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Japan : When and where to go?
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Japan: Climate & Weather
Describing the climate of Japan is not easy: The archipelago, long and covered with mountains, does not has the same climate characteristics in the north as the south.
6°C - 43°F
Tokyo, updated 01:00 GMT
What to do in Japan
A country of extremes, Japan cannot be ignored. You will experience one surprise after another: Tokyo with its shopping district, the fish market (the biggest in the world), diverse museums, the Senso-ji temple, Kabuki representations; Kyoto and its gardens, numerous splendid temples, the Imperial palace and the wonderful Himeji-jo castle, and of course, Mount Fuji with its symmetrical lines and its top surrounded by clouds. You can even climb it in summer!
Visit the Daisetsuzan National Park, and go hiking among the mountains and forests with their peaceful lakes. Many people visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.
Japan will surprise you with its capacity to combine tradition and modernism: Geisha and manga, robots and samurais, Zen gardens and skyscrapers, everything seems paradoxical; however, it all creates a certain symbiosis. The home of bonsai and haiku, Japan has a connection with time which often disconcerts westerners: You will probably need some patience to learn to enjoy the beauty of the moment, but you will certainly appreciate the countless gadgets conceived using advanced technologies.
Japan : The basics
Various airlines serve Japan on a regular basis.
A valid passport is required and a visa is required to stay more than three months.
You can also travel by air within the country, it will not cost you more than by train which is also a comfortable and efficient means of transportation, although a little expensive. Buses are much cheaper but also slower. In large cities, the subway is perfect.
The currency in circulation is the yen.
Japan is supposed to be one of the most expensive countries in the world for tourists but this is more fiction than fact. You can eat an average meal for €20 and find a decent double room for €50. Note: Do not give tips in Japan!
For meals you can choose between traditional restaurants, more or less sophisticated, snack vans situated by the roadsides or take away meals sold in stalls near to the train stations or department stores. To help you choose, fake food dishes are frequently displayed in the restaurants.
Popular souvenirs from Japan include fans, kimonos, prints, porcelain objects, kites, rice straw sandals, teapots, mobiles of small bells... Any of these will be certainly be appreciated by your friends and family.
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