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Japan, an archipelago brimming with timeless traditions and cutting-edge innovations, offers a unique blend of the old and new that captivates every traveler. From its bustling cities to its serene countryside, Japan is a land of contrasts that invites exploration and discovery.

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When to Visit Japan?  Japan is beautiful all year around and I would love to experience Japan in all its different seasons.

Spring (March to May): Spring in Japan is famous for cherry blossoms, which draws in people from all around the world. The weather is mild but expect huge crowds around this time.

Summer (June to August): Summers are hot and humid, but you will find lesser crowds. Coastal regions and Hokkaido offer cooler escapes and outdoor activities.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another perfect season to visit Japan with its colorful foliage. The pleasant temperatures make it ideal for sightseeing and nature walks.

Winter (December to February): Winters are cold with snowfall in northern regions, offering excellent skiing in places like Hokkaido. The crowds are also lesser around this time.

Japan’s currency is the Japanese Yen, abbreviated as JPY and symbolized as ¥.

1 JPY = 0.55 INR (currently)

Japan is one of the safest places one can visit and I don’t think I ever experienced any fear at any point of the day or night here. It’s also one of the best places for solo travellers to visit.

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FAQs about Japan

  • What are the best places to visit in Japan for first-time travelers?

    Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Hokkaido are some of the best places to visit in Japan.

  • When is the best time to visit Japan?

    The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November). In spring, you can experience the beautiful cherry blossoms (sakura), while autumn offers stunning fall foliage.

  • What are the must-try foods in Japan?

    Sushi, Gyoza and ramen are not to be missed. One should also try tempura (battered and fried seafood or vegetables), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes popular in Hiroshima), and all the desserts one can eat, especially mochi and matcha-flavored sweets.

  • How can I travel around Japan efficiently?

    Traveling around Japan is easy and efficient thanks to its extensive transportation network. The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is ideal for tourists, offering unlimited travel on JR trains, including the shinkansen (bullet trains). Intercity travel in Tokyo and Osaka is also very convenient because of their comprehensive metro systems.

  • What cultural etiquette should I be aware of when visiting Japan?

    Always remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or certain traditional accommodations. Bowing is a common greeting and sign of respect. Avoid talking loudly on public transport and always follow local customs, such as queuing orderly.

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