Expert Travel Advice to Japan

Top Answers To Japan Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    That's a big question with many possible answers, so I'll give you my personal take: start on Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island and a place full of amazing scenery, cuisine, culture, and people. A little more off-the-beaten track than bigger Honshu (home to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima) etc., Kyushu has a really interesting mix of cool cities (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima), volcanoes and mountain scenery, beaches and surf, and tourist attractions like hot springs at Bepu (a little cheesy) and volcanic sands in Kagoshima. Nagasaki is one of my favorite Japanese cities, with some amazing regional food that's more Chinese than Japanese. If you're looking for a cheaper way to get there, look for flights to Fukuoka on Korean Air via Seoul. Once there, you can get around by train, bus, and ferry. For something totally off the tourist radar, head to the islands of Amakusa from Nagasaki (there's a ferry to the port of Tomioka). This is largely an undiscovered realm of rice fields, coastal cliffs, mountains, and tiny fishing villages. If you can somehow get hold of a bike, this is the best way to get around and explore! Otherwise, just pitch up and befriend the locals in one of the izakayas. This is what backpacking's all about, right?
  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    Tokyo is a good base to go and do a lot of things. If you want to get out of the city, Nikko, Kamakura and Lake Kawaguchi are all family friendly. If you want more of an adventure, hiking trails are usually well marked and there are camp sites in abundance. Okutama, Tanzawa, Chichibu, and Gunma are all within easy reach from Tokyo.

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