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Tourism in Japan: what you need to know

After reading this article, Japan will have no more secrets for you. We have targeted a list of the best activities to do in Japan, found hotels with good value for money, and gathered useful information about transportation. Many maps are provided to help you find your way.

Where to stay in Japan

You'll find in Japan a significant proportion of rather correct mid-range 3-star hotels.

The 5-star hotels in Japan

If you are reading this section, you are looking for a luxury hotel. No question of compromising quality for your stay in Japan. Before we present you our recommendations, we can already reassure you: the hotels 5 stars in Japan are really of first quality. Here are some recommendations for choosing a very good luxury hotel.

In Japan and in the immediate vicinity there are more than a hundred 5-star hotels. Not always easy to book at the best ones. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

4-star hotels in Japan

The 4-star hotels in Japan are pretty good. Your stay should not be too bad on the accommodation plan if you do not avoid the hotels below average. Follow our advice to choose from the best 5-star hotels Japan.

You make good choice if you book at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (one of the best option in Tokyo), at The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan TM (a wonderful establishment ) or at Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage.

3-star hotels in Japan

Good options are: HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Kanazawa (one of the best choices in Kanazawa), at Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International (a wonderful establishment) or APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari.

Guesthouses in Japan

In Japan and in the immediate surroundings there is a large offer of guesthouses. Not always easy to choose. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice. The best choice will probably be the GuestHouse SagaArashiyama, an majestic establishment. Also consider the Kyoto Uraraka Guest House, which is very good...

Hotels with golf in Japan

In Japan and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred hotels with golf. Not always easy to identify which ones are really good to play golf and relax. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice. You can should book your stay at Yugashima Golf Club & Hotel Toen (one of the best choices at Izu), at International Golf Resort Kyocera (an establishment pleasant ) or at Raysum Golf & Spa Resort.

Questions and Answers

What is the best hotel in Japan? The best place to stay in Japan is at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel in Tokyo.

What is the best 5 stars hotel in Japan? The best 5 stars hotel in Japan is the Iori Machiya Stay in Kyoto.

What is the best 4 stars hotel in Japan? The best 4 stars hotel in Japan is the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba in Tokyo.

What is the best 3 stars hotel in Japan? The best 3 stars hotel in Japan is the HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Kanazawa in Kanazawa.

What is the best 2 stars hotel in Japan? The best 2 stars hotel in Japan is the Piece Hostel Sanjo in Kyoto.

What is the best hotel with spa in Japan? The best hotel with spa in Japan is the Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa in Motobu.

What is the best resort hotel in Japan? The best resort hotel in Japan is the ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort in Onna.

What is the best hotel to practice golf in Japan? The best hotel to practice golf in Japan is the Yugashima Golf Club & Hotel Toen in Izu.

What is the best guesthouse in Japan? The best guesthouse in Japan is the GuestHouse SagaArashiyama in Kyoto.

How to get to Japan

Going to Japan by plane

Tokyo International Airport : the airport has 4865 flights per week. It is served by 37 airlines that offer 81 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Paris : flights operated by Air France, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Greater Los Angeles Area : flights operated by Delta Air Lines, All Nippon Airways and American Airlines
  • London : flights operated by Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and British Airways
  • Honolulu : flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Frankfurt : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Lufthansa
  • San Francisco Bay Area : flights operated by United Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Sydney : flights operated by Qantas and All Nippon Airways
  • Salt Lake City : flights operated by Delta Air Lines
  • New York Metropolitan Area : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Minneapolis : flights operated by Delta Air Lines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Tokyo International Airport : Dubai

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Tokyo International Airport :

  • Seoul : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Japan Airlines
  • Beijing : flights operated by Air China, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Hainan Airlines
  • Taipei : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Eva Air and Japan Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Japan Airlines and Cathay Dragon
  • Bangkok : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Thai Airways International and Japan Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Shanghai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Shanghai Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Guangzhou : flights operated by China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Jabodetabek : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Garuda Indonesia
  • Shanghai : flights operated by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Tokyo International Airport : Metro Manila.

Domestic flights from Tokyo International Airport :

There are 48 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Holland and Skymark Airlines.

  • Sapporo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Holland and Skymark Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines and Mk Airlines
  • Naha : flights operated by Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Skymark Airlines
  • Ōsaka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Kitakyushu : flights operated by Mk Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Kagoshima : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Skymark Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Mk Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Kumamoto : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Hiroshima : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Miyazaki Prefecture : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Other domestic destinations accessible by direct flight from Tokyo International Airport : Oita.

Low cost airlines to Tokyo International Airport :

  • Sapporo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Holland and Skymark Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines and Mk Airlines
  • Kōbe : flights operated by Skymark Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Asahikawa : flights operated by Air Holland, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Naha : flights operated by Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Skymark Airlines
  • Kagoshima : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Skymark Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Japan Airlines and Cathay Dragon
  • Hakodate : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Air Holland
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Tokyo International Airport: Obihiro.

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Kitakyushu : flights operated by Mk Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines and Mk Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Mk Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Ube : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Mk Airlines

Narita International Airport : the airport has 2457 flights per week. It is served by 68 airlines that offer 117 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Honolulu : flights operated by Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines
  • Greater Los Angeles Area : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines
  • Guam : flights operated by United Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Chicago : flights operated by American Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and United Airlines
  • Melbourne : flights operated by Jetstar Airways, Japan Airlines and Qantas
  • Cairns : flights operated by Jetstar Airways
  • Gold Coast : flights operated by Jetstar Airways
  • Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex : flights operated by American Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Madrid : flights operated by Iberia
  • Metro Vancouver : flights operated by Air Canada and Japan Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Narita International Airport : Seattle

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Narita International Airport :

  • Seoul : flights operated by Korean Air, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Sierra National Airlines, Malta Air Charter, Ethiopian Airlines and T'Way Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Eva Air, Tiger Airways and All Nippon Airways
  • Shanghai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Air China
  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines, Delta Air Lines and All Nippon Airways
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Thai Airways International, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, Delta Air Lines and Japan Airlines
  • Beijing : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Air China
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Narita International Airport : Ho Chi Minh City.

Domestic flights from Narita International Airport :

There are 9 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

  • Sapporo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Komaki : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Sendai : flights operated by All Nippon Airways
  • Ōsaka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Ishikawa Prefecture : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Ibex Airlines
  • Hiroshima : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Ibex Airlines
  • Naha : flights operated by All Nippon Airways
  • Niigata : flights operated by All Nippon Airways

Low cost airlines to Narita International Airport :

  • Seoul : flights operated by Korean Air, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Sierra National Airlines, Malta Air Charter, Ethiopian Airlines and T'Way Airlines
  • Cairns : flights operated by Jetstar Airways
  • Gold Coast : flights operated by Jetstar Airways
  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines, Delta Air Lines and All Nippon Airways
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Mesaba Airlines and Tiger Airways
  • Jeju Island : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Korean Air
  • Melbourne : flights operated by Jetstar Airways, Japan Airlines and Qantas
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Khabarovsk : flights operated by
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Narita International Airport : Denpasar.

Kansai International Airport : the airport has 1953 flights per week. It is served by 54 airlines that offer 70 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Honolulu : flights operated by Airasia X, Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Tiger Airways
  • Guam : flights operated by United Airlines and T'Way Airlines
  • Sydney : flights operated by Qantas
  • Cairns : flights operated by Jetstar Airways
  • Paris : flights operated by Air France
  • Nouméa : flights operated by Aircalin
  • Auckland : flights operated by Air New Zealand
  • Greater Los Angeles Area : flights operated by Japan Airlines
  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates
  • San Francisco Bay Area : flights operated by United Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Kansai International Airport : Amsterdam

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Kansai International Airport :

  • Seoul : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Malta Air Charter, Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines and T'Way Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hk Express, All Nippon Airways and Air India
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Shanghai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Shanghai Airlines and China Southern Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by Jetstar Asia Airways, Tiger Airways and Singapore Airlines
  • Beijing : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Air China, All Nippon Airways and Shenzhen Airlines
  • Seoul : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Jeju Air
  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Daegu : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Air Busan
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Kansai International Airport : Kuala Lumpur.

Domestic flights from Kansai International Airport :

There are 6 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by All Nippon Airways, Mk Airlines and Japan Airlines.

  • Tokyo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Mk Airlines and Japan Airlines
  • Naha : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Transocean Air
  • Sapporo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by All Nippon Airways

Low cost airlines to Kansai International Airport :

  • Singapore : flights operated by Jetstar Asia Airways, Tiger Airways and Singapore Airlines
  • Seoul : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Malta Air Charter, Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines and T'Way Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hk Express, All Nippon Airways and Air India
  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Honolulu : flights operated by Airasia X, Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Tiger Airways
  • Daegu : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Air Busan
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Airasia X and Malaysia Airlines
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Jeju Island : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Korean Air
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Kansai International Airport : Bangkok.

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Tokyo : flights operated by All Nippon Airways, Mk Airlines and Japan Airlines

What to do in Japan

Among the other things to do in Japan, we advise you to go to Edo-Tokyo Museum, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum, Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu Asuka Museum, Miraikan, Tenri University Sankōkan Museum, Hyatt Regency Osaka and Hiroshima City Museum Of Contemporary Art.

Museums in Japan

In Japan the main museums to visit are National Museum Of Nature And Science, Bunkamura and National Museum Of Japanese History.

Also be interested in Edo-Tokyo Museum, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum, Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu Asuka Museum, Miraikan, Tenri University Sankōkan Museum, Hokkaido Museum and Hiroshima City Museum Of Contemporary Art. But the cultural offer Japan is much larger. Also, be interested in Fukuoka City Museum, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Hiroshima Museum Of Art, Saitama Prefectural Museum Of History And Folklore, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Roadside Station Nasunogahara-Hakubutsukan, Hokkaido Museum Of Northern Peoples, Meguro Parasitological Museum, Ume Shinkokan and Gunma Museum Of Natural History.

Theme parks in Japan

Among the in Japan theme parks and around, we recommend you to visit Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea and Sippo Art Village.

Also be interested in Adventure World, Mother Farm, Nagasaki Holland Village, Tokyo Doitsu Mura, Tokachi Hills and Ehime Children'S Castle.

Archeological sites in Japan

Among the in Japan archeological sites and around, we recommend you to visit Gushikawa Island and Iwajuku.

Places of workship in Japan

For places of workship in Japan, visit in this order Five Mountain System.

Natural parks in Japan

In Japan do not miss refreshing visits such as Shiretoko National Park, Yanbaru National Park and Shikotsu-Tōya National Park.

Sanriku Fukkō National Park and Kerama Shotō National Park are also worth visiting.

Shoppings centers and malls in Japan

For shopping centers in Japan, visit in this order Yokohama Anpanman Museum and Pepe.

Localisation of Japan on a world map ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Regional map of Japan ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed location map of Japan ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Photos of Japan

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