Japan is a modern Asian country with an ancient culture and fascinating history. The capital city of Tokyo is home to about ten million people. Other major cities in Japan include Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, and Kyoto.
Japan has some of the best technology and the fastest bullet trains, but also maintains the original culture, especially in places like Kyoto, which is known for temples and geisha culture.
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Currency: Japanese Yen can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Japan, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as North American power points (2 flat prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter.
Official Language: The official language of Japan is Japanese.
Health: The only major health concerns in Japan for travellers is Japanese encephalitis occurs in Japan’s rural areas. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink in Japan.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Japan.
Popular foods: – Sushi (rice based bites; nori seaweed, nigiri sushi and inarizushi). – Udon noodles (traditionally made from wheat flour and brine water). – Tofu (coagulated, with the resulting curds being pressed into blocks – enjoyed by everyone). – Tempura (Tempura are pieces or meat, fish, or vegetables, covered in a special tempura batter and deep fried). – Ramen (Ramen is a noodle soup dish consisting of wheat noodles and a savoury broth with meat and veggies).
When to go: Japan is at its finest in the spring (March to May) and in the fall (September to November). Japan is at its most colourful during this time, with delicate cherry blossom or vivid red leaves providing contrast to the surroundings. The best time to travel on a tight budget in Japan is during the winter, from December to February. Although the winter months in Japan are no less beautiful than the spring and fall, you can avoid the busy tourist seasons by visiting during the chilly months.
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