Get-aways in or out of Japan
Japan is famously expensive when it comes to expensive holdiays. Transportation costs and accommodation all peak at the same time as in general Japanese only get the same time off for holidays.
The major blackspots are new year, golden week in May, and Obon in August, although recently there is also a Silver week in the summer as well. Finding cheap holidays can be hard during these times.
With the recent introduction of low cost airlines to Japan, many by foreign carriers, it’s possible to find some bargains to regional areas if you book early enough. You can find excellent websites that offer package deals and book directly so you can save money from travel agent’s fees.
However, you will always end up paying more because of the peak season charges. The best thing to do is try to travel outside these dates, or find alternative types of holidays like renting a car and going camping, or travel by ferry, or even hitchhike if you’re feeling adventurous!
In the Kansai region there are many excellent places to visit if you’re into nature. Hyogo, Kyoto, Wakayama, Nara and Mie all have abundant nature with fairly easy access and plenty of campgrounds. If you want to move further north then why not take a ferry trip from Maizuru in Kyoto which has ferrys going to several destinations such as Aichi and Hokkaido. Alternatively you can take the ferry from Osaka direct to Busan in Korea – it’s an overnight trip but lots of fun.
Aside from that there are also options to goto Shikoku by ferry or bus, or you can fly to many destinations from the three local airports in Kansai: KIX, Itami and Kobe.
However, the time to book your cheap holiday is now!