Amazing places in Japan every Aussie must visit today and beyond 2020

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Time to tick off items on your 2019 bucket list and start a clean sheet anticipating 2020 and beyond.

If you always wanted to visit the birthplace of your all-time favourite Sushi, we’ve got you covered with the details you need before boarding your next flight to Japan.

Explore with us from Japan’s most food-obsessed cities to places where you can capture breath-taking sceneries!

Osaka

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Estimated Budget: 167.83AUD (114.58USD) (inclusive of hotel, food, travel, entertainment)

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If you are travelling solo to Osaka with a mid-range budget, then your average travel budget for a day would be approximately 167.83AUD (114.58USD) inclusive of the cost of hotel, food and travelling.

Living in the city of yummy food, it would be a shame not to try their famous cuisines.

We are sharing the top 2 must-try restaurants in Osaka:

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Kura Sushi boasts to have all your cravings for sushi sorted and that too with an affordable (cheap!) price – almost around JPY100 or simply 1.35AUD (0.92USD) per plate.

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Variety of cheap and affordable best quality sushi in Osaka

Kura Sushi is a popular kaiten-zushi chain with multiple branches throughout the country, so you’d be able to find Kura Sushi in the few cities you decide to visit throughout your stay in Japan.

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Takoyaki Tamaya at night

Takoyaki Tamaya is a place you should visit especially since Osaka is well known for their Takoyaki and okonomiyaki. This place offers several different varieties, it’s recommended that you get the sampler of eight to be able to try them all.

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8 flavours!

The restaurant tops them with things like curry powder, barbecue sauce, garlic soy sauce and ponzu sauce. Their most popular flavour remains the basic but very delicious rock salt with mayonnaise. Five pieces of these go for JPY290 or simply 3.92AUD (2.68USD).

Osaka Travel Tip
Try not opting for an Airbnb but look for hotels in neighbourhoods like Namba and Umeda instead.

Kyoto

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Estimated Budget: 121.95AUD (83.24USD) per day (inclusive of hotel, food, travel, entertainment) 

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If you are travelling solo to Kyoto with a mid-range budget, then your average travel budget for a day would be approximately 156.96AUD (107.20USD) inclusive of the cost of hotel, food and travelling.

There are many things that travellers would love to enjoy throughout their stay at Kyoto which includes visiting and participating in the Buddhist Meditation Sessions, the viewing of the cherry blossoms, and visiting the 400-year-old Geikkeikan brewery.

While you are there, don’t forget to request your favourite matcha or green tea beverage or cuisine!

List of foods below that you cannot leave Kyoto without trying!

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Hamo – A white fish served with ume as sushi
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Tofu at places around Nanzenji temple
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Suppon – An expensive turtle dish worth 5,000 yen
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Multi-course chef’s choice called Kaiseki-Ryori
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Kyoto’s Sake

Kyoto Travel Tip

Try avoiding popular bus routes. Walking or taking the bus is highly recommended whenever possible.

The 3 best viewing spots for the cherry blossoms include Arashiyama, Daigoji and Ninnaji

Mount Koya

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Estimated Budget: 121.92AUD (83.27USD) per day (inclusive of hotel, food, travel, entertainment)

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If you are travelling solo to Mount Koya with a mid-range budget, then your average travel budget for a day would be approximately 156.96AUD (107.20USD) inclusive of the cost of hotel, food and travelling.

There are many things that travellers would love to enjoy throughout their stay at Kyoto which includes visiting and participating in the Buddhist Meditation Sessions, the viewing of the cherry blossoms, and visiting the 400-year-old Geikkeikan brewery. While you are there, don’t forget to request your favourite matcha or green tea beverage or cuisine!

400-year-old Geikkeikan brewery
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Monk meditating in one of Kyoto’s temples
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Green Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

If you are travelling solo to Mount Koya with a mid-range budget, then your average travel budget for a day would be approximately 129.22AUD (1.19USD) inclusive of the cost of hotel, food and travelling.  Known for their sacred temples especially, most travellers recommend the places below as a must to visit if you travel there!

List of your top 5 must-visit places while in Mount Koya:

  1.       Stay in a Buddhist Temple

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  2.       Visit the Okunoin Cemetery

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  3.       Eat a Shojin Ryori Meal

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  4.       Ride the Gokurakubashi funicular

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  5.       The Daimon Gate

Mount Koya Travel Tip
The Gokurakubashi funicular whisks visitors up the mountainside in a cable car which promises a breath-taking view

TAKAYAMA

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Estimated Budget: 99.50AUD (67.96USD) per day (inclusive of hotel, food, travel, entertainment)

If you are travelling solo to Takayama with a mid-range budget, then your average travel budget for a day would be approximately 136.99AUD (93.56USD) inclusive of the cost of hotel, food and travelling.  Many travellers have recommended the visit to the Takayama Old Town as its streets are lined with 200 – 300-year-old wooden lattice buildings. Takayama is also nationally recognized as an important historical building preservation area by the Japanese government.

List of Places below that you must pay a visit regardless of how busy your schedule is! 😉

  1.       Stroll around Takayama Sanmachi or also known as – Takayama Old Town
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  2.       Takayama Jinya* Top tourist attractiontakayama-jinja-kapan-australia-flexiroam
  3.       Sakurayama Hachimangu ShrineSakurayama-Hachimangu-Shrine-japan-australia-flexiroam
  4.       Matsuri no Mori Museummatsuri-no-mori-japan-australia-flexiroam
  5.       Takayama Matsuri Yatai KaikanTakayama-matsuri-yatai-kaikan-japan-australia-flexiroam
  6.       Yoshijima Heritage Houseyoshijima-heritage-house-japan-australia-flexiroam
  7.       Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museumkusakabe-folk-crafts-museum-japan-australia-flexiroam
  8.       Higashiyama Walkhigashiyama-walk-japan-australia-flexiroam

Takayama Travel Tip

This small, locally run guest-house is way cheaper than hotels in the area.
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We are sure you would have an amazing time in Japan with our tips and insights to aid your travel planning. Get your checklist ready, be sure to have more than enough data to upload your favourite memories of Japan on your social media to share them with your family and friends.

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