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Travel information about Japan
Japan is located in East Asia and known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”. It has a total area of 377,915km² and an estimated population of 126,672,000. Mount Fuji the highest peak is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. The terrain also is mostly mountainous. Not only will the nature of Japan enthrall you, Tokyo with its skyscrapers, shopping centers, and pop culture will lure you.
Capital city of Japan: Tokyo
Best times to visit Japan: Late spring (March-May) and late autumn (September-November) are the best times to visit Japan where the skies are clear, less rainfall, and the temperatures are pleasant. You will love the cherry blossoms of spring and the radiant hues of the autumn leaves falling.
How to get to Japan: Japan has many airports where international and domestic flights are served. There are direct flights.
Visa requirements for Japan: Visa is not required for US citizens visiting Japan for 90 days. A passport and a return ticket must be obtained.
Currency of Japan: Yen (¥, JPY) is the currency of Japan.
Official Language of Japan: Japanese is the official language of Japan.
UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan
There are 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan and 9 on their tentative list.
- Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (1993)
- Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (2013)
- Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (2000)
- Himeji-jo (1993)
- Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (2011)
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (1996)
- Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (1994)
- Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (1998)
- Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995)
- Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (1996)
- Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (2007)
- Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region (2017)
- Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (2004)
- Shrines and Temples of Nikko (1999)
- Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (2015)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
- Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (2014)
- Ogasawara Islands (2011)
- Shirakami-Sanchi (1993)
- Shiretoko (2005)
- Yakushima (1993)
Scuba diving safety tips
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
- Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
- Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
- Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
- Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
- Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
- Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.