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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. 


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: ¥
$1 NZD is approx 75¥


Time Zones

UTC + 09:00, which means Japan is 3 hours behind New Zealand.

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One Life Japan

With this tour package, you will have the full Japan experience, visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka. You will learn to make sushi true Japanese style, visit the most exotic temples, and take in the mix of futuristic and traditional culture of Japan. This 10 day epic journey across some of Japan's most iconic landmarks is sure to be the best 10 days you've ever had!
10 days: Tokyo to Osaka
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Epic Japan: Sake and Street Food

Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife, visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas, see the floating torii gate of Miyajima, stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan.
11 days: Tokyo to Osaka
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When to Visit Japan

Japan has distinctly marked seasons with a more agreeable climate than other places in Oriental Asia. Although Hokkaido and the north can see freezing temperatures in the winter, the season also provides great ski conditions and hosts the amazing Sapporo Snow Festival. Spring is the most popular time to visit thanks to the beautiful cherry blossom that blooms across the country - accommodation books up way in advance for the blossom weeks (usually the beginning of April). The summer can be prone to rain storms and high humidity is typical - only Hokkaido escapes the brunt of it. Autumn is another popular time to visit, and the changing colours of the season make for great viewing of Japan's famous gardens.


Getting Around Japan

Japan is famed for its amazing bullet trains, and the Japan Rail Pass is a brilliant way to get around the country. Alternatively there are some amazing tours of Japan, allowing you to have things taken care of for you. Want something extra special? Our Tailor Made team are here to help too.


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

Taxi Ride

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)