Payment for USJ Studio Pass and Express Pass Online

This page is a guide on payment only. To see how to purchase Studio Pass and Express Pass online, click here.

For express passes only, click here.


Few things you’d need to know about the payment guide. In order to purchase these online, you would have to apply for a Club Universal membership. It’s free, so no worries.

Whether you’ve purchased Studio Pass or not, you should see this on the right side of your screen.

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Click on the box that I’ve, well, boxed up in red. This will begin your application process.


APPLYING FOR A NEW ACCOUNT

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Please click the image above. I have put in the translations for you to follow.

For the 3rd and 4th input fields, you are supposed to fill in the phonetic sound of your name in FULL WIDTH KATAKANA. Please use this website to translate your name if you are unsure how. Please key it in separately – so that it translates separately. http://www.sljfaq.org/cgi/e2k.cgi

Below that, select your birthdate. Japanese follow YYYY/MM/DD

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Now, select your gender. The first one 男性 is for MALE, and the other is 女性, for female.

The next field メールアドレス[必須], is for email address. Key in an email address as the example shows in the input field.

パスワード[必須] is password. Key it in twice as the example shows.

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This is for contact details. 連絡先[携帯電話番号または自宅電話番号どちらか1つ必須] – requests that you input a contact number in, be it home or mobile. You can simply put your hotel’s number in. Remember to omit the dashes in the number if you are copying from the hotel’s website.

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Ok this is the tricky part. This requires your address. No worries though. Under the first field “郵便番号[必須]”, simply key in the hotel’s postal code. This usually looks like “431-4929” or marked with a T with an additional horizontal line above. Key in that and let the system search for your hotel address by clicking the dark grey box next to it.

Once that is filled, it should automatically fill in all other columns. ビル・マンション名など”, you may leave blank.

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Agree to the terms and conditions by clicking on the checkbox like above, and click on the yellow box to continue.

You should be sent to the next page, requesting that you key in your credit card details at the bottom.

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  • First field “カード番号 “ is for your credit card number.
  • “カード有効期限 ”is for your card expiry date (MM/YY)
  • “セキュリティコード ” refers to your security code, which is the 3 digit number behind your card.
  • “支払い方法[必須] Last field is whether you wish to make lump sum (一括払い) payment or revolving credit (リボ払い).

You will then be sent to a basic summary where you can confirm your details. You can turn on auto translate to check if you wish.

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Here, you’ll need to consent that you have checked the right number of passes, the right number of adults and children, and the right admission date. Once all 3 checkboxes are ticked, you can click on the yellow box at the bottom to confirm.

After this, you will be sent to your credit card payment page.

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Here, it’s basically a verification page. The information in the top yellow box refers to the date you have chosen to visit USJ, as well as your order number for verification purposes. Below, you’d see what tickets you have purchased. To get the QR codes that you will need, simply tick on the checkbox and click on the blue button and it should open the QR code instantly for you to print / save a copy of!

*Note: Last screen and steps credit to Yi Lin and Oktavienna for being kind enough to advise me on what happens next!


IN CASE YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR CODES IN FUTURE:

Go here.

Login using your Club Universal Membership Login (email) and password. You should be able to go back to that same page.


CONCLUSION

Thank you for taking the time to reading the guide, and I hope it helped you! Please let me know!

know if you encountered any steps that are out of my guide, and I will try to put them in if I am able to simulate them.

Thank you, and thanks for waiting so long for this to come out.

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Purchase USJ Express Pass ONLY Online

Hello! This page gives you a quick guide on how to purchase USJ Express Pass online, without the Studio Passes. If you wish to purchase Studio Pass and Express Passes online at the same time, please see my other guide here.


STEP 1:

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First, you click the 3rd item on the box as shown in the image above. Select the dropdown menu with the calendar on it to pick your date.


STEP 2: 

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A calendar should open like above. On the top is the year and month that you’re currently viewing (in the guide’s case, 2015 of April), along with [next month] button on the right.

Below it you will see the different dates you’re looking at. Boxes that are white with blue boxes mean that the date is still available for booking, whereas grey out boxes mean that you cannot book it online anymore (usually meaning that you have to purchase in Japan, not that it’s sold out).

A purple star represents days where the Starlight Parade is performing. However, do take note that usually the Starlight Parade performs almost nightly – but the schedule doesn’t come out until a later period. So it isn’t strange to not see a star if you’re booking 3 months in advance, only to have it appear at a later time. Also, rain and bad weather may affect the parade’s schedule, so don’t bother too much about it! The timings in the various boxes show the opening and closing time of USJ on the day that you are booking.

After you have decided what day you wish to purchase your Express Pass for, click on the blue button to continue.

Once that is selected, you will be brought back to the previous page. Click on the yellow button to continue.


STEP 3:

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You will see something like the above image. Once again, my translations in red. Again, I must stress to double check the Katakana in the screen shot against the website, as they will add passes time to time, and I’ve only captured the basics. Click on the grey box if you wish to know more (though it’s in Japanese). Once you’ve decided, click on the yellow box with the cart next to the appropriate choice.


STEP 4:

You’re given the choice of Direct In or Home Delivery. (the option in the middle, Park Exchange, is not valid for Express Passes, and will not show up in your page).

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  • [ダイレクトイン] Direct In – QR codes will be issued immediately after purchase. You can print out a copy, or save it on your phone. Please print as well, in case your phone doesn’t work on the day, you still have a spare copy. Remember not to fold it along the QR lines, as that may affect the reading as well.
  • [宅配] Home Delivery – deliver it to your home. Please note that this is not available for hotels. Shipping costs are also not included at this point (Y450)

As advised previously, I recommend Direct In, as it is super convenient. However, select whichever method you prefer and continue scrolling down.


STEP 5:

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Now, you select the number of express passes you want. There is no difference between adults or kids here, so just the number you wish to purchase and continue scrolling down.


STEP 6:

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Now, this is the tricky part. FIRST, DISCLAIMER. This is only eligible for those who have selected passes that are valid for the Harry Potter area. If you have selected other passes, you probably will not see this section. Skip if so. For those who have selected Express Passes that allow you to book your slots for Harry Potter area, this part is for you.

On the drop down menu, select the time that you wish to ENTER the AREA. This is not the time you will take the ride. The ride timing will usually be approximately 15minutes after your entrance time. It’s okay to be a little earlier, in my experience.

To see the timings, click here. (this is the same link as the one in the box below the dropdown menu)

First column (in dark blue) explains the entrance timing.

For example, 8:50 ~ 9:50 means you can enter anytime from 8:50am to 9:50am. There will be a signboard telling you what time admissions they are currently taking. But to re-enter, you will need to re-queue. Your express pass will not cover it. The 2nd column

The 2nd column (i.e. 8:50 ~) tells you that you can spend time inside anytime FROM that period of time, as long as you don’t exit. Meaning to say that once you enter, you’re free until you choose to exit.

The 3rd column (i.e. 9:00~9:15) is the time that you must join the queue to ride the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Once again, there is a signboard next to it telling you what time is available for entrance. Do not join the normal queue – the express pass queue is different. Ask if you are not sure.

Once you have chosen your time, click on the cart box at the bottom to continue.

Once that is done, you have added both Studio Pass and Express Pass to cart. On the top right, you can click the cart to confirm your purchases.

Go to the Payment Guide to continue.


Sidenote: Please note that if you use auto-translate for your browsers, this page will have an error. You will not be able to select the time. Make sure that you’ve turned off auto translate – refresh the page if you have to by choosing a different number of sheets for the express pass and then changing it back.


Purchase USJ Studio and Express Pass Online Guide!

Here is a step by step guide for all those out there wanting to purchase USJ Studio Pass and Express Pass Online. If you only wish to Purchase Express Pass online, please see my other guide here.

STEP 1:

For Studio Passes, click the first box – this should be automatically highlighted when you enter the page. It would have the words “スタジオパス” on it. This means “Studio Pass”.

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Your window should look like this. Below, there is what seems like a calendar icon on a button. Clicking on that will open a new window.


STEP 2: 

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A calendar should open like above. On the top is the year and month that you’re currently viewing (in the guide’s case, 2015 of April), along with [next month] button on the right.

Below it you will see the different dates you’re looking at. Boxes that are white with blue boxes mean that the date is still available for booking, whereas grey out boxes mean that you cannot book it online anymore (usually meaning that you have to purchase in Japan, not that it’s sold out).

A purple star represents days where the Starlight Parade is performing. However, do take note that usually the Starlight Parade performs almost nightly – but the schedule doesn’t come out until a later period. So it isn’t strange to not see a star if you’re booking 3 months in advance, only to have it appear at a later time. Also, rain and bad weather may affect the parade’s schedule, so don’t bother too much about it! The timings in the various boxes show the opening and closing time of USJ on the day that you are booking.

After you have decided what day you wish, click on the blue button to continue. Once that is selected, you will be brought back to the previous page. Click on the yellow button to continue.


STEP 3:

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On the next page, it will give you a summary of the day you have chosen, along with the types of passes valid during that period of time. Here is an example – please note that there are more types than what is shown above.

I have translated a few, please click to view larger versions. My translations are in red. Please double check this against your selection by checking the Katakana.

Once you have decided, (in the case of this guide, I will select a 1 day studio pass), click on the yellow button with the cart on the right side.


STEP 4:

Now, you will have to choose the METHOD of delivery. The page will show you your previous selection, as well as the date you have chosen. Scroll down till you see this:

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[5 December 2015] UPDATE: As of today, I am told that due to resellers and 3rd party auction sites, DIRECT IN (as below) is no longer an option available for STUDIO PASSES – DIRECT IN for EXPRESS PASSES seem to still be available. As such, the only options available now would be to do a park exchange.

For those who are apprehensive about the Park Exchange manner, it is strongly suggested that you simply purchase the Express Pass separately – as you can buy the Studio Passes while you are in Japan directly from USJ. Do note that I did read somewhere that on busy days they do stop selling passes momentarily, so you want to get there early – the last thing you want to happen is not being able to use your express pass because you don’t have a studio pass!

As in the image above, you will be given 3 choices. Basically:

  • [ダイレクトイン]Direct In – QR codes will be issued immediately after purchase. You can print out a copy, or save it on your phone. Please print as well, in case your phone doesn’t work on the day, you still have a spare copy. Remember not to fold it along the QR lines, as that may affect the reading as well. (THIS IS CURRENTLY NO LONGER VALID – as I’m not sure if this is a temporary or permanent solution, I have chosen not to remove this content yet)
  • [パーク…] Park Exchange – exchange your pass at the park. You will require your credit card (the one used to make this purchase) as well as telling the counter staff “WEB purchase”. Note – you will probably have to be there earlier as you would need to queue to exchange now. Hopefully they re-implement the Direct In method soon…
  • [宅配] Home Delivery – deliver it to your home. Please note that this is not available for hotels. Shipping costs are also not included at this point (Y450)

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Now, you choose the number of studio passes you require.

  • 大人[12歳以上]refers to adults 12 and above
  • 子ども[4〜11歳]refers to children between 4 to 11
  • シニア[65歳以上] refers to elderly 65 and above.

Please note that for children, the Japanese school year starts on the 1st of April. If your child is admitted into Junior High in that year (meaning he turns 12 that year), he will be considered an adult if he is entering the park on April 1st or later. Between January 1st to March 31st, he will still be considered a child and is eligible for child pass.

Select the number of sheets (number of studio passes) you want per category, and click the yellow box at the bottom to add to cart.

[Stop here if you only wish to purchase Studio Pass, and proceed to the Payment Guide. Continue if you wish to purchase Express Pass with Studio Pass].


STEP 6:
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If you wish to purchase an Express Pass, continue on. You will see something like the above image. Once again, my translations in red. Again, I must stress to double check the Katakana in the screen shot against the website, as they will add passes time to time, and I’ve only captured the basics. Click on the grey box if you wish to know more (though it’s in Japanese). Once you’ve decided, click on the yellow box with the cart next to the appropriate choice.


STEP 7:

Similarly, you’re given the choice of Direct In or Home Delivery. I’ll copy and paste the information in case some of you guys joined halfway and didn’t read the top.

  • [ダイレクトイン] Direct In – QR codes will be issued immediately after purchase. You can print out a copy, or save it on your phone. Please print as well, in case your phone doesn’t work on the day, you still have a spare copy. Remember not to fold it along the QR lines, as that may affect the reading as well.
  • [宅配] Home Delivery – deliver it to your home. Please note that this is not available for hotels. Shipping costs are also not included at this point (Y450)

As advised previously, I recommend Direct In, as it is super convenient. However, select whichever method you prefer and continue scrolling down.


STEP 8:
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Now, you select the number of express passes you want. There is no difference between adults or kids here, so just the number you wish to purchase and continue scrolling down.


STEP 9:

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Now, this is the tricky part. FIRST, DISCLAIMER. This is only eligible for those who have selected passes that are valid for the Harry Potter area. If you have selected other passes, you probably will not see this section. Skip if so. For those who have selected Express Passes that allow you to book your slots for Harry Potter area, this part is for you.

On the drop down menu, select the time that you wish to ENTER the AREA. This is not the time you will take the ride. The ride timing will usually be approximately 15minutes after your entrance time. It’s okay to be a little earlier, in my experience.

To see the timings, click here. (this is the same link as the one in the box below the dropdown menu)

First column (in dark blue) explains the entrance timing.

For example, 8:50 ~ 9:50 means you can enter anytime from 8:50am to 9:50am. There will be a signboard telling you what time admissions they are currently taking. But to re-enter, you will need to re-queue. Your express pass will not cover it. The 2nd column

The 2nd column (i.e. 8:50 ~) tells you that you can spend time inside anytime FROM that period of time, as long as you don’t exit. Meaning to say that once you enter, you’re free until you choose to exit.

The 3rd column (i.e. 9:00~9:15) is the time that you must join the queue to ride the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Once again, there is a signboard next to it telling you what time is available for entrance. Do not join the normal queue – the express pass queue is different. Ask if you are not sure.

Once you have chosen your time, click on the cart box at the bottom to continue.

Once that is done, you have added both Studio Pass and Express Pass to cart. On the top right, you can click the cart to confirm your purchases.

Go to the Payment Guide to continue.


Sidenote: Please note that if you use auto-translate for your browsers, this page will have an error. You will not be able to select the time. Make sure that you’ve turned off auto translate – refresh the page if you have to by choosing a different number of sheets for the express pass and then changing it back.]


Purchasing Studio Passes and Express Passes Online – 2015 Edition

So, it’s been a few months since my first guide came out. Clearly, USJ has updated their site not long after my guide was out. A lot of you are still sending me emails, so I’m guessing there are still people looking for a guide. So, I’ve finally found time to update the guide! Here you go!


Sidenote: Do note that this guide is not complete: I’m missing what happens after the transaction is completed. If anyone would like to give me a hand in this, please do send me screenshots if you are able to! Just email them to bloodprincess@live.com. Please do not send me the QR codes – they are private and meant for you only.


First, go to http://www.usj.co.jp/ticket/. Note that this guide is only telling you HOW to purchase. Please already be sure of which passes you wish to purchase. Information can be found on the English version of the USJ website on types of Express passes.

Also, a short disclaimer here – the passes tend to change from time to time, so at the time of writing the passes may cost differently / have a different package from when you are reading this. At this point in time, the express pass allows you to purchase advance reservations to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as book a timeslot to take the ride. This cuts the queue down considerably, as when I went, the queue was 200 minutes long! No joke – the pass saved my life. Please read up on the different various passes before you decide which you want to purchase. If you’re confused, drop me a comment I’d try to help!


PRE REQUISITE:
You will need the following:

  • To know the date you are going (this date cannot be changed)
  • To know which Express Pass you wish to purchase and if you wish to purchase Studio Pass as well (I would recommend to do so as it doesn’t cost much more and it saves the queue and hassle, especially if you can’t speak the language)
  • Credit Card – this doesn’t have to be a Japanese Credit Card. I’ve heard a normal VISA/MASTERCARD will do. Not sure if Debit Card is accepted but I suppose it should be
  • To know how many people are going with you, and if they will need passes as well (Express Passes only allow 1 person to enter per pass, so you cannot share passes. Buying passes at 2 different dates may result in different entry times for Wizarding World of Harry Potter).

Okay, now that you have all that information with you, we can start.\


WHAT IS STUDIO PASS AND EXPRESS PASS

Studio Passes are basically your entry tickets – they do not cover anything besides the entrance fee. They can be purchased both online as well as in Japan, however if you are purchasing Express Passes online, I would recommend you to get the Studio Passes as well. The reason being that you save the queuing for purchase at USJ, and also you save the hassle figuring out where you can go to purchase, and if there will be a language barrier.

Express Passes are basically “jump queue” passes. There are various types of Express Passes, which gives you priority queuing in various types of rides. Each Express Pass is only valid for 1 use per ride stated, and is not tagged to anyone in particular. A staff will scan your QR code upon entry into the priority queue. Express Passes can also be bought at the park itself, but are usually pretty quick to sell out (I’ve heard Japanese queue way early in the morning to rush in for Express passes). The Express Pass can also save your queuing time, leaving you time to enjoy the other facilities. For example, a queue at HP Forbidden Journey ride took me less than 10 minutes (constant walking – the queue was not standstill at any point), while the normal queue was estimated at 200 minutes during my trip in April 2015.

Also, if you are into the Harry Potter area, take note that USJ does warn tourists that if the area is too packed, they may restrict entrance. So if that’s your highlight, Express Pass is your answer.

To find out more about Express Passes, you can read up on Express 3,5, 7 here (http://www.usj.co.jp/e/ticket/). Of course, there are more than just these options, but those are available in the Japanese version only. Most foreigners go with Express Pass 5 or 7, depending on the rides that you want to take.


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This is the main page you’ll purchase from. On the right you’d see the box with a magnifying glass icon. Below it are 4 boxes. These 4 boxes allow you to (in respective order), purchase Studio Pass, Annual Pass, Express Pass and Others.

For simplicity sake, I am splitting this guide into 3 different parts – you will understand as you go along. But before we dive deep into the guide, first some simple explanations.


GUIDES:

Tips on How To Plan A Trip To Japan

So, I’ve been really busy the last couple of months with work, and on top of that, planning my Japan Trip. And while planning this trip, I’ve realised that there is a form of method to my madness. So, to all those who are in their Japan planning stages, please read on. I hope this post helps you!

Step 1: A Companion

If you’re intending to travel alone, good for you! But if you intend to travel as a family, a group of friends, or even a couple, there are various things to note. Japanese hotels are really small – unless you’re travelling with KIDS, please don’t scrimp on the hotel thinking that 2 people can fit into 1 semi-double. Although a couple could, but you wouldn’t want to be uncomfortable for the rest of the trip! For me, I’d always go for twin beds, but that’s mostly because I like my space, and twin rooms are usually slightly bigger than semi-doubles. For those of you who have been to Japan before, their rooms are really tiny! (Prepare to do cartwheels and jumps to get over luggages / beds to get to the toilet!)

For those who are travelling with friends, please pick a friend wisely. This goes, I guess, for all travels, be it Japan or not. Pick someone that can go on the same wavelength as you, someone that will not make you feel like you’re being a tour guide, and someone that has the same interests as you!

Step 2: Planning a Basic Itinerary

So now that you know who you’re travelling with, next comes – where will you go? This will help you decide what sort of detailed plans you will need, including hotels, flights, sightseeing points etc. Do you want to stay around Tokyo only? Would you venture further? How far would you go and would it be feasible to travel? With this basic itinerary in mind, you’d also be able to figure out a basic cost to maneuver around.

Step 3: Selecting a Date

Well, selecting a date could very well make or break your trip. What I always do before deciding when to fly is to look at Japanese holidays. The last thing you’d want to do is clash with a major holiday, and have to work around the giant group of crowds. Top of my head, dates I’d avoid would include Golden Week, which is 4 public holidays that fall on the same week in late April. If you HAVE to travel during Golden Week, remember to book your plans in advance!

Also, if you’re looking for hotels during a busy period, it would be a good idea to book your hotels first! Many Japanese hotels allow payments on arrival, so you can always cancel if you are unable to book flights on the day you want!

Step 4: Selecting a Flight

There are many flights you can take from Japan, but especially if you’re travelling in winter, do consider taking their local flights (JAL and ANA). Typically, I would not be that picky about flights, until last year. Last year, the snow was so bad that many flights were grounded due to not being able to clear the snow off the runway fast enough. It was then that a staff explained to me that in Narita Airport, the only 2 airlines who have snow-clearing capabilities are JAL and ANA – so these 2 airlines would have priority over clearing their runway above other airlines. My parents, who flew Delta during the snow season, ended up getting stuck in Tokyo an extra 2 days because Delta could not fly off, and had to wait for their ANA flight 2 days later. Me? Same issue. Delta could not take off Singapore the same week I was flying (I flew 3 days after my parents came back) due to snow, and I was put on a JAL flight for my trip there.

Step 5: Selecting a Hotel

Selecting a hotel for me, can be a really indecisive process. I like hotels that are near the station I need to be in, but what’s more important for me is 2 things – Location, and Type.

Location – If I were staying in Tokyo, I would book a hotel along the Yamanote line, preferably at Ueno or Shinjuku, or Shinagawa, as these stations have direct access to Narita Airport. Of course, being near the places I’d want to go would be important too, but what’s most important is being able to get back to the Airport (for me) with huge luggages without a hassle!

Type – whether I travel with friends who are smoking or not, I try my best to book non-smoking rooms. To readers who think that “It’s okay, I’ll book a smoking room and just not smoke inside”. WRONG. Smoking rooms mean you’re on the same floor as other smoking rooms. The smell, can range from pretty decent, to downright horrible. 1 particular hotel i stayed at, the smoking room I booked was so bad that I felt as though 20 people were smoking around me!

Another thing Westerners may need to know – most Japanese rooms area really small and boxy – so there is a very normal chance that showers will be too short for American / British men. As an Asian girl (I’m about 168cm tall), the shower fits me perfectly, so I can totally imagine if you’re anything taller than 175 it may pose as a problem!

Step 6: Planning Detailed Itinerary

This is mostly for those especially who are planning to travel OUT of Tokyo (assuming you land in Tokyo). Planning a detailed itinerary will give you an overview of your entire trip. This is where you’d have to know all the facts:

Opening hours

The opening and closing hours of sightseeing venues (www.japan-guide.com has really good up to date information on opening hours) and closing dates as well. Remember that there are different timings in different seasons, and also that some sights close on certain dates. If you’re checking out temples, also check the renovation schedule. Especially since the Olympics due in Japan soon, there are a lot of temples undergoing minor and major renovation. Japan-guide has a list of them 🙂

Travelling time

For train timings, look at Hyperdia. It’s super accurate down to the minute! Awesome for planners!) What time you’d have to wake up to make that train? Would you be stuck without any trains to return to your hotel for the night?Would you miss your booking? Hyperdia knows it all!

Booking of necessities

Would you need a JR Pass? How about a booking reservation for that place you just have to go? Most Japanese bookings can be done way in advance, some only 3 months ahead, others 1 month ahead. Planning your itinerary will remind you when you need to book all these, just so you don’t end up missing it!

Things You’d Have to Buy in Your Home Country?

Planning also helps you know what you need to buy BEFORE your travels. Travel Insurance? JR Pass? Remember that these things cannot be bought in Japan, so it’ll be good to know what you need to purchase before you reach!

Costing

Know how much your itinerary will cost! Hyperdia and Japan-guide are 2 very awesome tools I use for my planning! I can gauge how much I’d definitely need, with a buffer of any extra things I may want to see when I’m there, as well as what time I’d need to wake up and leave the hotel. It’s a good overview so I don’t have to worry about missing that very important train!

So there you have it, my method of madness for planning my japan trips. 🙂