For those who practice quarterly holidays and are clueless about where to book the next flight out to, we have just the thing for you this autumn: Japan.
In the past 30 days, the foreign exchange movements registered an appreciation of the Sing dollar over the Japanese Yen, meaning you can get more bang out of each SGD at the money changer. Not only that, Changi Recommends is back with another irresistible travel deal, and this time it gives you the chance to frolick in the best of Japan’s attractions with discounts in the offing. If you managed to hit a minimum spending of $300 on attractions and tours available here, you will enjoy $50 OFF on the spot. This way, you won’t have to get too salty about the Land of Rising Sun being a Land of Rising Costs.
With a veritable list of Japan travel recommendations over at Changi Recommends, we assembled the best possible bundles for two which don’t require a cent more than $320. Call up your spouse or BFF and present him/her with these autumn holiday ideas.
As if getting out of town isn’t exciting enough, your happiness index is bound to soar when you visit the happiest place on Earth. Enter Tokyo Disneyland and journey across six different whimsical lands littered with rollercoasters and children-pleasing monuments, or take your adventures to the waters and sail through the seven ‘ports’ at DisneySea. It also features appearances by iconic Disney characters, so go on and have your selfie stick at the ready.
Both theme parks are located within Tokyo Disney Resort.
The anime fans would be inclined to check out the Tokyo One Piece Tower, inspired by the popular manga series. You can expect to sit through stunning visuals and live entertainment depicting Luffy’s adventures.
These attractions are situated in Tokyo; first timers to Japan, understand that the cost of living can really eat at you, even for transportation. It would be wise to arm yourselves with the Tokyo Metro Pass, available in one, two, or three days, and 24, 48 or 72 hour options. Depending on which one you go for, you get unlimited train rides on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines for the chosen period.
Rather than seeing this majestic beauty on postcards or stock photos, go absorb the scenes of Mount Fuji –a World Heritage Site—in person. Upon taking up the Mount Fuji Tour on Changi Recommends, you get the chance to do just that from a ship ride and from a ropeway and capture every angle of the legendary mountain range. The full day tour also includes a stroll along the volcanic fumes of Owakudani Valley, an all-you-can-eat Yakiniku lunch and another kind of stroll that Singaporeans would surely have boundless stamina for: shopping over 200 stores at Gotemba Premium Outlets.
When in Japan, you would also do well to purchase a handy Japan Suica Card –a prepaid electronic payment card that works like our EZ-Link. You can easily use it to tap on all bus and train networks, as well as stores and selected vending machines to make purchases. It comes with a preloaded value of 1,500 Yen.
Let’s say you wish to split your time between Tokyo and other major cities in Japan, and you are running on a clock. This full day tour package will be your savior in both the time and budget aspect; it takes you through all the culturally and geographically significant spots you only need to know about in Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. You will begin with a sightseeing spree at the western region of Kyoto, Arashiyama, where temples and shrines look like they just materialized from a period drama. Later in the going, you will surely be jamming up your smartphone with albums after albums of pictures, as the tour takes you to the bamboo forest and the famed Nara Park to interact with roaming deers.
You can include lunch and dinner for an additional fee depending on which plan you choose.
Outside of the tour, you are responsible for your own transportation. Since you will be based in Kyoto, the Kansai Thru Pass proves to be a gem. With two or three day options, purchase it and you are essentially getting an all-in-one pass to zip between Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto via subways, private railways and buses in the Kansai region. You may use it on separate, non-consecutive days and not worry about ‘wasting’ your ticket.
Also, for the sake of some photographic keepsake, do as everyone does in Kyoto: don the traditional Kimono garb and be one with the culture. You may rent it for a full day, complete with the Obi belt, sandals and accessories, and stroll around down the streets with your smartphone poised in inverted camera mode.
Ask your friends about the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and chances are, they would tell you about how they started queueing bleary-eyed at four in the morning. In this three-hour tour, you still get to discover the seafood auctioning done by wholesalers and the history behind the market –starting at a not-so-ungodly timing of 9AM. It culminates in a massively satisfying meal of the freshest raw fish and sushi led by your very own personal guide.
By noon, when you are rubbing your belly at the conclusion of the tour, pencil in the Street Go Karting at Akihabara for a mid-day activity. This is quite possibly Super Mario Kart made real as you explore downtown Tokyo in your little swag racer.
Shop our Changi Recommends portal for Japan attractions and enjoy $50 OFF when you apply the promo code ‘GTJP50’. The promotion is only limited to first 500 redemptions made on this page. Valid for travels by 28 February 2018. Claim your offer before it expires on 30 November 2017!