Japan Travel Advice

The best part of planning your trip to Japan is picking where to go, what to see and do, and (perhaps most importantly) what you’re going to eat. However, there are some less exciting, more practical things to consider, so to make things easier we’ve put together some travel advice on important things such as visas, money, transport and weather. This way you can focus on the more fun part of your holiday planning.

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When to visit Japan

Japan can be visited year-round, although the climate varies a lot through the year. Take a look at our guide to the Japanese seasons to help you figure out whether to pack your thermals or your flip-flops.

When to visit Japan
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Visa, Passport and Money Matters

Planning your Japan trip doesn’t have to be stressful. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together all the visa, passport and money info you’ll need to get clued up before you travel.

Passport and Money Matters
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Getting Around Japan

From high-speed trains to pedal power, there are numerous ways to travel around Japan. Here’s our handy guide on your main transport options once you’re in the country.

Getting Around Japan
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Getting to Japan

The good news is that when travelling to Japan you’ll have a good range of direct flight choices, all departing from Heathrow. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, along with British Airways, provide this direct service and the duration of these flights is between 11 & 12 hours. When travelling from northern UK airports there are a few options open to you in terms of connections. Air France (Paris), KLM (Amsterdam), Emirates (Dubai), Qatar Airways (Doha), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) and British Airways (London) connection flights are all popular choices. You’ll usually fly into one of Tokyo’s two airports, Haneda and Narita.

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