Japan Travel Guide
Situated in East Asia, Japan is a stunning island nation with a wealth of technological wonders. Super fast bullet trains zoom through densely packed megacities, where towering buildings rise up around you. You’ll also experience curiosities like robot restaurants and innovative art exhibits. But even in metropolises like Tokyo and Yokohama, you’ll find remnants of the country’s rich history. Ancient shrines are well-preserved, and temples are waiting to be explored. So when you travel to Japan, you can get a taste of the new and the old.
Japan’s nature is also a wonder to behold. The country is actually comprised of over 14,000 mountainous islands and is set along the Ring of Fire. This is the region around which most volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. As a result, Japan has an incredibly diverse set of ecosystems.
In addition, Japan is famous for its incredibly delicious cuisine. From ramen to sushi to soba, there are so many scrumptious meals to enjoy. With all that in mind, it should be no surprise that Japan is one of the best places to travel in 2023.
Language: Japanese is the official language of Japan.
Currency: The official currency is the Japanese yen (JPY). 1 USD is equal to about 130 JPY.
Plugs: The plugs in Japan are type A and B, the standard voltage is 100 V, and the standard frequency is 50 or 60 Hz. Although these are the same plugs used in the US, I recommend bringing a universal adapter. Japan’s plugs usually don’t have a third hole for grounding.
Safety: Japan is one of the safest countries in the world.
The Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Japan is either during late spring (March to May) or late autumn (September to November). During these seasons, Japan experiences milder temperatures, so it’s more enjoyable to travel around Japan. Spring is also cherry blossom season. The whole country blooms with beautiful pink and white flowers. Of course, the beauty of cherry blossom season also means that there will be a lot of tourists in Japan at that time.
If you are looking to travel on a budget, visit Japan during the winter months. There will be fewer tourists, cheaper flights, and cheaper accommodations.