Japan Travel Guide

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Japan Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka; 3 weeks for a more immersive experience covering smaller towns and regions

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)

Best Time: March to May (Spring), September to November (Autumn) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $20-40
Budget: $50-100
Mid-range: $100-200
Luxury: $250 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD): Budget: $15-30
Mid-range: $40-70

Visa Policy for Indians:
Tourist visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: Tourist visa required for many countries

Getting In Japan:
Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo, Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka Read More

Getting Around Japan:
Shinkansen (bullet trains), local trains, subways, buses Read More

"Home To Great Architecture & Great Food"

Japan Tourism

Japan, located in Eastern Asia, is a sovereign nation. It is well known for its bustling cities, imperial palaces, national parks and lots of beautifully constructed temples. Tokyo, the capital of the country, is a much-visited tourist destination, home to tonnes of skyscrapers. There is a lot to do in Japan, from adventure sports to relaxing at the beach and discovering the real beauty of Japanese architecture.

Best time to visit Japan

This is the best time to visit Japan. This is the late spring period, with very little rainfall. The skies are clar and gorgeous at this time and the temperatures are also mild. Cherry blossoms are also blooming everywhere, making it an all the more beautiful time to visit. (Read More)

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Japan

What's Great about Travelling to Japan?

Relatively cleaner. Good food. Lots of good convenience stores. Extensive public transport.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Japan?

Long summers. Extremely work-centric culture. Noisy environment.

Who should Travel to Japan?

Architecture lovers. Solo travellers. Photographers.

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Exchanging Money in Japan

The most popularly used and accepted card in Japan is JCB. Discover cards are also commonly accepted. Some places will accept Mastercard/American Express and Visa. The banks in Japan will provide you foreign currency exchange from USD, Euros, Swiss francs, Australian, Canadian &  New Zealand Dollars as well as British pounds. ATMs exist, but do not accept all foreign cards.

Nightlife in Japan

Japan has a great nightlife. However, some clubs will close at midnight, so if you would like to party post that, you will end up being disappointed. Izakayas or Japanese pubs are very popular here for the cheap drinks and quick snacks or munchies. Karaoke nights are also very common. Some places even provide you with a private room for a karaoke session. Eateries in little streets also remain open through the night, ideal for those late night hunger pangs. Small bars, concerts, street festivals and more make up the nightlife of Japan.

Shopping in Japan

The stores of Japan are filled to bursting with everything under the sun. From traditional craft pieces to the latest gadgets, local food and the latest fashion, you will find all that you need here. Suburban shopping malls also exist. Convenience stores and department stores are available aplenty, stocked with good quality products for everyday use. Souvenirs can be bought from the local stores.

Festivals of Japan

The most popular festivals of Japan are Gion Matsuri, Awa Odori, Kanda Matsuri, Snow Festival, Nebuta Matsuri and Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri.

Hygiene in Japan

Tap water is potable in Japan. Public toilets are quite clean, but as mentioned earlier, do not have soap dispensers all the time. Carry sanitizers and hand tissues along with you.

Customs of Japan

Do not address any local with their name, as it is considered rude and impolite on your part. Greet people by bowing to them. Always take off your shoes before entering someone's home. Tipping is not compulsory.

Tips for visiting Japan

Carry enough cash on you, as Japan is a cash-based society. You can get everything that you need at any convenience store. Several washrooms do not have soap dispensers, so carry your hand sanitizers with you. Bargaining is not very easy.

Food of Japan

Japanese cuisine is also steeped in tradition. Rice forms an essential component of their meals. Seafood is very common and is accompanied by sides like fish, pickled vegetables, etc. Frying of seafood, i.e., tempura, is also very popular. Their rice dishes are served with a soup such as miso soup. The seasonality of food is also taken into consideration. The food is most commonly seasoned with soy sauce, dashi, sake, vinegar, etc. Concerning beverages, green tea, sake and beer are consumed on a large scale.

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How to reach Japan from India?

The airlines that go from India to Japan are Jet Airways, Air India, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Jet Star, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. There aren't any non-stops. The most common ones are 1 stops or 2 stops.

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