Practical information about Japan

Passport / Visa

EU citizens who do not stay longer than 90 days do not need to apply for a visa before departure if the purpose of the trip is tourism.

Be sure to have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining valid on arrival. You should be able to show that you have a return ticket (or further to another place) and prove that you have financial assets to cover your stay in the country.

Depending on your nationality, contact the Japanese Embassy / Consulate for more information. Read more here: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info /visit/visa/index.html

Currency

The Japanese currency is called “YEN” and is symbolized by the sign “\”.

Safety

Japan has long been one of the safest countries in the world if you look at crime rate. Big cities like Tokyo and Osaka are remarkably safe. Not only violations of visitors that are almost non-existent, but also personal belongings that are forgotten in trains or taxis, on park benches or in restaurants remain, or are called into the local police station and eventually find the way back to the rightful owner. General advice is to still be careful with your valuables, passports and credit cards.

Vaccination

Check your standard vaccination with a vaccination center. Otherwise, no special vaccination is needed to travel in Japan. If you have been to a country where the yellow fever is found, you may need proof that you are vaccinated. If you have an accident, make sure you have good travel insurance for urgent home transport and hospital stay.

Climate

Japan has four different seasons. Spring is the most wonderful time to visit Japan. That’s when Japan’s famous cherry trees bloom, first the plum trees and other trees in March until May, when the last cherry blossoms bloom in northern Japan. In June, it is the rainy season, about three weeks. After that, it gets very hot and humid. Exceptions are Hokkaido (which does not have the rainy season) and mountain areas. During September it can be stormy, while October and November provide nice temperatures and magnificent autumn colors. The southern parts have quite mild weather and the north really cool with plenty of snow during the winter. Japan has seismological activity and earthquakes occur relatively often, but the country is well prepared for major incidents and buildings are prepared for it to shake. Seek out local information if something happens.

Electricity

100 V, with 2 different frequencies: 50 Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 60 Hz in western Japan (eg Kyoto, Osaka) Same contacts in the USA. Adapter is recommended.

Time difference

Japan is 8 hours ahead of Europe during winter time and 7 hours ahead of Europe during summer time.

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