Travel in Japan
Japan is a country of contrasts. From the snowy northern reaches of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa. From the historic shrines and castles of the feudal towns to the futuristic electronic superstores in Tokyo. And as a foodie who could ignore the contradictions of simple bowl of rice that must remain completely unadorned to the complex and perfectly balanced traditional kaiseki-ryōri menu. You are never quite sure what to expect next in Japan but it’s almost certainly going to be an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
If your here in the early stages of planning your trip you may want to browse the full content – you’ll click the link to head directly to our archive of Japan Travel articles. However there are now hundreds of posts on this incredible country so if you scroll down below we’ll group it into regions and categories that should help you find what you are looking for much faster.
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Which cities and regions are you most interested in?
If you’re planning to travel in a specific city click the button below to identify posts related to that region.
Tips on getting around in Japan
We have a range of posts to help you get around in Japan and understand the value and convenience of different transport options.
- Top tips for transport in Japan, all you need to know for getting around easily, efficiently and cost effectively
- Answering all your questions on the Top tips for transport in Japan
- Mastering the Tokyo subway system – get around like a local in no time
And some general Japan Travel tips for visitors
- Understanding what happens in a Shinto Shrine and the etiquette for visiting one
- The elaborate wedding kimono of Japanese brides
We live in a sub-tropical climate in Queensland, Australia. Our seasons aren’t clearly defined so it’s such a novelty to experience them in Japan. Not only are they each distinct in weather but you’ll find the natural landscape, the festivals and styles of food are all quite different.
Read more about Spring in Japan
Read more about Winter in Japan
There are so many fabulous festivals in Japan and they are a great way to interact with the local community. They also provide an opportunity to learn a little about the history and culture of the country. This link will take you to a full list of our festival and event posts or you can follow the links below to some of the more popular ones.
- Setsubun Eve celebrations on the 2nd February in Kyoto and Setsubun Eve celebrations on the 2nd February in Kyoto
- At Kiyomizudera celebrate Seiryu-e with the dragon that protects Kyoto
- The Nagahama Matsuri is a true local festival with an interesting history
- The Sapporo Snow Festival and Otaru Snow Gleaming are winter festivals in the northern Island of Hokkaido
An Adventure in Japanese Food
Finally one of the essentials of travel is to enjoy, or at least try, the local cuisine. In Japan there’s so many dishes that I love, a handful I was happy to try once or twice and very very occasionally something that I refuse to eat such as the whale meat restaurant in an arcade in Sapporo. It might have been a once in a lifetime experience but I just couldn’t do it. Here are a few of the top choices though.