Whether it's your first time visiting this site, or you're headed to Japan for the first time, here's our take on where to start.

Accommodation

This is a big question and we've built out a lot of information, based around places that we like to stay and spots that we know other travellers have liked.

Osaka accommodation options.

Kyoto accommodation options.

Check out our 'Where to Stay' page for more.

Transport

The number one question we get is around whether people should buy a JR pass. The best thing to do is to cost out your trip using Hyperdia or Google Maps.

But it's not all about the shinkansen. We've often managed to get away without buying a pass, or just using a 7 day pass by mixing up the types of transport we use. Here's a quick guide to your other options:

Alternatives to taking the bullet train

Staying connected

If you haven't been to Japan before, this article is a must-read, because
renting a Wi-Fi can make a massive difference to your trip:

Renting a pocket Wi-Fi