If you intend to explore japan at all, buy a Japan Rail Pass BEFORE you get there. It'll save you $$$$$ on getting around.
We often stay in business hotels near train stations - the Japanese seem to have these down to a fine art, and can represent amazing value (like $80 per night per room including free wifi and onsen spa and breakfast.)
Have you got any idea where in Japan you are going to go and when? almost 5 years agoAnswered by Original Nomad
Stay at ryokan onsen in a mountainous area, like Kyoto. Not sure about your budget, but definitely a Japanese experience that's hard to get anywhere else. almost 5 years agoAnswered by Preston in Osaka
Japan is amazing country. There is hell lot to do in Japan such as shopping, sightseeing, travelling in super fast train, discotheques, zoos, museums etc.
For the first time Japan visitor, I would recommend you to be polite and speak properly with the people out there. Greet them properly before you speak to them. Carrying the map of Japan and also the dictionary that helps you to translate Japanese language into your language (If you don’t know Japanese language) will help a lot. And since the super fast train and metros are must experiencing, surely travelling on these transports will save a lot of money. I recommend you to get the pass. over 4 years agoAnswered by Tanmay Sharma
You'll learn a lot more about the country if you go off the beaten track a little. The big cities are fascinating, but the prefectures on Shikoku are beautiful and proud of tradition - worth checking out. over 4 years agoAnswered by Meg