Where to stay in Japan : Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation in Japan, both Western-style and Japanese. Types of accommodation vary widely in terms of style and price. You can choose to stay in the familiar comforts of a Western-style hotel, or enjoy the comfort and personal attention of a traditional Japanese inn or ryokan 旅館.

In addition to hotels and ryokans that can be booked from typical online booking sites such as Expedia, there are less-publicized types of accommodation such as minshuku 民宿, capsule hotels, youth hostels, temple lodgings, camp sites, kyukamura 休暇村 hotels.  If you take time to search out, you will be able to find comfortable places to stay that suit your style and budget.


14 violations cyclists should avoid with Japanese Traffic Laws 2015


You may notice that many Japanese cyclists (usually using ‘mama chari’ or town bikes rather than road bikes) ignore traffic rules and seem to get away.  It is not uncommon to see people riding while holding umbrellas, having their whole bikes covered in a rain parka, or carrying a passenger on the back carrier.  For a country in which so many people get around by bicycle, Japan was surprisingly hands-off regarding regulations for cyclists for years.  It is not usual for offenders to get caught ending up with a fine, but this may change as a set of new laws for the two-wheeled modes of transport were enacted in June 2015.


When to go for a bike trip in Japan?

When to go to to Japan for a bike trip?

Japan has distinctive seasons which should be taken into consideration when planning a bike trip, particularly for a long tour. Generally speaking, spring 春 (March to early June) and autumn 秋 (October and November) are the best seasons for bike trips as the temperatures are pleasant and there is little rainfall.  Although it is perfectly possible to explore Japan by bike in other seasons, depending on where you travel.  The Japanese archipelago stretches from north to south, which means that each region has a different climate.


Why cycling in Japan?

Japan may not come to minds of many as tour destination when they plan bicycle trips, but it is an excellent destination to discover hidden attractions by bicycle, not often experienced by those travelling in cars and trains.
Rather than rushing from one place to another, why not take the time to enjoy the journey by bike, and relish the new discoveries you can experience along the way?


Japan Rail Pass : for JR trains bus and ferry

A Japan Rail Pass (or JR Pass) offers unlimited travel on most trains including Shinkansen, buses and ferries operated by Japan Railways Group throughout Japan, for one, two or three weeks.

It is available only for those travellers visiting Japan from abroad as tourists and  you have to buy an exchange voucher BEFORE you travel to Japan.  You can buy the JR pass online or through travel agents across the world.


Travelling on trains with bicycles in Japan


In Japan, traveling on the train with a bicycle is permitted, even on Shinkansen with no extra charge.  You can take a bike on any train at any time for free of charge if you store it in a bike bag called ‘Rinko bag’ 輪行バッグ.


Tsunoshima Bridge Nagato Yamaguchi

Tsunoshima 角島 Bridge is relatively new (opened in 2000) and connects between Yamaguchi Prefecture’s 山口県 Shimonoseki city 下関市 and the Tsunoshima Island.  The view of the slender bridge structure over the sea sparkling in emerald green is impressive and it was ranked 3rd in the world in the best seller “Places to go before you die: Picturesque World Views”.


Japan Korea Kampu Ferry transport – Shimonoseki to Busan in 14 hours

The Kampu Ferry Company sails daily between Shimonoseki (下関)on the western tip of the main island of Honshu, and the South Korean ferry port of Busan (釜山).

Kampu ferry ships are conventional ferries with cabins, sailing overnight and departing daily at 18:00 arriving 08:30 next morning. The journey takes approximately 14 hours.