You can’t expect anything from Japan. It’s a world away. Japan has its very own culture worth getting to know.
At first we all think of Tokyo – a giant metropolis with neon lights and endless entertainment choices. Whlile Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world to visit, don’t ignore maybe what’s most important thing about the Japan. And it’s their connection to nature. In every city you go ther’re will be an impecably arranged Japanese garden, or 20 more like in Kyoto, and huge parks.
80% of the country is mountanous so going skiing in Winter and hiking in Summer can be a part of your journey. Did you know that the area of Yamagata experiences some of the heaviest snowfall on the planet?
Not a person who tolerates cold? Well, Japan has an array of Islands with sub tropical climate to accommodate your beach requests. The mainland is surrounded by the pacific ocean which offers some of the best tuna on the planet.
Yes, Japan is a paradise for foodies – the freshest sushi and sashimi, tastiest ramen and most exquisite Kaiseki cuisine are at your disposal in the country of the rising sun.
Japan’s beauty is undeniable especially in Spring when the Cherry Blossom or Hanami season is and the country turns into a giant pink field. While in Fall, the leaves turn bright red, yellow and orange creating a magical feeling everywhere you go.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, depending on how much time you have to spend in the country amazing opportunities will open up for you.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto
You can dress up in Yukata
When you plan a trip you need someone who has actually been there and has experienced the place. While everything in travel is subjective to the person’s point of view and always changing, a push in the right direction can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. Planning an itinerary takes time, concentration and sometimes it takes as many days as the trip itself.
Let me and my local partners in Japan make the heavy lifting for you.
Apart from planning your daily itinerary for Japan, I’ll be able to help you with the following, personalized to your own trip:
Contact me here to tell me more about your trip to see if we’re a good match. If you prefer a call, let me know.
Planning Fees in USD
Min planning fee – equal of 5 travel days
Max planning fee – up to 500$ for the whole trip
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest near Kyoto
Accommodation – There are several types of accommodation in Japan. Prices are for a double room, unless otherwise written:
Japan is not a cheap country when it comes to accommodation. The highest prices are during Hanami season (cherry blossom viewing) usually from the last 2 weeks of March to the fist two in April and again duting Fall for the Autumn leaves foliage.
Food – This may come as a surprise for you but food in Japan is cheap. Even the freshest sushi set will set you back no more than 15€/ 17$ per person and that includes water or green tea. They’re free in all restaurants. A mid class meal would be 25€/ 30$ per person. For fancy dinner and kaiseki restaurants expect to pay from 100€/ 115$ and up.
Transportation – Unless you’re exploring the Northern Island of Japan or some remote places, I recommend using public transport. It’s straighforward and easy to use. We never got lost. Japan offers varouis discounts for travelers. The most famous is JR Pass. It costs $269 USD for 7 days, $428 USD for 14 days. It’s not the only wine Tokyo Wide pass or the simple Suica rechargeable card can be useful depending on your itinerary.
Suggested daily budget – As you saw from above Portugal offers wide range of options for all types of budgets. I would suggest the following daily budget per person:
100€/ 115$ – if you’re staying at a hostel/ cheaper guest house/ airbnb, use public transpor, eat out at cheap but yummy places. Souvenirs and tours need to be kept at a minimum (or stricly self-exploring).
100-200€ / 115$ -225$ – stay at mid-upper class accommodation, eat out at cheap to mid-range restaurants with a splurge here and there. Make 1-2 tours/ experiences. Shop for clothing and/ or souvenirs at mid-range places.
280€ and up – for this budget you’ll get the most comfortable travel. Upper class accommodation, taxis when necessary and private transfers are possible. Tours, experiences, concerts can make part of your trip. You can shop at boutiques and enjoy the most out of your trip .