Japan – Common Questions

An increasingly-popular destination with endless TV documentaries and social media coverage, you may be wondering, “should I visit Japan someday?”. Due to Japan’s economic boom in the 80’s with advancing technology, many have hesitations with the country surrounding cost, cultural barriers and travelling distance, and so we’ve provided answers to the public’s most-asked questions…

How’s the jet lag?
The old term “East is Beast, West is Best” is certainly true with jet lag. When you travel west, all you need to do is stay awake for a few hours longer but in Japan, the locals are waking up to start their day at the normal time you would be heading to bed, meaning you need to go to sleep far earlier!
However, despite sleeping on the plane, your journey to Japan is going to be a tiring one which usually comes to an end at around 07:00 to 12:00 local time, so by the time you get to 10pm, it’s actually pretty easy to achieve a full night’s sleep and start your trip on the right foot!

Isn’t it really expensive?
No! You can eat like a king in Kyoto, Osaka and even Tokyo for the equivalent of £15 per person, cocktails & beers start from the (dangerously) low cost of £2.20 and the transport system is a fraction of the Tube in London. Put it this way, you would likely spend far more on a weekend to London, Birmingham or Manchester than you would a weekend in Tokyo. However, if you are looking for luxury, you can certainly find it at a higher, but usually reasonably-priced cost.

One tip for avoiding high costs – Don’t eat at international restaurant brands! On our visit, we accidentally paid £35 for a jug of sangria at a restaurant that shall not be named… so “TIG Thursdays”…

I’m not sure I could go 2 weeks eating noodles & sushi…

You could go 2 weeks without touching the stuff if you wanted (but we wouldn’t recommend that). Some of the most amazing Mexican and Italian food can be found in Japan, plus arguably the best steak in the world! Please do experience Japanese cuisine because it really is incredible, but there are plenty of International options if you’re craving something different.

I’d like to see a Geisha if I went to Japan, how would I do that?
In the early Showa Era, there could have been up to 80,000 Geisha nationwide, but sadly, as young girls seek more modern career paths with less sacrifices for their personal life (as the act of becoming a Geisha is a strict and difficult journey), the estimated number of these talented performers in the modern world stands at around 1,000. Therefore, although possible within the region of Gion Corner in Kyoto, the odds of seeing a Geisha walking through the streets is unlikely; however, many tour companies can arrange this incredibly special evening for you.

Isn’t the whole country really ‘techy’?
Yes and no. Truly the place where tradition meets technology, temples stand sheltered by cherry trees against the surrounding glass skyscrapers. You can spend a day (or even a fortnight) exploring the stunning landscape or diving into the country’s rich culture, or you can stand endlessly under a digital waterfall at the TeamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum. If you’re worried about the train ticket machines being far too advanced for you to operate, you have nothing to fear.

Will there be anyone who speaks English?
Certainly. If you’re on an English-speaking tour, this is a given but if travelling solo, you’ll find that the younger generation, business people and many who work in tourist cities can speak English. If you’re ever in a pickle, you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the concern and help offered by the locals you speak with.

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Osaka, Japan skyline at Osaka Castle Park.

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