Japan, a country with culture and customs

Japan is a country in Asia known for its ancient culture and customs. Japan consists of several islands, four of which are large and about a thousand small ones. There are two main religions in Japan, Shinto and Buddhism.

  • General information
  • Japanese cities
  • Nature
  • Best travel period
  • Temperatures in Japan
  • Travel documents for Japan
  • Health in Japan
  • Japanese Yen
  • Japanese
  • Culture in Japan

 

General information

  • Continent: Asia
  • Original name: Nihon-koku
  • Language: Japanese
  • Currency: Yen

 

Japanese cities

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. Tokyo literally means eastern capital. Tokyo is a real metropolis and one of the busiest cities in the world. The city has 23 special districts, each governed separately. International air traffic is controlled at Narita Airport. There are also some airports for domestic flights. Within Tokyo you can use the subways, taxis and buses, for example.
In Tokyo you can find many buildings, including the Sensoji Temple. The city also has the Hanayashiki Amusement Park. Tokyo also has beautiful gardens, such as Shinjuku Gyien, which also has a tea house where you can attend a traditional tea ceremony. Tokyo is also a real shopping city, with many modern shops. You can also eat out in many places. There is also Disneyland Tokyo Resort.
The largest city in Japan is Tokyo, a lively city with a lot of diversity. There are virtually no supermarkets, but almost only small specialty shops. Kyoto is a special city, with a lot of history. Kyoto is also called the city of temples. You can visit the most beautiful temples in Japan here. In Osaka you can see many old buildings. Nagasaki is a colorful city and not far from this city you will find Huis ten Bosch, where you can see a reconstruction of a Dutch city; complete with windmills and tulips.

Nature

Japan has a great diversity of nature. There are volcanoes, lakes, forests and mountains. The highest mountain is Fuiji, with five lakes surrounding it. There are also more than 2,500 plant species in Japan. There are more than 400 different species of birds, such as the Indian pitta and the Japanese crane. You can also find special animals in Japan that are not found anywhere else, such as the Japanese shika deer and the Japanese dormouse. There are dolphins and whales around the coast.

Best travel period

The temperature in Japan is most pleasant in spring and autumn. In the spring you can also see nature awaken, where everything is quite green. In the fall there are usually many beautiful autumn colors to be seen. It can get very hot in Japan in July and August. The humidity is high, making the heat very oppressive. However, summer can also be a great time to go to Japan, because of the many summer festivals that take place.

Temperatures in Japan

The temperatures in Japan can be high, especially in the summer period. An average temperature is then around 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity is very high, making it very oppressively hot during this period. In winter it can also be very pleasant, with sun 15 degrees. The temperature does depend on the area you are in. It is usually cooler in the mountains than in other areas.

Travel documents for Japan

If you go to Japan you need a valid Dutch passport. Please note that the passport must be valid for at least six months after departure from Japan. Do you not have a Dutch passport? Then it is best to contact the embassy. There you can get information about the steps you can take. A visa is not required for Japan if you stay there for less than 90 days.

Health in Japan

Vaccinations are not necessary to visit Japan. Health in the country is very good and comparable to that in the Netherlands. They don’t know general practitioners in Japan. People go to specialists or a hospital for help. Make sure you have good travel insurance that covers any medical costs. The costs of medical care can be very high in Japan.

Japanese Yen

In Japan, payments are made with the Japanese Yen. In Japan you can usually only use your debit card at the airports. There are many ATMs available, but they usually do not accept debit cards from Europe. The credit card is mainly accepted in restaurants, large shops and hotels. You can exchange euros in hotels and this is usually faster and easier than at the bank. In Japan you are not required to tip for services rendered.

Japanese

Japanese is spoken in Japan and everyone in the population speaks this language. English is only spoken in tourist areas and even there not everyone is fluent in English. It is therefore advisable to know some Japanese phrases and words. Greeting someone is done with konnichi wa and thanking someone is done with rigato. If you want to say yes, you say hi and ne means no.

Culture in Japan

There are many strict rules of conduct in Japan, which only apply to the population. The Japanese have no problem if tourists do not adhere to this. On days off and holidays, Japanese people like to wear Western clothing. There are also Japanese, especially young people, who defy all behavioral rules by dressing in a striking way. This clothing style is also called Harajuku. According to many fashion designers, the Japanese are trendsetters when it comes to clothing.

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