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11 basic pieces of information to know before traveling in Japan

First of all, I would like to introduce some basics for travelling in Japan. The following pages include summarized information you’ll want to know before your trip. These include information concerning the Japanese time zone, money, climate, natural disasters, annual events, SIM cards and the Japanese language. In addition, I have prepared supplementary websites to address these topics in more detail. If you have time, be sure to read these as well.

Do you know about Japanese language, currency etc?

When is the best season in Japan?

Best Time To Visit Japan
When is the best time to visit Japan?

When is the best time of year for travelling to Japan? The answer depends on your purpose for traveling. Perhaps you want to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms? If that’s the case, I recommend coming to Japan during the month of April. Maybe you want to see beautiful snowy landscapes? Try ...

What is the secret strategy to overcome the Japanese language barrier?

Japanese Language
Language! 3 things to remember when speaking to Japanese people

Many Japanese people are not good at using English. For this reason, people who come to Japan cannot communicate well with Japanese people. Foreigners sometimes wonder how to ask anyone for help when they get lost or need information. When they go to a small town or village they can’t easily ...

How to use and exchange Japanese money

Japanese Currency
Japanese currency How to exchange money and how to pay for it

The currency in Japan is Yen. This page has the latest in exchange rates so please refer here before exchanging money. Here you will also find information on Japanese bills and coins. In addition, I’ll explain the current situation in regards to the use of credit cards in Japan. Table of ...

How to use SIM cards or pocket Wi-Fi in Japan

SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi in Japan
SIM Card vs. Pocket Wi-Fi Rental in Japan! Where to buy and rent?

During your stay in Japan, you may want to use a smartphone. How do you get one? There are six possible choices. First, you can use roaming service on your current plan but please check with your service provider for rates. Second, you can utilize free Wi-Fi with your current smartphone ...

What time is it in Japan now?

Japan Time Now
Japan time now! Time difference from your country

There is only one time zone in Japan. Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido, Sendai, Nagano, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Okinawa are all at the same time. Furthermore, since there is no daylight saving time in Japan, it is not so difficult for you to know Japan time. Japan is now the below ...

Do you know about the Japanese emperor and national flag?

Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag
Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

When you travel in Japan you may be able to feel a deeper enjoyment if you had basic knowledge of Japanese history. This page will include a brief summary of important Emperors in Japanese history. In addition, I will include information about Japans national flag. Table of ContentsEmperor of JapanJapanese Flag ...

Let's learn about Japan's holidays

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Holidays in Japan! Tourist attractions are crowded in spring's Golden Week

There are 16 statutory holidays in Japan. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the closest weekday (usually Monday) after that will be a holiday. Japanese holidays are most concentrated in the week from the end of April to the beginning of May. This week is called "Golden Week". In addition, there ...

It's fun to know the annual events in Japan!

Annual Events in Japan
Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Hanami, Obon, Christmas and more!

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese people choose to celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists have enjoyed such events. Through one of these events you can get a good idea of Japanese culture. This article details these annual events. Table of ...

The weather and climate in Japan vary according to the season

Climate & Weather in Japan
Climate and Yearly Weather in Japan! Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido etc.

When you plan on visiting Japan, how will the climate and weather be? In this article I would like to introduce the climate and weather of Japan and the features of each area. Table of ContentsThe climate of Japan is diverseWinter weather : Snow on the Japan SeasideJapan's rainy season: Around ...

Let's learn about natural disasters such as earthquakes

Earthquake & Volcanos in Japan
Earthquakes & Volcanos in Japan

In Japan, earthquakes occur frequently, from small tremors not felt by the body to large fatal disasters. Many Japanese feel a sense of crisis not knowing when natural disasters will occur. Of course, the possibility of actually encountering a large natural disaster is very low. Most Japanese people have been able ...

Recommended Japanese related sites in English

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Recommended useful sites when preparing for your trip to Japan

On this page, I will introduce various websites related to Japan. I will update this information from time to time. It would be a helpful resource for you to use to gather information. The hotels, transportation, restaurants, and local related websites are summarized in detail by categories. Since there are links ...


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About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.


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