Have you always dreamed of visiting East Asia via its Charming Asia Tours? Did you always want to visit the place where sushi first came from? The place where Sumo wrestling came from? And, on the other end of the spectrum, where manga has its roots? If you did, the Land of the Rising Sun is the place for you.
Japan is a country that is richly embedded with culture that dates back many centuries. It is also a nation whose popular culture is tracing its way around the world. What better, then, to visit the place where it all began? There are many reasons for visiting Japan – the best one being the fact that you get an opportunity to soak in all that cultural history and remarkably tasteful cuisine!
Now that you have decided you are going to visit Japan, you will want to make sure that the experience is comfortable and hassle-free. For this, you will need to know the specifics about the place. The possible questions you may ask range from how to get there, where to stay, what the ideal time to visit is, what places to visit, and which cities to go to, among others.
Fear not, for all these questions – ranging from your accommodation queries to the ones about basic language – will be answered here. We hope you find all your answers in the chapters that follow.
Chapter 1: Getting To Japan
This chapter focuses on the various means by which you can reach Japan, while also informing you what the best time to visit Japan is.
How can you get to Japan?
You have two options you can choose from in order to get to Japan:
Air: There are two commonly used international flight destinations in Japan – and these are located close to Tokyo and Osaka, thus providing ease of access to the cities in question. These airports are connected to major airports in Asia and US, as well as many airports around the world.
Boat: While there are ferries from a few countries to Japan, some people consider this a rather impractical option of travel as air travel is simply more convenient. However, there are a few ferry lines that provide ease of travel – and these include ferries from Busan (South Korea). Apart from this, ferry and cruise options are available from Taiwan, China and Russia as well.
The best time to visit Japan
The best time to visit Japan is in the months of April, most of May (excluding the first week), August and September, because of the following reasons:
The weather is mild and pleasant.
Certain festivities take place around these months.
Tourist places will not be overly crowded.
However, there are certain periods when visiting Japan is not advisable, either because of the extremities in weather, or because tourist destinations will be too crowded for you to be able to enjoy your visit. These periods are listed below:
Around New Year: Many shops, restaurants and tourist spots and closed around this time)
Golden week, from April 29th to May 5th: Tourist activity is at its peak
Obon week, in mid August: Another time when tourist activity is at a high, resulting in increased accommodation rates
Chapter 2: Accommodation
Japan offers various accommodation options for tourists who want to experience the country. These options do not just include the conventional hotels; there are some unique Japanese establishments available too.
You can choose the kind of accommodation depending on the number of people travelling, the budget you have in mind, the duration of your stay, and the kind of living experience you want to have. Note that accommodation costs increase in the peak season – when there is highest tourist activity.
The various options available to you are listed below.
These are organized in the typical Western fashion. The hotels are structured the same way a Western hotel would be, and offer the same kinds of amenities. Those looking for slightly cheaper hotels can even go for Business hotels, which provide the basic amenities and are comfortable and well-kept. Some hotels adopt a self check-in and check-out mechanism that allows you to book in a comfortable manner.