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

Winning tip: Art and yurts, Naoshima

Naoshima, the jewel of Japan’s skill islands and an easy one-hour instruct journeying from Kyoto or Osaka, has museums wandering from a gallery inn to art stations. Free buses take you around the art points and to an amazing art-filled sento bathhouse( PS4. 40 ), terminated with full-size elephant figures overlooking the soaks. Standing in the Benesse Foundation’s hotels is very pricey( from PS250) but there is a fantastic alternative a very short gait from the key artwork places and beautiful: Tsutsuji-so’s yurts( PS25-PS30 per person per night ). 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 simply PS42 per head, was the highlighting of our holiday. We started from JR Hida-Hagiwara station and took in historic villages to begin with then a obscure depression off the sightseer footpath, the e-bikes shaping 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 cost. The 26 km/ six-hour route and its ideas were incredible.


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Friendly hostel, Nagano

Photograph: 1166 backpackers Nagano

One of very best hostels I’ve stayed in was 1166 Backpackers in Nagano, run by a lovely girl called Orie who manufactures everyone feel at home. She leads regular occurrences in the hostel communal neighbourhoods, such as sake tasting. Bunks are about PS20 a nighttime. It’s in the Monzen district of Nagano, within easily stepping 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 ended contrast from metropoli life, I advocate a stay at the Oshi Ryokan in Nagano’s Japanese Alps. Mr Oshi( a Shinto priest who appears after the nearby tabernacles) 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 the experience in their home, rather than a restaurant. We is currently in our honeymoon and the lovely pair 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 inlet, 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 night in shared gender-specific areas ). 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 night you can head to a saloon, identify night-blooming flowers, or going to see a free regard at the observatory.
Isabella Dmochowska

Day trip from Tokyo


At the paw of 600 -metre Mount Takao, a great 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 hostel) for a fraction of the rate 😛 S6. 70 for adults and no time limit. You precisely 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 engage a campervan from It’s near Narita airport, and moves 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 era( PS40 ), less than you’d pay for a inn room, and come with camping equipment. The staff are helpful, bilingual and simply a phone call away if you run into difficulties. It is perfectly law 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 alcohol, Tokyo

An izakaya in Tokyo. Photograph: Alamy

Instead of boozing in western-style rails, which can be very expensive, go to a typical izakaya such as Kin no Kura in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where I’d show a nomihodai option- all you can drink for a prepare period and prepared price. Pay around PS17 for 2-3 hours of uninterrupted drinking! Order from a tablet on the table, and the server will announce briskly: ” Hai dozo !”( Go onward ). It’s a great, social residence more- ideal for playing placard activities. The wander of glass include brew on tap, highballs and sake. You are also welcome to 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 rooms with pods. It’s spotless- like nearly all Japanese inns- and provides enormous brew in the stylish forbid neighborhood; and at around PS20 a darknes it was great value. It has a female-only shared room more, with 10 cod. It’s a short amble to an izakaya announced Motsusen( lunch PS3. 40, dinner PS19 and all-you-can-drink menu, 9-2 Kabutocho) where you can rub shoulders with salarymen and eat until you can’t move.

Bathtime, Tokyo

Photograph: Karen Kasmauski/ Getty Images

I accidentally overestimated how much money to create( my inn caused cost per darknes rather than the total of all three darkness and I was careless in checking) and on my day of judgement in Tokyo I was broke … 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, get clean after a sweaty daytime stomping the street and having a cultural event 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 comfy prance about naked- because nobody bats an eyelid. Best three quid I ever expended.

Conveyor belt sushi chain

Photograph: Alamy

If you want to try conveyor belt sushi, Genki Sushi, with forks from Hokkaido down to Kyushu, is a great choice. Most of its bowls simply expenditure 70 p and you can order your nutrient via multilingual signature screens. If you’re with kids, “theyre going to” cherish being able to order their own food, as well as the little robot sets that deliver your tell to your fanny. We visited the Shibuya branch in Tokyo and it was wonderful, but later on we assured the dinner queue straining into the street, so best get there early.
Bori Kiss

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