Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling to Japan
Are you currently doing some research into the prospect of traveling to Japan on your next family holiday or romantic getaway for two?
If so, you will probably have a few questions in terms of what to expect, and why you should consider adding it to your destination wish list in the first place.
Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about “The Land of the Rising Sun”.
Why is Japan a popular holiday destination?
Rich in culture and natural beauty, there are countless reasons as to why Japan attracts millions upon millions of tourists each and every year. In fact, it is estimated that around 28.7 million tourists in total visited Japan in 2017 alone.
Here are just a few reasons why you might want to book your Japan tour packages sooner rather than later:
- To see the breath-takingly beautiful cherry blossoms that adorn the trees in every direction you look (in spring and summertime)
- To experience what it’s like to stay inside a pod hotel
- To take part in ‘forest bathing’ – no water involved
- To marvel at the towering Mount Fuji
- To visit the golden, shimmering Zen Buddhist temple, Kinkaku-ji
- To overlook the bustling city atop the Tokyo Skytree, an observation tower located in Sumida, Tokyo, and the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure in the world (second only to the Burj Khalifa in the UAE). It currently stands at 634 metres high
Do I need a Visa to travel to Japan?
Japan welcomes citizens from 68 countries around the world without any need for a Visa if they are visiting as tourists and only plan to stay for fewer than 90 days/three months. These countries include Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Australia, the UK and many other European nations.
However, all travelers visiting Japan will need to be in possession of a valid passport that has at least three months left of validity ahead of its expiry date.
Remember to constantly re-visit the Japan tourism rules and requirements even if you are a resident of one of the countries that are currently allowed to enter without a Visa. Rules and requirements tend to change regularly.
When is the best time to visit Japan?
Unless you are visiting specifically to take full advantage of the expansive ski slopes, you will probably want to steer clear of Japan during the wintertime. Most travelers consider the best time to visit Japan to be in the spring, from March to May, where you will be able to witness the infamous red-pink cherry blossoms in all of their glory.
If you can’t make it during spring, the next best time to visit is during autumn, from September through to November. The crisp, colorful leaves are just as beautiful as the country’s iconic flowers, after all.
High season takes place during late spring and summer, so avoid unless you are game to pay sky-high prices for flights and accommodation. Generally, March is considered to be the cheapest month to fly to Japan.
Best of luck for planning your getaway to Japan.