I travelled to Japan in September 2015 for three weeks, after snagging a cheap return flight to Tokyo with Turkish Airlines. It was super difficult to choose which parts of the country to visit, I would happily have visited for three months! There is so much information out there it can get overwhelming. Feel free to comment or get in touch if you’d like to ask me any questions! I will do more detailed posts on the individual destinations in the future.
I did a lot of research before settling on the below itinerary. We moved quite quickly from place to place, with several days in Tokyo at the beginning and end of the trip. I felt it was better to sacrifice some chill time for the sake of seeing more of the country. Of course you could fly in and out of different airports, but this will usually be more expensive. There are some very basic tips on trains, accommodation and internet below also. We used the train network covered by the Japan Rail Pass 80% of the time, with some ferries and regional trains that we paid extra for.
Day 1 – 4: Tokyo
We booked a hotel on the limo bus route to Shinjuku for the first night, so we could see some of the city on the way from the airport, and stayed right in the centre to explore. The next three nights we spent in Shimokitazawa, a non-touristy and studenty part of Tokyo, to try and experience some local life. We found a nice airbnb. Really cool little suburb, a couple of stops on the subway to Shinjuku.