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.
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Japan.
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.
The currency in Japan is the Japanese yen. Please review the current exchange rate for the yen.
ATMs: ATMs generally only work for cards
issued from Japanese banks with the exception of Cirrus.
Tipping: 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.
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.
Voltage: 100 V; Plugs A, B. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
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