Certain hotels in this site have breakfast included in the hotel tariff however we do recommend that people also try and eat outside the hotels and try local foods. Japan is not as expensive as you might think.


Japan operates on a 100 Volts, 50-60MHz. If you intend to take appliances from Australia to Japan make sure they have the ability to operate on world wide voltage. Japan operates on a 2 pin flat blade plug (straight up and down), similar to the US.
Tipping is not normally customary at restaurants and in taxis etc. It is perfectly normal to keep all your change.
Japan has 3 major holiday periods, New Years, Golden Week (early May), and Obon (mid August).

JAPAN FACTS - both useful and useless facts
  • Over 2/3 of the country is covered in mountains and forests
  • Population of Japan: 127 million people, and over 5 million vending machines (more vending machines than people in NZ)
  • Largest metro area: Tokyo metro 32 million people, almost 1 ½ times Australia's total population and over 7 times New Zealand's population excluding sheep.
  • Train departures from Tokyo Station: Approx 260 bullet trains per day and about 3000 in total per day.
  • Busiest train stations: Shinjuku about 3.6 million per day, Ikebukuro with about 2.7 million. Sydney's Town Hall approx 75, 000 per day.
  • National Park's and Quasi National Parks: 85 (lot's of nature)
  • Postal Savings: approx $3 TRILLION in total ($3, 000, 000 million) - pretty much earning almost nothing in interest! A lot more is stuffed in almost no interest bearing bank accounts and mattresses.
  • Most common form of payment: CASH (many people still don't have a credit card)
  • Cost of McDonald's burger in Japan: Cheese burger $1.30 approx. Australia $2.15 and NZ $1.70AUD approx
  • Minimum train fare: $1.80 for adult. Cityrail $2.40 for adult
  • Safety: Japan generally ranks as one of the safest countries in the world to travel (some of Australia's other popular destinations usually missing from the lists - UK, USA, Indonesia and Thailand)
  • Radiation levels in Tokyo are lower than many parts of Australia. Sydney radiation levels range between Tokyo's current readings and 3 times Tokyo's levels.
For more information on Japan, please visit on Japan Hoppers - Japan Travel Guide.