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About Japan

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.

Local Attractions

Mount Fuji

Mount FujiMt. Fuji viewed from Chureito Pagoda.

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Great Buddha of KamakuraThe Great Buddha (Daibutsu) on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

Himeji Castle

Himeji CastleHimeji Castle Side View.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Atomic DomeThe Atomic Dome, also know as Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall, was destroyed by the first Atomic bomb in war, in Hiroshima, Japan. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple
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The Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji in Nara, Japan is  an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Jigokudani Monkey ParkA pair of snow monkeys sitting on hotspring stones at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Edo Castle

Edo CastleEdo Castle is the Imperial Palace where past Japanese Emperor stays.

Tokyo Dome City

Tokyo Dome City
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Tokyo Dome City is an large entertainment complex located in Bunkyo of Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo SkytreeTokyo Skytree is a communication tower, restaurant cum an observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo TowerTokyo city skyline with Tokyo Tower at sunset in Tokyo, Japan.

Ginza

Ginza
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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.

Marunouchi

MarunouchiMarunouchi business district and Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan.

Sensō-ji

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Sensoji Temple, known as Asakusa Kannon Do, is the oldest temple in Tokyo and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Nakamise Street

Nakamise Street
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Nakamise shopping street in Asakusa connect to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.

Tsukiji fish market

Tsukiji fish market
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Tsukiji is the biggest fish market in the world. The Tuna auction is the main attraction for tourists and no photo taking is allowed.

 

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Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Coming of Age Day, January 11, Mon

February

– National Foundation Day, 11 February, Thu

March

– Vernal Equinox Day, March 21, Mon

April

– Showa Day, April 29 , Fri

May

– Constitution Memorial Day,  May 3, Tue
– Greenery Day, May 4, Wed
– Children’s Day, May 5, Thu

July

– Marine Day, Jul 18, Mon

August

– Mountain Day, August 11, Thu

September

– Respect for the Aged Day, September 19, Mon
– Autumnal Equinox Day, September 22, Thu

October

– Health Sports Day , October  10, Mon

November

– Culture Day, November 3, Thu
– Labour Thanksgiving Day, November 23, Wed

December

– The Emperors Birthday, December 23, Fri

Tipping

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

Currency

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

Credit cards

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.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

widely accepted. in us dollar recommended.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0800-1500

How to get in and out of Japan

Entry Requirement

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity.

Visas

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.

By Plane

You can enter Japan by its international airports:

By Road

You can enter Japan by

By Boat

You can enter Japan by

How to get around in Japan

By Plane

  1. Domestic airlines

By Train

  1. Not in operation

By Road

  1. Taxis

By Boat

  1. Ferries

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.