Japan Destination Guide

This Japan Destination Guide contains all you need
to know before venturing on your tour to Japan.


Japan is a mesmerising country with a

Travel-Asia-Japan-Tour-Mapunique history, landscape and culture. It offers visitors an unforgettable experience as they discover its rich history that is nestled longside impressive modern feats of architecture and design.


Japan is known as the ‘land of the rising sun’, with its name originating from this very phrase. The country is made up of 6,852 islands and lies in the Pacific Ocean, neighbouring China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. Its size is comparable to California and Germany and has an approximate population of 126 million, making it the 10th largest in the world. Today, Japan is one of the most influential economic and cultural powers, with the 3rd largest economy in the world and a culture unlike any other.












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Japan is the land of the samurai, of stunning mountains, Travel-Asia-Destination-Guide-Fact-About-Japan
prosperous plains and inspiring historical and cultural sites.
With 12 cultural and 4 natural sites listed on the World
Heritage List,it is no wonder Japan is one of the top holiday
destinations in the world.

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Capture2Tour Group Size

Our tour sizes range between 10 and 30 passengers. We believe our group sizes are
perfect for building lifelong friendships with your fellow travellers whilst enjoying a personalised tour experience.





Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Japan is in the autumn or spring months when the weather is temperate, although temperatures vary greatly throughout the country. In the offseason periods, there tend to be fewer tourists and shorter lines for sites and attractions.




Time Difference

Japan is 1 hour behind NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD and the ACT.

Japan is 30 minutes behind SA and the NT.

Japan is always 1 hour ahead of WA.


During daylight savings Japan is 2 hours behind NSW, VIC, TAS and the ACT.

Japan is 1 hour behind QLD.

Japan is 30 minutes behind the NT and 1.5 hours behind SA.





We advise that you visit your local doctor or travel clinic at least 8 weeks prior to your departure to receive up to date information on vaccinations and for a general check-up. Vaccinations are not usually recommended as no major travel illnesses are prevalent in Japan.  Influenza outbreaks can be severe in Japan due to population density.


The following are illnesses to be aware of when planning to travel to Japan:

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  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • Influenza
  • Chickenpox
  • Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
  • Traveller’s Diarrhoea


Health Precautions

  • Some prescription and over-the-counter medications cannot be imported into Japan. Japanese Customs may detain travellers possessing prohibited items which include products containing pseudoephedrine (found in some cold and flu tablets) and codeine.
  • Japanese Encephalitis is prevalent and you will require a vaccination if you plan to travel for more than 1 month in Japan. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Japan or will be spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Rabies is present in bats in Japan; however they are not a major risk to most travellers. You should seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten.
  • There have been a significant number of cases of measles in Japan in recent years. The mosquito-borne disease Japanese encephalitis occurs in rural areas of Japan.
  • Medical facilities across Japan are of a high standard. Medical facilities with English-speaking staff can be found in most major cities. Medical care in Japan can be expensive. Payment in full or a guarantee that costs will be met is usually required at the time of treatment.


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You will receive a Travel Asia name badge, luggage sticker and sticker label in your Departure Pack approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. On your international flight to Japan it is very likely that you will be onboard with some of your fellow tour members, so we encourage you to use these items so you can be identified by your group members. These will also assist your tour guide to identify you when you arrive at your destination. Your tour guide will be waiting for you with a Travel Asia sign after you have cleared customs.


Your Departure Pack will also include an Airport Check-In Process Guide to assist you when checking in and disembarking your flight.



Japanese Customs

The following articles are prohibited by law in Japan:

  • Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis, stimulants, psychotropic substances, and other narcotic drugs
    (excluding those designated by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance)
  • Firearms, ammunition (bullets) thereof, and pistol parts
  • Explosives (dynamite, gunpowder, etc.)
  • Precursor materials for chemical weapons
  • Germs which are likely to be used for bio-terrorism
  • Counterfeit, altered, or imitation coins, paper money, bank notes, or securities, and forged credit cards
  • Books, drawings, carvings, and any other article which may harm public safety or morals (obscene or immoral materials, e.g., pornography)
  • Child pornography
  • Articles which infringe upon intellectual property rights
  • Many over-the-counter cold medicines like Vicks Inhalers and Sudafed contain small amounts of amphetamines and are illegal in Japan






Most meals are included on tour, and those that are will be listed on your itinerary. When a meal is not included, we encourage travellers to sample the local delicacies of each area. Your tour guide will be able to suggest some great places to eat in each city. Beverages are not included in your provided meals. It is generally safe to drink tap water in Japan, unless there is signage stating otherwise.





The hotels listed on the itinerary are of a high quality. Hotel rooms in Japan are smaller than those experienced in Western countries, but they are tasteful and comfortable. The standard hotel check in time in Japan is 3pm and check out is 11am. If you have an early flight your guide will suggest some sites you should visit before checking into your hotel.





Tipping is included in your tour package and you will not be expected to tip again once you are in Japan. In general, tipping is not customary in Japan, so save your change.





Free Time

Our programs are designed to ensure that you will have the opportunity to see the very best highlights of each region. As you may imagine, there is so much to see and do! You will have opportunities to explore your surroundings at your own pace. When an optional tour is mentioned in the itinerary you may choose to join the tour for an additional cost. If you decide not to join the tour you may spend this time at leisure.




The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka). Australian appliances can be used in Japan as long as they have a travel adapter, which can be purchased at airports or in the travel section of department stores. 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan.



*Please note that when purchasing electrical appliances from Japan, be sure to only purchase dual-voltage appliances such as laptop computers, digital cameras etc. Otherwise, a step-down power transformer will be required when using the Japanese appliance in Australia.





Both paid and free wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspots are available in Japan. Laptops and mobile devices can connect to publicly accessible hotspots found around airports, train stations, hotelsrestaurants, coffee shops and bars. Paid Wi-Fi hotspots are far more common than free ones, offering thousands of locations nationwide. Most offer subscription based services aimed at residents; however, a few allow short term access on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. A one-day pass typically costs around 300-800 yen and gives you access to all of that company’s locations (and their affiliates) for a 24-hour period.



The currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen and, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it is generally a safe place to carry cash. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at stores, restaurants and hotels in most major cities, but some smaller regional areas may only accept cash. Japan Post ATMs (JP Bank) and Seven-Eleven Convenience Store ATMs accept most international credit and debit cards for cash withdrawal, however international withdrawal fees apply. Shinsei Bank and Citibank ATMs also accept international cards.




Australian and New Zealand passport holders will not be required to obtain an entry visa if they are travelling to Japan for 90 days or less.



Japanese Customs

  1. The number four is avoided at all cost.
  2. Blowing your nose in public is considered rude.
  3. Tipping can be seen as insulting.
  4. Walking and eating is seen as sloppy.
  5. There are designated people who will push you into a crowded subway car.
  6. There are toilet slippers for the bathrooms.
  7. You must always bring a host a gift.
  8. Pouring your own glass is considered rude.
  9. Slurping noodles is not only seen as polite — but also means that you have enjoyed your meal.
  10. Sleeping in capsule hotels that aren’t much bigger than a coffin is very common.