DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM CANADA TO JAPAN
Air Canada runs direct flights to Tokyo from Vancouver and Toronto. In addition, Japan Airlines (JAL) runs direct flights to Tokyo from Vancouver.*
For more information:
*This information is accurate at the time of writing, however please be sure to check with the airline directly to confirm flight information.
In order to book domestic flights in Japan, you can reserve through your travel agent or contact the airline directly. For more information, including flight schedules, please contact the airlines directly:
There are over 80 airports in Japan. Currently direct flights from Canada fly to Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport, Tokyo. These airports have tourist information centres and currency exchange counters. International ATM machines are available if you need to withdraw Japanese yen using debit cards.
Major Airports in
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Travelling by train is an excellent option for tourists making their way around Japan. Efficient, safe, clean and comfortable, trains in Japan run almost anywhere via the extensive rail network that spreads across the country. Whether visitors are being whisked through the countryside on sleek Shinkansen bullet trains or winding their way through mountain valleys aboard scenic railways, they can expect train service to be punctual, frequent, and dependable.
THE ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS
The ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS offers overseas travellers excellent value and convenience, allowing the passholder unlimited travel on almost* all JR lines as well as many JR buses and ferries and is valid for all regions of Japan. The All Japan Rail Pass is available for 7, 14, and 21-day periods. The ‘All Japan Rail Pass’ and must be purchased outside of Japan.
The JR Passes are only available to sightseeing visitors to Japan.
*The pass cannot be used on the superexpress, called Nozomi.
Where to purchase a JR Pass Exchange Order in Canada
The ‘All Japan Rail Pass’ must be purchased outside of Japan. It is necessary to purchase an Exchange Order before your departure. After entering Japan, you will have to obtain your JR Pass by submiting your Exchange Order at a JR office or designated Rail Station. In Canada, you can purchase a JR Pass by contacting your travel agent or one of the following travel agents or tour operators:
Sales Outlets for the JR Pass Exchange Order in Canada
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices (in Japan)
You cannot use an Exchange Order when you travel on JR lines. Turn in your Exchange Order and obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS at one of the JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange offices listed here. (Please note the service hours and holidays.)
For more information about the ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS: www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en003.html
Regional Japan Rail Passes
There are also REGIONAL JAPAN RAIL PASSES which offer the passholder unlimited travel on most* JR lines within specific regions of Japan. Regional JR Passes can be purchased in Japan.
*The pass cannot be used on the superexpress, called Nozomi.
For information on how to reserve seats with your JR Pass in Japan, please click here.
For a PDF map of the major Japan Rail routes click here.
JR Timetables and Fares
Plan your route! You can search for transportation routes, fares and travel times through the JNTO Travel Planner (click on JNTO Travel Planner in the Utility Zone).
In addition, digital timetables, routes, and fare searches are available here.
Subway lines are available in all major cities, and provide prompt, efficient transportation. The JR Yamanote-sen loop line in Tokyo and the Osaka Kanjo-sen loop line both circle the centre of their respective cities. In Tokyo, JR rates start from 130 Japanese yen, subway fares at 160 Japanese yen for Tokyo Metro and Toei (Metropolitan) lines, and both increase with the distance traveled. Almost all stations have vending machines for tickets and automatic ticket-checking machines at their entrance/exit gates.
Fukuoka Subway Network
JR operates long-distance buses between Tokyo and other major cities (JR Bus Network). Though travel takes longer, the fares are cheaper than Shinkansen train fares. Other bus companies provide bus travel between major cities as well.
Highway buses run mainly on expressways. There are many bus services linking cities to cities or cities to tourist spots. Traveling by highway bus is generally less expensive than by air or rail. Highway buses are also called long distance buses or overnight buses (they run at night).By using the contact information that we provide here as a reference, please contact each bus company information centre for further information such as how to book tickets.
Bus Routes and Fares
You can purchase tickets or ask for information at any ticket offices of JR stations (for the routes run by JR affiliated bus companies) or travel agencies. In addition, below are a list of selected web sites providing English information about various bus services in Japan.*
*The information on this website is provided for reference only. Please be sure to check directly with the bus company when planning your trip.
This site provides a database by which you can check nationwide express bus services. An English version is also available.
This is limited to the highway buses of JR Kanto (departure or arrival at Tokyo). The timetable and detailed information on vehicle types etc., are available in English.
You can search this site and book highway buses which depart or arrive in the Kyushu area (excluding JR buses). Fantizi and Chinese information is also available.
DRIVING IN JAPAN
Visitors who intend to drive in Japan should note the following:
On main roads most major destinations are sign-posted in English. In rural areas this may not be the case. If you are planning to drive in more remote areas, it is advisable to purchase a reliable English-Japanese road atlas before you depart. Companies such as Shobunsha and Kodansha publish these atlases.
Driving in Japan is on the left. Parking can be difficult to find in some urban centers. An International Driving Permit is required. Tolls are levied on expressways and other major routes. Toll charges will depend on how far you wish to travel and which roads you intend to take. Example: Tolls for one route from Tokyo to Kyoto cost approximately ¥4,770.
The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) publishes an English guide to driving in Japan called "Rules of the Road". These are available at JAF offices throughout Japan. For further information go to the JAF website or contact the International Affairs Department of JAF on Tel. +81 (0)3 3436 2811 / Fax. + 81 (0)3 3588 6055.
A Metropolitan Expressway map in English is available within Japan from the Metropolitan Expressway Public Corporation:
Metropolitan Expressway Public Corporation
International Driving Permit
If you wish to drive a car while in Japan, you must obtain an International Driving Permit prior to departure. You will also need to be in possession of your national license while driving in Japan.In Canada, International Driving Permits are issued by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). For additional details please consult the CAA website.
Car Rental services are available in most large and medium-sized cities as well as at airports and major train station, with international driver's licenses recognized. You will be required to produce your International Driving Permit when renting a car in Japan.
Rental prices may vary from company to company. Average rates for 24 hours rental with unlimited mileage are as follows:
*This information is provided for reference only, please be sure to check directly with the rental car company to confirm rates.
Companies offering vehicle rental at various locations throughout Japan include:
Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by over 4,000 smaller islands. An impressive network of ferries connects its numerous ports. Ferries provide visitors an opportunity to view Japan’s stunning coast and can be less expensive than rail travel if you don’t mind the extra transit time. Accomodations on ferries ranges from a simple futon in a shared room to private cabins. Ferry schedules change depending on the season and weather, so it is best to check with the ferry company directly when planning your trip.
Reservations for domestic ferry services can be made within Japan at major travel agencies or directly through the relevant ferry company.
Prices and Journey TimesThe following table is a guide to the cheapest one-way fares and journey times for some of the most popular domestic ferry routes.
Note: Prices and journey times are estimates only.
*This information is provided for reference only, please be sure to check directly with the ferry company directly to confirm rates.
International ferry services are very popular and advance reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made through major travel agencies within Japan, directly with the ferry company or at your port of departure.
Osaka - Shanghai
The Shanghai Ferry Company
The Shanghai Ferry Company operates a weekly service between Osaka and the Chinese port city of Shanghai. One-way tickets cost between ¥20,000 and ¥40,000 with discounts of up to 40% on return fares. A 10% discount for students is also available. The journey takes approximately 48 hours. Please contact the Shanghai Ferry Company for further information.
Japan-China International Ferry Company
The Japan-China International Ferry Company connects Osaka and Kobe with Shanghai. The ship departs on a weekly basis, alternating each week between Osaka and Kobe. Fares range between ¥20,000 and ¥50,000 one-way with discounts of up to 40% on return tickets. A 10% discount for students is also available. The journey takes approximately 48 hours. Please contact the Japan-China International Ferry Company for further information.
Kobe - Tanggu Port (Tianjin)
China Express Line
China Express Line ships sail once a week between the Chinese Port of Tanggu, near the city of Tianjin, and Kobe. Fares start at ¥20,000 one-way with discounts of up to 40% on return tickets. A 10% discount for students is also available. The journey takes approximately 48 hours. Please contact China Express Line for further information.
Shimonoseki - Qingdao
Orient Ferry Ltd.
Orient Ferry Ltd. operates a regular service between Shimonoseki, on the western tip of the main island of Honshu, and the Chinese port city of Qingdao. One-way tickets cost between ¥18,000 and ¥70,000 with discounts of 10% on return fares. Passengers departing from Shimonoseki are also required to pay a passenger facility service charge of ¥600. The journey takes approximately 40 hours. Please contact Orient Ferry Ltd. for further information.
Ferries to / from Korea
Shimonoseki - Busan
Kampu Ferry Company
The Kampu Ferry Company sails daily between Shimonoseki, on the western tip of the main island of Honshu, and the South Korean port of Busan. Fares range between ¥8,500 and ¥18,000 one-way. Passengers departing from Shimonoseki are also required to pay a passenger facility service charge of ¥600. Discounts of 10% are available on return fares. The journey takes approximately 14 hours. Please contact the Kampu Ferry Company for further information.
Fukuoka (Hakata) - Busan
There is a choice of two services on the route between Fukuoka (Hakata), on the southern island of Kyushu, and Busan in South Korea.
JR Kyushu 'Beetle' Hydrofoil
The journey between Fukuoka and Busan on this high-speed service takes just 2 hours and 55 minutes. The Hydrofoil operates daily and costs ¥13,000 one-way (¥26,000 return). Please contact JR Kyushu for further information or visit the JR Kyushu 'Beetle' web site.
Camellia Line Ferries
Camellia Line ferries operates three times a week on this route The journey takes approximately 15 hours and 40 minutes and costs between ¥9,000 one way and ¥17,100 round trip. Discounts of 10% are available on return fares. Please contact the Camellia Line Company for further information.
Nikkan Kyodo KippuThe Nikkan Kyodo Kippu is a discount ticket allowing passengers on either the Kampu Ferry service from Shimonoseki, or the JR Kyushu 'Beetle' service from Fukuoka, to travel between a number of Japanese cities and Seoul, Korea at a significantly reduced fare. Prices for the ticket vary according to the city of departure and include travel by JR train (including the Bullet Train) to the port of departure, travel by ferry or jetfoil to Busan, and rail travel from Busan to Seoul within Korea. The Nikkan Kyodo Kippu is valid for 7-days one way and is available within Japan from major travel agencies and at JR Travel Centres in major JR railway stations.