Welcome to Japan

Japan


Information & Facts

Climate:

Japan has four distinct seasons. The climate can widely vary depending on the region you visit as the country is long from north to south.

 

·         Spring (March – May)

The plum blossom means the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossoms.

 

·         Summer (June – August)

Summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This allows farmers to plant rice. It becomes very hot and humid from July onward. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over Japan.

 

·         Autumn (September – November)

Autumn brings a welcome light breeze and cool temperature after a hot and humid summer. All forests are coloured in rich autumn colors. Autumn is also the season for many exhibitions, music concerts and sports tournaments.

Customs:

Upon entering Japan, travellers are required to hand in a “Customs Declaration” form declaring both accompanied and unaccompanied baggage. “Customs Declaration” forms are available on the plane/ship or at the Customs office.

 

Electricity:

In Japan, 2-flat-pin plugs are used.  The voltage used is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. throughout the country.

 

Health:
  • Drinking water

Tap water is safe to drink anywhere. Various major imported beverage brands can be easily obtained from super markets, convenience stores and other similar places.

Hospitals

 

  • Medical systems and facilities in Japan are well established and travellers can expect a high standard of medical care or treatments should these be required.

 

Language:

Only one official language is spoken in Japan – Japanese. However, many locals are able to understand English to a certain extent as English is a language that everyone must learn as part of compulsory education.

 

Money:

The currency of Japan is the “Yen” or “JPY” written “円” or “¥”. Consumption tax in Japan is 8%.

 

Passport Visa:

A traveller who visits Japan must have a valid passport, which has a validity during the period of stay. Canadian tourists staying in Japan for less than 90 days do not need a Visa.

 

Time:

All of Japan is in the same time zone,

Daylight Saving Time is not practiced in the country.