Japan

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While traveling through Japan, the land of the rising sun that consists of nearly 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, you end up in a completely different world full of contrasts where you fall from one surprise to the other. Perhaps Tokyo is still the best example of those contradictions and surprises. Whereas the largest metropolis in the world would soon make you think of crowds and chaos, the Japanese capital distinguishes itself by a tidy street scene and a striking silence in public transport. "Thanks to" the great earthquake in 1923 and the bombing during the Second World War, which largely destroyed the city, few old buildings have been preserved and Tokyo consists mainly of modern, contemporary buildings. That does not mean that the Japanese character was lost there.

Anyone who wants to travel to Japan will undoubtedly have the intention to see more than just the fascinating capital. There is too much to discover in the country to limit you to one location. During your trip through Japan, you must have visited the spiritual center of the country or the city of Kyoto. In the old capital, you will find hundreds of temples and shrines and you will meet the traditional, graceful Geisha girls. Almost nowhere will you be received as hospitably as in this city?

During your trip through Japan, be amazed by the amazing contrasts and discover Japanese culture, combining influences from both Europe and North America with Asian elements. Look for the sixteen locations that are part of the World Heritage List, try Japanese cuisine, and be enchanted by the shy smile of the people traveling around Japan!

Japan country of cherry blossoms

Classic Japan

7 days / 6 nights

Classic Japan will take you to the major sights and landmarks within just one week. Enjoy all of the wonderful experiences and uncover the secrets of Japan’s major cities, as well as one rural, picturesque destination that is jam-packed full of traditional charm.

Essence of Japan

14 Days / 13 nights
Starting from: $2,820 USD per person

All of Japan’s most iconic sights and enchanting experiences await you on this exciting trip to the land of the rising sun. Discover all of the dynamic energy of the major cities and one alluring destination in a quaint, rural setting, where you can enjoy a delightful overnight stay in a traditional Japanese inn. This is the ideal chance to have a typical Japanese bathing experience in relaxing hot spring baths.

Grand Tour Japan

21 Days / 20 nights

This tour is a combination of self-guided and guided days, it is a perfect tour to experience absolutely everything that Japan has to offer. It includes experiences of all the major cities, an overnight stay in a traditional Japanese inn, tours of Japan’s prettiest and most beguiling cities, an in-depth exploration of Japanese culture, a trip to an art island, glimpses of history, and a visit to a foodie paradise including your own sushi-making experience.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money.
Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhoea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures and a GoPro for those action shots. Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;.
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colours. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension) and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for A,  and B type plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements Any tourist wanting to visit Japan must obtain a tourist visa before entering the country. Nonetheless, Japan excludes several nationalities from having to comply with this requirement. For instance, citizens from most European countries, United States, Australia, and Argentina do not need to get the Japan Tourist Visa since they are considered visa-exempt countries for tourism purposes. Nationals from any of those regions can stay in Japan for a maximum of 90 days visa-free and are assigned Temporary Visitor status. Tourists can remain in Japan for up to 30 days, but this tourist visa is valid for a period of up to 90 days. Tourists can also apply for a double-entry visa for 2 short trips within a 6-month period.

Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when travelling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitisers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels. 

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. 
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Drone use is allowed in Japan but several drone laws need to be followed when flying in the country.

Electricity For Japan, there are two associated plug types, A and Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins and type B is the plug that has two flat parallel pins and ground pins. Japan operates on 100V supply voltage and 50/60 Hz.

Religion Shinto and  Buddhism is the largest religion in Japan.

Climate Japan belongs to the temperate zone with four distinct seasons, but its climate varies from cool temperate in the north to subtropical in the south. The climate is also affected by the seasonal winds that blow from the continent to the ocean in winters and vice versa in summers. Japan is generally a rainy country with high humidity. The hottest temperature ever measured in Japan, 40.9 °C (105.6 °F).

Best time to visit Unless skiing is in your travel plans, March to May and September to November are the best months to visit Japan. This is a country of extremes in terms of its weather, so these months are the best to avoid the high temperatures and humidity of Japanese summers or its chilly winters.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Japan. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country. 

Money and currency The Japanese currency is the yen (円, en). In Japan, currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found especially at international airports. Many ATMs in Japan do not accept cards that are issued outside of Japan.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 12% - 16.3%.

Dress code Tourists should wear whatever they are most comfortable in, but a fair amount of modesty should be considered. You should pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts for hiking, trekking, or outdoor activities. T-shirts are very common for both visitors and locals. A hat and sunglasses will be useful when walking around under the sun. You can wear whatever you want in Japan  (for the reason of course). Shorts are no problem. Depending on when you are actually visiting though.

Why book with us?

Great value for money

With our partners being on the ground and getting the best prices for you, we assure you that our prices are unbeatable.

Travel with Care

Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

Need any help booking? Call us anytime: +1 (757)-656-3391