Japan travel guide

Japanese geisha
Check out our Japan travel guide which is jam-packed full of all the Japan travelling information you could hope for before you go, including fast facts; when it’s best to go; sample prices; events and attractions.  You can even check out what other travellers had to say about Japan.  Read on for the ins and outs of Japan tourism.

Japan – home to sushi, miso soup, geishas, sumo, samurai, karate, hello kitty and ultra modern high-technology mixed with the traditional.  See the famed cherry blossoms in the spring or ski the Japanese Alps in the winter.  Indulge in Japanese cuisine and admire the many temples and shrines devoted to the two national religions.  And travel Japan-style on a top-notch transport system!

Japan fast facts



Languages spoken

Name: Yen
Code: JPY
Symbol: ¥

The electric current in Japan is 100V.  There are two cycles in use; 50Hz in eastern Japan and 60Hz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka).  A convertible type of appliance like a hair dryer, travel iron or shaver will be handy, but otherwise you’ll need a step-down transformer to convert the voltage.  The plugs in Japan are the 2-flat-pin variety so an adapter may be necessary.

Time zones
GMT + 9 (Japan Standard Time)
Daylight Saving Time is not practiced in Japan.

Country dialling code

Weights & measures

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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