From many city trips to world trips. From hiking in the mountains to special road trips. And from life as a digital nomad to searching for weekend breaks. We travel a lot. Very much. Logically so that we get a lot of questions. From friends, family and of course from our readers. And those questions are happy to answer here on ikwilmeerreizen.nl. Today Mirjam answers the 10 most frequently asked questions about traveling to Japan.
For starters, traveling in Japan is really fine! And with our answers to the questions below and additional tips on Tokyo.nl about Japan you come a long way!
1. IS JAPAN REALLY THAT EXPENSIVE?
Ah, what is expensive? Compared to other Asian countries, Japan may not be that cheap. But it is really no more expensive than in Western Europe. In fact, it is just comparable to what you pay for things in the Netherlands. And some things are even cheaper, like food for example. At nights my friend and I lost between € 25, – and € 40 per person. We slept in double rooms in middle class hotels, more luxurious hostels or apartments. To save money you can best buy a Japan Railwaypass in terms of transportation, which allows you unlimited travel through Japan, also with the super fast and luxurious shinkansen (high-speed train).
2. WHAT EXPERIENCES SHOULD I CERTAINLY NOT MISS IN JAPAN?
I found Kyoto the most special, here you find such a beautiful combination of modern Japan and tradition. You also have the chance to see a real geisha. In Tokyo you simply have to eat sushi at the fish market. I also would not miss the Shibuya district in Tokyo. This colorful neighborhood is Japanese madness all-over with young people dressing in the most unusual outfits and shop windows full of candy colors. From a very different order, but The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is very impressive and I certainly would not miss it. If you go to Hiroshima, visit the island Miyajimaand stay there for a night (you can leave your things in Hiroshima), where you can walk a beautiful hike on day two. Further must-do’s: traveling with the high-speed train, shopping in a 100 yen shop (for example the Daiso), getting coffee from a vending machine, eating a lot of sushi, taking a hotel room in Japanese style instead of Western style and an onsen visit. You can read more tips in the article ‘ Japan for beginners: tips & tricks ‘.
3. IS GOOD ENGLISH SPOKEN IN JAPAN?
In general it is difficult to communicate in English in Japan. In Tokyo the young Japanese often still speak a word of English, but not really out there. Although that does not have to be a problem, most Japanese people are very helpful and will, despite the language barrier, help you very well.
4. IS THE SUSHI IN JAPAN BETTER THAN IN THE NETHERLANDS?
Exceptions left there: yes! Better and cheaper! Even the sushi that you can buy at the 7 Eleven in each station is generally good! And then of course I’m not even talking about the fresh sushi you can eat at the fish market in Tokyo, which is really … sublime!
5. I’M ACTUALLY NOT CRAZY ABOUT SUSHI, CAN I ALSO EAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN JAPAN?
Waaaaat ?! No, of course you can. And yes, even if you do not like sushi, Japan is a food walhalla. Everything is fresh and delicious. A must is also sure to go to a yakitori restaurant once, here you can order the tastiest yakitori from a card with pictures. The bento-box is recommended as lunch. Under all stations you will usually find shops where they sell these boxes full of nicely formulated surprises. But also on the street you sometimes find small stalls / shops that make the boxes. Japan also has a lot of street food, but usually you find this inside, in smaller shopping centers or food markets.