Japan

At Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, believers rub incense smoke on ailing body parts, while neon in the Ginza shopping district exudes sophisticated affluence. Iconic Mt. Fuji rises above trendy hot springs resorts, an electric cable car soars above 400,000-year-old Lake Ashi, and the Shinkansen bullet train speeds to ancient Kyoto. With so much to see, let Friendly Planet help you find the perfect Japan travel package -- at an incredible discount too!

Tours & Packages to Japan

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Japan Panorama
Tokyo, Japan's modern heart, iconic Mt. Fuji, the world heritage temples & gardens of Kyoto, Nara & Osaka; stay in deluxe 4 & 5 star hotels
10 days  •  $4899 $4499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Orient Adventure
Singapore, Tokyo & Hong Kong; discover the history, art, religion & cuisine of 3 Asian cities on your own; flights, hotel & city tours included
12 days  •  from $3099 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Singapore & Tokyo Adventure
Modern mixes with traditional in Tokyo, plus explore the cultures of Singapore; travel on your own with flights, hotel & city tours included
9 days  •  from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Tokyo Express
Take in modern Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Sensoji Temple & Imperial Gardens; explore on your own with flights, deluxe hotel & city tour included
7 days  •  from $1899 $1599
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Japan? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Tokyo
Population:  127 million
Currency: Japanese yen (JPY)
Languages: Japanese
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: JST (UTC +9)

Weather

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. 

Entry requirements

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.

Shopping

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. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

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

Power & Adapters

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

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Japan?

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

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour and we had the time of our lives. The tour itinerary was good, the hotel was beautiful and the city tour was great. Your guides spoke beautiful English and answered all our questions about Japan. I would like to have added another day or two since a lot of the week was in getting there and back, but I want to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to booking with you again.

George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA
Tokyo Express

Loved every minute of this trip. The hotel was great - centrally located, modern, clean, a five star all-the-way. Singapore Airline was wonderful - didn't think I could take the 10hr trip but it wasn't difficult at all, with all the in-flight entertainment. Round trip transfers went smooth. And the included full buffet breakfast was an added surprise. I went with my adult daughter and son and they really loved Japan and can't wait to return. I am a former travel agent and I know how many things that are out of your control can happen. I am telling anyone who is interested in travel to contact your company. I've been on many tours and this was one of the best - both for what is included and for the price. P.S. When I called your office, I got to speak with a real human (how many times does that happen in today's world) who was pleasant and able to answer all my questions and correct any problems I had with my booking.

Kathleen Russo, Wynnewood, PA
Tokyo Express