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People say that you can never visit the same Japan twice. It’s a country that embodies what it means to be innovative and progressive in every way.
There is something in Japan for every type of traveler. From the bamboo forests of folklore to spectacles of architecture. For foodies, Japan is a sushi paradise and even a small nigiri shop on the corner can put some of the most decadent establishments at home to shame.
There are temples and gardens in Kyoto that aren’t anything short of magical. The cherry-blossom season in Hanami is one of the most tranquil and beautiful sites Asia has to offer.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Japan. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Japan: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Japanese encephalitis poses a threat to travelers to Japan. While the disease is most common in rural areas, outbreaks have occurred in urban centers in recent years. Vaccination is the best form of protection against the virus.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter Japan. A visa is not required for stays under 90 days.
Currency restriction for both entry and exit is 1,000,000 Japanese yen. If traveling with more, it must be declared.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Much like most places in the U.S., the majority of Japan remains temperate and experience the four seasons. The country boasts many different landscapes. Although it is small, from one end to the other, the island can differ year round. Regardless of the time of year, Japan does experience a high percentage of humidity and will be rainy off and on.
Aside from areas in Europe, Japan is recognized as one of the safest places to travel. Crime rates are low, including petty crime, and violent crime is rare. Japan has low tolerance for any reckless behavior including drinking and driving and drug abuse.
Japan has been put on the map over the years for natural phenomenon. Tsunamis and earthquakes are always a possibility and a risk that travelers should consider. As with many Pacific Rim countries, disaster plans are in place at almost every location.
In Tokyo there is the Kokugikan, or the sumo amphitheater. Here, some of Japan’s most promising wrestlers compete throughout the year.
The art of sumo wrestling dates back centuries to the Edo period. It is a test of strength, balance and endurance.
Nearby the Kokugikan is the Sumo Museum. It is ideal for getting up close and personal with objects that embody this ancient art form.
Packing for Japan is easier than you may think. The most taxing part can be taking into consideration the many different climates. Here are a few items to add to the checklist:
The U.S. Embassy in Japan can attend to any travel issues that may occur. From something as small as travel advice to larger issues such as lost or stolen passports or victims of crimes. It is recommended to make an appointment prior to arriving.
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 107-8420 Japan
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000
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