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Japan is a country located in Asia. It was founded in 660 BC.
Japan Travel Guide
This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Japan and find the best things to see, do and experience in Japan even before you arrive here.
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The Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji in Nara, Japan is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tokyo Dome City is an large entertainment complex located in Bunkyo of Tokyo, Japan.
The clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. It was built in 1932 where jewelry and luxury items are sold.
Sensoji Temple, known as Asakusa Kannon Do, is the oldest temple in Tokyo and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions.
Nakamise shopping street in Asakusa connect to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.
Tsukiji is the biggest fish market in the world. The Tuna auction is the main attraction for tourists and no photo taking is allowed.
History [Founded in 660 BC] • Capital [Tokyo] • Government [Parliamentary Democracy with constitutional emperor] • Currency [Yen (¥, JPY)] • Language [Japanese(official), English] • Religion [Shinto, Buddhism, Christian] • Electricity [100V, 50 or 60Hz (type A, US style plug, commonly 2-prong without ground) ] • Time Zone [UTC+9] • Country Code [+81] • Internet TLD [.jp] • Emergencies [Dial 110 for police, 119 for fire, 119 for medical]
Events, Festivals and Holiday
– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Coming of Age Day, January 11, Mon
– National Foundation Day, 11 February, Thu
– Vernal Equinox Day, March 21, Mon
– Showa Day, April 29 , Fri
– Constitution Memorial Day, May 3, Tue
– Greenery Day, May 4, Wed
– Children’s Day, May 5, Thu
– Marine Day, Jul 18, Mon
– Mountain Day, August 11, Thu
– Respect for the Aged Day, September 19, Mon
– Autumnal Equinox Day, September 22, Thu
– Health Sports Day , October 10, Mon
– Culture Day, November 3, Thu
– Labour Thanksgiving Day, November 23, Wed
– The Emperors Birthday, December 23, Fri
Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Hotel – No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Money & Duty Free
Japanese Yen : JPY with symbol ¥
Japanese Yen Notes denominations (¥): 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000
Japanese Yen Coin denominations (¥): 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500
MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars. Foreign credit cards are accepted by Japan Post Bank, Seven-Eleven convenience stores.
ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.
widely accepted. in us dollar recommended.
Mon to Fri: 0800-1500
How to get in and out of Japan
A passport with at least 6 months validity.
A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at Japan embassy or on arrival at the two international airports. The visa is valid for 30 days.
You can enter Japan by its international airports:
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How to get around in Japan
- Domestic airlines
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Keep yourself insured
- Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.
Keep yourself safe
- Do not walk alone late at night.
- Avoid unlit areas.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
- Avoid cash counting in public.
- Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.
Keep belongings safe
- Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
- Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks, or cameras unattended in public places.
- Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.
Keeping safe with alcohol
- If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
- You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
- If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.
Keeping your credit cards and identity safe
- Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
- Do not bring too many credit cards.
- Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.