Planning your Japan Trip

A trip to Japan cannot be improvised, especially when it comes to the first one. Visa, budget, travel, accommodation: what are the main elements to take into account when planning your trip to Japan?

Start making plans

The first phase of preparing your trip to Japan will be to take stock of your desires. Do you prefer the city, mountain or a bit of both? Would you like to discover the most tourist places or think outside the box? Do you want to discover the Japanese islands or a particular city? So many questions to ask beforehand, before embarking on any reservation.

In terms of travel mode, two alternatives are available to you. You can:

• Opt for an organized tour where you can discover or rediscover Japan with a specialist guide of Japanese culture. In this case, you can benefit from a turnkey trip (flight, accommodation, visits planned according to the theme chosen) and travel Japan with a group;

• Opt for a custom circuit that will give you total freedom. You can organize it alone or with the help of a local. You can find one here.

Preparing for Japan

As part of an organized tour, cost and modes of transportation are usually provided. If you plan your trip from A to Z and plan to change cities, you will need to plan your trips. To take the train, the reference is the JR Pass which allows you to travel unlimited from one end of the country to the JR network. Budget around $200 for 7 days (rates vary daily with the change). Pasmo and Suica cards will also be useful for your train and metro trips. To save time, you can order them online before you leave.

If you prefer to travel by car, you can rent a car in advance. A favorite mode when you really want to discover the Japanese countryside.

Good to know

The cities are quite far apart, take into account the travel time in your program.

Accomadation

Japan offers a wide variety of accommodations, depending on your prefHouses,

• Houses , perfect to live in Japanese style and soak up culture. Living Japan offers rental of houses (up to 8 people) in the heart of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa and Fukuoka. On site, enjoy the support of a Travel Angel , who will answer all your questions about the neighborhood, give you good addresses and practical advice.

• Classic hotels, Western type;

• Ryokan, typical Japanese inns, to be preferred in the countryside or in small towns;

• Youth hostels, to achieve maximum savings.

The search for accommodation is the most important element of preparing a trip to Japan , with the booking of tickets and the development of the program. Do not wait until the last minute because this destination is more and more popular.