Japan Travel Information

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For some of us Japan is far away, but Japanīs unique culture makes this wealthy and modern Asian country seem like the land of the rising sun actually was located in another world. Therefore, understanding Japan becomes possible only if you understand Japanese culture. From modern cities with shopping and nightlife opportunities, historical sites and temples to mountains, winter sports and even coral reefs, Japan as a travel destination has something to offer for everyone.

Japan, the land of the rising sun, and a country with unique culture

A phenomenal country comprised of an island chain in East Asia, Japan has unique cultural features. Even if you are not an expert on Japanese traditions, you can still always explore the original features of everyday life in Japan. Get confused by rituals connected with Japanese tea ceremony or the complex procedure of taking a bath in Japan. Be surprised by the fact that in some Japanese hotel rooms you are supposed to sleep on the floor. Doubt your eyes admiring the beauty of the traditional Japanese costumes, kimonos. Or simply just enjoy your stay in the land of the brave samurais, massive sumo-wrestlers, and a good hundred million of incredibly humble people, who are ready to help you anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

Leader in high technology. In addition to its unique cultural features, Japan is also known as a leading country in high technology. More than that, it is also a land of fascinating and diverse natural beauty. In Japan, the beauty of nature is not only present outside the cities, where magnificent Japanese mountain scenery captivates you eyes. In this country of the rising sun, the beauty is also strongly present in human-designed natural environments such as gardens. Looking at the simple beauty of a Japanese garden, it is easy to believe that for many Japanese people gardening is a matter of honor.

Modern cities. If you want to spend a city holiday in Japan, the capital Tokyo with its interesting temples and gardens and modern attractions would be a good choice. On the other hand, you might also like Kyoto which is also known as the cultural heart of Japan, or Fukuoka where the modern blends with traditional. With its famous snow festival and modern city services, Sapporo might attract those who are looking for a modern city offering winter fun, or those who want to travel further to the ski resort of Niseko. Hakuba in Central Japan is also famous for its skiing and hot spring spas.

Culture and nature destinations. Osaka contains a highly popular family attraction, Disneyland theme park, and Hiroshima is famous for its touching Peace Memorial Park. Nagoya is a city with historical attractions and great shopping, the first of which is strongly present also in the temple town of Nikko. Another beautiful Japanese city, Nara is also rich with temples. The famous Mount Fuji is suitable for those who want spend time in the countryside in the scenic and biologically interesting surroundings of an active volcano and Japanīs highest mountain peak.

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If you want to spend a beach holiday in Japan, the subtropical island of Okinawa with its coral reefs and diving and fishing opportunities is just a short flight away from the main islands of Japan.

Practical information for your trip to Japan

Climate in Japan is generally temperate but varies between the subtropical south and the cool and snowy north. Weather in Japan is generally warm, but big differences between different areas occur due to altitude. The best time to travel to Japanese city destinations is in spring (March-April) or autumn (September-November) when it is warm, but not intolerably hot. High season for skiing in Japan is between December and February.

Safety. Wherever in Japan you travel in, you are quite safe, as crime is rare in Japan. High class tourist services are available everywhere in Japan. The famous Japanese kitchen with delicious rice-based cuisines spiced with local specialties like raw fish sushi, or rice wine sake, is a delight to your senses. The Japanese service culture is quite unique, but most visitors find it a pleasant experience. Many more educated Japanese speak some English.

Frequent flights to Japan (most often to Tokyo or Osaka airports) are available from throughout the world, and there are also many international ferries to Japan available from mainland Asia. Public transport in Japan is very efficient. Trains are the most popular form of the Japanese public transport. Moving around by public transport in Japan can still cause problems to visitors who are not familiar with Japanese language. Public transport is not cheap by Asian standards, but several bargain passes are available. Driving in Japan is on the left side of the road.

hint See also these nearby destinations: Hakuba, Nagoya, Mount Fuji

Facts of Japan

Price level
Suitable for family
temperatures / when to go Best months to go
January, February, March, April, September, October, November
World heritages World heritages:    17
time zone Time zone:  GMT +9
population Population  127 M
capital / biggest city Capital:
language / languages Language(s)
literacy Literacy level:   99 %

religion / religions Religions:
Shinto and Buddhist 84%