About the Country
Many people have heard that Japan is a great country for tourism. Some tourists note that this is a real country of the future. While the Japanese are traveling the world to see the past, we are going to Japan to see the future. The unique way of life of the local people plays an important role in attracting foreign tourists. Due to the fact that the country was “closed” for a long time, it did not have time to feel the influence of the West. Japan became open to tourists not so long ago, and immediately a surge in fashion for everything Japanese began all over the world: anime, clothes, weapons, martial arts, culture and much more. The ancient history of Japan allowed it to become a real open-air museum, ancient temples, which are quite well preserved, can be located right in the city center, and this despite the fact that Japanese cities are much more modern than European ones,
Geography of Japan
According to Agooddir, the state of Japan is located on four large islands (Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu, Honshu), as well as on several thousand small islands. The relief in the country is mountainous and dissected. In Japan, there are many extinct and active volcanoes, among which there is the highest point in the country – Fujiyama volcano.
The area of Japan is 377.944 km2. sq., occupies the 62nd place in the world by area.
The national currency is the Japanese yen (JPY).
The official language is not. The national language is Japanese.
Visa to Japan
To visit Japan as a tourist, residents of the CIS must have a tourist visa, which allows them to stay in the country for no more than 90 days. In this case, the travel company acts as a guarantor of the trip. Before applying for a visa, the applicant needs to send a number of documents to the guarantor and the inviting party, after which the completed original documents are sent to the applicant, and only after that you can apply for a visa. If a child older than 14 years old takes part in the trip, then he must have his own passport, and a photograph in the parent’s passport must be pasted for a child whose age is 6 years old and older. Visa applications are processed within 4 business days. This period does not include the time spent on preparing the documents of the receiving party.
Weather in Japan
The northern part of the country is characterized by a temperate climate, while the southern part is subtropical and tropical. Almost throughout the country, hot summers, temperatures from +30 C to +38 C vary from north to south, respectively. Most of the precipitation occurs in the summer (700 mm), and in the south the amount of precipitation can reach 1200 mm. Winter is quite cold from -15 C to -5 C, only on the Ryukyu Islands the winter temperature can reach +16 C. The annual rainfall is 1700-2000 mm, but in the south it can be 4000 mm. It is best to travel around Japan in the spring, it is at this time that sakura blossoms all over the country, and the end of September – the beginning of October is also considered a comfortable season for relaxing.
Currency exchange in Japan
As of October 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 76.7 JPY. The national currency is the Japanese yen. On weekdays, banks are open from 09.00 to 17.00. The exchange office at Tokyo Airport is open 24/7. All bank branches are closed on public holidays. In addition, there are special machines for currency exchange in the country. It is most convenient to change money at the airport, as this procedure is too formalized in banks and hotels. It is possible to pay by credit cards of the main payment systems. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at branches of major banks.
100V/50-60Hz (American style sockets)
The largest number of Shintoists in Japan, this religious movement has about 200 directions. In second place is Buddhism, which includes about 96 million people. Only 1.5 million people in Japan are Christians.
Japan is one of the safest Asian countries. At any time, you can turn to law enforcement agencies for help, which quickly respond to signals.
When entering Japan, vaccination is not required. Since medical services are quite expensive, the availability of international health insurance is a must.