WHERE TO STAY Airbnb is a great way to experience the local scene. You can book an entire home or a room in someone else’s. We found a fully equipped studio apartment in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo. Read the reviews thoroughly and keep an eye out for members with more than one listing – this can indicate the apartment is run solely as visitor accommodation.
GETTING AROUND Book a JR Pass with your travel agent at least a week before you leave NZ. This is your ticket to seven days of unlimited travel on Japan
Rail. On arrival in Japan, you can validate your pass at most main train stations. Then, book tickets or jump on any unreserved seating car on a Japan Rail train. For day-to-day travel around Tokyo, pick up a prepaid Pasmo card, which is valid on all railway, subway and bus operators, other than JR.
ESCAPE Visit benesseartsite.jp/en/ for information on Naoshima and suggested itineraries. Accommodation on the island ranges from guesthouses and lodging run by residents to the luxurious Benesse House. Guests at the hotel are given exclusive access to certain artworks on the island.