Holiday Packages in Japan
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Flying to Japan
You can fly to Japan from Auckland (AKL) or Christchurch (CHC). Both airports have regular flights departing to Toyko's international airports. The fastest route to Tokyo is with a direct flight 14 hour flight from Auckland (AKL). However, if you select a connecting flight, your stopover can lengthen your journey to 38 hours. The majority of flights from New Zealand to Japan arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo. It's one of the busiest airports in the world and is a hub for regional airline Japan Airways. It's located 60 kilometres from Toyko's city, and there's a variety of affordable public transportation options to get you to your hotel.
Where to Stay in Japan
Japan packages give you access to some of the country's top hotels for every kind of budget. Whether you're looking to splurge or you're travelling to Japan on a shoe-string, all hotels are vetted to ensure that your expectations are met when you arrive.
Hotel Mushashiya is a traditional Japanese inn and is situated in Hakone. While staying here is more expensive than a standard hotel room, it's worth trying at least once for an authentic Japanese experience. The rooms at Mushashiya overlook Lake Ashi, and you're only a short walk away to a viewpoint of Mount Fuji. Each room is fitted with woven-straw flooring, traditional futon bedding and basic amenities like a TV, fridge and electric kettle.
Real Life Kudanshita
Real Life Kudanshita is an apartment located in Toyko. With larger rooms and a full-service kitchen, you'll get better value for your money by staying here than at a hotel in the city. The two-bedroom apartment comes with one bathroom, a hot tub and free toiletries. The Imperial Palace is only 1.4km from the property, and you're within walking distance from other attractions like the Science Museum, Tokyo Shrine and the National Museum of Modern Art.
Hotel Tsubaki Kinshicho
Hotel Tsubaki Kinshicho is an adults-only hotel in Toyko. Each room is beautifully decorated and is fitted with a queen size bed, air-conditioning, a bath or shower and a lounge area. It's an excellent choice for couples that want to be close to public transportation and in walking distance from some of the city's top attractions.
Things to do in Japan
Japan is one of the top destinations in the world. Its unique blend of ancient history, fashion and anime attract all kinds of visitors to this tiny Asian nation. As one of the most advanced civilisations in the world, getting around Japan is relatively easy, and there's an endless list of things to see and do.
Hike up Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is one of Japan's top attractions. It's the country's highest peak and towers above the largely flat landscape at 3,776 metres. The mountain is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more than one million people summit Mount Fuji each year.e
Wander around Imperial Tokyo
Make your way to Tokyo and explore the city's Imperial Palace. It's a 17th-century masterpiece that's complete with scenic moats and beautiful parks. While most of it is still closed off to the public, there's more than enough to see including the famous Nijubashi Bridge.
Explore historic Kyoto
Kyoto is one of Japan's most visited cities. It was one of the few places in the country that didn't feel the effects of WWII. Today, it attracts millions of visitors and is known for its an important cultural centre and beautiful bamboo forest.
The Best Time to Visit Japan
The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). You'll be in time for the country's iconic cherry blossoms and the beautiful autumnal leaves. The weather during these months is mild, with clear skies and hardly any rainfall. Another popular time to visit is in summer. From June to August, the weather is at it's best for summitting Mount Fuji. Be sure to book your flights to Japan well in advance to lock in lower airfares. For winter sports enthusiasts, the winter months of December to February are the best time to visit the country's top ski resorts.
What should I pack for Japan?
Shoes that are easy to take off
Many places in Japan will require you to remove your shoes. When packing for your Japan holiday packages, be sure you bring along a pair that you can easily slip on and off. In Japanese culture, it is also considered impolite to get around with bare feet. So, don’t forget to pack several pairs of socks (without holes!) into your suitcase before heading to the airport in anticipation of your Japan holiday deals.
Pack a travel adaptor
Visitors purchasing Japan holiday packages should bring along a travel adaptor. The electrical outlets in Japan are two-pronged Type A. The voltage is also lower than Australia's at 100V. For travellers booking Japan holiday deals that want to use devices like hair straighteners, it is also wise to pack a converter. It will ensure that you don’t permanently damage your device.
Renting a car in Japan
If you're planning on renting a car in Japan, you'll need an International Driver's Permit. Travellers heading away on Japan travel deals will need to apply for the permit before leaving Australia.
What to pack for skiing in Japan
If it's your dream to take to the slopes on Japan ski packages, you need to come prepared. During the winter, the temperatures are freezing, and you'll need to invest in the right gear to stay warm on the slopes. Some of the things you should pack if you're buying Japan holiday packages during the skiing season include thermal jeans, underwear and leggings; ski pants, sunglasses, jackets, gloves and snow boots; sunscreen, ski goggles and a balaclava. When it comes to equipment, travellers with Japan ski packages don't need to over pack. You'll be able to rent all the gear you need from the resorts.
What are the dos and don'ts of visiting Japan?
Bowing in Japan
One of the first customs that those travelling on Japan holiday packages will need to brush up on is the practice of bowing. The Japanese bow when greeting one another, and a bow is also used to say thank you or to apologise. If you go to a restaurant, it's common for staff to bow to customers. However, you're not expected to bow back.
Passing money when paying for services
When you pay for a taxi ride or something at the shops, money is not passed directly from hand to hand. Instead, place your money on a small tray. This is where any change will also be placed, if needed. This is a commonplace practice and those travelling on Japan holiday deals can expect to encounter it at hotels, restaurants, taxis and convenience stores.
Using chopsticks (Ohashi)
One of the things to master before leaving on your Japan holiday packages is the art of chopstick etiquette, often called Ohashi. Somethings to remember are to never point your chopsticks at another person or use them to spear your food; don’t stick your chopsticks upright into a bowl of rice; use the opposite end to the one you eat from when picking morsels up from a shared dish; never pass food from chopstick to chopstick.