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Facts and information about Japan
Japan is the fourth largest island nation in the world and lies up on the coast of Asia. There are more than 128 million inhabitants in Japan. The country is geographically part of an island chain. The main islands are Honshu, with the capital Tokyo, Hokkaido, and smaller islands Shikoku and Kyushu. The best time for a trip to Japan depends on the area you want to visit. The climate is completely different depending on the region, from cold, snowy regions to subtropical regions. However a trip to Japan should be well prepared. To hire a travel guide when in Japan is definitely a good idea. Furthermore, the purchase of a 2-pin flat plug is strongly recommended for Japan, if you want to use and charge your electronic devices. A vaccine for a holiday in Japan is not necessarily compulsory however, recommended if you decide to go into sub-tropical, rural areas. To decide this you should seek medical advice. EU citizens do not need a visa to enter the country they only need a valid passport. The Japanese language is written in characters. Public buildings such as railway stations usually have signboards written on in the Latin language. The Japanese mobile network is very well developed however, it does not support the same standard used in Europe, therefore most European phones do not work in Japan. The currency in Japan is yen.
Japan has due to its high population density, a large network of public transportation, which are also frequently used by the Japanese population. Especially in the big cities you should rely on public transport. Renting a car for a holiday in Japan is only worth it if you plan to travel to sparsely populated areas. The highways are generally subject to toll charges.
Country and People
Traditions and Culture
Japan is a parliamentary monarchy, ruled by an emperor. The Emperor has a high cultural significance for the Japanese population despite the fact that his tasks are more public related. Most Japanese are Buddhists and at the same time follow the Shinto religion, the Japanese original religion. Japanese are seen as quiet and distant people however, are at all-time very helpful. In Japan one does not greet the other by shaking hands, but by bowing.
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Experience and enjoy
Depending on the holiday region in Japan, there are travel tips and suggestions, for especially nice excursions. One of the most beautiful sights in Japan are the Buddhist shrines of Horyu-ji, these temples existing since the 7th Century. The historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are definitely also worth a trip. A very modern attraction, which has a high popularity factor, is Disneyland Tokyo. The Japanese cuisine offers travelers a high variety of culinary delights. The basis of many dishes is rice. This is also frequently eaten for breakfast. Domburi is a typical Japanese rice dish which is cooked with chicken and egg. At lunchtime there is also a varied selection of different pasta dishes. Amongst the Japanese the sushi bars are especially popular. The national drink in Japan is tea. Before traveling you should probably practice eating with chopsticks.