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Travel Japan

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.

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: ¥

Time Zone

Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00)


There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen, or ‘bullet’ trains, which whizz you effortlessly from the southern tip of Kyushu to the northern tip of Honshu at speeds of up to 300km/h. Not just fast, these wonderful trains are super-efficient, almost silent and depart so punctually you could set your watch to the exact second!



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FR. R14,519SAVE R2,560
  • 1 Country | 6 DaysTop cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
  • Enjoy an orientation walk in Tokyo
  • Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town
  • Board a train to Japan's imperial capital, Kyoto
  • Explore the culturally-rich city of Kyoto
  • T&Cs apply.



FR. R28,475SAVE R5,024
  • 1 Country | 11 DaysTop cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
  • Enjoy an orientation walk in Tokyo
  • Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town
  • Board a train to Japan's imperial capital, Kyoto
  • Explore the culturally-rich city of Kyoto
  • Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate
  • Board a train to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals and explore
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass included. T&Cs apply.
Japan travel

Tokyo Plaza Hotel

Tokyo Plaza Hotel is located a 2-minute walk from Shin Okubo Station and a 12-minute drive from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It offers a cafe, massage services and rooms with free internet. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, fax facilities and a flat-screen TV. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Dry cleaning services are available upon request.

Sunlite Shinjuku

Just 800 m from Shinjuku Station, Hotel Sunlite offers contemporary air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, free wired internet and an en suite bathroom. A breakfast buffet is served. Free-use internet terminals are located in the lobby. Restaurant Floret offers Japanese foods for breakfast, and Western-style lunches and dinners.

Grand House Chang Tee

An 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, Grand House Chang Tee Hotel offers Western and Japanese-style rooms. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and self-service laundry facilities. From Ikebukuro Station it takes less than 15 minutes by train to downtown areas Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya. Grand House Hotel is close to shops, restaurants and a convenience store.

Japan Fast Facts


The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between ¥500 – ¥600, but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of ¥100 – ¥200.


The cost of a meal in Japan can range from ¥800 – ¥3000, with a bowl of ramen costing around ¥500. 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 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.


Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around ¥3000.


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.

Terms and conditions

Japan Rail - 


Exchange procedure
Once in Japan, In order to obtain your Japan Rail Pass, you will need to exchange your voucher (“Exchange Order”) at a JR office, which can be found at the airport or in the main train stations. At the JR office, you need to complete a form which will be handed to you, and show the entry stamp on your passport. When exchanging your voucher you will have to decide the date you want to start using your pass – which must be within 30 days from the date you are making the exchange. You have 3 months from the Exchange Order issuing date to obtain your Japan Rail Pass. Please make sure you are carrying the original Passport, as well as the original Exchange Order, as photocopy of either will not be accepted! .


Any alterations made to the exchange order or pass after the exchange, make the document invalid and non-refundable.


Refund of an Exchange Order
An Exchange Order can be refunded only at the office where it was issued, within one year of the issue date – provided it has not been exchanged for a Pass. The refund will be subject to a 15% cancellation charge and relevant administration charges at the time of cancellation.


Refund of a Japan Rail Pass
A Pass cannot be refunded once you have started using it; however in exceptional cases evaluated by Japan Rail, a Pass could be refunded if you have not started using it, i.e. before the first date of use, at the Agency where purchased, less cancellation and administration fees. Please note that the pass is non-refundable on or after the first date of use..
Duplicate passes and/or Exchange Orders cannot be issued if lost or stolen. Please ensure it's safe keeping.
The Japan Rail Pass is not valid for travel, reserved or non-reserved, on the “Nozomi” and “Mizuho” Shinkansen services; to board these services, you must pay the full fare.