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How to get to Japan

There are international flights to Tokyo’s Narita airport, Osaka’s Kansai airport, and Nagoya’s Chubu airport – all of which are on the main island of Honshu – and plenty of domestic airports serving internal flights. London–Tokyo prices start at c. £400pp return, with the flight taking about 11hrs 30mins.

Japan is 11 hourrs ahead of GMT, which means you should expect to suffer significant jetlag on the outward journey. UK citizens don’t need a visa for Japan.

Travel within Japan can be excitingly futuristic, from the famous 300km/h bullet trains (shinkansen) to Tokyo’s Tama monorail. Japan’s train services are not only fast but incredibly efficient and punctual. If you plan to use the train a lot, it’s worth investing in a Japan Rail Pass, which includes travel on the vast majority of trains, from little mountain railways to long-distance sleepers to the north, and will save you lots of money and queuing time. (You need to buy it before you come).

Car-hire is only really necessary if you’re going to be exploring rural areas or the sparsely populated island of Hokkaido.

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