The Land of the Rising Sun, of the secret world of the Geisha, of the mysterious Samurai, and then again of anime, technology and the bullet train. Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts, of day to day paradoxes that manage to baffle even the most well travelled among us. Travel to Japan, a place where the ancient and the futuristic seem to coexist in complete harmony - it will leave you in awe.
The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese, however you will also find minority languages such as Ainu
Name: Japanese Yen
$1 NZD is approx 75¥
UTC + 09:00, which means Japan is 3 hours behind New Zealand.
The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between ¥500 – ¥600 (approx $7-$8.40), but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of ¥100 – ¥200 (approx $1.40-$2.80).
The cost of a meal in Japan can range from ¥800 – ¥3000 (approx $11.22-$42), with a bowl of ramen costing around ¥500 (approx $7). 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
Looking to catch a cab? a normal taxi tariff starts at ¥300 (approx $4.20) 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 $11.22).
Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around ¥3000 (approx $42).
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 $28)