We spent about 2 weeks with a Japan Rail Pass exploring the highlights of Japan, from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Shibu Onsen to Disneysea.
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Asia11 days / January 2020
Highs & Lows
Watching the sun go down over Mt Fuji in Kamakura
Credit cards aren't accepted as widely as possible, so we had to find ATMs very frequently
Japan is the most astonishing country.
We travelled all over Honshu (the main island) by bullet train from mega city Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, Neon food heaven Osaka to the coastal town of Kamakura, via bamboo forests, snowy mountains, beautiful temples and heartbreaking history.
This itinerary includes famous landmarks such as the red gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha, the Tokyo Skytree, the giant red lanterns of Senso-ji, trendy Harajuku, the old Geisha districts of Kyoto, the A-Bomb dome of Hiroshima and the giant Daibutsu Buddah of Nara.
We'll also recommend some places to eat where you can try iconic Japanese dishes, and give some top tips about how to get the most out of a day in Disneysea.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We'd have taken way more cash! Turns out cards aren't nearly as widely used as you'd expect in Japan, cash is still king!
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We got on the wrong train to Fushimi Inari, make sure you take the slow train that stops everywhere, the Rapid skips Inari!
How was the food?
Gion Yuki (Kyoto), Genki Sushi (Tokyo) and any street market!
What tips would you give a friend?
Buy a Japan Rail pass! It will literally save you a fortune. And reserve your bullet train seats the day before.
Japan in winter wasn't as cold as we'd expected, more like British weather.
Stick to JR line metro trains to save money as you can use your rail pass on them.
You will be sent an e ticket for Disneysea but you still have to physically print it off and take it to the park - you can't scan your phone at the barriers.
We booked all our hotels with Booking.com and flew with Air France who were excellent. Book the Tokyo Skytree on Expedia to save a few pounds.