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Guide to Japan
Guide to Japan
The incredible country of Japan plays host to one of Asia’s most dynamic cultures. Home to serene mountain villages a=nd vibrant mega cities alike, Japan is where the world of traditional and super-modern collide – its cultural common denominator an aura of order and balance. For visitors, Japan is both a destination of spectacular natural scenery and urban wonder, with enough history and heritage to fill a lifetime of travel.
Getting there
A direct flight from the UK to Japan usually takes around 11-12 hours. Japan Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways offer direct flights from the UK, linking with several Japanese cities. British Airways also have a daily scheduled service directly to Tokyo. Indirect flight routes to Japan are great value for money and do not take much longer than direct flights. Airlines such as Finnair, Air France and KLM fly from the UK to Japan in around 14 hours, with a short stop-over in their regional hubs in Helsinki, Paris or Amsterdam.

Guide to the country
Discover the futuristic city of Tokyo and be prepared for the sights and sounds of a destination like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy the picturesque Nikko, a World Heritage site renowned for Japan’s loveliest shrines. The town of Hakone is surrounded by countryside of peaks and lakes. Take a cable car for a great view of Mount Fuji. Kyoto, formerly the capital of Japan for 1000 years, is what most visitors imagine when they think of traditional Japan. This is a beautiful city of temples, geishas and gardens. Take a wander through Gion, a district of Kyoto; a historic part of the city, also known as the Geisha district. Visit historic Nara, once home to Japan’s Emperors. Try to visit Japan in spring for a chance to see the famous cherry blossom. Experience the world-famous Bullet Train and Japan’s other services. The trains are fast, efficient and very clean. A Japan Rail Pass is offered in set durations from 7-21 days and can be purchased through us in advance. Please call for full details and prices.

When to go
The best time to visit Japan is from March through to May when the temperature is pleasant and the cherry blossom trees are usually in blossom in the latter part of March. Summer, from June through to August, can be hot. June and July are generally the wettest months with monsoon rainfall. Winter, from December to January can be very cold, with snowfall possible.

Important to note
Visas are not required for UK passport holders. Japan is nine hours ahead of GMT. The currency is the Yen. Vaccinations are not required for Japan, but for any recommended vaccinations please contact your local doctor.


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JAPAN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL (Temperatures in °Centigrade, Rainfall in millimetres)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R
Tokyo 6 50 6 71 9 106 14 129 19 144 22 176 25 136 27 148 23 216 18 194 13 96 8 54
 
 
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