• by Shirley
  • Last Updated: 2018-04-11

Like most Japanese tourists, if you are addicted to the culture of Buddhism, the mystery of Mount Everest, the peace of Pangong Lake, the magnificence of the Potala Palace, welcome to Tibet! You can not only enjoy the long-day sunshine but also trek to Mount Everest, which will be your lifetime experience.  Are you tempted?

As is known to all, Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world which consists of two parts in Tibet and Nepal. Every year, there are thousands of foreign tourists traveling to Tibet. And if you have an opportunity to travel to Tibet,  you will fall in love with the Tibetan culture as well as the scenery. There is something about the flight to Tibet from Japan you should know about it.

Permits you need when you traveling Tibet

There is no exception that all foreign travelers need to apply for a China Visa and Tibet Travel Permit(TTP) before you entering Lhasa. The China Visa can be obtained at China Embassy in Japan for entering China and the Tibet Travel Permit issued by Tibet Travel Bureau for entering Tibet. What's more,  if you want to visit some sensitive areas, you are required to apply for Aliens Travel Permit & Military Permit, such as Mt Kailash, Mt. Everest, etc. When you apply for the TTP, there is an option in the application that requires you to list you desired visiting places in China. Remember not to list Tibet as one of your destinations,  if you do this, you cannot successfully obtain the Permit. So I suggest that you contact local legal travel agencies helping you apply for Tibet Permit before you entering Tibet.That's not all. Your passport, the Visa, occupation (if you are a diplomat, journalist, or a media staff with a journalist Visa, you are not able to find a travel agency to help you get Visa unless you approved by China Foreign Affair Office) and your photo will be asked by your travel consultant who will help you get the Permit.

Equipment and gear

It is indispensable for you to bring necessary equipments and gears when you are traveling Tibet.

1) Sunglasses

2) Waterproof pants and jacket

3) Sleeping bag

4) Medicine for altitude sickness

5) A pair of hiking boots

6) T-shirts and sweaters

How do you reach there on earth? You will have a lot of choices and you only need to choose a way which suits you. First of all, let’s talk about how you can get there. As there is no direct flight from Japan to Tibet, you have to first arrive in one mainland city of China.  If you browse the China Tibet Tour you can find some routes which proper for you. Or you may simply ask a travel consultant of Tibet Tour sites.  I recommend you to take the flight from Tokyo to Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu,etc. in China. In the mentioned places, you can choose either one as your first stop stay and take the flight or train to Tibet the next day according to your travel schedule.

Chengdu to Tibet by air

Based on feedback and the flavor of the tourists, taking a flight to Tibet from Chengdu is regarded as the best way to Tibet. From Chengdu to Tibet, you can take 2-hour direct flight without the stopover. In Chengdu, you will see Giant Panda, enjoy varies of delicious food, Sichuan opera, teahouse, etc.

Shanghai to Tibet by air

Shanghai, a metropolis of international, economy and entertainment center, is located in the east of China. It takes about 6 hours to take the plane from Shanghai to Tibet.

Beijing to Tibet by air

There are usually two direct flights from Beijing to Tibet with a stopover in Chengdu and it takes about 5 hours from Beijing to Tibet. The flight departures from Beijing in the morning and reach Tibet in the afternoon.

Chengdu to Tibet by train

You can also take the train to Tibet besides by air. From Chengdu to Tibet, it takes less than two days to arrive there, although this will take extra time, you can enjoy the scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, through Qinghai Province, ultimately reach Tibet. Adjust a little in your trip and you will see exceedingly magnificent scenery on this route.

In a word, from Japan to Tibet, you have more than one choice, you can choose from above options. Hope my advice works and have fun with your Tibet tour.

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