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Japan travel guide

Discover a mix of ancient and modern traditions

The Land of the Rising Sun, of the secret world of the Geisha, of the mysterious Samurai, and then again of anime, technology and the famous "Bullet" train. Welcome to Japan. From legendary experiences among Tokyo's neon-lit entertainment districts to its captivating historical sites, there's more than enough reason to pack your bags and discover this incredible country.
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Official language: Japanese
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Name: Japanese Yen
Code: JPY
Symbol: ¥
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Japan Standard Time (UTC +9:00)
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Top cities in Japan

Japan is a place where the ancient and the futuristic coexist in complete harmony; where an elaborate temple may sit side by side with a skyscraper and where traditional clothing can be seen next to the latest fashion trends. Get ready to pack your bags and experience the neon lights of Tokyo or explore Kyoto's Geisha culture with our handy city travel guides.

Japan adventure tours 

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Discover Japan | 14 days

Capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour - savor the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.
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Japan in One Week | 8 days

You might only have a week but what a week it is! Tick off three major cities: Tokyo, where you'll dive into futuristic like the Robot Restaurant before jumping on the iconic bullet train to Kyoto with a contrasting ancient atmosphere. Finally, give your taste buds a treat in foodie heaven, Osaka.
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Tokyo to Tokyo adventure | 13 days

This 12-night tour will show off the many sides of Japan in an action-packed itinerary. Not only will you see natural beauty, futuristic cities of neon, world-renowned food and culture steeped in tradition but One Life Adventures will show you the best of the country in just 10 days. From partying in the famous Shinjuku area in Tokyo to exploring the Geisha district in Kyoto. Kawaii!

Japan Travel Essentials

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Japan Rail

From Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple to Hiroshima's memorial museum and the bright lights of Tokyo, Discover Japan with its variety of transportation methods to get you from A to B, most notably on their super speedy bullet trains! A seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Pass can help international travelers save money on train fares. Want the good news? You’ll save even more if you buy one before you set foot in the country.
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Japan Adventure Tours

Say konnichiwa to this fantastic and unique country with one of our adventure tours. Japan is unlike any other country, with its iconic sights, crazy gadgets, beautiful gardens, and let's not forget the high speed trains. Our tours are a stress free way to see it all. 

What we love about Japan

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Robot restaurants, boundless energy and ramen. Where big business meets Buddhist temples (and lots of neon)
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Japan has some of the best powder on the planer and over 500 ski resorts to ride it in. Check out Niseko and Hakuba.
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A rice wine popular across the country. Goes best with sushi or with friends at a local izakaya.

Do US citizens need a visa for Japan?

Your nationality will determine whether you need to get a visa and how long you can stay. Citizens from most countries can stay up to 3 months visa-free; US citizens are able to stay without a visa for up to 90 days.  Japanese immigration requires your passport to remain valid during the period of stay. 

When is the best time to go to Japan?

Late March and early April has amazing weather and gives way cherry blossoms. The Golden Week holiday brings huge crowds in late April. January to early March is low season for Japan travel, so accommodataion prices are their lowest which, for Japan, counts for a lot!

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