The official language spoken in Japan is Japanese, however you will also find regional dialects spoken from place to place.
Name: Japanese Yen
100JPY is approx 88c
Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00)
The typical cost of a beer in a restaurant in Japan will be between 500JPY – 600JPY (approx $4-$5), but if you're going to a convenience store to get one you're looking at a lower cost of 100JPY – 200JPY (approx 88c-$1.70).
The cost of a meal in Japan can range from 800JPY – 3000JPY (approx $7-$26), with a bowl of ramen costing around 500JPY (approx $4). Top tip: if you're looking for a quick and inexpensive meal such as soba and domburi, keep your eyes peeled around large train stations.
Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi tariff starts at 410JPY (approx $3.70) depending on where you're going.
One of the best things about Japan is its transportation, with the cost of an adult 1-day subway ticket costing around 800JPY (approx $7).
Looking for a hostel in Japan? the average cost per night is around 3000JPY (approx $26).
Japan has a range of accommodation to choose from, including both traditional rooms and Western style hotels, with the average cost of a night being around 2000JPY (approx $17).
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.
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.