Japan is a truly timeless destination, which thrives as an incredible combination of traditional and modern lifestyles. From busy neon-infused cities like Tokyo and Osaka to the incredible traditional sights of Kyoto, Japan has something for everyone. So, if you are thinking about visiting Japan, here is an introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Japan has a rich culture and an incredible history. Many tourists find themselves fascinated by the traditional temples and gardens in Japan and completely mesmerized by the country’s natural beauty, especially during the cherry blossoms. From Meiji Jingu, The Yasukuni Shrine, and thousands of other temples as shrines to more recent places of interest like The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, there is a lot to see in Japan for any history lover.
When it comes to nature, Japan isn’t lacking either, if you want to get away from the blinding lights of the main cities, you will find the Japanese countryside and scenery to be truly breathtaking. Mount Fuji, Kegon Falls, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Mount Hotaka, and Naeba Ski Resort are just a few of the incredible picturesque destinations in Japan.
Japan is also a food lover’s paradise, and the cuisine is incredibly varied with unique and delicious flavors. From several traditional restaurants to a lively street food scene, your taste buds will thank you for visiting Japan.
The Japanese lifestyle can also be quite intriguing, in a very pleasant way. The Japanese are a happy people, and interacting with the locals can be a wonderful experience. However, the people in most major cities will respect your personal space, so you’ll probably have to start the conversation.
If you are planning a trip to Japan, spring (mid-march to mid-may) and autumn (mid-August to mid-October) are the best times to visit. These are the times when you can experience the delicate cherry blossom, or the bright red autumn leaves adding to the already incredible backdrop of Japan. However, it is obviously going to be more crowded during this time.
Like any other destination, the amount of money you have to spend in Japan can be very different depending on how you choose to live. If you are traveling on a tight budget, staying at dorms and small guest houses, and using public transport to get around, you can spend less than 8000 (about $75) yen a day, whereas a more luxurious trip, staying at high-end hotels, eating at expensive restaurants, and using taxis for transport can easily cost up to 20000 yen (about $185) a day.
To visit Japan, you need to have a tourist visa before entering the country, however, several nationalities are excluded from this rule. Citizens from the US, Australia, Argentina, and most European countries don’t need a tourist visa to visit Japan.
They are assigned a Temporary Visitor status, and can live in Japan for up to 90 days, with a single entry. However, it is important to know that tourists aren’t allowed to engage in any kind of paid work while in Japan.
For the Visa Exempt countries, the visa requirements are quite simple, all they need is a passport that is valid beyond their intended stay in Japan.