Japan is often referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun” and, despite its relatively small physical size compared to other countries, its people continue to enrich the world with new products and inventions. From the busy city of Tokyo to Japan’s quaint and lovely villages, this is a truly diverse country. The Hiroshima memorials and landmarks are a somewhat sobering attraction and they allow visitors to come face to face with the devastation that hit. The Shinjuku district will have you staring up for most of your visit with all the amazing skyscrapers while the main shopping attraction lies in the famous Ginza neighbourhood.
Whether you are hoping to pick up some great bargains on the latest gadgets or you simply want to indulge in the Japanese culture, our Japan Travel Blog will have you ready and eager in no time! Give these blog posts a read and learn all about the best things to do in Japan, what to expect in terms of sights and local cuisine.
Japan Travel Blog and Holiday Tips
- Restricted areas: Due to the events that affected the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility, it is advised that visitors do not attempt to visit these parts or surrounding areas. Check with your local authorities or those at the consulate / embassy before planning your trip. These exclusion areas can pose serious health risks.
- Weather: Typhoon season is between June and December. Japan can get struck quite hard by such storms so it is advisable that you plan your trip before or after storm season. In addition, monitor the local weather as your trip approaches. Weather and natural disasters (like earthquakes) can cause a disruption in transport and even flight delays. Monitor such occurrences and confirm your flight before you leave for the airport.
- Medical and insurance: Should you fall ill or become injured during your visit to Japan, you are in very good hands with most professional medical practitioners. However, you should definitely make sure that you have full and comprehensive medical insurance to cover you for the duration of your trip. In many cases, it is also best to take out this insurance for an extended period of time that exceeds your actual stay (just in case of a delay in your flight out).
- Water: The tap water in Japan is said to be safe to drink but it might have a strange taste due to chlorine. In order to remove this taste, you can boil the water before allowing it to cool and then go ahead and drink. If you really want to play it safe and avoid boiling water, you can buy bottled water or other drinks instead.