With a record of 10 million visitors in 2013, there is no doubt that Japan embraces endless attractions for tourists from all around the world. And it is time for you to experience what this great country has to offer you!
From its modern art to its pop culture, its heritage to its cuisine, its adventure sites to its rituals of sensory indulgence, there is nothing you won’t enjoy during your trip to Japan. Take a trip to a shrine, a temple or a castle, or walk through a peaceful garden with ponds full of colorful koi fish, bubbling streams and lush trees. Indulge your senses in a myriad of flavors, or soak yourself in one of the best natural hot springs in the world. Expand your aquatic horizons in a dive, or ski on one of the 500 ski courses. Enjoy the variety, the options and the contradictions. Enjoy Japan!
3 Main Attractions: Mount Fuji, Kinkaku-ji, Tokyo Disneyland
Culture Norms: A strict code of behavior and politeness is recognized and followed by almost everyone, and so you are expected to behave formally and politely. When entering a Japanese home or restaurant, shoes must be removed. Bowing is the customary greeting but handshaking is becoming more common for business meetings with Westerners. The honorific suffix san should be used when addressing all men and women. Table manners are very important, and so it is best to familiarize yourself with basic table etiquette and use chopsticks. Exchange of gifts is also a common business practice and may take the form of souvenir items such as company pens, ties or high-quality spirits.
Prices of Necessities: Bottle of water – 1.2 $, coffee – 3.2 $, average restaurant meal for 2 persons – 34.6 $
Emergency Numbers: Police: 110 Ambulance: 119 Fire brigade: 119
Vaccinations: Influenza shot recommended for all travelers from November through April. Japanese encephalitis, recommended for long-term (>1 month) travelers to rural areas if visiting between June and September (risk extends from April to October on the Ryuku Islands). Two doses of MMR vaccinations are recommended for travelers born after 1956 if not previously taken.
Name: Japanese Yen
1 JPY = 0.01 EUR
1 EUR= 120 JPY
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