Japan is the quintessential example of modernity meets tradition. There aren’t many places on earth that have developed as quickly as this unique archipelago, made up of around 6800 different islands. It’s home to some of the world’s most technologically advanced, exciting cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Ōsaka and Kanazawa, full of neon lit facades, world-class restaurants and futuristic fashion. At the same time, thousand-year-old traditions, craftsmanship and ancient gods still remain ever-present, important elements of the culture. Combined with the beautiful and diverse natural scenery – from hiking or skiing in the Japanese Alps to snorkeling among the coral reefs in Okinawa – Japan is truly a traveler’s paradise.
Flights to Japan
SAS flies to Japan via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco or Washington D.C. With daily departures, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2–11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
When you land in Tokyo Narita Airport it is easy and cheap to take the train to Tokyo Station, and from here you can change to the metro or train and travel onwards to many other fascinating places in Japan.
Experience unique Tokyo
A visit to Japan isn’t complete without going to the capital city of Tokyo. The world’s largest city, home to more than 8 million inhabitants at its core, surpasses a first-time visitors wildest fantasy—assaulting the senses with neon lights, sky scraping structures, the buzz of constant traffic and futuristic fashions that seem to have landed from another planet. Despite its massive size, Tokyo runs with the meticulousness long associated with Japanese culture. Metros always run on time and you can easily visit the many interesting parts of the city quickly and efficiently.
Tokyo is also a great place for shopping, competing on the world stage with fashion capitals such as New York, London and Paris. In addition to small boutiques and quirky kiosks, each area in Tokyo has its own extensive shopping mall with all the biggest international brands, and the areas Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya are particularly popular for the ultimate retail experience.
As modern as Japan’s capital city is, it is just as traditional. Head to a sumo tournament, tour the cheery blossoms or visit a kabuki theater for a live show. In addition, there are still many quiet side streets lined with wooden homes with meticulously kept bonsai trees, and a number of shrines and temples still reflective of the deep connection to the ancient culture.
Sushi, sashimi and tempura
Tokyo boasts more Michelin stars than any other city and Japanese cuisine has been UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The food is delicious, fresh and diverse—and an entire trip to Japan could be built solely around tasting regional specialties and the massive variety of foods. A visit to Japan should include “kaiten sushi”—sushi served on conveyor belts from where the guests can choose the individual dishes. Sashimi and tempura are also typical traditional dishes that can be found throughout the country. And while traveling in Japan can be expensive, it is possible to find eateries in all price ranges, from pricey sushi restaurants with world-class chefs to 24-hour supermarkets where you can buy fresh food to go, or a bowl of noodles from a station vendor.
Travel around Japan
While Japan’s thriving metropolises have made it famous, the country offers a variety of other activities outside of the urban walls. Venture out to the country to fully experience the Japanese culture. Some of the top activities include water sports, hiking, cycling, skiing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sightseeing at the many lakes, hills and forests throughout the islands. One of the top destinations is a visit to the Five Lakes in Fuji, famous for their stunning beauty. Or maybe, test out your athletic skills and venture on a climb up Japan’s tallest peak, Mount Fuji.
Price levels in Japan
While Japan has a reputation of being an expensive country to travel in, that doesn’t have to be the case. World-class, luxury options are bountiful, but Japan also offers a number budget friendly accommodation, travel and food options. Fresh fast food is much healthier than westernized versions and you can easily find a hotel or hostel for reasonable prices.
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