Shinsaibashi Night Scene, Osaka, Japan

The Best Ways to Travel Around Japan

The island nation of Japan is one of the most exciting in the world. Its 145,937.06 sq. mile territory has great things to experience in the fields of art, industry, geography, and much more. However, Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world. The cost of living averages around $2700 a month. Therefore, it is wise to look for ways to cut costs when traveling around Japan (unless, of course, it is a luxury trip).

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Travel is one area any traveler should consider when looking to cut costs. A balance of cost and efficiency is necessary. Below, we look at the best travel options for different travel arrangements around Japan (home to Berajonnkajino).

Train

Traveling by train is the most efficient way to get around Japan. Trains are the cheapest way to get around both urban and rural areas of the Eastern Asia nation. Thanks to Japan’s engineering excellence, there are different types of trains catering to varying travel needs. For instance, sleeper train designs consider long-distance overnight trips. On the other hand, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is designed for fast travel in the countryside.

In addition to excellent functional design and wide coverage, trains in Japan are very clean, punctual, clean, and safe. They are an excellent place to experience Japanese culture first-hand.

Air Travel

Japan has an 18,486-mile-long coastline. Even with the fast trains, this is a long-distance to cover especially on a short trip. Air travel is the perfect alternative. Planes in Japan cover most of the urban areas. Booking tickets early is the trick to get cheaper rates when flying around local destinations. Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, and All Nippon Airways are some of the best airlines in the country.

Bus Travel

This mode of travel is complementary to the train system. Like trains, buses are cheap. Also, they operate on a fixed schedule that clocks well with the arrival and departure of trains. The two systems are interlinked to ensure a seamless connection when switching between the two. Buses travel to the deeper pockets of the country where trains do not reach, mostly in the remote areas.

Moreover, buses are slower than trains. This offers travelers a chance to take in the beautiful countryside scenery and interact more with the welcoming locals as well as visit some of Japan’s hidden treasures, such as Hokkaido

Ferry

To experience Japan from a distance, the ferry is the perfect mode of transport. Albeit slow, this is a great means for people looking to travel the coastline. There are nicely engineered ferries that go for trips as long as 11 hours. Ferries are cheap too! The only downside is that most information on ferries is only available in Japanese.

Driving is not a great means to get around Japan. The country is left-hand drive, something that may inconvenience drivers from right-hand-drive countries. Gas prices in the country are quite high.

However, when touring a locality, walking or cycling are great means in a generally safe country.

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