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Overview
Japan

With a completely different culture, cuisine, climate and language, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation before your Japan holiday. Just remember a smile and some local phrases will get you far in Japan. And when in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact your Expert.

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Visas
Japan

British citizens entering Japan for a holiday of less than 90 days will be issued a temporary visa on arrival. For more information call your Travel Butler or refer to the Japanese Embassy.

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Inoculations
Japan

You won’t require any special vaccinations to visit Japan.

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When to go
Japan

Because Japan is so mountainous and long, there are significant climactic differences between the north and south. Most of the country is in the northern temperate zone, while the southern islands have a subtropical climate. The most comfortable times of year to visit are in spring (between March and May), when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and autumn (between September and November) when the foliage is coloured glorious golds and scarlets. For skiing, winter runs from December to February and is fairly cold almost everywhere. Summer, from June to August, is hot and humid throughout most of the country and usually begins with a four week rainy season.

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Currency
Japan

The local currency is the Japanese yen. 

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Electrical
Japan

Plugs have 2 flat pins and Japan works on 100 volts. Most UK appliances and chargers will work provided you have a compatible adaptor. 

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Travel insurance
Japan

You never know when you’ll need it, which is why it is important to take out the appropriate travel insurance before you depart for Japan. Our team at Round the World Experts can help you get the best insurance cover.

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What to pack
Japan

For travel to Japan, be sure to pack clothes that are appropriate for the season you are visiting in. While Tokyo has excellent shopping, be warned ¬– if you’re a UK size 12 or above, you might have trouble finding anything in your size. Here are a few essentials to pack:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Coat or jacket
  • Sensible walking shoes
  • Adaptor
  • Phrase book

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