Japan is a fantastic travel destination that offers a unique blend of modernity, ancient traditions, and natural beauty, including snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches, hot springs, and picturesque countryside dotted with cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. The country is renowned for its delicious and diverse cuisine, including sushi, ramen, udon, tempura, and many more. With its rich cultural heritage, you can immerse yourself in traditional arts, architecture, and festivals, experience a tea ceremony, watch a Kabuki theatre performance, visit ancient temples and shrines, and enjoy a traditional celebration like the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto.
Japan is also famous for its advanced technology, seen in its high-speed trains, futuristic cities, and cutting-edge robotics. The country offers a unique shopping experience, from high-end fashion and electronics to traditional crafts and souvenirs. Tokyo’s Ginza district is a shopper’s paradise, while the ancient city of Kyoto is known for its traditional arts and textiles.
Most importantly, Japanese hospitality, or “omotenashi,” is world-renowned for its attention to detail, warm welcomes, and impeccable service. You will feel at home in this fascinating country that offers something for everyone that will surely delight and inspire you.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring is the most suitable travel period for Japan – April, May and the beginning of June.
The climate of Japan is cold in the north (where snow and ice dominate in winter), temperate in the central regions, and almost tropical on the small southern islands.
The average winter temperature in Japan is 5.1 °C and the average summer temperature is 25.2 °C
Japan has two main religions: Shinto and Buddhism.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Japanese is Japan’s main language and the only language spoken by most people in the country.
Currency: Japanese Yen
Banks & ATMs:
The large domestic banks include Japan Post, Mizuho, Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Mitsui Sumitomo and Resona
Their branches host a network of 30,000 ATMs nationwide and accept all major card services, including American Express and Discover.
Plugs and Sockets:
There are two associated plug types, A and B.
Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, and plug type B is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.
Japan operates on a 100V supply voltage and 50/60Hz.
Highly recommended to carry a universal adaptor.
Japan has a low crime rate, but petty theft does occur, such as bag snatching at popular tourist attractions. There’s also a risk of crime in bars and nightclubs.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are the flag carriers of Japan.
United, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and Delta all fly to Japan, including many other International airlines.
Search Skyscanner for many great airfares.
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