Visiting Japan from the UK is like travelling to a completely different world, although some of the aspects of city life feel familiar to UK citizens, the Japanese have taken these to a whole new level. The technological advances of the country are shown throughout the Shinjuku quarters of Tokyo and beyond, where giant screens line the streets.
The culture of Japan upholds the traditions of hundreds of years, you can see these traditions all over the country through the many temples and shrines where locals worship and tourists visit to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. From Tokyo where you can find the huge Meiji Shrine, to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto where thousands of vibrant orange arches line a long walkway through the hillside.
Once in Japan, it is easy to travel between different areas of the country thanks to their bullet train network. The bullet train is one of the safest modes of travel in Japan, and the quickest. As a tourist, you can purchase a JR Pass, which enables you to use the bullet train systems as much as you like during the length of time the pass is valid for, making travel cheaper for tourists.
One of the best things about Japan is the food available here. From Nishiki Market in Kyoto to the many fantastic restaurants all over the country, Japanese food is unique and delicious, and often prepared to perfection. Travelling and tasting the traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi and ramen can really enable you to eat like a local and enjoy all of the comforts that Japan has to offer.
Japan is well known for its huge cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, but there is an abundance of nature and glorious natural wonders to see if you travel to the outskirts of the populated areas. You can see Mount Fuji in all of its glory on a clear day. Or, you can travel to Hokkaido to visit the Shiretoko National Park, there are many National Parks in Japan to explore. Not far from the mainland, you can visit the tropical island of Okinawa. Even though this is a short flight away, if you want to experience the tropical side of Japan, this is the place to be.
The official language in Japan is Japanese. Until recently, the presence of the English language was very minimal, since hosting the football World Cup in 2018 and the rugby World Cup in 2019 Japanese train and tube stations have incorporated English so it is easier to get around. However, you should learn some Japanese phrase before your trip to help you communicate with the locals. Also, don’t forget to change your currency into Japanese Yen.
No matter your plans whilst you are in Japan, it is important that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself against many unforeseen eventualities.
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