2019 Fall Foliage Forecast in Japan

The Japan fall foliage season of 2018 was ended. If you are thinking to visit Japan in 2019 to see the red and yellow color, the following dates are the estimated average best viewing times based on previous years and can be helpful in timing your vacation.1. Daisetsuzan (Hokkaido): Sep 16-252. Tokyo: Nov 20-Dec 43. Nikko: Oct 14-264. Mt. Fuji: Nov 1-Nov 145. Hakone: Nov 7-Nov 186. Kanazawa: Nov 20-277. Alpine Route: Sep 24-Oct 38. Kyoto: Nov 18-289. Nara: Nov 16-2710. Osaka: Nov 23-30The best time to visit Japan autumn depends on which city you want to visit.For example, best time to visit Kanto area usually in mid to late November. But Tokyo city will be in early December. And in the west of Honshu and Kyushu will be in November. Here is the estimated timetable for your reference. Region and PlaceEstimated Viewing TimeHokkaidoLate September to Late OctoberTohokuEarly October to Early NovemberKantoLate October to Early DecemberChubuLate October to Early DecemberKansaiEarly November to Early DecemberChugokuEarly November to Late NovemberShikokuMid November to Early DecemberKyushuEarly November to Late NovemberDaisetsuzan National ParkEarly September to Early OctoberAomoriEarly October to Late OctoberLake TowadaEarly October to Late OctoberIwateEarly October to Late OctoberMiyagiMid October to Early NovemberAlpine RouteMid October to Mid NovemberTakayamaMid October to Mid NovemberSakurayamaEarly November to Late NovemberKamakuraMid November to Early DecemberAichiEarly November to Late NovemberNagoyaMid November to Early DecemberTokyoLate November to Early DecmeberKyotoMid November to Early DecemberNikkoEarly October to Mid NovemberNaraEarly November to Early DecemberOsakaMid November to Early DecemberMount Fuji AreaEarly November to Early DecemberHakoneEarly November to Late NovemberMiyajimaEarly November to Late NovemberArashiyamaLate November to Early December


5 Things You Need to Know about Japan Visa

To visit Japan, you may need to obtain a visa before you get on the plane. Need visa or not depends on your current nationality. » Visa ExemptAs July of 2017, there are 68 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions, if you are holding one of the following countries’ passport, you can go on a trip to Japan at anytime, no matter your purpose is tourism, or commerce, conferences, visiting relatives / acquaintances, etc. AsiaNorth AmericaEuropeBrunei (15 days)CanadaAndorraLiechtenstein (Note8)Indonesia (Note1)United StatesAustria (Note8)LithuaniaMalaysia (Note2)OceaniaBelgiumLuxembourgRepublic of KoreaAustraliaBulgariaMaltaSingaporeNew ZealandCroatiaMonacoThailand (Note3) (15 days)Latin America and the CaribbeanCyprusNetherlandsHong Kong (Note4)ArgentinaCzech RepublicNorwayMacao (Note5)BahamasDenmarkPolandTaiwan (Note6)Barbados (Note7)EstoniaPortugalMiddle EastChileFinlandRomaniaIsraelCosta RicaFormer Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaSan MarinoTurkey (Note7)Dominican RepublicFranceSerbiaUnited Arab Emirates (Note9)El SalvadorGermany (Note8)SlovakiaAfricaGuatemalaGreeceSloveniaLesotho (Note7)HondurasHungarySpainMauritiusMexico (Note8)IcelandSwedenTunisiaSurinamIreland (Note8)Switzerland (Note8) UruguayItalyUnited Kingdom (Note8)  Latvia Countries of the European Union and North America are allowed to travel in Japan for 90 days, some countries like Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland are allowed to apply for an extension of their stay for up to even 6 months. There are special rules for some Asia Countries, Citizens of Indonesia, Brunei, and Thailand are allowed a 15-day visa-free travel in Japan; while citizens of United Arab Emirates are allowed 30 days. More information please check:https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.htmlHowever, you should apply visa if engage in any paid activities, exceed the stipulated in each country’s arrangement of Short-Term Stay, need to Work in Japan or Long-Term Stay etc.» Visa RequiredIf you hold the other countries and regions passport, it is necessary apply visa before enter Japan. Well, different countries will be with different visa policies, I recommend you check the websites firstly:https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.htmlhttps://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.htmlJust show my experience: Last year, I booked 7D6N Japan tour package from Novalandtour, it was including hotels & several days tour, excluded visa, because they focus on land tour in recent years, but the staff provided hotel confirmation & tour itinerary to assist me apply visa, very nice. But as far as I know, they just help their clients apply for tourist visa, if you come to Japan for work / business, medical etc, I think it is better contact Japan Embassy in your country, Japan Visa Accredited Agencies, and search more information online.» Visa Processing TimeIn general, the processing period for visa issuance is approximately 5 working days from the day after the date of the acceptance of application as long as there are no particular problems with the content of the application. It may take less time than it depending on the embassy / consulate general / purpose of visit, but the processing time will be longer than usual if meet public holiday.If your tour date is still far away since now, you could start to prepare visa 3 months in advance. But if you will take Japan trip very soon, I would like recommend you apply it 10 working days at least, especially you or your group member may need to supplement document for certain condition.» Visa FeesAs Ministry of Foreign Affairs say, the fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa. Fees are collected in the currency of the country (region) in which the Embassy / Consulate General is located. Depending on the purpose of your visit and your nationality, fees may be in a different amount.» Visa & JR PassLot of friends ask me about JR Pass, yes, it can save much money if you plan take Shinkansen (Bullet Train) many times during 7 / 14 / 21 days, but do you know the use of eligibility?http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html#bm_001Make it simple, foreign tourist will get Temporary Visitor stamp / sticker on passport when enter Japan with one purpose - sightseeing, that’s mean you couldn’t use JR Pass if you have other types of Japan visa. In the meantime, please kindly note there will be no stamp / sticker on your passport if pass the Customs via automated gate, you should ask the staff for help immediately. Otherwise, you can’t use JR Pass as well. Even I just explored Japan one time, I sincerely hope my suggestion & experience can let you have a picture before touring. 


10 Essential Japanese Phrases for Travelers

In Japan, the most widely spoken language is Japanese. The word writing consists of Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. When you're on your way to Japan, you don't know a word of Japanese. What should you do? Don’t worry, here are 10 Essential Japanese Phrases that will help you throughout your trip! Good luck. Ganbare!Shopping:1: How much is this? これはいくらですか (Kore wa ikura desuka?)2: Can you refund the consumption tax?消费税は返してもらえますか? (Shōhizei Wa kaeshite moraemasu ka)3: Can I try it on?試着いいですか (Shichaku ii desu ka?)4: Do you accept credit cards?クレジットカードは使えますか (Shiharai wa kaado de deki masu ka?)5: Where do I pay?支払いはどこですか (Shiharai wa dokodesu ka)Restaurant:6: Do you have an English menu? 英語のメニューはありますか (Eigo no menyū wa arimasu ka)7: What would you recommend?おすすめはなんですか (Osusume wa nandesu ka)Water: 水 mizuWine: ワイン WainBeer: ビール Biru   Meat: 肉 NikuChicken: 鶏肉 TorinikuPork: 豚肉 ButanikuBeef: 牛肉 GyunikuFish: 魚 SakanaRice: ご飯 GohanBread: パン PanVegetables: 野菜 YasaiFruit: 果物 KudamonoTea: お茶 OchaCoffee: コーヒー KohiAsking for Directions:8: Can you speak English?英語を話せますか? (Eigo o hanasemasu ka?)9:  Where is the ... (restroom)?トイレはどこですか?(_toire_ wa doko desu ka?)10: I want to go to this place.ここへ行きたいです (Kono basho ni iki tai desu.)Station: 駅 (eki) Convenient store: コンビニ (konnbini) Bank: 銀行 (ginnkou) Hospital: 病院 (byouinn) Police station: 警察署 (keisatsusho) Currency exchange: 両替所 (ryougaesho) Hotel: ホテル (hoteru) Information center: 案内所 (annnaijo) Smoking area: 喫煙所 (kitsuennjo) Restroom: トイレ (toire)


Why This Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Japan

If you ask me which season in Japan I like best, I would definitely say it is autumn.I love autumn because the weather is mild. The weather in autumn is good and favorable to visit most of the touristic places across the country. It is neither too hot nor too cold. You no longer feel the summer heat, instead the weather gets cool making visitors roaming around comfortably.I love autumn because it boasts unique festivals. The Takayama Autumn Festival, Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto, Sapporo Autumn Fest, Morioka Autumn Festival, Nagasaki Kunchi Festival and others are considered to be the most popular autumn festivals in Japan. If you want to live like a local, come to attend one of those popular festivals to make sure you have a memorable visit.I love autumn because the breathtaking views show up. Colorful leaves (Koyo in Japanese) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today millions of tourists flock to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities.I love autumn because it symbolizes hope and harvest. People are busy doing farm work in spring and expect to have a big harvest in autumn. All of their efforts pay off. Fresh fruits and seafood are in season. If you think that spending your time doing nothing but only seeing spectacular autumn colors out there, I have to tell you that you are walking through the wrong path. Fruit picking is a funny outdoor activity I strongly recommend you to give it a try. If you are in the Tohoku region, manage some time for picking some apples at the fruit farms located mostly in Aomori. When you tour Mt. Fuji, you can consider visiting Nakagomi Orchard where you can pick persimmons and make dried persimmons.Autumn is also a great time to taste some seasonal mouth-watering Japanese foods such as Matsutake Mushroom Soup, Yakiimo, Salt-grilled Sanma, Korokke, Oden and so on. In many areas across the country you would encounter many food festivals. Be a guest there, taste the delicious dishes and enjoy a great time!Undoubtedly, autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Japan. To admire the outdoor autumn beauty, some prefer to go hiking in the wild while some prefer to just walk around in the park or garden. That's how people there enjoy the fall. What about you? Have you ever thought of enjoying the autumn like the Japanese way? If so, don't wait anymore, come and enjoy this fantastic season. You won't feel disappointed or regretful.


Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

Top 1: Historic Monuments of Ancient KyotoThe Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto were added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994. Kyoto should be the city with the most UNESCO sites in Japan. You will be unable to visit all of them in one day since it has 17 UNESCO sites in or nearby Kyoto. The most classical 1-day Kyoto tour for UNESCO sites will be Kinkakuji(Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku(Silver Pavilion), Kiyomizudera, Nijo Castle.Personally, I think Kyoto is the most charming city in Japan. It will be surely in my top list for Japan tour.Top 2: Mount Fuji Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, standing at 3,776 meters (12,380 feet). Its is considered as a physical, cultural, and spiritual symbol of Japan. Every year, there are a large number of Japanese and foreigners to go climbing Mount Fuji during Summer Season.While you visit Mount Fuji, it is also highly recommended to have one night in local Ryokan with natural onsen experience. For China, haven't been to the Great Wall is not been to China. Comparably, for Japan, the one who doesn't reach the Mount Fuji means not visited in Japan.Top 3: Peace Memorial ParkPeace Memorial Park is located in the downtown area of Hiroshima city. The A-Bomb Dome is inside of the park and is the only structure to have survived the atomic bomb in 1945. It is preserved to show what it looked like the day after the blast and also represent the hope for everlasting peace.Stepping into the park, you will also suggest to keep time for Peace Memorial Museum and Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. It is a good chance to know about War’s ruthlessness and learn to cherish the Peaceful era.Top 4: Itsukushima ShrineWhen you plan to visit Hiroshima, Miyajima must be in your list since it is just off the cost of Hiroshima and famous for its UNESCO site of Itsukushima Shrine and Torii Gate that seemingly floating on the water.Itsukushima Shrine can be considered as the prettiest among all the shrines in Japan. It is so nice just wandering around, taking your time and simply soaking up the history and peaceful surrounds.When visiting Torii Gate, it is better to go during low tides and then you may have a chance to walk up to the age to get a close eye on its elegance and style.Top 5: Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Nowadays, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are more and more famous among foreign tourists. The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama are just one hours driving from Takayama or Kanazawa and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995.There are mainly 3 villages, all located in the deep mountains. They are famous for its unique houses with steep thatched roofs. It is called” Gassho-zukuri”, which means "constructed like hands in prayer".When you visit there in winter season, pls try to have a look at its winter illumination in Ogimachi Village of Shirakawago. It has designated light up dates. Pls check its official website when you mean to it.Top 6: Himeji CastleThe Himeji castle is one of the best preserved castles in Japan. It is a must-visit if you're a castle or Japanese history enthusiast. Himeji castle is very easy to get to with only 15-20minutes walking from main train station in Himeji city. You can take a shinkansen train from Osaka or Kyoto to make a great day trip.The stairs inside the keep can be difficult as they are very steep. There are handrails but it can be a challenge even for able-bodied folk as you need to remove your shoes, and socks are slippery on the wooden floors. Go slowly and watch your head if you are tall.The rest of the grounds are huge and would be gorgeous during cherry blossom season. Overall, it is a gorgeous place to visit and an iconic sight of Japan.Top 7: Nikko Toshogu Shrine Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. Toshogu Shrine is built in the mountains. It is stunning and colorfully painted with many intricate carvings.You won’t fail to see the carvings of the three monkeys. Meanwhile, there are a lot more carvings around the temple area. Many of them made from single wood. They look extremely delicate and alive. Take your time to view those pieces as well.This place is packed with travelers in the weekend. So, it is better to come on a weekday instead.Top 8: Nara(Todaiji Temple/ Kasuga Taisha Shrine) Nara was the first capital of Japan with long history. This ancient city is one of the major tourist highlights in Japan and is famous for its semi-wild deer wandering in the city.Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple surely ranks in the top list of Nara attractions not only because of its unique and long history and culture, but also for UNESCO sites.Todai-ji Temple has amazing ancient buildings with massive Buddha inside. You can’t miss it.Kasuga Taisha Shrine is very serene and beautiful place. There are hundreds of stone and bronze lanterns lining the pathway up to the shrine and are hauntingly beautiful. There is also the odd deer or to wandering around.Nara is easily accessible via train either from Kyoto or from Osaka, so, you can have one day Nara tour from Kyoto or Osaka by local transport on your own.Top 9: Shiretoko Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the north-east of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Shiretoko Peninsula was added to the list of world heritage sites in 2015 for the irreplaceable value of the peninsula's ecosystem and biodiversity. And it's the only one UNESCO site in Hokkaido.Shiretoko National Park is a really unspoiled and beautiful nature wonder. Not overwhelmed with tourist but with lots of wild animals, such as foxes, deers, birds and etc.Shiretoko National Park is around 6 hour drive from Sapporo airport or 50 mins flight from Sapporo airport to Nakashibetsu airport and 1.5 hour drive.In my opinion, the best time to visit is late Summer or early Autumn, not cold or hot but with green scenery. Top 10: YakushimaYakushima is a small and remote island, which lies off the southern coast of Kyushu. Yakushima Island was registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. It feels like an undiscovered rural paradise, offering a glimpse of a wilder, primeval Japan.If you're fond of exploring old-growth forest and natural beauty, it won’t let you feel disappointed.  You can find accommodation in the Island, but quite a few. So, if you plan to visit there, please fix the accommodation as earlier as you.Personally, it is highly recommended to have a local tour guide to go with you if you do not understand Japanese since the local people may not understand your language.


The Hello Kitty Bullet Train Is Real In Japan

Dreams do come true, if you are a fan of Hello Kitty. From June 27th, 2018, a special train, that branding by Hello Kitty’s features on the windows, seat covers and flooring, etc., is start to running by Japan's Shinkansen train operator, West Japan Railway Co. Ltd.Hello Kitty is everywhere! There're 2 cars have been transformed into Hello Kitty World. Have a look of inside.Car 1: Hello! PlazaCar 1 as special display space, is dedicated to exhibitions showcasing various regional products and attractions. And you can also buy specialty products and souvenirs here.Car 2: Kawaii! RoomCar 2 is adorned in fashionably cute decorations, geared to furnish added pleasures to all onboard.Pink! Pink! Pink! For all your needs for taking photos, the floor, windows, headrests and armrests are all covered in motifs from Hello Kitty and Friends.Also, you will have chance to take picture in a themed photo booth with a giant Hello Kitty doll.How to ride the Hello Kitty trainYou can ride the train with a regular train ticket, purchased in advance or on the day of the travel.Also, you can board the train with a JR-WEST RAIL PASS.And a timetable can be fine in its website dedicated to the special train.https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/en/ PS: A special Hello Kitty café (open on June 1) and a souvenir shop (open on June 30) selling exclusive merchandises related to Hello Kitty Shinkansen is open at Hakata Station.This special Hello Kitty train now can be ridden from June 30, 2018 until March 10th, 2019 with a few blackout days as seen in its calendar in its website: https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/en/ .Hello Kitty, who not a feline, but a human girl, was introduced by Japanese design company Sanrio in 1974 and has since grown into a multi-billion dollar global brand. Come! Take your chance to enjoy the rapid service and Hello Kitty experience at the same time on this special train in Japan!


My 14 Days Trip in Japan with Novaland

Last year, we plant a family trip to Japan for two weeks. I do not like the group tour from our country, so I google the oversea agency from internet. We found several offers and finally booked a 14 days tour package with Novaland tours since they provide really tailor made tour package based on our interesting and reasonable price. Overall it has been a great experience and we would like to share more for you.The following is a summary of my two week trip to Japan.Day 1 Tokyo arrival:Since we have children together with many luggage, so we included the airport transfer service included. The driver just outside of the airport exit with the board of Novalandtours and our name. Easy to find it. After drop off my hotel in Tokyo, We have relax at the hotel and have dinner near the hotel.Hotel Grand Pacific LE Daiba we stay, it is a nice hotel.Night views from the room window.Since we are too tired, we just have dinner in the hotel. There are several restaurants in the hotel, we choose one, and the meals fee is around 3000 Yen. (The taste is good, just a little expensive compared with the rest day we have in Japan, but to be our first meal in Japan, we are still excited and it is a good choice anyway).Day 2 Tokyo city tour with coach.This is a very well organized tour, much covers a lot of places, a little rush for us to bring child together. But the Food was tasty. I did not take too much photos today.  But the cherry blossom is really beauty.Day 3 Nikko coach tourNikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, and are well known for their beautiful views. But if you do not stay too long in Tokyo, you can skip it, since it is a little far from Tokyo which is more than 2 hours driving time one way. Take much time in the bus.The kids like the money in the temple very much.Day 4 Free day, we choose to go Disney resort on your own.Our Tour Specialist provide the transport map, it helped a lot. We have no problem to go Disney without the English guide even we do not know any Japanese. Actually it is really no need guide, as we stay a whole day in the resort. The kids are very happy. It is one of the most favorite places in our whole trip. And if you take children together with you, it is a must seeing attraction for you. Very worthy it. I can tell you a long day story there if you have interesting, just contact me.Day 5 Mt. Fuji day tourWe were very fortunate to go on a day which had very clear skies and had Mt. Fuji visible from all stops. Tour guide Jade spoke very fluent English and making sure that everyone of us is good and feeds a lot of knowledge to us in the bus on the way to Mt Fuji. Very nice to have such a friendly caring tour guide! But It’s quite a busy day today with coach tour, cruise, cable car and train ride!  Since it is the cherry blossom season, we got to see the long awaited blooming cherry blossoms and so much more that we have experienced. You must have prepared for this if you go to Japan in the cherry blossom time, it is the most peak time in japan. Traffic Jam can not avoid. So after we arrive our Hakone hotel, we are all very tired. We felt very relax with the Onsen in hotel.* Most of the hot spring are public bath, it is a little too shy to share the bath with others, but when you are there, it is just fine. Actually it is very comfortable and relax. Very good experience and recommend. Day 6 Take train to Takayama on your ownI must say that the paper Novaland tours provide was excellent as was the tour content and organisation. We never had anyproblem travelling between cities or indeed on the subways in each city. There are shuttle bus in the Hakone Pax Hotel between Hakone-Yumoto station and hotel, then From Hakone-Yumoto station to Odawara station which is only 310 Yen per person, 15 munites train time. We use our JR pass to book the train ticket to Takayama. JR Pass is very convenient.In Takayama, We stayed at Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan which have the shuttle bus from hotel to Station as well, it is very convenient and helpful. Good family room for 5pax.Day 7 Takayam free day:In Takayama, most of the attractions are walking distance. Like Takayama morning Marke, Takayama Old Town, Takayama Jinya and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall etc. so Melody recommend us not to take guide for saving cost. It is easy for us to go around on our own. And her suggestions are very helpful, she highly recommend to eat Hida beef, pay 4,000 yen happy to eat tender beef steak. I still miss it now, will be for sure to go again if have time to visit Japan again. That is why we highly recommend Novaland tours, they offered us valuable tips based on their experience and let us value our money. Put the money on our most interesting place.Day 8 Shirakawa-go day tourThe trip was awesome, Shirakawago village was great, we had 2 hours to walk around. Shirakawago observation deckA little cherry blossomGood food(The freshly made coffee from Coffee Shop Hina which is near station. There are also street food, like rice cakes and beef buns, are also worth the try.) After the tour, we drop off at Kanazawa Station. walk around 8 minutes to our hotel, ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa.Day 9 Take train to Kyoto on our ownKanazawa is a small city in Japan, we did a half morning tour there. After the tour, we took train to Kyoto. With the experience from Odawara to Takayama, it is easy for us to take the train to Kyoto this time. Although We have a little trouble to get the train tickets upon arrive station as we did not reserve the train ticket in advance. For the cherry blossom season, it is better to reserve the train tickets in advance with the JR pass or it may no reserved seat ticket available.Kyoto stationHotel is just walking distance from station. We have not much time in Kyoto, so we decide to go Gion on the night. We have much interesting on the Geisha show. It is a pity that We did not see the Geisha show finally since the child under 7 years old not allow to enter. Anyway, the Hanamikoji Street is good for walking and there are many Featured shops.Day 10 Kyoto and Nara coach tourOne day for Kyoto and Nara is very short, but the arrangement made in this limited time is perfect. The child love the deer in Nara park very much, it is very interesting.Day 11 Kyoto to HiroshimaWake up naturally. Have breakfast in the hotel, we start to go next city Hiroshima. Goodbye Kyoto, We will see you again and spend more time for this city.Kyoto to Hirsohima is 108 minutes, with JR PASS, need one connect at Shin-Kobe. It shows the JR pass advantage again. It will be about $200+USD I think for return trip on the Shinkansen. So if you go to Hirsohima, highly recommend the JR PASS. JR pass cost is only 260 USD around. Can ride unlimited time within 7 days. Anyway, you do not need to worry about it since if you booked with Novaland tours, they will recommend the JR PASS for you if your train tickets over the JR PASS COST.Day 12 Hiroshima coach tourI wanted to visit Hiroshima anyway as this city history. Firstly we went to the A-bomb dome building. The A Bomb Dome is a symbol to remind us that the world needs to find resolutions to conflicts peacefully. Next we went to the Museum and peace park. The Museum was half closed and to be honest its just okay but not great (probably better when the other half is open).Miyajima Island and the floating Torii gates were a highlight of this day trip anyway.Day 13 Osaka free dayOur travel consultant suggest us to buy one day Osaka amazing pass, it is easy to get at station.With the Osaka one day pass, you can take Most subway trains, and a lot of scenic spots are free, such as the Osaka castle, cruise, umeda ferris wheel, etc, there are many modle course, you can check the website below:https://www.osp.osaka-info.jp/en/model/model.html It is up to you how to design the route with this card, don't need to be in line to buy ticketsWe went to the Osaka castle in the morning.Take Tombori River Cruise Boarding place is very easy to find, 30 meters away from a LAN ramen, ticket office in the next to the boat dock. With the pass, it is for free, but it is 900 yen tickets, personally it is not very worthy. the yacht boart is a little boring personal, just sitting in the boat look on both sides of the road digging, glittering. There is a commentator on the way, but it is Japanese, I don't understand it. Anyway, the ship Angle for taking photo is better. I would like to try a LAN ramen, but there is a long queue there, we finally find a small octopus balls, is also around the queue for several circles. So many delicious, which all want to try, finally picked a place to eat sushi package meal.Day 14 Osaka departure day.We went to airport 4 hours before our flight time, want more time in the airport and buy! buy! buy! My trip is end as well.I would like to thank you for helping me organize the trip. Everything went seamlessly. We had a such wonderful time. We will definitely recommend Novaland Tours to our friends. Some Tips: 1. Wifi package:  Novaland provide free wifi package to us. And I have to say it is very useful especially for our day free transfer. With the wifi pacakge, Google Maps can be accessed. Subways and trains in Tokyo are highly sophisticated and you will need real-time train schedule most of the time to get on the right train. 2. Luggage transfer: do not worry about the luggage during the tour, almost all of the hotels can deliver the luggage for you normally send today and get tomorrow. For example, from Tokyo to Hakone, or from Tokyo to Kyoto. It is very convenient. Novaland provide many useful guide like How to deliver luggage and fees in Japan etc3. Before booking with novaland: Tell more your thoughts on the tour plan with your travel consultant. Even the price they quoted for you is higher than you required. They will offer you the tour proposal to meet your budget. For explain, tell them your interesting thing like Kimono wearing, sushi making etc, they may recommend you to go on your own for saving cost or included in the tour package.  The more information you provide, the better suitable tour proposal they will recommend to you. As they are really flexible and totally tailor-made tour for each client.4. Do not worry about the luggage barrier. We can learn a few basic phrases in the local language before you travel. Actually, English in tourist-heavy spots, especially in Tokyo, this won't be a problem. You can usually politely ask for help by finding someone who speaks English. The most important with the Novaland tours guide map, you may not miss the way during the trip.


How Much Does it Cost to Go To Japan

Before travel to outside of your own country, you will always be curious for the above question. However, everyone will have a different answer as per his or her own budget. Someone might would like to have a luxury trip to Japan, choose the deluxe 5 star hotel and enjoy the fancy Kaiseki. Someone just wants to go for the economic hostel or apartment, and try the cheap but tasty street food. I am here to share the different price range in accommodation, transport, food and tours with you all. Hope the information will help you to make up your decision. For Transportation: If you plan staying for more than 10 day and travel all around Japan, train will be the first option. JR Rail Pass is highly recommended. JR rail pass is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. It can be used by foreign tourists only, and offers unlimited use of JR trains for one, two or three weeks. Remark it up: ‘unlimited use’, ‘for foreign tourists only’. It also covers the well known high speed bullet train. Price is from JPY 29110 (7 days, standard seat). You might think JPY 29110 is quite expensive; but, when you compare the price with just one way bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka (JPY 14500 with standard seat), the JR pass is definitely a cheaper option. After we get the long distance transport sorted, we, now, need to find out the best way for the city transports. In most of cites, there is always a 1-day pass offer you unlimited use of subway, city bus, tram. Price is from JPY 800 to 2500 per person. Some pass provides free admission fee for major sites in its own city such as Osaka Amazing Pass. For accommodation: There are widely options for accommodation; the economic hostel or inn; the luxury hotel by international chain brand. For family, apartment or Minshuku is always the option. Do not forget the Japanese style room, which is one of Must-to- try experience. Following is the price range for most major accommodation options: 3 star hotel: JPY 9000 – JPY 12000 per person per night; room only4 star hotel: JPY 12000 – JPY 18000 per person per night; room only5 star hotel: JPY 20000 – JPY 35000 per person per night; room onlyMinshuku is from JPY 20000 per room per night; usually includes kitchen facilitiesRyokan (Japanese traditional room) from JPY 8000 to JPY 30,000 per person per night; usually combine with breakfast and dinner. For Food: I believe Japanese food is a main attraction for most of foreign travelers. Japanese cuisine has a large variety of dishes and regional specialties such as Sushi, Ramen, Soba, Tempura etc. Food is relatively inexpensive in Japan, but it can also certainly add up if you’re constantly treating yourself or you’re looking to try the best food in the city. Following is my recommended budget for each meal:  Breakfast – JPY 1000 - 1500 Lunch – JPY 2000 - 3000 Dinner – from JPY 3000 Here are some meal images:  


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