Fast Facts: Japan

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

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

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Japan for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

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.