What to expect on your first visit to Japan

Japan is a magnificent country for travellers of all kinds. It's incredibly safe, with world-class infrastructure and unique history. One of the reasons for this unique history is that Japan itself has never been successfully invaded. Therefore, it retains a unique culture that makes it a great place to visit.

Japan is a beautiful country with lots to see and discover. Citizens of Japan are very polite, courteous, and follow the rules, which is why you won't often see a lot of litter or people crossing the street unless specifically directed to.

Japan, however, is a country often hit by natural disasters. Between typhoons and earthquakes, a lot can happen that can ruin your trip. Having appropriate travel insurance for Japan can, at the very least, help you get compensated.

Transportation in Japan

Transportation in Japan can easily be accomplished through their impressive train system. The Bullet Train (in Japanese known as the Shinkansen ???) can travel up to speeds of 374 mph, which can get you from Tokyo to Kyoto in as little as 2 hours and 20 minutes.

However, taking these trains can be quite expensive. Each way costs approximately £100, but for tourists, there is a way you can keep these transportation costs low.

The Japan Rail Pass was designed to help tourists see more of the country. Its offered in 7, 14, or 21-day programs and is very similar to the Eurorail system we have here. It costs:

  • 7 Days: £203
  • 14 Days: £324
  • 21 Days: £415

It's important that you work out how often you intend to travel, to see if it's more worthwhile to get the Regional train pass or the Japan Rail Pass

Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine differs from prefectures. Tokyo is known for Fukagawa Don and Kusaya, whereas Kyoto is infamous for Obanzai and Kaiseki Ryori. However, wherever you visit, you will be able to find high-quality sushi and sashimi.

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