Winter Japan by train
Japan11 days / January 2020
We spent about 2 weeks with a Japan Rail Pass exploring the highlights of Japan, from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Shibu Onsen to Disneysea.
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
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.
- Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has many many hotels to choose from. We'd recommend somewhere central and near an underground station, like the Best Western, Akihabara.
- Kyoto, Japan
We stayed in a real mix to explore the range of accomodations in Japan. We stayed our first night in a pod hotel and another night in a self catered apartment. We'd recommend 2 nights of luxury at Kyoto Yura MGallery.
- Hiroshima, Japan
There are plenty of budget friendly basic hotels in the centre.
- Osaka, Japan
Like any big city Osaka has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets.
- Tokyo, Japan
Back in our Best Western Akihabara
- 2173 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan
Stay in a traditional Ryokan like Senshinkan Matsuya which includes incredible dinner and breakfast and a transfer to see the snow monkeys.