The perception that Japan is an expensive end is challenged by our tipsters, who encounter 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 skill islands and an easy one-hour learn outing from Kyoto or Osaka, has museums straying from a gallery hotel to art installations. Free bus take you around the art places and to an amazing art-filled sento bathhouse( PS4. 40 ), complete with full-size elephant statues overlooking the tubs. Staying in the Benesse Foundation’s hotels is very pricey( from PS250) but there is a marvelous alternative a very short gait from the key prowes sites 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 guided tour, for simply PS42 per head, was the highlighting of our holiday. We started from JR Hida-Hagiwara station and took in historic villages to start with then a obscured valley off the tourist road, the e-bikes attaining light work of the hills. There were astonishes 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 toll. The 26 km/ six-hour route and its looks were incredible.


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Friendly hostel, Nagano

Photograph: 1166 backpackers Nagano

One of very good hostels I’ve remaining in was 1166 Backpackers in Nagano, run by a lovely woman appointed Orie who prepares everyone feel at home. She guides regular phenomena in the hostel communal provinces, such as sake tasting. Plots are about PS20 a night. It’s in the Monzen district of Nagano, within easily going distance 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 city life, I intimate a stay at the Oshi Ryokan in Nagano’s Japanese Alps. Mr Oshi( a Shinto priest who gazes after the nearby tabernacles) will take you to the temple at the crack of dawn- an incredible experience. Mrs Oshi also 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 the experience in their home, rather than a eatery. We is currently in 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 chambers ). Virtually every review of this hostel praises its owner, Hiro; he really is amazingly helpful without being overbearing. The island is great for swimming and leisurely treads along the palm groves. In the evening you can head to a barroom, understand night-blooming flowers, or go to a free viewing at the observatory.
Isabella Dmochowska

Day trip from Tokyo


At the foot of 600 -metre Mount Takao, a big day hike within the Tokyo city fixeds, is the tucked-away Keio Takaosan Onsen. With a mix of indoor and outdoor ( rotenburo ) bathrooms of various water temperatures, it is the perfect place to restore sore muscles, with all the vibe of a mountain ryokan( traditional hostel) 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 guides a pick-up service from Narita station, so you can be mobile within a few hours of arriving. The campers start at Y= 6,000 a date( PS40 ), less than you’d pay for a hotel room, and come with camping equipment. The staff are helpful, bilingual and merely 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 wander around the world’s safest country, and the Japanese baths ( sentos ) are on hand for your daily scrub.

All you can eat and booze, Tokyo

An izakaya in Tokyo. Photograph: Alamy

Instead of boozing in western-style forbids, which can be very expensive, go to a typical izakaya such as Kin no Kura in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where I’d propose a nomihodai option- all you can drink for a set period and set cost. 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 onward ). It’s a great, social target too- ideal for playing card activities. The reach of alcohols 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 chambers with pods. It’s spotless- like almost all Japanese inns- and provides enormous brew in the stylish rail place; and at around PS20 a night it was great value. It has a female-only shared chamber very, with 10 cod. It’s a short tread 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 devour until you can’t move.

Bathtime, Tokyo

Photograph: Karen Kasmauski/ Getty Images

I accidentally miscalculated how much cash to raise( my inn caused price per night rather than the total of all three nighttimes and I was careless in checking) and on my day of reckoning in Tokyo I was ruined … I took myself to a sento for the afternoon for the equivalent of PS3. I spent a couple of hours in there, sheltering from the 38 C hot, getting clean after a sweaty day stomping the street and having a culture knowledge at the same time. It was one of the main points of my Japan trip because, as well as being a sucker for a spa, it was great to feel SO comfy 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 sprigs from Hokkaido down to Kyushu, is a great choice. Most of its recipes only expenditure 70 p and you can order your food via multilingual touching screens. If you’re with teenagers, they are going to adore being able to order their own food, as well as the little robot sets that deliver your prescribe to your bench. We visited the Shibuya branch in Tokyo and it was wonderful, but later on we experienced the dinner queue extending into the street, so best get there early.
Bori Kiss

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