Plan a Gap Year to Japan

When planning gap years in Asia a lot of people take the easy option and join gap years to Thailand but possibly you like eating Japanese food like sushi or maybe you just want to visit somewhere totally different and experience things like an electronic toilet - you will not be bored or disappointed in Japan. 

We highly recommend you seek out culture and visit temples or learn about the history of the nation. There are also lots of old ruins to check out which are in total contrast to the huge cities. If you get the chance try to visit a local entertainment arcade, see a live Sumo wrestling contest, visiting an onsen or watching some J-Pop live or on television, this is a popular form of music which young people in Japan love.

If you enjoy shopping head to Shibuya in Tokyo where there are hundreds of shops whilst Yokohama is great day trip destination from Tokyo and has a fantastic theme park. During August there are lots of music festivals but this time of the year is very hot so pack light clothing & drink lots of water. Transportation can be one of your biggest costs in Japan but there is the option to buy a J pass for the railway before you depart, this will save you money. Also Japanese people do not accept tips.

Most international flights arrive Tokyo which is a concrete metropolsis full of life and things to do. Tokyo is the most popular destination for visitors and when it comes to budgeting and trying to save money, aim to book most things well in advance like flights, accommodation, transport and things to do. In a city like Tokyo you could just explore and wander the streets, go shopping or get lost - this adds to the fun! From the capital you can travel quickly and safely throughout the country on their fast train service or via bus or overland trip.


Best Things to Do on a Gap Year in Japan

Japan attracts gappers and backpackers from all over the world! Popular gap year jobs include taking a TEFL course and working as a language teacher.

Some ideas we recommend:

Some companies offer gap year packages offer:

  • Help with gaining a visa
  • Group flights
  • Airport pick up and orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Job hunting advice and placements both prior to arrival and in country
  • Language and cultural lessons