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Traveling in Japan

Due to Japan's position between several distinct climatic zones, each season brings significant shifts in both temperature and humidity. While such changes are not unique to Japan, it is worth noting that a great many of Japan's festivals and traditions are centred around specific seasonal conditions.
The annual blooming of sakura (cherry blossoms) in spring is widely celebrated with hanami (flower-viewing) events, while the summertime sees numerous matsuri festivals and dramatic firework displays. The largest of these is Obon, which occurs in August.
Autumn transforms the landscape into a sprawl of fiery yellows, oranges and reds, and people travel from all over the country to visit spots of particular autumnal beauty. Mt.Fuji is an obvious choice, though the clear skies of winter also provide some breathtaking views of this stunning national landmark.

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Basic Info

- Regions of Japan -
Japan consists of four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. These areas are subdivided into a total of 47 prefectures. Tokyo is located in Kanto prefecture.
The population of Japan is about 128 million, around 35 million of which live in the Greater Tokyo Area.
More info about regions of Japan at Wikipedia...

- Time difference -
UTC / GMT +9 hours (No daylight saving time)
Current time in Japan at

- Transportation -
Despite the language barrier, getting around Japan is easier than you might expect.
Most train stations (particularly those in the main cities) will have some English signs, and the transportation network itself is clean, efficient and punctual.

- Food -
In larger cities such as Tokyo, a lot of menus will have some English translation.
Many restaurants will also have photographs or plastic replicas of the various dishes.

- Onsen (Hot-spring baths) -
Hot-spring baths are hugely popular in Japan.
Before trying one out for the first time, however, there are some important rules to be aware of.
Bathing etiquette guide at

- Making an international call to Japan -
First, dial the international access code. Then dial Japan's country code, which is "81". Finally dial the intended number, but drop the "0" from the area code at the start of the number.
More information about international dialling codes at

- Electricity -
The standard current is 100V. Eastern Japan (including Tokyo) uses 50Hz and western Japan (including Kyoto and Osaka) uses 60Hz.

Area Info

- Kanto -

Located just to the south of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone.
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- Chubu -

Here you will find the Fuji Five Lake region, as well as some wonderful views of Mount Fuji itself.
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The Shizuoka region boasts some beautiful natural scenery and popular spots such as Izu Peninsula.
Hotel : Kona Besso

- Kansai -

Kyoto was Japan's previous capital, and is popular among those who wish to get a taste of "old Japan".
Hotel : Ryokan Nishiyama

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