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Japan Travel Advice

The best part of planning your trip to Japan is picking where to go, what to see and do, and (perhaps most importantly) what you’re going to eat. However, there are also some practical things to consider, so to make things easier we’ve put together some travel advice on the important things such as visas, money, transport and when to travel to Japan. This way you can get back to the more fun part of your holiday planning!

local walkway

When to visit Japan

Japan can be visited year-round, although the climate varies a lot through the year. Take a look at our guide to the Japanese seasons to help you figure out whether to pack your thermals or your flip-flops.

Visa, Passport and Money Advice

Planning your Japan trip doesn’t have to be stressful. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together all the visa, passport and money info you’ll need to get clued up before you travel.


Getting around Japan

From high-speed trains to pedal power, there are numerous ways to travel around Japan. Here’s our handy guide on your main transport options once you’re in the country.

Getting to Japan

The good news is that when travelling to Japan you’ll have a good range of direct flight choices, all departing from Heathrow. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, along with British Airways, provide this direct service and the duration of these flights is between 11 & 12 hours. When travelling from northern UK airports there are a few options open to you in terms of connections. Air France (Paris), KLM (Amsterdam), Emirates (Dubai), Qatar Airways (Doha), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) and British Airways (London) connection flights are all popular choices. You’ll usually fly into one of Tokyo’s two airports, Haneda and Narita.

local temples


From modern city hotels to traditional Ryokans, our Japan accommodation offers variety, a taste of tradition and great locations.