Ja-plan

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - TRAVEL -

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.

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