An island in the Pacific Ocean, the land of the rising sun is also the land of skyscraper cities, imperial palaces, thousands of shrines and temples, the bullet train, and sushi. Neon skyscrapers and pop culture are the order of the day in Tokyo, while Kyoto boasts Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, traditional gardens and cherry blossoms. An unique country where you can still witness its iconic traditions of sumo wrestling and geishas, and enjoying modern and quirky themed restaurants and bars, Japan is a must for culture vultures. But there’s something for everyone in Japan: from the Jigokudani Monkey Park, the home of Japanese Macaques, and Nagono, where you can enjoy a soak in a hot spring and spot Snow Monkeys enjoying a soak too, to fabulous opportunities for snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and scuba diving and snorkelling!
KEY FACTS BEFORE YOU GO:
- Capital: Tokyo
- Currency: Japanese Yen
- Time Difference: Japan is 8 hours AHEAD of BST, and 9 hours AHEAD of GMT
- Flight time: 11 hours and 40 minutes to Tokyo (direct) and just over 12 hours to Osaka (direct)
- Official language: Japanese
- Entry requirements: British citizens or British National (Overseas) passport-holders do not need a visa, unless staying for over 90 days. Passport validity is required only for the proposed duration of your stay - any further validity is not required.
- Vaccinations and Health: You should always ensure that you travel with adequate travel health insurance. For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/114/japan#Vaccine_recommendations. If vaccinations are required, it is generally advisable to arrange an appointment with a health professional four to six weeks before departure.
General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/
- Bringing Medication into Japan - Japan has a strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law, and the use or possession of some common prescription or over-the-counter medicines are included in this ban, such as Vicks inhalers, medicines for allergies and sinus problems, cold and flu medication containing Pseudoephedrine and even some over-the-counter painkillers like those containing codeine. You should check the status of your medication with the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate before you travel. If your prescription medication is permitted under Japanese law, you're normally allowed to bring in one month's supply, and it is advisable to bring a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating the medical condition that the medication has been prescribed to treat.
To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan
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