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Hakone Torii Gate - JR Pass Japan Budget Guide (Tokyo to Osaka)

An ever-popular destination no matter the season, the Land of the Rising Sun is nothing short of good food, amazing cleanliness, and a myriad of distinctive sub-cultures. A multi-faceted country once you start exploring deeper, there’s always something new to discover in Japan, where traditional and modern elements combine to form something special.

Staying in Tokyo capsule hotels doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice comfort and style! Here are 11 inexpensive accommodations in Tokyo you can slide into for a cosy night’s rest. Left: Book and Bed Hostel, one of Tokyo's prettiest...
Standing on different sides of the escalator, different ramen broth, and even speaking a different language!? Have you noticed that people in Osaka stand on the right side of escalators, while the locals in Tokyo, stand on the left? NANI??...
Spending three days in Oita, I realised, there’s so much more to Japan than the familiar favourites of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.  While three days isn’t enough for a trip to Japan, this is an excellent add-on to your existing...
Done Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka? ...Okay, so has everyone else. Spice up your Japan game with hidden gems you wouldn't find in your average guidebook! We've snapped videos at Shibuya Crossing, wandered through Arashiyama's towering bamboo, and posed with deer...
Here's the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea guide we wished we had before going to Japan. First published: 27 Sep 2017 Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are without a doubt one of the best in the world. The problem is, it's also an...
Updated 22 Feb 2024: Sakura season is back! We've got new flowering dates from Japan Meteorological Corporation, and a fresh list of handpicked day tours that can enhance your cherry blossom experience. For those planning to catch the sakura...
Newly updated Universal Studios (USJ) guide for those heading there in 2024! If you're travelling to Osaka, spending at least a day at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is a must! We last visited Universal Studios Japan in 2022, and Super...
This Japan itinerary was first written in Sep 2017. Since then, the cost of the JR Pass has gone from ¥29,650 to ¥50,000 so here's an updated itinerary without the JR Pass! Let's see if we can still keep...
This is how you can extract that tender Ghibli happiness for your trip to Tokyo, without involving anything directly Ghibli-themed. Ghibli is about that feeling. Think its mesmerising portrayal of our world, mystical yet recognisable. Its poignantly moving soundtracks (glory...
A Japan itinerary for travellers looking for new gems in Tokyo. To me, Tokyo is Japan’s neon source of endless inspiration. People say it's over-glorified, but I always stumble upon something that opens my eyes while I'm there. Whether it...
Now that JR Pass prices have increased by more than 30%, it might not be worth it… Fortunately, other budget alternatives like single Shinkansen tickets and regional passes exist! It's no secret that we love Japan — we’ve actually been...
Budget-friendly alternatives for your next trip to Japan! In case you missed it, JR Pass prices have increased by more than 30% since 1 Oct 2023. For example, the 7-day Whole Japan JR Pass which used to cost ¥29,650, now...
Discover new hidden gems, try a new sport, and satisfy your inner Ghibli fan in this Tokyo itinerary, perfect for solo travellers. We love Tokyo. It's fast-paced, busy, and exciting. But after hitting all the obvious must-sees in Tokyo, I've...
Staying in a ryokan and visiting Mt Fuji are two of the most quintessential experiences when travelling to Japan. Photo credit: Klook While most travellers visit Mt Fuji on a day trip from Tokyo, the Fuji area is worth a few...
Theme parks are essential to any Japan itinerary — but if you only have time to visit ONE, read this guide for a better idea! We've visited Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on separate trips, and...
By far the most difficult decision you'll make for your Japan trip. Deciding which major theme park in Japan to visit? Take this short 1-minute quiz to help you out: Click here if the quiz widget above isn't loading. Resources for USJ...
Plan your Japan Rail itinerary with this updated JR Pass guide, incl. tips for what to do now that prices have increased! First published: 21 May 2017 Train travel is one of the quintessential experiences when travelling in Japan so it's...
Staying in budget-friendly accommodations near Universal Studios Japan doesn't mean a hefty S$500/night price tag! A trip to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is an absolute blast — but spending the whole day waiting in lines isn't. So here's a theme park...
Wake up to beautiful views of Mount Fuji from these unique hotels in Japan 🗻. Read to the end for epic deals of up to 20% Cashback on essentials like flights and accommodations from now till 25 July 2023! First...
Fancy a free holiday to Japan? Here's how you can win one! Our love for Japan is no secret. We've been sharing countless itineraries and guides to this beautiful country for many years... but what if we told you that...

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