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Japan Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Japan in a way like no other. A bewitching blend of old and new, Japan takes you on a journey from timeless traditions to gleaming futurism. The country’s beautiful landscapes range from the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji to gorgeous cherry blossom gardens, while the history stretches for centuries. Discover feudal castles, the customs of the geisha and samurai, the WWII tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the modern rebirth into a land of astonishing technology. A Japan holiday with Trafalgar takes you from the neon skyscrapers of Tokyo to the historic Ameyoko Street Market, and from the high-speed bullet train to the ancient Buddhist temples of Kyoto. Meet a Tea Master and discover the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, and enjoy a kaiseki dinner in a traditional ryokan in the mountains. From learning how to make sushi, to sampling sake on the Edo-style streets of Takayama, we’ll reveal all the intriguing layers of Japan. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
If you’re travelling again soon, you can check what travel restrictions are in place in Japan.
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"Japan is one of the most captivating places on earth, where you can go from Tokyo's flashy streets to the snowy peak of Mount Fuji or a traditional ryokan in a day."
Travel Director
Japan at a glance
A bewitching blend of old and new, Japan takes you from timeless traditions to gleaming futurism. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director as you discover snow-capped Mount Fuji, gorgeous cherry blossoms, feudal castles, astonishing technology, ancient tea ceremonies, high-speed bullet trains and traditional ryokans.
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What to pack for Japan

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Adaptor plug

In Japan, the standard voltage is 100 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard frequency is 50 / 60 Hz.

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Comfortable sandals

Japanese culture requires you to take off your shoes when entering traditional restaurants, temples and ryokans. Bring a comfortable pair of sandals so you can easily slip them off all day.

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Japanese phrasebook

Learning a few Japanese phrases will help you connect with the friendly Japanese locals, and offers the chance for some rewarding interactions.

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Japanese yen

Most shops and restaurants in Japan primarily accept cash, so it’s best to come prepared with some Japanese yen for your trip.

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Versatile clothing

Japan’s weather ranges hot and humid to freezing cold, with mild springs in between. Pack versatile layers to be prepared for all conditions on your Japan holiday.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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