Travelling in Japan: a comprehensive guide

Our tips & tricks for traveling in Japan

We at Japan Experience are here to share our experience and knowledge of everything you need to know about Japan before your departure and during your trip. Rest assured that you will have the trip of your lifetime!

Do I need travel insurance?

Although it's not a legal requirement as a tourist in Japan, it's strongly recommended that you have travel insurance when you travel to Japan, or anywhere else in the world. Travel insurance will give you peace of mind and protect you in the event of any unforeseen situations that may arise during your trip. Medical expenses can be expensive in Japan compared to some countries, but affordable compared to others. Travel insurance will also protect you in the event of trip cancellation, flight delays and cancellations, baggage loss, civil liability and offers 24-hour emergency assistance.

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1. Tokyo: Japan's vibrant capital is a fascinating mix of modern skyscrapers, traditional neighborhoods, trendy boutiques and historic temples. Explore the neighborhoods of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Asakusa, and discover cutting-edge technology in the heart of the city.

2. Kyoto: The former capital of Japan, Kyoto is brimming with iconic temples and shrines, Zen gardens and picturesque alleyways. Soak up traditional culture and attend a tea ceremony or admire the geishas in the Gion district.

3. Osaka: Known for its delicious cuisine and lively urban atmosphere, Osaka offers a variety of sights, including Osaka Castle, the Dotonbori district and Universal Studios Japan Park.

4. Hiroshima: Here you'll find the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a poignant tribute to the events of the Second World War. Also visit the island of Miyajima with its famous floating Torii and Itsukushima temple.

5. Nara: Close to Kyoto, Nara is famous for its deer park and the Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.

Tokyo Tower



Couple visitant Kyoto main dans la main

Couple visitant Kyoto main dans la main

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Direct access to JR Kyoto station from Kansai airport

Direct access to JR Kyoto station from Kansai airport

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Nara, Japan's first imperial capital.

Nara, Japan's first imperial capital.

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1. Hakone (Mount Fuji): The iconic Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, attracts hikers and nature lovers alike. Surrounded by 5 lakes, Mount Fuji is one of the symbols of Japan. The town of Hakone at its foot offers magnificent views of this still-active volcano.

2. Kanazawa: This historic town is renowned for its Kenrokuen garden, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, as well as its geisha quarter and its history of craftsmanship.

 3. The Japanese Alps: With spectacular mountain scenery, hiking, winter activities and comforting local cuisine, the Japanese Alps are a paradise for nature lovers and picturesque villages. The region is also renowned for its onsens, hot springs.

4. Shikoku: This island in south-west Japan is famous for the Shikoku pilgrimage (known as the Henro in Japanese), which includes 88 Buddhist temples. A unique spiritual experience to discover in whole or in part. In the town of Matsuyama, you'll also find the famous Dogo Onsen, which inspired Hayao Miyazaki in Studio Ghibli's animated film Spirited Away. 


The Minami-Alps Aputo Line
Fuji Shinkansen


Mount Fuji from Kawaguchiko pagoda in Fall season

Mount Fuji from Kawaguchiko pagoda in Fall season

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Château de Kumamoto

Kumamoto Castle


Onsen Shidotaira

Onsen Shidotaira

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