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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.

Japan fast facts

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese, however you will also find regional dialects spoken from place to place.

Currency

Name: Japanese Yen
Code: JPY

Time Zone

Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00)

back view of a man overlooking the Yasaka Shrine from the streets in Kyoto, Japan

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 

traditional Japanese houses with tiled roofs surrounded by garden and  trees

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.
vegetables in baskets for sale in a market area in Japan

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.
cherry blossoms in Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan

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!

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Do US citizens need a visa for Japan?

Tourist visa requirements

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. 

Working visa

Want to soak up the true culture of Japan, how about working there? If you’re a US national and between the ages of 18 and 30 you can apply for a working visa, which allows you to stay for up to one year or three years.

*Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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