Start Your Adventure Today: Planning a Memorable Trip to Japan in 2024/25

Last Updated: April 26,2024

Start Your Adventure Today:Planning a Memorable Trip to Japan in 2024

Where is Japan

Japan is an island country located in East Asia, in the Pacific Ocean. It is situated to the east of the Korean Peninsula and China, and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Japan is an archipelago made up of four main islands - Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku - as well as many smaller islands.

Why should we visit Japan

Japan is a fascinating destination to visit due to its rich culture and history, stunning natural scenery, advanced and exciting cities, reputation for safety and cleanliness, and unique experiences. What's more, it offers visa-free from most of western countries...all of those are welcoming you!

Planning your trip to Japan

Japan is an ancient and modern country with rich historical and culture, a destination that appreciates natural beauty. Whether you want to explore the ancient tempes or taste delicious food, or just want to enjoy the secenery, from the bustling city to the quite village, you will always find somthing suitable for you.

Traveling to Japan for the first time may be exciting and overwhelmed experience for you, but don't worry, this guid will help you plan your trip to Japan, providing suggestions for helping you save money, experience Japanese culture and customs, and the way to ensure personal safety while traveling.

Wherther you comer to Japan for the first time or experienced travels, our guideliness will help you makae full use of your trip to Japan. So tighten your seat belt and explore this charming country!

1.When to Go

Japan is a country that offers unique and memorable experiences all year round, but there are certain times of the year that are particularly special. When planning a trip to Japan, it is important to consider the best time to visit in order to make the most of your trip. The best time to visit Japan depends on your interests and preferences.

The most popular tourist hotspots of Tokyo and Kyoto are located between those two regions

When planning a trip, the first thing that comes to mind is When to Go. The time you choose to visit will have a great impact on your experience, so it is important to consider factors such as weather, crowds, and seasonal events.

Cherry blossom season is one of the most popular times to visit Japan, which typically runs from late March to early April (Check cherry blossom schedule Japan for more details). Cherry blossom season is a magical time for the country's parks and gardens to come alive with beautiful pink and white blossoms. In addition, the Japanese even organize Hanami(a flower-viewing party) in the park. You can see cherry blossoms all over the world, but the atmosphere in Japan during this time of year is the one you won't find anywhere else. However, it is the busiest and most expensive time of year, so it is wise of you to book your accommodations and transportation in advance if you plan to make a Japan cherry blossom trip.

Fall foliage season is another popular time to visit Japan, which typically runs from mid-October to late November. The maple trees turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold, making it a beautiful time to explore the country's natural landscape.

If you are interested in outdoor sports, winter is a good season for you to visit Japan for winter sports such as skiing. The peak ski season runs from December to February, but you may find smaller crows in early December or late February.

Summer can be very hot and humid, but it is also a good time to visit Japan if you don't mind the heat and humidity. During the summertime there are many festivals, fireworks displays, and outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming. However, pay attention to the typhoon, The summer season is also typhoon season in Japan, which usually runs from June to September, so you may want to avoid traveling during this time.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Japan depends on your preferences and interests. And you need to consider the factors of the crowds, weather, and seasonal events when planning your trip. Contact with UME Travel! We will give you suggestions based on your specific interests and budget.

2.Getting to Japan

Before you take a trip to Japan, here are the things you should keep in mind

1.Check if you need a visa. Visa travel is possible for citizens of 68 countries including US, UK, Canada, Autralia and the EU for stays of up to 90 days.

2.Purchase your Japanese Rail Pass exchange order befor your travel to Japan.

3. Get an international driving permit is you need to drive cars in Japan.

4. Arrange travel insurance. Healthcare is expensive in Japan, so make sure you are covered in case the worst happens.

5.Prepare the necessary travel documents in order.Most of foriegn tourists will need a valid passport and may also require a visa. Be sure to research the specific requirements for your country and plan accordingly.

How to getting to Japan? Here are some transportation options to choose from.

By Air

Japan has developed aviation network system. Most of visitors arrive at one of the country's major international airports, such as Narita Airport or Kansai Airport. Most of Japan airports are served by a variety of international airlines, making it more easier to fine a direct flight in the major cities in the world. If you decide to fly to Japan, it is wise of you to book your tickets as early as possible and be flexible with your travel dates.

By Train

Taking a ferry or high-speed train maight be a good choice if you travel to Japa from the nearby countries like China or South Korea. The Shinkansen is a popular way to travel within Japan which offers fast and efficient service between major cities. You can purchase tickets online or at train stations. In addition, there are a variety of rail passes available that offer discounts for foreign vistors.

3.Getting Around

Welcome to Japan! Janpan is known for its efficient and reliable transportaiotn network. Japan has one of the best transportation systems in the world. It is easy to tarvel wihin tcities and between different regions of the country with its extensive network of trans, subways, buses and taxis. Whether you are first-time visitor or not, this guide will help navigate Japan's transportation like a local.

Read more about "Welcome to Japan: A Guide to Transportation for Tourists"

4.Money and Budgeting

The cost of a trip to Japan is not the cheapest but expensive. However, a good plan can help you not only save your money but make you can still experience most of Japan's sightseeing within your limited budget.

Here are some tips:


The currency in Japan is the yen. It is wise of you to exchange your home country for yen before you travel to Japan. Many airports, banks and exchange offices provide money exchange service. Before you exchange money, you can shop around to find the most valuable exchange rate for some places have higher exchange rates while others have lower exchange rates. In this way, you can get more yen for the same amount of money.


Japan can be an expensive place to travel, but there are still some ways to save your money without sacrificing your experience. First for the accommodations, you can book the accommodations that much cheaper to reduce your expenses. Transportation is the second-largest cost item. We don't recommend you to take a taxi with your limited budget if is not necessary for the tais fare in Japan may be expensive, so we prefer to recommend taking the subway. Oftentimes you can save money by using local discount passes or special tourist passes.


In Japanese culture, food is an important part. There are a lot of deicious and affordableoptions to choose from. Sopping around to find street vendors, food courts and local restaurants and to try authentic Japanese cuisine at reasonable prices.

5.Food and Drink

Japan is a country with unique and delicious cuisine. The cuisine in Japan ranges from traditional dishes like sushi and ramen to more modern takes on Japanese cooking. In Japanese culture, dining is also an important part. You should be aware of the customs and etiquette rules  when dining out.


Japanese cuisine is diverse and varies by region, but there s=are something in common that sushi, tempura, udon noodles and ramen are always some of the  most popular dishes for tourists in Japan. Some street vendors and local markets you may like to taste unique snacks like takoyaki(octopus balls) and okonommiyaki(savory pancakes).

Dining Etiquette

There are some customs and etiquette rules to be aware of when dining out in Japan. For example, it is customary to say "itadakimasu"before eating and "gochisama deshita" after finishing. Be aware of always don't blow your nose at the table!


There are many types of restaurants in Japan, from Japanese-style pubs to high-end sushi and kaiseki restaurants. Most of restaurants will offer menues or couses which can be a great way to try a variety of dishes.Be aware of that some restaurants may have a cover charge or require reservations.


Sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey are Japanese famous drinks. There are also many types of tea, such as matcha and sencha, and soft drinks like ramune and Calpis.You can also fine vending machines selling a varety of cold drinks on the street.

You may want to read Japan Food&Drinks


See Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, the highest peak in Japan is located in the south-central Honshu Island of Japan. Mount Fuji is a revered symbol of Japanese culture that captures the spirit of the nation. Mount Fuji is not only a sacred mountain in the Japanese heart but a popular tourist attraction and a must-visit destination for many travelers to Japan.

Climbing Mount Fuji is a popular activity, but due to the weather, it is only permitted during a specified period of time in the summer season. Typically, climbing is allowed from July 2nd to August 26th every year. However, if you do not want to climb the mountain, there are still plenty of ways to experience its beauty. For instance, visit the West Lake Village to enjoy a picturesque view of Mount Fuji, or head to Oishi Park to capture stunning photographs of the mountain's reflection in the lake with flowers in the foreground.

Arakurayama Sengen Park is another popular attraction in the Mount Fuji area, featuring a five-story pagoda and scenic views of the mountain. During the spring season, the park is a prime spot to view Mt. Fuji cherry blossoms in full bloom, creating a spectacular display of color and beauty that is unique to Japan.

View Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossom season is the peak time to travel to Japan, and it is regarded as a must-see attraction for tourists.

One of the best places to view Sakura is at the famous Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo. Here, visitors can stroll through the picturesque gardens and marvel at the vibrant cherry blossom trees, which are at their peak in the spring. The garden also features traditional Japanese tea houses, where guests can sample delicious tea and snacks while surrounded by the stunning scenery.

Watch Fireworks

Watching fireworks, or hanabi, is a popular summer activity in Japan that attracts locals and tourists alike. Fireworks displays are typically held during the summer months, with many festivals and events taking place in July and August.

Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

The Tsukiji Fish Market was once the largest seafood market in the world, handling more than 2,000 tons of marine products a day. Tsukiji now regularly shows up on visitors’ lists of must-see destinations in Tokyo for its lively atmosphere and incredible sushi.Discover the delicate art of making the perfect sushi roll with this three-hour group cooking class in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where you'll learn how to make different types of sushi, including nigiri, inari, hosomali, and more.

Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha was established in the 8th century and is one of the main shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of agriculture and commerce. As one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto, the entrance to the shrine is marked by the massive torii gate donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1589. Behind the gate is the main hall and other buildings of the shrine. You can also find various fox statues in the shrine, which are considered to be messengers of Inari, and the horse-like faces painted on the foxes are a unique feature of this place.

The most famous sight in Fushimi Inari Taisha is the dense rows of vermilion torii gates called "Senbon Torii," which is one of the most representative landscapes of Kyoto. Hundreds of vermilion torii gates line the path leading up to the top of Mount Inari, and there are also dozens of fox statues along the way. Walking through the Senbon Torii, you will see old and faded vermilion gates interweaved with new and bright ones, creating a stunning visual impact under the sunlight.

Visit Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine was built in 1920 to enshrine Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The shrine is located in a forested area in the heart of Tokyo, created from approximately 100,000 trees donated from across Japan during its construction.

Meiji Shrine is the most popular shrine in Japan for the first shrine visit of the New Year (Hatsumode), with the highest number of visitors.

Take a dip in a traditional hot spring

Japan is home to thousands of natural hot springs, or onsen, that are believed to have healing properties. Relaxing in the hot springs Hakone Japan is a popular pastime for both locals and tourists.

Feed the deer in Nara Park

Feeding the deer in Nara Park can be a fun and memorable experience for visitors. The deer in Nara Park are considered sacred and have become a symbol of the city. Visitors can purchase special deer crackers, called "shika senbei," from vendors in the park to feed the deer.

7.Custom and Manner

Japan is a country known for politeness with many specific customs and manners. When traveling other countries, we should respect the custom and manner of other countries.

Let's take a look at some of these customs that you're likely encounter in Japanese day-to-day life!


Bowing is a common way to show respect and gratitude in Japan.How long and deep to bow depends on the social and relationshiip between the people involved. The higher the social status the deeper and longer the bow.

Removing shoes

When entering someone's home or certain public spaces like temples and traditional restaurants, it is customary to remove your shoes. You will often see a row of shoes outside the entrance, and slippers may be provided for indoor use.

Don't stare at or point at others

It seems to be rude to stare at or point at others. In addition, Japanese people are not accustomed to kooking at other people's eyes for a long time, so it is considered polite when breakig eye contact occasionallyand helps other person feel more comfortable.


Gift-Giving is an important part of Japanese culture. When visiting someone's home, it is wise of you to bring a small gift to show your thank-you gesture. Be sure to wrap the gift nicely and avoid giving items that are too expensive or overly personal. Remember not to open it in front of the giver when you recive a gift.

Eating and Drinking

It is important to be aware of the customs and manners when eating and drinking in Japan. For example, slurping noodles is considered polite and a sign of enjoying the food, but blowing your nose at the table is considered rude.

Public behavior

Japanese highly pay attention to the public behaviorIt's important to be respectful of others and avoid causing a disturbance in public spaces. Talking loudly on public transportation or littering are considered impolite behaviors.=

8.Safety and Health

When traveling to other countries, always be aware of your safety and take steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

Natural Disaters

Japan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis. Be sure to keep up with local news and follow the advice of authorities in case of an emergency. Consider buying travel insurance that covers natural disasters, and have emergency supplies like food, water and flashlights on hand.

Health care

Japan has a high standard of health care, and hospitals and clinics are widely available. The exoenses of medicine in Japan can be expensive, so consider purchasing travel insurance that includes medical coverage.Be sure to bring any necessary prescription medications with you, as they may not be available in Japan.

Safety tips

Japan is generally considered a safe sountry, but is is still important to take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuable items and pay attention to your surroundings in crowed areas. Use commin sense and follow local customs and lows.

Language barrier

When travel to other countries, language barrier is the thing you should consider. Although many Japnese can speak English, consider carrying a phrasebook or language translation app is always hepeful for you.

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