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What You Should Know More About Japan

  • Travel Advice

    • Plan your sight-seeing visits and your entire trip itinerary well in advance so that you do not get confused when you reach there.

    • Learn a few Japanese words because there are many people who cannot speak English.

    • Japanese are very conservative about the manners, gestures and body language you show and hence, learn about it properly.

    • You can fall victim to scams and hence, do not speak a lot to strangers.

    • Maintain decorum at religious sites.

    • There are a lot of things you can shop for but while shopping, take care of checking the quality.

    • Carry a travel guide with maps whenever you go out.

    • Stay out of drug related situations.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks in the country of Japan is 20 years of age and you should carry your age proof whenever you go out to drink.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Ramen Museum

    This museum, themed as a reconstruction of the city of Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy different flavors of the world famous and relished Ramen Noodles. The museum features selection of Ramen restaurants located alongside narrow pathways and not only will you know more about your favourite snack, but will also pamper your taste buds with some splendidly prepared Ramen Noodles


    Akihabara

    Japan, globally famous for electronics has its electronic hub in Akihabara. This place is like a technological wonderland, where you will witness everything around you operating electrically and the entire town feels way ahead of current times. You will get the feel of being in a robot-land and hence it is very popular among tourists. Also, you can shop for the best quality electronics in Japan at this place.


    Jigokudani Monkey Park

    The Jigokudani Monkey Park, which is a famous natural hot spring spot near Nagano is where the Snow Monkeys from the cold forests flock during winters and seek warmth in the springs. There is also a part of the park where you can enjoy in the hot water springs by taking a dip for a while.


    Tokyo Tower

    The Tokyo Tower, which is an epitome of the technological advancement of Japan is inspired by the design of Eiffel Tower and is the tallest man-made structure in the country. It works as an observation tower for Japan and also gives you a breathtaking view of the vibrant city of Tokyo. You can visit here and visit famous shops and restaurants around the area and have some of the best Sushi’s in the capital city.


    Robot Restaurant

    The Robot Restaurant in Japan is one of the wackiest experiences you will have while on your trip to Japan. With 10-foot tall robots, sexy galaxy queens, artificial explosions, space gorillas, ballet performances and long robotic snakes, this 250 million worth construction definitely deserves your visit as it is a really thrilling experience.


    Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan (3,775 meters) is a volcano mountain which is climbed by over 2, 00,000 people every year and most of them are tourists. This mountain takes three to eight hours to climb and the trekking route is comparatively easy. Hence, you should indeed visit this natural icon of Japan.


    Hiroshima Peace Memorial

    Japan, who suffered its worst nightmare on August 6, 1945 as an atomic bomb was dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, positively overcame the haunting. The Hiroshima Peace memorial has the only building left of the city which was left standing after the bomb was dropped. This place will give you goosebumps as you realize what the blast victims must have gone through.


    Sumo Stables

    Sumo Wrestling, a sport native to Japan is an amazing sight to witness while the huge wrestlers dripping in sweat are practicing to make themselves better. The practices are not at all done to attract tourists and are a very serious affair, and hence, you should show respect while you watch this traditional sport. To get the best of this experience, you should visit the Hakkaku Sumo Stable to watch the intense practice.


  • What you will like there?

    Energetic Nightlife and Entertainment

    The types of clubs, bars, restaurants and bistros with different themes, some suitable to men, some to women, some to kids and some to families are in abundance in Japan. Every time you visit a club or restaurant or nightlife entertainment place, you will indeed come across something new and really funky and crazy, no matter how big or small the place is.


    Cultural and Modern blend

    Japan, a superpower in the world who rules a large chuck of the world’s economy is a land of rich culture and traditions. The Japanese still follow their culture and tradition with great respect despite of being so much developed and this co-existence is really worth appreciating.


    Infrastructural Development

    Despite going through such horrors or destruction not even a century back, Japan has managed to be the most infrastructural developed country in the world. When you roam on the streets of Tokyo, you will feel that you are 50 years ahead of time or walking in a wonder land or different planet altogether. Most of the technology here is something you have never witnessed.


    Local Lifestyle
    The people of Japan are very simple and cultures. They are very strict about their etiquettes and manners especially when it comes to public behavior. Japanese people still follow their traditions and live in a particular lifestyle, no matter how much advancement they have made. They still eat their traditional food, enjoy festivals and respect religion.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website:

    Japan Travel Guide


    Books :

    Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan


  • When is the best time to visit Japan?

    March to May and September to November are generally regarded as the best times to visit Japan due to the little rainfall, clear skies and mild temperatures in the country during these months. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom during April, which makes summer the ideal time to vacation here.

  • How to reach Japan?

    The best way to reach Japan is flying.

    • You can take a flight from Delhi to the Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
    • If you want to travel by sea, you can board a ship from the Port of Mumbai to Okinawa Port in Japan.
  • Do I need a visa for Japan? How does one get a Japan visa?

    Yes, Indian nationals require a visa to visit Japan. However, if you hold a British passport, you are exempted from this rule. Also, if you are a British citizen, you can enter Japan as a visitor upto 90 days. First of all, you must apply well in advance keeping the processing time in consideration. However, you should not apply 3 months before intended date of travel. You can submit your applications at the VFS offices in Delhi, Jalandhar, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Jaipur and at 5 collection centres under Blue Dart. Applicants do not require any appointment at the VFS and the payment for the visa fee can be made through cash or demand draft.

  • What is the currency of Japan and where can I get my money exchanged?

    Japanese Yen is the currency of Japan. In Japan, banks, post-offices, some major hotels and airports handle money exchange. Whether or not you must exchange your money before entering Japan depends on the type of currency you have. As the US Dollar is a highly traded currency in Japan, you will get a favourable exchange rate for it. However, this does not hold good for other competitive currencies. It is useful to know that ATM’s in Japan don’t usually allow the use of foreign-issued cards. However, exceptions to this rule are the ATM’s found at post offices and convenience stores.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Japan?

    The major tourist attractions in Japan are listed below:

     

    • Hiroshima Peace Memorial
    • Jigokudani Monkey Park
    • Kiyomizu-dera, The Tokyo Tower, and
    • The Tokyo Imperial Palace are some of the major tourist attractions in Japan.

  • What are the things to do in Japan?

    Some of the things to do in Japan are:

     

    • Visit the exquisite Wisteria Tunnel of cascading flowers. Go to the Zao Fox Village, which is a Japanese petting zoo filled with nature’s most clever and sly but adorable schemers.
    • Rent a room at the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan which is the world’s oldest hotel in the world and has been operated by the same family for over 1,300 years.
    • If you happen to be in Japan during fall, go to the Kochia Hill for an evening stroll and look at the red summer cypress.
    • Visit the Yunessun Spa Resort to take a dip in a pool of wine, coffee or ramen broth.
  • What is the local food of Japan? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The traditional cuisine of Japan called Washoku, comprises Rice and Miso soup in most dishes. Vegetables cooked in broth, fish, pickled vegetables and tofu are common in Japanese food. Sukiyaki, Sushi, Tempura, Sashimi and Yakitori are examples of Japanese cuisine. In Kyoto, Okakita and Yamamoto Menzo serve delicious sesame udon, a type of South Asian noodles and are they are known for their delicious Japanese food. The Ryuta Sakamoto is known for its marriage of modern and traditional Washoku cuisine. It is a highly rated, Michelin starred restaurant. In Tokyo, Shinobu Namae serves Japanese-influenced French food which is an exotic delight! Alternatively, sample conventional Sushi at Yuji Imaizumi. Partake in the glory of the tea ceremony at Yoshiaki Takazawa, a rather tiny restaurant in Tokyo.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Japan?

    Japan has an excellent public transport sentiment. Every city has an extensive bus network and city buses have a flat fare.

    • Taxis are all pervasive as well and all vehicles rely on a meter system. Smaller cities such as Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kagoshima et cetera, have tram lines. However, Japan boasts a state-of-the-art rail and subway line. They are the fastest and most convenient mode of transportation in the cities. An unlimited-travel day ticket is usually a sensible idea for tourists, if you are planning to cover major areas in a span of 24 hours.
  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Japan?

    Be thorough on the routine vaccinations of Measles-Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria-Pertussis-Whooping Cough (DPT), Varicella for Chickenpox, Polio Vaccine and a year-round Flu Shot. In addition, you will need prophylaxis against Hepatitis A and B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.

  • What is the local language in Japan and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Japanese is the native language of the country, spoken in various dialects. Some useful translations: Hello – Konnichiwa. Good morning – Ohayo Gozaimasu. Good night – Oyasumi. What is the price of ______? – Na kuku wa nani desu ka? How far is – Dono kurai desu ka?

  • Which are the best shopping places in Japan and what are they famous for?

    Listed below are the best shopping places in Japan:

     

    • Ginza is home to Japan’s chicest boutiques and designer apparel stores. For souvenirs and trinkets, Nakamise-dori, in Asakusa is a hotspot whereas Kappabashi-Dori is known for its Japanese relics.
    • Hand-made accessories abound in Kagurazaka, which is also famous for its traditional wooden sandals (geta) and kimono-made purses. If you wish to scout vintage clothing shops, visit the neighbourhood of Shimo-Kitazawa. Haight and Ashbury is among the best here. While Tokyo is Japan’s fashion hub, Kyoto has decent options for shopping as well.
    • AEON Mall in Kyoto is home to a plethora of international and regional brands. Besides, the streets of Shijo-dori come alive with the vibrant hues of their handloom especially kimonos.
    • Nishiki Market is teeming with vegetable vendors and lively grocery stalls. Alternatively, you can purchase or even learn to make simple Kyoto dolls and Japanese fans at Kyoto Handicraft Centre.
  • What are the best places to attend Sumo Wrestling?

    Japan’s Annual Sumo Basho takes place 6 times each year beginning in January and then occurring every alternate month. 3 of the 6 tournaments take place at the Kokugikan sumo arena in Tokyo and the other 3 are held in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

  • Which are the famous electronic markets in Japan?

    The famous electronic markets are :

     

    • Akihabara Denki Gai, which is a short walk from the subway station in Tokyo is lined with tall buildings covered in colourful ads and many stores that focus on microscopic nice of the electronics world.
    • The Akihabara Electric town is home to the world-famous Akihabara Radio Centre, which is frequented for its electronic sales.
    • Otaku which roughly translates to fanboy or fangirl is a place for anime or manga lovers. Yodobashi is an eight-story colossus and one of the largest electronic stores in the world.
  • Is Japan a good place for honeymoon couples?

    Japan can provide a picture-perfect background to a honeymoon. Couples may book a luxurious night cruise on Tokyo Bay and enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner as they sail across its waters. They may sign up for an exclusive chopper ride over the city of Tokyo. When you think of romance in Japan, the first things that come to mind are the dusky-pink cherry blossoms. Honeymooners may choose to take an idyllic stroll through a Sakura garden or park, especially if they’re here during Summer. Many young lovers frequent Ueno Park for picnics among the scenic sights here and also enjoy a decadent boat-ride on the Ueno lake. However, some couples have a particular fondness for aquatic life. For them, a visit to Sunshine City Ikebukuro, an aquarium can be very satisfying. Additionally, go star-gazing here as this place doubles up as a planetarium as well! If you are a fan of window-shopping through beautifully landscaped streets, brilliantly illuminated especially during Christmas, whirl through the hills of Topanga.

  • Which is the best time to visit Mt Fuji?

    The best time to visit Mt Fuji is October to February. Winter is the ideal time to view the mountain as the air is cool and clearer. Also, early morning is the best time of day to visit Mt Fuji.

  • Which are the best temples to visit in Japan?

    The best temples to visit in Japan are:

     

    • The Meiji Jingu Shrine which is surrounded by a dense growth of evergreen forests and is famous for its architecture as well as the collection of exhibits in it.
    • The Kamakura Hasedera Temple is a beautiful temple and it attracts tourists because of the thousands of charming statues in it.
    • The Horyuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has more than 2,000 historical and cultural articles.

  • Which are the famous Festivals of Japan?

    Japan is a country full of life. Adding their own sparkle to the vibrancy of Japan are its unique festivals. These include: Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, comprising lively parades throughout the month of July; Awa Odori, a traditional dance festival in Tokushima; the portable shrine fete of Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo; the mesmeric snowfest of Yuki Matsuri, Sapporo; the fascinating floating lantern celebration of Nebuta Matsuri during August, in Aomori City; the thrilling wooden-floats-based game fete of Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada City; the upbeat music festival of Kochi Yosakoi, where people put their hands together with a special clapper called Naruko and the Shamoji-oriented Hakata Dontaku Matsuri in Fukuoka City on the 3rd and 4th of May.

  • Where is the famous Monkey Park located in Japan? And what is it famous for?

    The Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan, is located in the forests of Jigokudani valley in Yamanouchi. It is a natural preserve and a part of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. Its famous in the capacity of a snow-abode for monkeys, who can be caught walking and swinging freely among the pools and waterfalls in the park. The area is rich in wildlife. The Park offers many interesting tours such as a cycling trip through the valley and the exotic local-sake tasting tour.

  • Which are the best gardens to visit in Japan?

    The best gardens are listed below:

     

    • The Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto is the most famous Zen garden made of 15 stones placed on pebbles. It was founded in 1450 and is a peaceful and beautiful haven.
    • The Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa, which is also in Kyoto, provides tourists with panoramic views to the city from the open top and is surrounded with amazing gardens and walkways.
    • The Rikugien Garden in Tokyo features a huge pond and is covered by numerous maple trees. It provides a tranquil getaway in the world’s busiest city. Ueno Park is alive with Cherry Blossoms and is a famous Sakura hotspot.
  • How is the night-life of Japan? Which are the best places to experience it?

    Tokyo is one of the major party capitals of the world and is testament to the nightlife in Japan. What’s best about the clubbing scene here is the fact that it is versatile and varies from district to district! Roppongi is known for its mega-clubs and mad DJ party-style. Womb is the most famous pub here. Its disco lights and pulsating sound system only add to its insane vibe. Shibuya-Ku is teeming with more intimate clubs. Unit is heaven for Indie/Alt aficionados. Dommune has a reputation for hosting some of the world’s biggest gigs. In addition, ageHa is an experience by itself. It is huge with a capacity of about 2500 and boasts a swank pool.

  • Which are the famous museums in Japan?

    Listed below are the famous museums in Japan:

     

    • The Nara National Museum is an art museum in Japan, which primarily displays Japanese Buddhist art and was established in 1889. The recently renovated National
    • Treasure Museum is a must-see for history lovers since it exhibits the three-faced, six-armed Ashura Statue, which also happens to be the most celebrated Buddhist statues in all of Japan.
    • The exhibits of The Miho Museum consist of works from ancient civilizations including Egyptian and Roman civilizations and also from various Asian cultures.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Japan.

    • As getting a SIM with mobile data is difficult in the country, opt for a wireless router. You may even rent it. The router comes in handy for all your gadgets. It is nicknamed ‘’Pocket WiFi’’ in South East Asia.
    • Before arrival, book a Japan Rail Pass as rails are the most convenient mode of commutation here. There are two types of passes: The superior Green Pass and the Ordinary Pass.
    • Japan has excellent on-going discounts on its domestic flights. Make sure you avail these!
    • Download Hyperdia, which is free for the first month of download. It acquaints you with all the railway and traffic information that you, as a tourist may need.
    • Download Google Translate for accurate and easy translations from and to Japanese.
    • Remember, only post-office and convenience store ATMs allow foreign cards.

     

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