Thinking of Japan tourism? It’s the most wonderful place in the world, and chances are you won’t want to go back home! If you’re thinking about coming to Japan for a visit, here is a quick FAQ.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Japan?
A: Probably not. For most countries in the world, you don’t need a visa unless you are planning on staying or working while you’re here. If you are from the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or Ireland, you don’t need a visa. You just need a passport. How long you can stay with a passport varies from country to country, so check with your local embassy.
Q: What’s the money like?
A: The currency in Japan is yen, and you can buy yen in any major bank or money exchangers. Last I checked, it was about 120 yen to a dollar. In Japan, everybody carries lots of cash, so it’s okay to do that. Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Diners Club are accepted just about anywhere. You can cash travelers checks at major banks, hotels and some shops. Don’t plan to use ATM’s, though. Most of them do not accept foreign credit cards. For convenience sake, I would recommend just bringing cash. You can always change it when you get here at the airport.
Q: What are the major health concerns to be considered if I come to Japan?
A: You can drink the water, there are hospitals just about everywhere, and you don’t need any inoculations. In fact, you’ll probably go home thinner than when you came!
Q: What do I have to declare at customs?
A: Customs isn’t a major worry, but you have to get the forms on the plane, and the first time you fill them out it may be a bit of a headache. Here’s the breakdown on what you can bring: 3 bottles of booze, 400 cigarettes, 2 ounces of perfume, and up to 200,000 yen’s worth of other stuff. Don’t bring any guns, diseases or live animals.
Q: Can everybody speak English? How will I get around? I DON’T SPEAK JAPANESE?
A: No worries. At Narita Airport there is tons of tourist information in English, and here’s the website of the Japan National Tourist Organization. They’ll take care of you. On the site you can book hotels, hire guides, and stuff like that.
Now, you’re all ready for your Japan trip. You’ll love it so much you’ll want to stay, so the next FAQ will be how to get a job here!