The perception that Japan is an expensive destination is challenged by our tipsters, who ascertain 70 p sushi delivered by robot, cheap internal flights, all-you-can-drink-deals and friendly hostels

Winning tip: Art and yurts, Naoshima

Naoshima, the gem of Japan’s artwork islands and an easy one-hour develop journeying from Kyoto or Osaka, has museums straddling from a gallery hotel to art installations. Free buses take you around the art places and to an amazing art-filled sento bathhouse( PS4. 40 ), complete with full-size elephant sculptures overlooking the soaks. Biding in the Benesse Foundation’s hotels is very pricey( from PS250) but there is a splendid alternative a very short move from the key skill areas and beautiful: Tsutsuji-so’s yurts( PS25-PS30 per person per nighttime ). They are private, traditional Mongolian tents with proper beds.
Pat Kirby

E-bikes in Takayama

Photograph: Hanah

A tour on e-bikes of the Japanese Alps countryside around Takayama with Daisuke, the tour guide, for exactly PS42 per head, was the highlighting of our vacation. We started from JR Hida-Hagiwara station and took in historic villages to begin with then a obscured depression off the tourist trail, the e-bikes doing light work of the hills. There were bombshells along the way such as a traditional Japanese lunch( included in the price) and coffee on the river in the middle of nowhere, and all for a reasonable price. The 26 km/ six-hour route and its viewpoints were incredible.


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Friendly hostel, Nagano

Photograph: 1166 backpackers Nagano

One of very best hostels I’ve remaining in was 1166 Backpackers in Nagano, run by a lovely lady named Orie who acquires everyone feel at home. She extends regular affairs in the hostel communal places, such as sake tasting. Berths are about PS20 a night. It’s in the Monzen district of Nagano, within readily moving interval of Zenkoji temple. It’s well-placed for day trips to nearby amazing Matsumoto Castle or Snow Monkey Park.
Samuel Parker

Alpine honeymoon bliss

Oshi Ryokan, Nagano

To get a terminated contrast from metropoli life, I show a stay at the Oshi Ryokan in Nagano’s Japanese Alps. Mr Oshi( a Shinto priest who examines after the nearby synagogues) will take you to the temple at the crack of dawn- an incredible experience. Mrs Oshi too cooked us what was probably the most amazing meal we had in Japan- each dish was a work of art and it was so special having its own experience in their home, rather than a eatery. We were on our honeymoon and the lovely couple even offered to let us try on their own wedding kimonos and take photos.
* Double from PS65 B& B, about PS120 with dinner , en-gb
Lucie Johnson

Subtropical beaches, Yaeyama Islands

Kabira bay, Ishigaki island. Photograph: Ippei Naoi/ Getty Images

For a PS25 return flight from Naha( on Okinawa) to Ishigaki, you can experience the subtropical climate and unspoilt beaches of Japan’s Yaeyama Islands. Stay at Shiraho Friends House( PS12 a darknes in shared gender-specific areas ). Nearly every its consideration of this hostel praises its owner, Hiro; he really is amazingly helpful without being overbearing. The island is great for swimming and leisurely paths along the palm groves. In the evening you can head to a bar, recognize night-blooming heydays, or go to a free consider at the observatory.
Isabella Dmochowska

Day trip from Tokyo


At the paw of 600 -metre Mount Takao, a big day hike within the Tokyo city fastens, is the tucked-away Keio Takaosan Onsen. With a mix of indoor and outdoor ( rotenburo ) showers of various water temperatures, it is the perfect place to restore sore muscles, with all the vibe of a mountain ryokan( traditional tavern) for a fraction of the cost 😛 S6. 70 for adults and no time limit. You exactly need to bring your own towel. The onsen is next to Takaosanguchi station on the Keio line.
Sarah Liang

Campervan savings


You can save thousands of yen by hiring a campervan from It’s near Narita airport, and runs a pick-up service from Narita station, so you can be mobile within a few cases hours of arriving. The campers start at Y= 6,000 a daylight( PS40 ), less than you’d pay for a inn room, and come with camping equipment. The staff are helpful, bilingual and only a phone call away if you run into difficulties. It is perfectly legal to sleep in your van anywhere you stop, giving you the freedom to range around the world’s safest country, and the Japanese baths ( sentos ) are on hand for your daily scrub.

All you can eat and drinking, Tokyo

An izakaya in Tokyo. Photograph: Alamy

Instead of drinking in western-style barrooms, which can be very expensive, go to a typical izakaya such as Kin no Kura in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where I’d recommend a nomihodai option- all you can drink for a set epoch and determined rate. Pay around PS17 for 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sucking! Order from a tablet on the table, and the server announced today briskly: ” Hai dozo !”( Go ahead ). It’s a great, social plaza too- model for playing placard tournaments. The stray of guzzles include beer on tap, highballs and sake. You can also get a tabehodai ( all you can eat option in izakayas ).
* 1-16-6 Kabukicho

Excellent hostel, Tokyo

Kaisu Hostel

The Kaisu Hostel( 6-13-5 Akasaka) in Minato is a short walk from Roppongi but quiet enough to have a good night’s sleep in its shared areas with husks. It’s spotless- like nearly all Japanese hotels- and helps enormous brew in the stylish bar arena; and at around PS20 a night it was great value. It has a female-only shared room more, with 10 husks. It’s a short walk to an izakaya called Motsusen( lunch PS3. 40, dinner PS19 and all-you-can-drink menu, 9-2 Kabutocho) where you can rub shoulders with salarymen and chew until you can’t move.

Bathtime, Tokyo

Photograph: Karen Kasmauski/ Getty Images

I inadvertently miscalculated how much money to make( my inn gave price per night rather than the total of all three nighttimes and I was careless in checking) and on my judgement day in Tokyo I was broke … I took myself to a sento for the afternoon for the equivalent of PS3. I expended a couple of hours in there, sheltering from the 38 C heat, going clean after a sweaty daylight stomping the streets and having a culture knowledge at the same time. It was one of the highlights of my Japan trip because, as well as being a sucker for a spa, it was great to feel SO comfortable prance about naked- because nobody at-bats an eyelid. Best three quid I ever invested.

Conveyor belt sushi chain

Photograph: Alamy

If you want to try conveyor belt sushi, Genki Sushi, with divisions from Hokkaido down to Kyushu, is a great choice. Most of its bowls only expense 70 p and you can order your food via multilingual signature screens. If you’re with girls, they are going to cherish being able to order their own food, as well as the little robot civilizes that deliver your tell to your tush. We called the Shibuya branch in Tokyo and it was wonderful, but later on we accompanied the dinner queue unfolding into the street, so best get there early.
Bori Kiss

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