FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN JAPAN
The Shibuya Junction is the busiest junction in Japan. The pedestrian flood at the intersection has been depicted in many films, among others.
Good flight connections from Finland
Finland has good flight connections to Japan. The largest and busiest airports in the country are Narita Airport in Tokyo, as well as Osaka and Nagoya Airports.
Direct flights to Japan cost around € 700-1200, but adding exchanges and following up offers can get you up to € 400-500. Direct flights are offered by Finnair, for example. The flight to Japan takes about 10 hours.
In Japan, biometric identifiers are used, ie all foreigners entering the country over the age of 16 are taken with a facial image and fingerprints at the time of entry control. If the passenger does not agree to the action, he will not be allowed on the ground.
Hotels and accommodation
Hotels of hotel chains familiar to Finns can be found mainly in large cities, such as Tokyo. The hotel offer is plentiful and at roughly the same prices as in Finland.
It is a memorable experience to stay in local inns or ryokani. Rooms at the inns are traditional Japanese rooms with tatami-mat flooring and guests sleep on luxuriously soft mattresses instead of beds. Inns often also have a bath open to visitors.
In addition to the most traditional hotels and inns, the traveler can try quite imaginative accommodation in Japan. The innovation of Japanese entrepreneurs has developed, for example, a capsule hotel where guests sleep in stacked capsules. In addition, larger cities have a good selection of hostels.
Getting around Japan
Japan’s public transport is reliable and punctual. In Japan, you can travel by bus, train and plane, for example. Japan has left-hand traffic.
The railway network in Japan is very comprehensive and trains can travel not only between big cities, but also to smaller villages. High-speed bullet trains run between major centers. In addition to the national railway company, there are numerous private train companies in Japan.
Train travel in Japan is relatively expensive, but very fast and punctual. Ordinary trains are cheaper than high-speed bullet trains, which are the easiest way to travel long distances. In large cities, in addition to local trains, the tourist can also travel by metro. On local trains and metros, the price depends on the distance.
Before traveling to Japan, a tourist should obtain a Japan Rail Pass, which must be purchased prior to arrival in the country. With a rail pass, you can travel, for example, for about 200 euros for a week. The local travel cards Suica and Pasmo, both of which operate in Tokyo, are also sufficient for local traffic. The Icoca travel card also works in western Japan.
Further information: Japan Rail Pass, Suica
For example, it is cheapest to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto by bus, so tickets cost 20-30 euros at best. The journey takes eight hours. Flying and bullet trains are faster ways to move between islands, for example, but they are also more expensive, as a bullet train can cost more than € 100 between Tokyo and Kyoto.
JAPAN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Tokyo’s old observation tower, the Tokyo Tower, is an iconic attraction, although the higher Skytree has supplanted it as a tourist destination. The largest cities of Japan include Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
In the central Japanese capital of Tokyo, Honshu Island, there is plenty to do for more vacations. About 13 million people live in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
In a city of millions, one can easily lose oneself among the entertainment. The lively city life is surrounded by large shopping malls, varied restaurants and special evening activities such as karaoke bars, crowded nightclubs and cozy mini bars.
Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods include fashion and shopping in Shibuya, Shinjuku and Harajuku, as well as technology and popular culture in Akihabara. In addition, there is plenty to see and experience in Ueno and the Odaiba artificial island. Odaiba has shopping malls and museums, as well as a traditional Japanese spa.
Cherry trees in Kyoto
Located in the western part of Honshu Island, classic Kyoto offers the opportunity to explore traditional and sophisticated Japan, but the city also features a modern shopping street and observation tower.
The city has as many as 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Temples, Palaces and rock gardens are an integral part of the area blossomed by cherry trees.
Cultural tourist Nara
Located near Kyoto, Nara was Japan’s first real capital and today a real treasure trove for the traveler. The city has many cultural sites and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Nara is a small town whose attractions are easy to explore, for example on a day trip from Kyoto. The city is known for its free-roaming deer.
THE BEST OF JAPAN
Short for JPN by abbreviationfinder, Japan is especially beautiful in the spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom to their full glory.
The best travel destinations in Japan
The best Japanese food
- Raamen – Chinese noodle soup
- Soba – dark noodles made from buckwheat flour, cold or fried
- Okonomiyaki – a cabbage-based pancake with the fillings you want
- Takoyaki – a batter with an octopus inside