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Travel Guide

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. 

Japan Fast Facts


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.

Top tour picks

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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
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Japan on a Shoestring
The latest fashion trends, the newest electronic gadgets, ancient temples, and the way of the samurai. With this tour, you will experience the two capitals of Japan: the modern day capital of Tokyo, and the imperial era capital of Kyoto. In Tokyo you will explore the upcoming fashion crazes and the newest technologies around, and then you will head west to the calm and historic city of Kyoto where you can hike the iconic Thousand Gate Temple. In your free time, explore what it was like to be a samurai warrior, and enjoy this amazingly cheap Japan tour!
6 days from $1615 | Save up to 20%
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Authentic Japan Advenutre
Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty, amazing history, and unique culture of Japan on this unforgettable small group experience. You will be meditating in Buddhist temples, chilliing with snow monkeys and snapping away at the Matsumoto Castle. 
10 days from $2529 
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Japan Travel Costs


The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between ¥500 – ¥600 (approx $6.70- $8), but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of ¥100 – ¥200 (approx $1.33-$2.66).


The cost of a meal in Japan can range from ¥800 – ¥3000 (approx $10.50-$40), 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) 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).



Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around ¥3000 (approx $40).



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 $26)

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.


Rail Pass

From $3887-21 Days

There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen 'bullet' trains, which wizz you effortlessly through Japan at speeds of up to 300km/h. Check out our Japan Rail Pass options, intended for international travelers!

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Work Japan
Keen to explore a new country while working at one of the world’s coolest winter destinations? Then this is the opportunity made just for you! We will be supporting you the whole way through, from your first steps in Japan, to the very moment you’re back home. If you're looking to work in Japan for the holidays with the best support available, contact us!
From $895 | Save $50
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Hakuba Powder Package
See a different side to Japan's bright lights, neon colours and gizmos and gadgets...hit the fresh white-powdered slopes of Hakuba. When off-piste, sample local sushi, soak in fresh hot springs or just kick back with a Kirin. This tour includes lift passes, return transfers from Tokyo airport and accommodation.
8 Days From $1419
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Japan Winter Wonder + Ski
From walking through the bustling Ginza Fashion district of Tokyo, to shredding some ice down the slopes of Tsugaike Kogen in Hakuba, you will explore the most that Japan has to offer during the winter season. Over the next 13 days, you will live through the greatest moments of your life, riding on bullet trains all over Japan, taking in the amazing and exotic culture that Japan has to offer, and getting a taste of the most authentic sushi that cannot be found anywhere else. If you want to explore as much of Japan as you can, this is for you!
13 days from $4865
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Terms and conditions

To redeem return flights to Japan from just $499 when you book any Japan tour 7 days or more. This offer is valid for travel between 11 APR 19 - 30 JUN 19, or 09 JUL 19 - 06 DEC 19. The deal is subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Must be enrolled as full-time student or under the age of 31 to be eligible for this offer at this price. Prices will increase if over the age of 31. FLEXIpay is available on this package however if this tour is cancelled you are then required to pay the difference of your booked flights or they will be forfeited. Book before 28 FEB 19.