How to Sightsee Stress-Free with Klook Japan

How to Sightsee Stress-Free with Klook Japan

Our recent family adventure around Japan with Klook was a real highlight in terms of overseas trips.  We spent four weeks travelling around Japan at the peak of the springtime cherry blossom season and had so many great experiences and highlights. 

Klook was an essential partner for us to have a great experience – we used their online travel services to book many essential elements required for the trip which all worked seamlessly, leading to feeling relaxed and ready for our big adventure!  Everything we booked through Klook Japan worked as planned and advertised, from collecting tickets and wifi devices from Narita Airport through to our Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders arriving quickly after our order was placed.  Check out more below about our experiences with Klook, as well as details of what and how to book both your travel fundamentals for Japan as well as the fun stuff!

Klook Collection Counter at Narita Airport near Tokyo
Klook Collection Counter at Narita Airport near Tokyo

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Our Japan Itinerary

You may ask where did we travel during our recent four week family trip to Japan – here is our overall itinerary – with a couple of days not included as they were travel days:

  • Tokyo – 10 days
  • Mt Fuji Area – 3 days
  • Nikko Area – 3 days
  • Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Tateyama Area – 2 days
  • Matsumoto – 1 day
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route – 1 day
  • Osaka – 1 day
  • Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route – 1 day
  • Miyajima Island – 1 day
  • Hiroshima – 1 day
  • Osaka – 3 days
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Highlights of our Japan Trip

We had so many great moments from our Japan trip with Klook – here are our favourite memories 😊 .

Private Transfer from Narita Airport to our Accommodation

Feeling relaxed arriving at Narita Airport and knowing we had a private transfer booked through Klook so we did not need to try to navigate the train system (unlike our first visit to Japan!).  Our driver reached out to us via Whatsapp before our flight departed Singapore and was there waiting for us when we arrived.  And then having it all work exactly as planned to arrive comfortably at our accommodation that first evening was a great way to start our first day (this time!).

Klook Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo
Klook Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo – a very comfortable and relaxed way to arrive!

Using Suica Cards to Easily Use Public Transport in Japan

Using our Suica Cards to get around Tokyo and other cities, and being able to do activities like visiting the Ghibli Clock in Tokyo.  It was so easy to pre-order our Suica Cards through Klook and to collect them on arrival at Narita Airport!

Seeing Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen Bullet Train

Zooming past Mt Fuji on the Shinkansen bullet train – and being able to see it (unlike our previous visit to Japan!).  We ordered our JR Passes through Klook and were pleased when our Exchange Orders arrived within 3 business days.  They were very easy to activate after we arrived in Japan and to reserve our seats.   Check out our detailed article on how we made the most of our Japan Rail Passes while in Japan.

Closer views of Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen
Closer views of Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen

Visiting Edo Wonderland near Nikko

Visiting Edo Wonderland near Nikko was a wonderful way to learn more about Japanese history and culture.  A real highlight was all getting dressed up in historic Japanese outfits ranging from a Lord to a Samurai, as well as watching our son learn horseback archery!

Edo Wonderland Family in Kimonos
Edo Wonderland Family in Kimonos
Edo Wonderland - Cooking Rice Crackers
Edo Wonderland – Larning How to Cook Rice Crackers

Experiencing a Helicopter Flight over Tokyo

We all loved viewing Tokyo from the sky on a helicopter ride – it was also really easy to book this experience through Klook.  Check out our detailed article about our Tokyo Helicopter Tour Experience with Klook.

Exploring Disneysea and Disneyland Theme Parks

Exploring Disneysea and Disneyland resorts was a real highlight of our visit to Japan.  We split up into separate groups to each explore a different park and had a great range of experiences as a result!

Disneyland Tokyo - Canoeing Activity
Disneyland Tokyo – Canoeing Activity
Disneyland Tokyo Castle
Disneyland Tokyo Castle

Having an Onsen Theme Park Experience in Hakone

Exploring Hakone Yunessun Onsen Resort and trying all of the different types of onsen baths – and being able to wear our swimwear for most of them! 

Main Onsen Room in Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone
Main Onsen Room in Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone
Coffee Onsen Bath in Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone
Coffee Onsen Bath in Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone

Watching Miyajima Island Come Into View from the JR Ferry

Watching Miyajima Island and the floating Torii Gate come into view from the JR Ferry near Hiroshima was an amazing experience!

First Glimpse of the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island from the JR Ferry
First Glimpse of the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island from the JR Ferry
A closer look at the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island
A closer look at the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island

Visiting Himeji Castle

We really enjoyed stopping in to exploring Himeji Castle on our way from Hiroshima to Osaka.  We stored our luggage in lockers at the train station and were then free to walk to Himeji Castle and walk around the grounds.

Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Klook Promo Code Japan

Klook Japan periodically offers promo codes for specific sales, so when you click through make sure you keep an eye out for opportunities available at the time you make your booking/

We also have a promo code which first time users of Klook Japan can use, so use promo code MDE8G to get an $A5 discount off your first order! 

What Did We Book Through Klook?

You will likely ask what did we book through Klook to help us have such amazing experiences?  Below I have summarised what we purchased ourselves, as well as items where we were sponsored by Klook – but were planning to purchase anyway even if they did not sponsor us.  We have detailed what we purchased below into the fundamentals for Japan and then for the fun stuff!

Klook Japan Fundamentals

The first things to book through Klook are what we like to call our ‘fundamentals’ for Japan.  This includes the basics such as:

  • How to get around Japan using public transport
  • How to get from and to the airport, and
  • How to access data while you are travelling.

Klook JR Pass

One of the most expensive items you need to purchase prior to arriving in Japan is your Japan Rail Pass – you can purchase either a 7, 14 or 21 day pass in either First Class (Green) or Second Class (Ordinary), which includes almost all Japan Rail trains within Japan.  The Klook Japan Rail Pass includes both intercity shinkansen and express lines, as well as local JR trains within each city.

We have written a detailed article about our experience getting around Japan with 21 day Ordinary Rail Passes which includes our detailed descriptions of how to use the pass.

You get best value out of a 7 day pass if you plan to travel Tokyo to Kyoto return on the shinkansen or bullet train – any more trips than that and you will be saving money!

Click here to order your JR Pass through Klook.  Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order! 

Shinkansen Shin-Osaka to Okayama
Shinkansen Shin-Osaka to Okayama

Klook Japan Budget Overnight Bus Tickets

If the price of a Japan Rail Pass is too expensive for your budget, a great economical option is to catch an overnight bus to travel between Tokyo and either Kyoto or Osaka.  The price of the ticket is cheaper, plus you also save on a night of paying for accommodation.  The seats fully recline and are quite comfortable.

Click here to order your Tokyo to Kyoto/Osaka, Osaka to Tokyo or Kyoto to Tokyo Overnight Bus Tickets through Klook.

Klook Suica Card

The other essential item for your visit to Japan is a tap on tap off public transport card, the most well known ones are the Suica Card, Pasmo Card and Icoca Card – each card is issued by a different Japan train company.

There are multiple versions of these, and once you have one you can use it for most local public transport throughout Japan.  Note that they cannot be used to travel on the shinkansen or bullet trains.  You get a starting amount of credit, and then just top up your credit as you go at any train station.  Each person in your group needs their own card. 

You can also purchase a child card for children aged 6 – 12 years old where they pay 50% of the adult fare, to get these cards the only option is to go to a train station counter after you arrive as you have to show your child’s passport to get these cards.  Children aged under 6 years old travel for free.

You can pre-order Suica or Icoca cards through Klook for collection at either Narita Airport, Haneda Airport or Kansai Airport.  By pre-ordering through Klook you receive a discounted price, plus you then have your cards at hand ready to get started on your trip!

Click here to order your Suica Card or Icoca Card through Klook. 

Klook Japan Sim Card or Klook Wifi Japan

Another fundamental item for your trip is working out in advance how you plan to access data at an affordable rate on your phone during your visit.  Global roaming costs can be significant, so most visitors to Japan find that the option to purchase either a data only sim card or rent a pocket wifi device are great options. 

As you travel around Japan having access to data easily is a great way to maximise your ability to work out your public transport using apps like Google Maps, you can use Internet to look up information as you go and XE.com to look up exchange rates and many more.

A sim card is a great option if you have an unlocked phone and are confident to set up a new APN in your phone.  If you are less confident with that option then a pocket wifi is perfect, after you collect it you just turn it on and log your phone into the wifi hotspot that it generates (the wifi name and password are written on the pocket wifi device).  Once you have logged in once you will stay logged in for your whole trip, and all you need to remember is to charge it up each evening.  This option is also good for a group as everyone within a 5 meter radius should be able to access the device. 

If you are in a group and plan to split up ensure each smaller group will have a sim card or pocket wifi device to enable you to easily stay in touch.

Klook offers both the option to purchase a pre-paid data only sim card for collection at your Japan airport when you arrive, or to pre-book to rent a pocket wifi device which you again collect when you arrive in Japan. 

For data only sim cards, Klook offers a range of options which include Unlimited data for 8 days, 3GB of data for 8 days and 1GB of data for 6 days.  You can purchase multiple cards to use throughout your visit to Japan.

Click here to order your Data Only Sim Card through Klook 

For pocket wifi rental, Klook offers an unlimited data, you can select the exact number of days you require.  The pocket wifi device must be returned at the end of your trip – note that you can select different airports for collection and return within Japan.

Click here to order your rental Pocket Wifi through Klook. 

Klook Pocket Wifi Package for Japan
Klook Pocket Wifi Package for Japan
Klook Wifi Pickup and Drop Off Counter at Haneda Airport
Klook Wifi Pickup and Drop Off Counter at Haneda Airport

Klook Airport Transfers in Japan

Another fundamental item you need to plan is how to get from the airport to your accommodation after you arrive in Japan. 

On our recent trip we booked a private transfer to our hotel from Narita Airport, the Klook transfer option has the best pricing and we knew from previous experience that trying to navigate the Japanese train system after a long flight is not much fun. 

Our booking was quickly confirmed by Klook and our driver contacted us on the day using Whatsapp so on arrival we were able to easily contact him and find him in the arrival hall.  Our transfer went seamlessly and we enjoyed just being able to sit back and enjoy the ride into Tokyo direct to the door of our accommodation in Asakusa. 

Klook also offers similar private transfers for arrivals into Haneda Airport to Tokyo and from Kansai Airport into Osaka and Kyoto.

Click here to book your private airport transfer from or to either Narita Airport to Tokyo, Haneda Airport to Tokyo or Kansai Airport to either Osaka or Kyoto through Klook.

Klook also offers the option to easily book the cheaper Limousine Bus transfers as follows:

Klook Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo
Klook Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo – a very comfortable and relaxed way to arrive!

Klook Japan Fun Activities!

Once you have all of the fundamentals sorted out you can then focus on booking the fun stuff!  Below are our top recommended activities in Japan which we you can book through Klook.

Klook Tokyo Activities

There is so much that you can book for Klook Tokyo!  Here are the most popular activities for visitors to Japan.

Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku

The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku is one of the top tourist attractions in Japan, and rightly so.  The Robot Restaurant Show is a glorious spectacle of light, performance, the robots and a thumping soundtrack.  We really loved seeing and show and you will too 😊 . 

Note that this show is suitable for children and they provide headphones to reduce the noise levels.

Click here to check out and book your Robot Restaurant tickets through Klook. 

Robot Restaurant
Robot Restaurant

teamLab Borderless in Odaiba

The teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum has exploded as a very new major attraction in Tokyo.  The experience is fully immersive with light and sound, as well as a more physical interaction area upstairs where you can climb through a forest, bounce on a planet and much more.  Our family loved the experience, and we definitely recommend it for both adults and families as a great unique experience in Japan.

Click here to check out and book your teamLab Borderless tickets through Klook. 

teamLab Borderless fun with lights
teamLab Borderless fun with lights
teamLab Borderless - The Floating Lamp Room
teamLab Borderless – The Floating Lamp Room

Street Go Kart Experience in Akihabara and Asakusa

Another really popular Japan activity is to drive Go Karts around the streets of Tokyo and other locations!  We did this activity during our recent visit to Japan and loved it! 

The best option is where you have a guided tour, that way you have a guide at the front and rear of your group to ensure you stay together and don’t get lost.  You MUST have an International Drivers Permit to do this activity which you need to purchase in your home country before you depart.  This activity can only be done by adults who have a drivers licence, only one person can fit into each kart.

Klook offers a great range of Street Go Karting experience in Tokyo in Akihabara and Asakusa – we did the Asakusa option and loved driving around Ueno Park!

Click here to check out and book either the Akihabara Go Kart or Asakusa Go Kart experiences through Klook.

Note that you can also book into a Street Go Kart Experience through Klook in either Osaka or Okinawa

Street Go Karting in Asakusa, Tokyo
Street Go Karting in Asakusa, Tokyo

Studio Ghibli Museum

The Studio Ghibli Museum is an amazing way to experience Japanese culture, and if you have seen any of their movies such as My Neighbor Totoro you will love learning more about the history of animation in Japan.

We really loved learning more about how the Studio Ghibli movies and ideated and created, there is so much craft to it!  And it was also great fun to wander around and be immersed in the Studio Ghibli world.  Our family really loved the experience 😊.

Click here to check out and pre-order your Studio Ghibli Museum tickets through Klook

Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum

Klook Tokyo Helicopter Flight

A special experience that we had during our recent visit to Tokyo was to do a helicopter flight over the city at night.  Our family really loved the experience and it was a great way to get a real sense of scale of the city.  Check out our detailed review article of our experience on the Klook Helicopter Tour of Tokyo.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Tokyo Helicopter Tour through Klook

View of the Tokyo Skytree during our Family Helicopter Flight over Tokyo
View of the Tokyo Skytree during our Family Helicopter Flight over Tokyo

Other Tokyo Experiences

There are many more Tokyo experiences you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Klook Mt Fuji Activities

Klook has a massive range of activities for the Mt Fuji area which is located on the western side of Tokyo.  Options include both day tours as well as independent travel options as detailed below.

Mt Fuji One Day Tours

One day Tours from Tokyo to the Mt Fuji area – either Hakone or Kawaguchiko.  There are quite a few options which you can check out at the below link, including season specific tours for cherry blossom season, autumn foliage and winter snow options.

Be aware that Hakone is very hilly and that there are lots of activities to do and see, however you can only view Mt Fuji itself from select areas.  By contrast the Kawaguchiko (or Five Lakes) area is very flat and you can see Mt Fuji from everywhere when the weather is good.  There are also a lot of activities to do in the Kawaguchiko Area.

Click here to check out One Day Tour Options from Tokyo to Mt Fuji through Klook.

View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi in the Five Lakes Region
View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi in the Five Lakes Region

Fuji Q Highland Theme Park

If you want to experience sheer Japanese craziness then you need to visit Fuji Q theme park, which has some of the top roller coasters in the world, all in a small area with the amazing backdrop of Mt Fuji.

Klook also has a great package deal which includes return bus transport from Tokyo and your Fuji Q entrance pass 😊 .  

Click here to check out and book either your Fuji Q tickets or your Fuji Q tickets and return bus transfers through Klook. 

First Time at Fuji Q
First Time at Fuji Q

Klook Hakone Yunessun Hot Spring Theme Park

A great option if you plan to visit Hakone is to visit the Hakone Yunessun Hot Spring Theme Park, our family loved the experience! 

Half of the Theme Park is an area where you can wear your swimming clothes, while the other half is a more traditional Japanese onsen bath where you must be naked, however note that there are separate male and female sections.  In the clothed area there are a great selection of different themed onsen baths, ranging from sake baths to red wine baths, plus many water slides and fun activities.  In the traditional area there are both indoor and outdoor baths which you can have a genuine onsen experience.

Click here to check out and book your Hakone Yunessun Hot Spring Theme Park tickets through Klook. 

Waterslides at Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone
Waterslides at Yunessun Onsen Theme Park in Gora Hakone

Other Mt Fuji Experiences

There are many more Mt Fuji experiences you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Pirate Ship Cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone 2
Pirate Ship Cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone 2

Klook Osaka Activities

There is so much that you can book for Klook Osaka!  Here are the most popular activities for visitors to Japan.

Klook Universal Studios Japan

Klook USJ is a great experience!  We have now visited twice and each time we have had a different experience.  On our first visit we did not realise that the option to purchase Express Passes to skip the queue existed – and as a result by the time we found out they had unfortunately sold out.  As a result during our visit we were only able to get on 4 rides during the day which was disappointing.

For our second visit to Universal Studios Japan we got in early and purchase our Express Passes, and on the day loved how many rides we were able to go on, and overall had a much better day out!  Get in early to book your Express Passes as they regularly sell out.

Note that you must purchase both a USJ Studio Pass and an Express Pass.  And if you really want to have an even more awesome day at USJ check out the Royal Pass! (no separate entry pass required)

Click here to check out and purchase your Universal Studios Japan Entry Pass, Express Pass 4 and Express Pass 7 skip the queue passes through Klook.

Note that other special event Express Pass options for USJ are also regularly offered through Klook.

Universal Studios Japan Entrance
Universal Studios Japan Entrance
Hogwarts School in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter USJ, with the reflection over Black Lake
Hogwarts School in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter USJ, with the reflection over Black Lake

Klook Osaka Amazing Pass

The Klook Osaka Amazing Pass is a great option to explore Osaka, and includes local public transportation as well as access to a huge number of attractions.  Attractions include the Osaka Castle Museum, Osaka Science Museum, the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory, and many more attractions.

We found using the Osaka Amazing Pass an easy way to get around Osaka, and also inspired us to try activities which we may not have otherwise done.  A really relaxing option is to do a boat ride in Dotonbori and just take in the views. 

Click here to check out and book your Osaka Amazing Pass through Klook. 

Osaka Amazing Pass
Osaka Amazing Pass

Other Osaka Experiences

There are many more Osaka experiences you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Osaka Castle in Japan
Osaka Castle in Japan
Exploring the Foodie Area in Dotombori Osaka
Exploring the Foodie Area in Dotombori Osaka

Klook Kyoto Activities

There is so much that you can book for Klook Kyoto!  Here are the most popular activities for visitors to Japan.

Kyoto Day Tours

There are many day tour options within and close to Kyoto which you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Exploring Nishiki Market in Kyoto
Exploring Nishiki Market in Kyoto

One Day Kimono Rental

If you want to dress in a kimono, then Kyoto is the place to do it!  Klook offers a great kimono hire options in the Gion area for both men and women, including hair styling.

Click here to check out and book your Kyoto Kimono Hire through Klook.

Sagano Romantic Train

The Sagano Romantic Train is a very popular Kyoto experience where you can ride the scenic train from Kameoka Station to Saga Station.  Depending on the time of year you can expect to see cherry blossoms in spring, fall foliage in autumn, snow in winter and green foliage in summer.

Click here to check out and book your Sagano Romantic Train Ticket through Klook. 

Klook Hiroshima Activities

There is so much that you can book for Klook Hiroshima!  Here are the most popular activities for visitors to Japan.

Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Osaka, Kyoto, or Hiroshima

One of the most popular Hiroshima activities through Klook is a one day tour which you can start and finish from either Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima.  The tour includes a visit to Hiroshima including the Peace Museum, and also a visit to nearby Miyajima Island.

Click here to check out and book your Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour through Klook. 

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome – one of the few buildings to survive the explosion and subsequent building works
Friendly - Hungry Deer on Miyajima Island
Friendly – Hungry Deer on Miyajima Island

Other Hiroshima Activities

There are many other great activities to do in Hiroshima which you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake
Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki – Japanese Pancake

Klook Nikko Activities

There is so much that you can book for Klook Nikko!  Here are the most popular activities for visitors to Japan.

Nikko Day Tours from Tokyo

There are many day tour options to Nikko from Tokyo which you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko
Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Nikko Pass

If prefer independent travel then a great option to visit Nikko from Tokyo is using a Nikko Pass which is valid for either 2 or 4 days.  The passes include return transport from Tokyo.

Click here to check out and book your Nikko Pass through Klook. 

View over Lake Chuzenji from our room
View over Lake Chuzenji from our room

Edo Wonderland

One of the activities we most enjoyed was visiting Edo Wonderland Theme Park which is located close to Nikko.  In Edo Wonderland you can have a fantastic experience travelling back through time to the Edo period.  You can dress up in period costumes, and enjoy learning about the Edo Period with lots of shows and parades, as well as many other experiences.  You should plan to visit for at least half a day, however preferably for a full day to make the most of your visit.

Click here to check out and book your Edo Wonderland Ticket through Klook.

Edo Wonderland - Ninja Show
Edo Wonderland – Ninja Show
Edo Wonderland Horseback Archery Class
Edo Wonderland Horseback Archery Class

Klook Okinawa Activities

There are many Okinawa experiences you can book through Klook, check them out here.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to be inspired and to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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