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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.

If you’ve ever stepped into Japan, you’ll know a huge part of getting around is by the Shinkasen (bullet trains). Trains travel at 320km/hr — cutting the travel time to other cities almost by half when driving. For ¥18,000, the JR East...
Explore the Kansai region with the Kansai-Hiroshima JR Pass for less than S$900 with this 8-day Japan itinerary. After realising we were able to explore Osaka, Kyoto and Nara for under S$70 a day (including flights and accommodation), we were back...
Nagano may be famous for its winter activities like skiing at snow resorts, but the best season to visit Nagano is actually not during the winter. Yep, not even if it means getting to see monkeys soak in an onsen at the...
If Japan had a profile picture, it would definitely be Mt Fuji in its snow-covered glory. Here's the guide to exploring the best of Japan's most famous mountain. Mount Fuji needs no introduction. While hiking to the peak of Mt...
Co-written by: Michelle Neo & Edelyn Chua From giant sea clams to goat sashimi, here are the wildest, wackiest and most wondrous food you can find in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. Japan is currently the country with the most Michelin Star...
Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studios may be popular theme park favourites in Japan. But if you're an adrenaline junkie looking to put your guts to test in some of the world's best roller coasters, Fuji Q Highland is where...
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...
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...
People usually plan to travel to Osaka or Kyoto for their vacations as they are more popular among tourists. However, less than an hour’s pleasant ride away by train is Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. There are many things...
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...
Tokyo is probably one of the busiest capitals in the world but other than its endless neon-lit skyscrapers and scenic gardens lined with Cherry trees, the city is bustling with quirky adventures you probably wouldn't find anywhere else in the...
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...
Every time I visit Japan, I feel the urge to bring a piece of it back with me. Most of the time, snacks make up the bulk of my souvenirs. The Tohoku region is know for it’s fresh produce —...
Japan has the steepest population decline in the world, where a good 60% of unmarried women and 70% of unmarried men, are not in a relationship. In a country where love and affection can be bought (or facilitated) with host/hostess...
No trip to Japan is complete without a relaxing dip in an onsen or hot spring, and one of the best places in the country that’s been overlooked is Beppu city, located in the Oita Prefecture. Beppu is known for...
Can't wait to get our hands on Iwate's award-winning beef 😋 Compared to the ever-popular tourist destination of Hokkaido, many people may not have heard of Iwate Prefecture. And what a waste because it offers gorgeous views of the coastlines, famous...
Large crowds are expected during the hanami season, Golden Week, and Tokyo Summer Olympics this year, so here are tips to make your peak season Japan trip more survivable. I love Japan to bits but if I had...
What's good in this Kyushu itinerary: Chasing autumn colours on Kyushu's scenic retro trains from Fukuoka to Kagoshima. Eating at traditional roadside yatai stalls. Unique sauna episodes under volcanic sand. Japan may scream TOKYO but if you're looking for food and...
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...

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