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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘konnichiwa’
(kon-ni-chi-wa)
Japanese
Plug type a
Electricity
100V/50hz/60hz
Mar-Apr
Best time to go
Spring

Money and costs

Currency
Yen (¥)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 10, 2018 11:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
¥8000
  • Dorm bed: ¥3000
  • Bowl of noodles: ¥750
  • Happy hour beer: ¥500
  • City one-day subway pass: ¥600
  • One temple or museum entry: ¥500
Midrange
¥8000–20,000
  • Double room at a business hotel: ¥10,000
  • Dinner for two at an izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery): ¥6000
  • Half-day cycling tour or cooking class: ¥5000
  • Temple and museum entries: ¥1500
Top end (more than)
¥20,000
  • Double room in a nice hotel: from ¥25,000
  • Dinner for two at a good sushi restaurant: from ¥15,000
  • Taxi ride between city sights: ¥2500

Visas

Visas are issued on arrival for most nationalities for stays of up to 90 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Japan from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
JP-47
Okinawa-hontō
Go Jul–Mar
Mar – May
24187563
5.93
0.24
Jun – Aug
30258677
7.53
0.3
Sep – Nov
27218271
6.17
0.24
Dec – Feb
20136856
3.3
0.13
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Okinawa & the Southwest Islands
JPN
Sapporo
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
864742
Jun – Aug
22197166
Sep – Nov
14115652
Dec – Feb
-1-62923
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Tokyo
Go Mar–MaySep–Nov
Mar – May
17136256
Jun – Aug
27258276
Sep – Nov
22197266
Dec – Feb
1065042
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Kyoto
Go Mar–MaySep–Nov
Mar – May
19106649
Jun – Aug
31238873
Sep – Nov
24157559
Dec – Feb
1025036
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Japan

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Japan

The best price found from United States to Japan is on January 16th, 2019, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $460.00
NRT
Tokyo Narita

Getting around Japan

Train The best way to get around: trains are fast, efficient, reliable and can get you just about anywhere; discount rail passes make train travel very affordable.

Ferry Good for getting to far-flung islands or for fans of slow travel.

Bus The cheapest way to make long-haul journeys and the only way to get to some mountain and rural destinations.

Car Rental cars are widely available, roads are great, driving is safe, and a car will give you plenty of freedom. Especially recommended in Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Okinawa. Drive on the left.

Air An extensive network of domestic flights and an increased presence of budget carriers makes air travel a good option for long distances or time-pressed itineraries.

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