Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (renowned for active volcanoes), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.
If you plan to travel with an iPhone or other G3 smart phone, you may need to purchase an international plan to avoid being hit with a huge bill for roaming costs. WhatsApp is a popular way of sending free texts in Fiji, providing both parties have installed it.
The cheapest way to make an international call is to use an online service (Such as Skype of Google Voice) or use a phone card. When dialling abroad, dial 00, followed by the code of the country you’re calling, then the area code and number.
– Country Code: +81
– Medical Emergency: 119
– Police: 110
Time difference: Japan is one (1) hour behind Sydney’s Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours during daylight saving
Passports & Visas: Participants with a valid Australian passport do not need a visa provided their stay is 90 days or less. Passport holders of other countries need to check their countries agreement with Japan
Health & Safety: No vaccinations are currently required to travel to Japan. While Japan is considered to be one of the cleanest and safest in the world, you should take the same precautions as you would in your own country
For more information in relation to Japan, please visit the smartraveller.gov.au
Money: The Japanese Yen is the main currency while US dollars are also accepted at most hotels and some stores
Credit Cards: International cards such as Amex, Visa, Diners Club and MasterCard are all accepted at major establishments in tourist areas
Electricity: Japan uses 110 volt A/C electricity supplies. While some appliances have built in converters, it is best to check before departure. Japan sockets use 2 flat pin plugs which require adapters for Australian appliances
Mobile Phones: Please check with your provider regarding the roaming capabilities of your phone
Climate: May is one of the best times for visiting Japan, as the vegetation has become lush and the temperatures are still comfortable for travelling. Average temperatures range from 25deg in Tokyo and 26 deg in Okinawa.