When to visit
The best time to visit Japan depends on what you want to do during your trip.
But as a rule, late spring (March to May) and late fall (September to November) are the best times to visit.
If you are a nature lover, as I am, both seasons will surprise you. During the fall the vibrant foliage colors paint the whole country, and the cherry blossoms in spring are a dream come true.
Anyway, this spectacular country won't disappoint you at any season!
What to know
Japan is an amazing fusion of tradition and modern.
Contemporary Japanese culture combines influences from Asia, Europe and North America, and it is fascinating.
Language: Japanese. Fun fact: Most of the young people speak
English but not all of them feel confortable speaking it. It is hard to communicate!
Religion: The country has full religious freedom based on its constitution. Most of Japanese practice Shinto as its indigenous religion, and Buddhism.
Currency: Yen (JPY)
Credit cards or cash: Bring cash! In big cities like Tokyo and Osaka there are many places that accept cards but outside the big cities, attractions, tickets etc. are paid with cash. If this wasn't already enough, the commission to withdraw cash is super high.
Japan's population is estimated at 127 million.
Plugs: The plugs in Japan are type A and B.
Safety: Japan is one of the safest countries in the world and that is why we used couchsurfing for accommodations.
Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and it has 6852 islands of which approximately 430 are inhabited.
Japan is a unitary state and constitutional monarchy in which the power of the Emperor is limited to a ceremonial role.