Japan is such a fascinating country, but it has the reputation of being one of the most expensive countries for travel. This, however, is a myth, for there are many ways for the budget traveler to save money and still see all the amazing sights The Land of the Rising Sun has to offer. Having never been, but always curious about, I asked a friend who’s husband lives and works in Tokyo, and whom she visits fairly often. She told me, the trick is to first find a place that offers discount airfare Japan. These places do exist! Many travel companies specialize in tickets to particular areas of the world, working with specific airlines, hotels, and transportation services to and from these areas. For example, Gateway Tourist, Inc. located in Downtown LA specializes in low cost airfares to and from Japan, as well as fares to the rest of Asia, Europe, U.S. Domestic, and other countries. Cheap tickets to Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, and everywhere in between, roundtrip, and non-stop from Los Angeles are available here. The next step, my friend told me, is to get a Japan Rail Pass, which is by far, the most reliable, convenient, quick and affordable way to travel throughout Japan. These famed “bullet trains” are an adventure all on their own, but you can’t buy the rail passes in Japan, so buy them when you get your tickets. As far as accommodation goes, your travel agency would have several affordable hotel listings, but make sure you research youth hostels as well, which are ideal for budget student travelers. Finally, make sure you always bow, say please, “ku-da-sai” and thank you “arigato,” and eat lots of sushi, for the variety and freshness is unrivaled. For more information on travel arrangements and discount Asian travel fares, visit www.gatewaylax.com.