Located in East Asia, Japan is an archipelago comprised by 6,852 islands. It is home to a millenaire culture with interesting and unique traditions, extraordinary scenery, vibrant cities and more than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites. Let’s don’t forget it is the birthplace of sushi.
Why Visit Japan
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Japan’s history dates back to the 12,000 BC, when the first indigenous tribes arrived to the islands. Its culture has changed over the millennia, absorbing influences from many other cultures.
Japan is home to a countless amount of unique and impressive places that remain exactly as they were in ancient times. Is like no other country. Beautiful blue ponds, waterfalls, bamboo forests, floral displays, islands and more.
As we mentioned below, Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. (Was in the top 10 in 2017). Locals are also extremely friendly and respectful.
Japan offers a variety of gastronomical delights to please everybody. The birthplace to the sushi, it also has a great Ramen and many other exotic dishes like Okonomiyaki pancakes, Soba noodles, Tempuras and more.
VIBRANT CITIES & TECHNOLOGY
Technology has grown with time, and so has Japan. Its cities are a interesting mix between modern and ancient, with a unique vibe to it. It is also home to the most busy intersection in the world, the Shibuya crossing.
What to expect
The most widely spoken language is Japanese, which is separated into numerous dialects. English is widely spoken as it is encouraged by employers and schools. Many Japanese people speak at least a little English, especially if you stick to major cities and tourist areas.
The voltage in Japan is 100 V, which is different from most regions of the world. Although plugs and outlets resemble american ones and some equipment will work fine but, I would get a transform to keep your appliances safe.
Japanese Yen is the official currency. There is no need to exchange before arriving to the country, as your will most likely get a worse exchange rate. Major cards like Visa, Discover and Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere. American Express is also widely accepted. 1 Us Dollar equals 107.97 Japanese Yens (as of 2020)
Japan is nothing but one of the safest countries in the world. It ranks in the top 10 in the Global Peace Index. However, be cautious and don’t let your guard down, especially in busy areas.
The climate in Japan is mostly temperate with four distinct seasons. There are some differences between the regions, usually cold in the north, temperate in the central regions, and almost tropical on the small southern islands. I would recommend to go from October to April, when there is dry season and there is not risk of Typhoons.
Citizens of 68 countries coming to Japan for tourism purposes (including Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK and almost all European nations) don’t require a visa to enter. Visitors from outside these 68 countries must apply for a visa in advance. The length of the Visa varies from country to country, so be aware of it before buying your ticket. Valid passport and proof of onward travel are required.
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