Travel across Japan with the Experts!

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

My name is Anna, I’m 40 & I’ve been traveling around the world for 20 years. I believe traveling makes us deeper, wiser, more confident and definitely more happy. It is life at its best. While France is an ultimate destination of life indulgence. That’s why I adore it so deeply.

A Few Words about Japan

Japan is a beautiful and fascinating country full of its own, special Eastern charm felt clearly by every European who ever visited these hospitable islands. Since the Land of the Rising Sun had been isolated from the rest of the world for long periods of time, the Japanese people developed a fascinating distinctness, an unmatched sense of beauty, and enormous respect for their own history. This is why a visit to Japan will be interesting for any European regardless of their gender, age, and confession. Thanks to the country’s rather large territory, every tourist may visit the very nook that corresponds with their mindset. What definitely sets Japan apart is its ideology based on the state religion: Shintoism, or “the way of the gods”. Visit this amazing world with the experts.

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Best Places to Visit

Natural Landmarks and Lakes

Natural Landmarks and Lakes

Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls

The crystal waters of Kegon Waterfall offer refreshing coolness to its guests. Even a simple walk in the beautiful Nikko National Park where the waterfall is located brings about an energy boost and lasting impressions of the breathtaking views. The height of the waterfall amounts to a hundred of meters, and there are several viewing platforms to watch it. As a plus to the impressive walk, one can also peruse 12 smaller waterfalls that cascade nearby bursting through the numerous cracks in the rock.

The Sagano Bamboo Forest (Kyoto)

The Sagano Bamboo Forest (Kyoto)

The picturesque bamboo grove comprises thousands of tall, evergreen trees and is a signature landmark of Kyoto Prefecture. It is fascinating how one can find a green miracle within the urban infrastructure. The smooth trunks of the Sagano Forest trees occupy an area of 16 square kilometers. The natural reserve of the Arashiyama tourist district is protected by UNESCO. The bamboo forest is a must-visit place in Japan.

Snow Monkeys in Hot Springs (Nagano)

Snow Monkeys in Hot Springs (Nagano)

In the Yokoyu River valley, 850 meters above sea level, one can find Jigokudani, the unique snow monkey park popular with travelers. The Japanese macaques demonstrate quaint behavior. For one-third of the year, this land is covered with snow, but snow monkeys can live in Nagano thanks to the hot springs. They enjoy the pools like hot baths.

Mount Fuji (Honshu Island)

Mount Fuji (Honshu Island)

The sacred Mount Fuji is the symbol of the Land of the Rising Sun. What one should visit beyond the borders of the Japanese capital? It is definitely worthwhile to see the young volcano of Fuji up close. The Japanese people believe that the gods created this mountain out of chaos. This is the most recognizable landmark in the country. The magnificent mountain peak soars into the skies being 3776 meters high. Many pilgrims climb Mount Fuji. There are stations along the way where tourists can take a rest. A lot of entertainment also awaits in the vicinity of the mountain.

Sights

Sights

Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)

Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)

Fushimi Inari Shrine, or the Temple of a Thousand Red Gates, is one of Japan's historic symbols dedicated to the goddess of crops. The great tunnels with portals meant for gods were built in accordance with Shintoism principles. The Japanese people believe that a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine brings success and prosperity. Do not even doubt whether it is worth seeing.

The Golden Pavilion (Kyoto)

The Golden Pavilion (Kyoto)

Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is considered the jewel of the Japanese architectural collection. The palace covered with gold dazzles with its beauty and luxury. There is no tourist destination in Japan that would be able to compete with it. The splendid palace was built in 1397. In the sun, its walls shine with inconceivable beauty. Kinkaku-ji is part of the Rokuonji temple complex. It is considered the best example of national culture.

Skytree (Tokyo)

Skytree (Tokyo)

Tokyo Skytree is the second highest television tower in the world. This elegant architectural structure of glass, concrete, and metal soared into the sky due to the efforts of experienced designers and engineers. This is a 634m-high tower. The project involved half a million people.

Himeji (Honshu Island)

Himeji (Honshu Island)

Himeji, or White Heron Castle, is the oldest castle in Japan. The complex comprises 83 buildings, and almost all of them are wooden. Himeji is situated in Hyogo Prefecture, at the foot of Mount Hime. The picturesque area compliments the beautiful white castle, a masterpiece of Japanese architecture. The castle has been standing here since the fourteenth century. Today, it is in the UNESCO heritage list. Having crossed a small wooden bridge, tourists reach the territory of the castle complex built upon the high stone foundation.

Cities

Cities

Nara (Honshu Island, Nara Prefecture)

Nara (Honshu Island, Nara Prefecture)

Nara, or Deer City, is a wellspring of architectural landmarks and masterpieces of art and culture. About 1,600 deer freely roam the streets of the beautiful city. They say that the first Emperor of Japan descended from the skies riding a deer team. During the 6th and 7th centuries, Nara was the first capital of the country.

Hakone

Hakone

Another interesting place can be found in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is Hakone, a small town famous for its hot springs. This is also one of the best Japanese resorts where you can feel the national spirit, visit a number of historic buildings and open-air museums as well as relax in fully-furnished hotels and SPA. Most importantly, you will be able to see the oh-so-familiar peak of Mount Fuji covered with a cap of pure white snow.

Kamakura

Kamakura

One of the most ancient Japanese cities is situated to the south of the Japanese capital, on the Honshu Island. This place attracts numerous tourists with its countless sights combined with comfortable climate: neither scorching heat nor fierce cold happens here. It seems as if the old city has witnessed everything over the years: tsunamis, typhoons, earthquakes, and wars. Nevertheless, at present, it holds about 170 ancient monuments of high historical value.

Tokyo

Tokyo

The capital of Japan, a huge and prosperous city. It is overflowing with tourist destinations, restaurants and small cafes, stores and, above all, people. Tokyo is the most densely populated city in the world. This is an amazing and dynamic metropolitan area where high-tech objects exist alongside unexpected reminders of Old Japan. From the modern electronic structures and dazzling skyscrapers to cherry blossoms and the Imperial Palace – this is the city that represents the whole scale of the Japanese history and culture.

Children's Entertainment

Children's Entertainment

The Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival

The Japanese culture is extremely rich and extraordinary; many traditions in Japan formed under the influence of important historic events. The sheer age of some traditions amounts to millennia while other ones appeared not very long ago. The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the relatively new traditions. In 1950, a group of senior students from one of the local high schools erected 6 animal sculptures in Odori Park. Since then, every year, at the end of winter citizens organize a grand sculpturing session using snow and ice.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is probably one of the most beautiful, quiet, and cozy places in Yokohama. This is a spacious park that occupies an area of about 180 square kilometers. Here, one can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy the wondrous beauty of nature, delight in the lush variety of plants collected from different corners of the world, and visit a number of historic buildings – 17 in total. In particular, these are the 17th century 3-storey pagoda transported from Kyoto, the Choushukaku tea house, and a medieval rustic home from Gifu Prefecture introducing the guests to the common folk's housekeeping.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

The famous Tokyo Disneyland is situated in the suburbs of Tokyo. The park is divided into seven themed zones. In "Fantasyland", children will meet the characters of Walt Disney Studios' classic cartoons. "Adventureland" offers to head off to the tropical rainforests or try the amusement rides at the "Pirates of the Caribbean" complex. "Toontown" is inhabited by the celebrities of the Disney Universe: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, all happy to have their photos with the kids.

Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo

Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo

This entertainment complex is equipped with numerous amusement rides and playrooms. Take little kids to the Omotesando Children's Center where they will be offered a wide selection of learning games and workshops. At the center, children can draw on the walls, play in ball pits or watch puppet shows.

Museums

Museums

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

During the post-war period, there appeared new places of interest in the Land of the Rising Sun. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park dedicated to the victims of the nuclear bomb is the most famous place. Its huge territory comprises a memorial ensemble including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, monuments, a ceremonial bell, and a cenotaph. On the memorial ground, people organize demonstrations in the memory of the Hiroshima tragedy. The cenotaph is a symbolic grave for the victims of the nuclear strike whose names are engraved into the memorial plaque.

Toyota Mega Web Exhibition Center

Toyota Mega Web Exhibition Center

Toyota Mega Web is Japan's main automobile museum, a fantastic amusement park and a Toyota Corporation showroom, all in one and altogether, a place for all the flashy car fans. Occupying several floors of the huge Palette Town Amusement Center, this museum brings unspeakable pleasure to all the visitors, not only auto enthusiasts. Would you like to see future cars looking more like lunar rovers? Ride a cutting-edge high-speed car? Take a photo beside an amazing, stylish, shining car produced in 1950s-1970s? Then Toyota Mega Web is the right place for you!

International Manga Museum

International Manga Museum

Kimono, sushi and manga are the three pillars of Japanese culture in our fellow citizens' minds (and, in all fairness, this is somewhat true). Anyways, when visiting Kyoto, it is next to impossible to walk past the museum of manga, the legendary Japanese comics that amaze us at least with their characters' eye size. It should be said that this is a museum of an entirely new type: there are neither strict attendants who would prohibit touching the exhibits, nor boring expositions with nerdy inscriptions in fine print. In this museum, you can freely take a tome of manga and go to the yard to lie down on the grass and enjoy the twists and turns of a fascinating story.

The Little Prince Museum

The Little Prince Museum

The Japanese are perceived as an amazing nation for a reason. Who else would come up with an idea to create a true nook of Provence in a small resort town famous for its hot springs? This is exactly what happened in Hakone: in 1999, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. helped open the Museum of the Little Prince, the very one who saw a boa constrictor instead of a hat in a drawing. The exposition tells us about the life of the famous character's author, with his authentic letters and photographs. It should be said that the idea was not restricted to the museum alone. Soon, in a small area, there appeared a miniature French town with shops and famous bakeries.

Advice from the Expert

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

Do Not Talk on the Phone in Public Transport
Even though quiet talking on the phone is allowed in the streets of Japan, in public transport – subway, trains, buses, – using phones is prohibited altogether. Any violation of this rule will lead to people’s disapproval.

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

Tips at Restaurants
In Japan, payment for service is strictly regulated. When going to a restaurant, it is sufficient to pay for the order. Tips are not welcome and, in some cases, may even be perceived as offence.

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

Sort the Garbage
Trash cans are not common in Japan. The majority of them is found within the territory of railway stations. The country promotes waste sorting, and the cans are meant for different types of garbage. If you cannot find a suitable trash can along the way, it is best to throw out the garbage at the hotel.

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

You Can’t Photograph the Locals
In Japan, it is prohibited to take photos of people without their consent. This rule also pertains to the goods in stores and to museum exhibits. Prior to taking out your camera, ask the employees if making photos is allowed. Otherwise, it is possible to get a fine or even find oneself in a police station.

Trip Funds

Couple (2 persons), Tokyo

Funds / per day Cost ($)
Accommodation 165
Catering 100
Entertainment 180
Car rental 280

Useful Information

Currency

Yen (¥)

Local time

10:05 (GMT+9) Tokyo, Japan

Level of English

468 (EF score)

Voltage and plug type

100V, A,B

Do I need a visa?

No

Best months to visit

from March to May and from October to November

Driving

Is it worth renting a car

Should I Rent a Car? Yes

Traffic features

Traffic Particularities Left-hand traffic

Your first trip across Japan

01

Your first trip across Japan

Goal: visiting main tourist destinations.

5-7 days

02

A major family trip

Goal: nature, children's amusement parks.

7-10 days

03

Honeymoon: the entire Japan

Goal: visiting all regions of Japan.

10-20 days

Flight Duration

01

Tel Aviv – Tokyo

15 hours 55 minutes

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London – Tokyo

12 hours 45 minutes

03

New York – Tokyo

13 hours 50 minutes

Airports in the Country

Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport Haneda Airport Haneda Airport

Largest international airport in Tokyo (4th largest in the world) serving over 60-70 million passengers per year. Haneda Airport was opened in 1931. Today, it comprises several terminals (1, 2) and an international terminal. This is the base of the largest Japanese airline companies

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

Narita Airport Narita Airport Narita Airport

Narita was built in the late 70s to partially relieve another Tokyo airport, Haneda, which was not coping by that time with the dense passenger traffic. Narita is located about 70 kilometers away from the Japanese capital (one hour by train) and today, serves tens of millions of passengers.

Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport Kansai Airport

Kansai was built not too long ago, in 1994. It differs from the rest Japanese international airports due to its location on the very surface of Osaka Bay. Today, it serves as a base for numerous international companies: Air France, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Air China, Emirates, Thai Airways International, etc.

Chubu Airport

Chubu Airport

Chubu Airport

This is an international airport constructed in 2000 on an artificial island near Tokoname City. Chubu serves as a base for Air China, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, Korean Air, Lufthansa and a number of other Asian air carriers. There is one terminal at the airport serving both domestic and international flights. One can depart from Chubu by bus, train, and even by fast ferry.

An Approximate Itinerary
Tokyo → Kiso Valley → Osaka → Kyoto

Day 1
Arrival in Tokyo

Car rental (5 days: $206)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo
1 night, 1 adult
$165
Taxes included
Breakfast (optional): +$22

Day 2

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel ($22)

11:00

Visit to Tokyo Imperial Palace

12:30

Walk along Ginza District

13:30

Lunch at Kumamoto Akaushi Shabu-Shabu Koubai (average check: $35-40)

14:30

Tour of Sensoji Temple

16:00

Walk along Harajuku District and visit to Meiji Shrine

17:30

Walk in Shinjuku Gyoen Park

18:30

Dinner at NINJA Café & Bar (average check: $40-45)

19:30

Return to the hotel, overnight stay
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo
1 night, 1 adult
$165
Taxes included
Breakfast (optional): +$22

Day 3

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel ($22)

11:00

Ride to Magome Town

14:53

Arrival

15:00

Lunch at Uzuraya (average check: $25-30)

16:00

Walk along Magome-juku pedestrian alley

17:00

Ride to Osaka

20:00

Arrival, dinner at Gyukatsu Motomura Namba (average check: $30-35)

21:00

Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay
Osaka Riverside Hotel
1 night, 1 adult
$42
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 4

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Visit to Osaka Castle

13:00

Lunch at Okonomiyaki Chitose (average check: $20-25)

14:00

Walk along Shinsekai District

15:00

Visit to Nara Park

16:30

Ride to Kyoto

17:30

Arrival

17:40

Tour of Nijo Castle

18:30

Dinner at Trattoria Macedonia Yuki (average check: $25-30)

19:30

Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay
Shounsai
1 night, 1 adult
$113
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 5

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Tour of Fushimi Inari Shrine

12:30

Walk in the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Okochi Sanso Garden

14:00

Lunch at Saishuan Shiraki (average check: $45-50)

15:00

Visit to Kinkakuji Temple

16:00

Walk along Gion District

17:30

Dinner at Okonomiyaki Katsu (average check: $15-20)

18:30

Return to the hotel
Shounsai
1 night, 1 adult
$113
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Return of the rental car
Departure

The Country's 5 Jewels

Anna Kraskovskaya

Anna Kraskovskaya

Mount Koya (Koyasan)

Mount Koya (Koyasan)

This is a mountain in Wakayama Prefecture where many Shingon Buddhist temples are situated. The first temple was founded in 819. Today, these temples welcome tourists. The mountain is very picturesque, and the place itself is serene. Travelers are able to feel involved in the monks' lifestyle. On the mountain, there is also a beautiful cemetery illuminated at night. One can climb the mountain by riding a tram.

Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachi Taisha

This is one of the Kumano shrines. It is located near Katsuura Hot Springs. Numerous little paths lead to the shrine. They are surrounded with huge trees and stretch forward for 600 meters. The major beauties of Kumano Nachi Taisha include Japan's highest waterfall. It is 113 meters high and has a religious value for the Japanese people. Its might and beauty amaze even the most experienced travelers.

Ishigaki Island

Ishigaki Island

This is the main island of the Yaeyama island group. Here stands Mount Omote-dake, 526 meters in height. Ishigaki is famous for its coral reefs. People swim in the sea near the island all the year round because the water here is warm. Diving is extremely popular. Besides, here one can find the beautiful caves of Hirakubo and Ugan. Tourists are brought to the neighboring islands by boat.

Kotoku-in

Kotoku-in

Kotoku-in is a temple famous for its bronze statue of Buddha. The statue is 13.5 meters tall and over eight hundred years old. The initial statue was made of wood; its height amounted to 24 meters. But it got destroyed by a storm in 1247. In 1252, the construction of a new statue began. The process took 12 years, but the final masterpiece stood against all elements and has outlived the temple where it had been built.

The Happo-en Garden

The Happo-en Garden

The Happo-en Garden is a green island amidst the city of concrete. Its beauty has been noted by the government, and more tourists add it to their routes. In the garden, you can watch an authentic tea ceremony. Afterwards, you can walk along the path crossing a valley and surrounded by bonsai trees, watch fish in the pond or visit a temple. There are two temples here, and they regularly host weddings.

Cuisine

Ramen Noodles

Ramen Noodles

Homemade noodles in chicken or pork broth that, apart from noodles, contain meat (as a rule, pork), bamboo, herbs, an egg and other ingredients. A serving of ramen is always huge and thus fitting for two persons.

Soba

Soba

Buckwheat noodles. May be served hot in broth or cold with sauce. The first option is typical of winter while the second one is popular in summer. This is why you should be especially attentive when ordering: mention several times that you need hot noodles.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Deep-fried balls of dough stuffed with octopus. Served with a special sauce and a finely-cut fish topping.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

This is a meat or fish pancake, fried and garnished with sauce and herbs or that same finely-cut fish. The Osaka-style okonomiyaki are the most popular. Moreover, we recommend trying okonomiyaki in Osaka

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Часто задаваемые вопросы

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Where can I buy a kimono in Tokyo?

02

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03

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Is the country safe

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Emergency telephones

Police: 110

Fire Service: 119

Consulate:

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The Little Prince Museum
International Manga Museum
Toyota Mega Web Exhibition Center
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Tokyo Disneyland
Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo
Sankeien Garden

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