Japan

Japan: a modern country with long traditions. In fact, Japan is one of the few countries where I could easily see the impacts of their culture and social norms on daily life, even during interactions with tourists. For instance, never pass money directly to the employee when paying at a store or restaurant. Instead, place the money on the counter for the other person to grab.

Japan: a modern country with long traditions. In fact, Japan is one of the few countries where I could easily see the impacts of their culture and social norms on daily life, even during interactions with tourists. For instance, never pass money directly to the employee when paying at a store or restaurant. Instead, place the money on the counter for the other person to grab.

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What To Know

The currency in Japanese Yen.

If you plan on traveling throughout Japan, buy a Japan Rail Pass before you arrive in Japan. You can't buy it once you arrive and it will save you money on trains.

DO NOT tip in Japan. It is regarded as very rude.

Places To Visit

The capital: Tokyo

Kyoto for stunning temples and geisha sightings

See Mount Fuji

Hiroshima

Osaka: the foodie capital

Nara to play with deer

Nagano for skiing and to see snow monkeys

Best Time To Visit

Cherry blossom season in the spring, and October through November when the leaves change color in the fall are two of the most popular times to travel to Japan.

Otherwise, the winters are mild, ranging from low 30s to mid-50s depending on where you are located.

The summers tend to be hot, humid and rainy. June and July are the rainy season. August and September may bring typhoons.