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. 

LANDSCAPES

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. 

SAFETY

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. 

CUISINE

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.

Japan Postcards

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.

Japan Postcards

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. 

LANDSCAPES

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. 

SAFETY

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. 

CUISINE

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.

  • Name: Japan
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Official Languages: Japanese
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Time Zone: UTC+9 
  • Name: Japan
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Official Languages: Japanese
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Time Zone: UTC+9 

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What to expect

LANGUAGE

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. 

ELECTRICITY

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. 

CURRENCY

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)

SAFETY

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. 

CLIMATE

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. 

How to get around

By plane

There are a couple budget carriers offering affordable tickets to get around Japan. The main ones are Peach and Jetstar Japan. Japan is not a big country, but flying is always the best option if you are short on time. 

By bus

Buses are a good option when you are traveling on a budget. They are cheaper than trains and flights and they cover many small towns that are not accessible through train or plane, however are slower and I don’t recommend them if you are limited of time, as the country has many things to see. Prices starts at 15$ per one way trip. 

By train

Japan offers one of the most impressive, modern and fastest trains there area, the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Just riding on them is a experience. They speed up to 320 km (200 miles) per hour. However, the fairs are really expensive (could be more expensive than a flight) and I wouldn’t take it if you are traveling on a budget.

Japan also offers regular trains, with an extensive network that could take you practically anywhere. It is a great way to enjoy the scenic views of the country. I recommend to buy the JR Pass  (JAPAN RAIL PASS ) if you are planning on taking more than one train, as it will reduce costs tremendously, and it works with both regular and bullet trains. The pass offers unlimited rides per a specific number of days: 29,110 JPY ($267 USD) for 7 days, 46,390 JPY ($426 USD) for 14 days, 59,350 JPY ($545 USD) for 21 days.

By car

Renting a car in Japan is not a smart idea (unless you speak japanese, have bought a GPS and have a really big budget), and parking and traffic can be a nightmare. However, it might be a good option if you are traveling in group to rural areas with limited transportation. Japan’s leading car rental companies are Toyota Rentacar, Nippon Rentacar, Orix Rentacar, Nissan Rentacar and Ekiren. Prices will go as low as $92/day. If you decide to do it, please be careful with the international driving license regulations, they vary from country to country.

By Ferry

Ferry is a good option to travel around Japan. There are many routes, (going to many of the small islands that are not connected by bridges and tunnels) at affordable prices, with rates starting at $15 for a short route like Naha – Tokashiki. You can also buy the Ferry Pass, it gives you 6 trips for 21 days for $189. Be aware they can’t be used in peak season.


Visa Policy

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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