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Japan is an island-country with a population of 127 million, making it the 10th largest country in the world. The country’s capital of Tokyo is home to 13.8 million people. Japan's name means “sun origin", and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun". The country itself is home to 20 World Heritage Sites and some stunning landscapes. Cherry Blossoms are a popular attraction for visitors and the season typically takes place around April, however, could start as early as January too! The red Japanese maple leaves called “Momiji” comes around in the fall. Summer is also called the “Fireworks Season”, known in Japan as “Hanabi”, and it is an excellent time to visit and watch the sky light up in colour.
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Popular tourist attractions include Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, as well as Hiroshima, the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon. The Shinkansen, known in English as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed trains throughout Japan which travellers enjoy. For a unique stay, you may wish to try one of the country’s traditional inns, known as the Ryokans; these inns are frequently situated around a hot springs (Onsens) and they appear throughout the country due to the high volcanic activity present. Two of the most culturally rich locations to include on your itinerary are Kyoto and Nara.
Japan's temperatures vary greatly from the north to the south part of the island, as well as the time of year you visit. The average winter temperature in Japan is 5.1 °C (41.2 °F) while the average summer temperature is 25.2 °C (77.4 °F). The main rainy season begins in early May in the south, and gradually moves north into late July.
Unique wildlife to spot in Japan are the Japanese macaque and the Japanese raccoon dog. Japan has a large network of national parks which helps protect their many wetland areas as well as the distinctive flora and fauna.
For the shopper at heart, be sure to include brewed sake in your souvenir collecting, traditional crafted porcelain and other products with deep-rooted craftsmanship. Japan is always up on the latest gadgets and the hippest fashion. There is plenty of adventure to be had in Japan including roller coasters with crazy speed, many ski resorts in the winter periods, or even climb Mt. Fuji in the summer months.
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Plan your asian adventure to the timeless wonder, Japan. Where ancient traditions and modern technology fuse, Japan has something to offer for every type of traveller. Whether you prefer to hike Mount Fiji or explore Tokyo’s bustling morning market, you will be amazed by all the experiences Japan has to offer. Speak to one of our friendly destination specialists to book your adventure today!
Japan has four distinct seasons. The climate can widely vary depending on the region you visit as the country is long from north to south. Spring (March – May) Summer (June – August) Autumn (September – November)
Japan is generally a safe destination for travel. However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions. Take copies of your important documents (passports and credit cards) and keep them separate from the originals. You should also keep a record of the description and serial numbers of valuable items (cameras and laptops).
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
The currency of Japan is the “Yen” or “JPY” written “円” or “¥”. Consumption tax in Japan is 8%. Upon entering Japan, travellers are required to hand in a “Customs Declaration” form declaring both accompanied and unaccompanied baggage. “Customs Declaration” forms are available on the plane/ship or at the Customs office.
In Japan, 2-flat-pin plugs are used. The voltage used is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. throughout the country.
Only one official language is spoken in Japan – Japanese. However, many locals are able to understand English to a certain extent as English is a language that everyone must learn as part of compulsory education.