Japan

Japan

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Heaven is in the details.

The Japanese are a meticulous people. Their insistence for doing everything correctly comes from an inherent sense of honor. The idea that anything worthwhile is worth doing right was probably born here.

That's why, when you visit Japan, you'll find the trains run on time. The people are consistently polite. And the food is lovingly prepared, whether at a five-star restaurant or a station counter.

Japan is also bathed in panoramic splendor. Not just from the natural wonders like the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, or the snow-capped mountain tops of the Japanese Alps. The Japanese have been designing incredible gardens for over a thousand years. They've elevated garden design into an art form. But then, in Japan, the natural and the cultural are inseparable.

The Temple of Konpira-san. The wilderness sanctuary of Kurama-dera. Himeji-jo Castle. Or the glitter and bustle of Tokyo. Plan your Japan trip along what interests you. And VIVA will handle the details.

Other things to do:

  • Tour The Gardens of Ueno-koen
  • Visit Mount Fuji
  • See Imperial Gardens, Tokyo
  • Visit Sento Palace, Kyoto
  • See Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 29°F (-1°C) to 86°F (30°C). 

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+09:00

Language: 

Japanese

Currency: 

Japanese Yen (JPY)

Electricity: 

100 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter. 

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping in Japan is not mandatory and may even be politely refused.

Safety: 

Japan is often considered one of the safest countries to visit in the world. Still, we recommend you take normal precautions for your safety.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include Asahi, Fusion GOL, SpinNet and SonixNet.

Smoking: 

There are no nationwide smoke-free regulations in Japan, though a growing number of locally instituted restrictions are in place in many areas. 

Travel Documentation: 

US citizens require a valid passport and an onward/return ticket; they can stay up to 90 days. 

Airport: 

Tokyo's Narita Airport (NRT), Kansai International Airport (KIX), Haneda Airport (HND), Central Japan International Airport (NGO), Fukuoka Airport (FUK)

Car Rental: 

Japan's leading car rental companies are Toyota Rent-A-Car, Nippon Rent-A-Car, Orix Rent-A-Car, Times Car Rental, Nissan Rent-A-Car and Ekiren. 

Public Transportation: 

Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is well known for its punctuality and superb service.