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Japan - tourist guide for holidays

Japan is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Japan is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Japan - the best places to see

Japan If you compare Japan with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Kyoto (ancient capital - Nijō Castle + Buddhist temples - Tenryu-ji + Toji + Daitokuji + Ninnaji + Kiyomizu-dera + gardens)
  • Nara (ancient capital - Nara Park + Buddha statue in Tōdai-ji temple + Ukimidō)
  • Nikko National Park with temples
  • Shikotsu-Toya National Park - hot springs + volcanoes
  • Fuji Mountain
  • Tokyo (Tokyo Tower + Asakusa temples + Imperial Palace gardens + Meiji Shrine + modern quarter Ginza + Kabukichō red-light district)
  • Matsushima islands
  • Hiroshima (A-Bomb Dome + Peace Memorial Museum)

Japan - useful information

Religion:
~ Shinto and Buddhism: 84 %
~ other: 16 %
Religion - Japan
Japan: flagCapital: Tokyo
Area: 377,835 km2
Number of inhabitants: 126,475,000
Currency: Yen, JPY, ¥ (円)
Language: Japanese
Time zone: GMT+9 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +81
Mobile phones system: CDMA, WCDMA, PDC
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: english at inhabitants - medium
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 100 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Japan

Japan - Travellers Forum

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  Mt. Fuji - think before you go
If you want to go to Mt. Fuji then dont forget the official climbing season lasts only for two months - July and August. At its foot may be hot but temperatures at the top are usually very low even at that time - with no exception being under zero Celsius at night. Climbing outside the official seas
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Japan - the map and typical itinerary

Japan - map
Itinerary 1: Tokyo (Tokyo Tower + Asakusa temples + Imperial Palace gardens + Meiji Shrine + modern quarter Ginza + Kabukichō red-light district) + day trip - Fuji Mountain - days: 2, Nikko National Park with temples - trekking - days: 2, Matsushima islands - days: 1, Shikotsu-Toya National Park - hot springs + volcanoes - trekking - days: 3, Tokyo (Tokyo Tower + Asakusa temples + Imperial Palace gardens + Meiji Shrine + modern quarter Ginza + Kabukichō red-light district)
Itinerary 2: Tokyo (Tokyo Tower + Asakusa temples + Imperial Palace gardens + Meiji Shrine + modern quarter Ginza + Kabukichō red-light district) + day trip - Fuji Mountain - days: 2, Kyoto (ancient capital - Nijō Castle + Buddhist temples - Tenryu-ji + Toji + Daitokuji + Ninnaji + Kiyomizu-dera + gardens) + day trip - Nara (ancient capital - Nara Park + Buddha statue in Tōdai-ji temple + Ukimidō) - days: 3, Hiroshima (A-Bomb Dome + Peace Memorial Museum) - days: 1, Tokyo (Tokyo Tower + Asakusa temples + Imperial Palace gardens + Meiji Shrine + modern quarter Ginza + Kabukichō red-light district)
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolJapan is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $25
  • Medium accommodation: $45
  • Expensive accommodation: $110
  • Cheap meal: $5
  • Medium meal: $12
  • Expensive meal: $35
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Japan on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Japan may have different names in different languages. For example Japonsko, Japan, Le Japon, Japón. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Japan (日本 Nihon or Nippon, officially 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of China, Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan comprises over 3,000 islands making it an archipelago. The largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of Japan's land area. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. Archaeological research indicates that people were living on the islands of Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan begins with brief appearances in Chinese history texts from the first century AD. Influence from the outside world followed by long periods of isolation has characterized Japan's history. Since adopting its constitution in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected parliament, the Diet. A major economic power, Japan has the world's second largest economy by nominal GDP. It is a member of the United Nations, G8, G4, OECD and APEC, with the world's fifth largest defense budget. It is also the world's fourth largest exporter and sixth largest importer and a world leader in technology and machinery.
Wikipedia

In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decisionmaking power. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.
CIA The World Factbook
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