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Fast Facts: Japan

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see the general guidelines below, as well as specific entry requirements from our partner, VisaHQ.

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

Temperatures vary in Japan depending on location. In general, October and April are the best times to visit when temperatures are mild. May through July are the rainiest months, and June through August are hot and humid. Be sure to take a sweater regardless of where or when you are traveling. Winters can be very, very cold.

Check out the current weather conditions in Japan.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no vaccination requirements for travelers. There is no risk of malaria.

Note: Many over-the-counter cold medicines like Vicks Inhalers and Sudafed contain small amounts of amphetamines and are illegal in Japan.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Japan is the Japanese yen. Please review the current exchange rate for the yen.

ATMs generally only work for cards issued from Japanese banks with the exception of Cirrus.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tipping is not a common practice in Japan and is not expected. 10% service charges are usually added to restaurant bills and no further tipping is necessary.

What are the best things to shop for?

The best items to shop for in Japan are pearls, silks, pottery, cloisonné, lanterns, furniture, lacquerware, dolls, red coral, cameras, karate gear, green tea, carp kites, Imari porcelain, good-luck charms from shrines, and packaged seaweed.

What are the voltage requirements?

100 volts. Plugs A, B. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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