Visas are issued on arrival for most nationalities for stays of up to 90 days.
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Train The most popular way to see Japan: trains are fast, efficient, reliable and can get you just about anywhere; discount rail passes make train travel very affordable.
Ferry Good for getting to far-flung islands or for fans of slow travel.
Bus The cheapest way to make long-haul journeys and the only way to get to some mountain and rural destinations.
Car Rental cars are widely available; roads are well-maintained and signposted in English. Especially recommended in Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Okinawa. Drive on the left.
Air An extensive network of domestic flights and an increased presence of budget carriers makes air travel a good option for long distances or time-pressed itineraries.