free and the second trip in which we have been practically two months in the Japanese country, we wanted to write a couple of post in which we talked about transport in Japan to try to make this aspect much clearer, speaking only of the means of transport that the traveler usually uses in a first trip to the country of the rising sun.
Is it expensive to travel to Japan?
This is another point for which you ask us more, besides being one of the aspects for which many travelers abandon their idea of traveling to this country.
Although we cannot say that Japan is a particularly economic country, we cannot say that it is prohibitive, in fact, both the accommodation, reserving it with time, and the food, are much cheaper than you may think.
So that you can have a much closer idea, we wanted to leave a list with the prices of the products that are bought on a regular basis while traveling, hoping that this will convince you to travel to Japan.
Without a doubt, if you are a lover of gastronomy, Japan will be for you the eternal paradise. Forget about the popular belief that you can only eat raw fish and get ready to enjoy as never before an explosion of flavors and textures.
To try to guide you a little about the dishes that you should not miss, we wanted to leave you a post with a selection of meals and cuisine from Japan that you cannot miss on your trip, as well as several restaurant recommendations in the main cities.
Travel Insurance to travel to Japan
If you are going to travel to Japan nothing better than having good travel insurance and more in a destination like this, where health services are very high, it can cost a simple visit to the doctor 500 dollars and several thousand any operation.