The 'Land of the Rising Sun' is truly diverse in its offerings. We provide an extensive Japan tour portfolio to cover the mountainous landscape of Japan, with tours to suit the needs of every traveler and a range of experiences from adventurous excursions to city breaks, cultural touring, family activities and luxurious indulgence.
From the eclectic and bustling action of Tokyo to the peaceful serenity of Mt Fuji, spiritual center of Kyoto and tropical beaches of Okinawa, the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is truly diverse in its offerings. From the world’s largest fish market of Tsukiji to the fashion district of Harajuku, its revered temples and peaceful tea ceremonies, Tokyo is a capital city that has it all. A small joyful city, Kyoto offers a relaxing and experience filled insight to the country’s ancient traditions through its fascinating heritage, architecture and people. Situated in the southern-central region of the country, the Kansai area offers a diverse selection of activities to engage in. Home to mouth watering cuisine, a unique heritage and deep historical roots, Kansai entices travelers with an interesting array of engaging experiences with nearby Nara and Osaka offering very different attractions.
Japan boasts four distinct seasons in line with the Western Hemisphere. From March to April the climate is pleasantly warm with limited rainfall. This time of year also welcomes the infamous cherry blossoms, a simply stunning attraction for visitors. From June to August, the heat and humidity of summer hits with temperatures reaching 400C. As a general rule this isn't the most popular time to travel, though it can mean fewer crowds if you are willing to bear the heat. Another inside tip and great alternative to viewing the spring cherry blossoms are the autumn colors in November. However, this can be a very busy time in specific areas such as Kyoto. With the temperature cooling from September, autumn becomes a very pleasant time of year to visit Japan. With winter come superb skiing opportunities and the chance to try out many of the Onsens (hot springs). These attractions remain open right up to the end of February.
MONEY : Japanese Yen (JPY); International ATMS found at Post Offices and 7-11 convenience stores only. Money Exchange at banks and Post Offices displaying “AUTHORIZED FOREIGN EXCHANGE” sign. As of Aug 11 : 1USD = 80.60 JPY
VISAS:Nationals of many countries including almost all Western countries are eligible to enter Japan for short-term stays (usually 90 days) without a visa for purposes of sightseeing and for business trips. Nationals that do not have “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan must obtain a visa.
ELECTRICITY : The electric current used throughout Japan is 100 volts, A.C. At major hotels, two outlets for both 110 and 220 volts are installed for electric razors, hair dryers, travel irons and other small appliances. Japan uses 2-flat-pin plugs (as in the U.S.).
DIALING CODE : +81
TIME ZONE : GMT/UTC +9
GETTING THERE & AWAY : Tokyo is one of Asia’s largest air hubs, so it is very well-connected to the rest of the world. Tokyo is home to two international airports, Narita and Haneda. Other airports in Japan that are serviced by international flights include Osaka’s Kansai Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS : Japan observes 15 national holidays. Government offices, banks, and most businesses are closed on holidays, but most restaurants and stores remain open. Times to avoid are Golden Week (end of April/start of May) and O-bon (mid August) as most Japanese travel during these times.
LANGUAGE : The national language of Japan is Japanese. English is not widely spoken in Japan, however most signage is in English.
- Hello : konnichi wa
- Thank you : arigatou gozaimasu
Private guides are more costly in Japan when compared to our other destinations, and the self-guiding app provides an innovative solution to avoid these rising costs and allowing clients to travel in a more independent way.
The application is available in 20 cities across Japan already, and it covers 6 main categories; attractions, shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife, hotels, and other, which are clearly displayed on the home-page.
There are more than 500 points of interest, providing pictures, addresses, distance from current location, the website, opening hours and costs. Everything works offline, and the map in particular proves to be incredibly useful. Furthermore, there's the option of sharing everything on-line, through platforms such as facebook.
The app is available in both English and French.
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