Your most frequently asked Japan travel questions
Now that you’ve set your heart on immersing yourself in tranquil Japan, we bet you have lots of practical questions about travelling around. Well, we’ve put together some questions we regularly get asked by our customers before they go to help you out.
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How easy is it to use a rail pass?
Very easy. Overall, the Japan rail pass is a tourist-friendly, strictly out-of-country purchase that permits travel virtually anywhere in Japan over a 7, 14 or 21 day period. The pass is amazingly useful for exploring Japan. All you need to do is present your documents at an ‘Exchange Office’ in their original and physical form and then travelling freedom is yours. We would recommend booking your onward train to your next location as soon as you arrive – this way you’ll know what time to be at the station for your departure.
When is the best time to visit?
Outside of the popular cherry blossom season, autumn is a beautiful time of year to take a trip to Japan. In September to November, you’ll find trees dressed in autumnal leaves, pleasant temperatures of 18° to 26°C and generally clear skies. The autumn season is known to attract as many people as cherry blossom season. People all over Japan set out to find the best spot to see the impressive mix of yellow, orange and red leaves.
Is Japan good for families?
Japan is a great destination for children of all ages. The usual concerns of safety and hygiene simply aren’t an issue in Japan. It’s an easy destination to travel around with plenty of entertainment for kids, from playgrounds to game centres and museums to outdoor exploring. If your family are picky or unadventurous eaters, you may find the cuisine a challenge. But you should find a lot of family restaurants in Japan, which usually serve western food or special kids meals. The bigger cities are full of international restaurants so you should always find something for those picky eaters.
I have specific dietary requirements, is that a problem?
Travellers who eat fish should have no problem eating in Japan, the Japanese just can’t get enough of it! If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan and are worried about food, you’ll find that most big cities have vegetarian and organic restaurants which serve a variety of dishes that’ll suit you. You may find that in the more remote or countryside areas, there will be limited places to find food that’s right for you. Make sure you let the restaurant know about your dietary requirements and perhaps search the best places to go near you (you can use the Happycow app). Many temples in Japan serve shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine made without meat, fish or dairy products. If you are gluten-free, check out our blog that tells you all you need to know about gluten-free food in Japan. Find it here.
Will I get internet?
When booking your trip with us, we can provide you with pocket wifi at a fee. As stated in the name, the wifi routers are pocket-sized and perfect for taking on the go, and when fully charged can last around 11 hours. The router provides you with easy to use internet access anywhere in Japan. It’s great for Google Maps to show you the best restaurants, sites and even help you with your Japanese language. Outside of this, you should find wifi in most places on your travels.
How easy is it to get around Japan? Do the locals speak English?
When booking your Japan trip, we’ll arrange your transport options for you and we recommend travelling between cities using a Japan rail pass. To get around the big cities you’ll find it pretty straightforward due to well-developed subway networks and you can get day passes to help you find your way around the cities. Taxis can be found around every corner in the big cities, but the fares can be quite high. To avoid an ever-increasing taxi fare, we recommend avoiding taxis in the morning and evening rush hours if you can. Most of the locals in Japan can’t speak very good English, so learning a few basics before your trip really goes a long way. Google Translate will be your best friend in this situation.