🇯🇵 Welcome to Japan! 🌸🗾
The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese. English is not widely spoken, so it’s helpful to learn a few basic phrases or carry a translation app.
The currency used in Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY). Currency exchange is available at airports, banks, and major hotels.
Japan can be quite expensive, especially in cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. However, there are also budget-friendly options available, such as affordable street food and capsule hotels.
Shintoism and Buddhism are the two major religions in Japan, but the country is known for its religious tolerance. You can visit beautiful temples and shrines throughout the country.
Japan follows Japan Standard Time (JST), which is GMT+9. Make sure to adjust your watches accordingly when you arrive.
Casual attire is generally acceptable in Japan. However, when visiting religious sites or formal occasions, it’s recommended to dress modestly and remove your shoes.
Bargaining is not a common practice in Japan, especially in stores. Prices are usually fixed, but you can find great deals at flea markets and some tourist areas.
Tap water in Japan is safe to drink. You can also find vending machines and public water fountains providing clean drinking water throughout the country.
The standard voltage in Japan is 100V, and the frequency is 50/60Hz. Most electronic devices are compatible, but it’s advisable to bring a universal adapter.
In Japan, Fridays are typically normal working days. Businesses and attractions are usually open on Fridays, just like any other day of the week.
Japan has several national holidays, including New Year’s Day, Golden Week, and the Obon Festival. On these days, expect crowded tourist spots and limited services.
Japan is generally a safe country with a low crime rate. However, it’s always important to take basic precautions like anywhere else, such as watching your belongings in crowded areas.
Smoking is prohibited in many public places in Japan, including restaurants, cafes, and train stations. Designated smoking areas can be found in some areas.
Japan experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, while winters can be cold, especially in the northern regions. Spring (cherry blossoms) and autumn (fall foliage) are particularly popular for their natural beauty.
Transport for Tourists:
Japan has an extensive and efficient transportation system. The Shinkansen (bullet train) is a popular choice for long-distance travel, while metros and buses are convenient for getting around cities. Consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass for unlimited train travel.