Faster and smarter in the app... Download now

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.

Related content

If you enjoyed this article and would like more info on travel to Japan, check out our other posts on the topic.

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 828848.

Holiday Extras™ is a Trading Name of Holiday Extras Cover Limited

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is provided by Taurus Insurance Services, an insurance intermediary licenced and authorised in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission under Permission Number 5566 and authorised to passport general insurance intermediary services into the UK and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK under registration number 444830.

The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE. Great Lakes Insurance SE is a German insurance company with its headquarters at Königinstrasse 107, 80802 Munich. UK Branch office: 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, EC3M 5BN, company number SE000083. Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, is authorised and regulated by Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht. Deemed authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number: 769884. Subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details of the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allows EEA-based firms to operate in the UK for a limited period while seeking full authorisation, are available on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website.