Tips for Traveling to Japan
EcotOnline – Exploring Japan is a dream for some people. Who does not want to visit this country ?. Japan is indeed a favorite of tourists from Indonesia. Especially if it’s the sakura or snow season, surely almost everywhere there are Indonesian people. But, before leaving for backpackers to Japan, make sure you have a passport. What passports can you use? There are two passports, they are ordinary passports and e-passports. If you use a normal passport, you must obtain a visa before leaving. Of course, the process will be more complicated than using an e-passport. The use of e-passports allows you to backpacker to Japan without a visa for 15 days in a period of 3 years.
After having a passport and obtaining a visa, the next step is to buy a plane ticket. Buying plane tickets is a bit complicated, because it needs the right timing. After having a passport and obtaining a visa, the next step is to buy a plane ticket. Buying plane tickets is a bit complicated, because it needs the right timing. If you do not buy luggage during Japan-Indonesia, make sure the luggage does not exceed 7 kg. Airports like Osaka and Kyoto are very strict with luggage, if more than 1 kg can pay as much as 500 thousand rupiah. Make sure to buy a ticket home and lodging before reaching Japan. Because immigration officers in Japan are strict, they can be interrogated if they don’t have a return ticket and lodging.
After having a passport and VISA, there are several routes to be excellent when backpackers go to Japan, namely Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto. Some slightly improved paths might reach Shirakawa-go or Alpine Route. Here are some of the mainstream routes taken by Indonesian travelers:
Usually, departing from Tokyo, then take the shinkansen to nearby Osaka and Kyoto. You can take this route if you don’t get a PP ticket and have more money to buy a JR Pass (Pass to take an inter-city shinkansen ride). Why not promo? Because promo tickets usually PP through the same airport. Unless you plan to return to Tokyo after Osaka and Kyoto.
- Tokyo-Kawaguchiko-Shirakawago-Alphine route
This route was taken by people I met in Narita. They took this route because last year they visited around Osaka. In Shirakawago you can find traditional Japanese villages and on the Alphine Route you can find icebergs (though not winter). Actually, the tourist city is divided into 3, namely Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido. There are some backpackers who choose to spend all three separately, some at once. (Although it’s very rare to take the Osaka-Tokyo-Hokkaido route because it’s too far).
Choose the city according to the budget and time spent. All cities in Japan are good. Because all can be explored and have similarities. For example, Kamakura is nicknamed Kyoto East Japan, so visiting Kamakura from Tokyo is more efficient than having to go far to Kyoto. Or visit Nikko instead of far away to Nagano.
Then, another thing you can notice is;
The timing is also varied. There are those who want to move between cities with each city for only 2 days. There are also those who want to stay longer in a city because they want to enjoy. Everything depends on taste. Time of departure was high season in early April or December. Early April due to the blooming of cherry blossoms, December due to the end of the snowy year in Japan. In addition, many Indonesians have a long holiday in December. Another option to avoid high season but still comfortable is late April or November.