Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. Japan comprises over 3,000 islands making it an archipelago. The largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of Japan's land area. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Ab ...out 70% of the country is forested, mountainous, and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial, or residential use. This has resulted in an extremely high population density in the habitable zones that are mainly located in coastal areas. Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. A major economic power, Japan has the world's second largest economy. It is a developed country with high living standards (8th highest HDI) and a world leader in technology, machinery, and robotics. Show More
A passport that is valid for at least one month after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Citizens of United States of America do not require a VISA for a term up to 90 days and Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter Japan for temporary visits up to 3 months. A 90 day stay is not the same as three months so please be sure to clarify this with travel agent. All foreign nationals entering the country of Japan are required to have a digital photograph of their scanned index fingers upon entry.
Countries not requiring visa for 3 month term:
Singapore, Argentina, Bahamas, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Suriname, Uruguay, Israel, Turkey, Lesotho, Mauritius, Tunisia, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
Countries not requiring visa for 90 term:
Hong Kong (BNO, SAR passport), Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Macau (SAR passport), U.S.A, Barbados, Australia, New Zealand, Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, Poland, Slovakia
Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your stay in Japan with a confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Japan, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Japanese Encephalitis if visiting rural farming areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Completely surrounded by the ocean and consisting of four major islands with many small islands Japan’s climate varies from one region to the next however most of the country receives four seasons throughout the year. Summer begins June – August, Fall is September – November, with a winter of December – February and Spring March – May. The rainy season is short and begins in June ending in mid-July. Japan is a good place to travel during each season but the best time to view flora is in the Spring when the cherry blossom trees start to bloom.
Light weight clothes with waterproofs are recommended in spring and summer. In higher altitudes however it is best to take slightly warmer clothes, but nothing too heavy. Japan does receive a winter with snow and cold temperatures so pack warmly for the fall and winter seasons.
As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$75-100 per day, per person, for spending money. The Japanese Yen (JPY) is the local currency of Japan. Coins in circulation are as follows ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500 the following banknotes are in circulation; ¥1000, ¥5000, ¥10 000
We recommend that you get local currency from a bank machine in-country or official local bank which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Many ATM machines available for foreign card holders, and Visa or MasterCard are widely accepted.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Religion: Shinto and Japanese Buddhism
Time Zone: Japan Standard Time GMT + 9
Electricity: 100 Volt, 50 Hertz (Eastern), 60 Hertz (Western)
Calling North America: 001
Emergency numbers in Japan: Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade 119