Your full Wanderlust guide to travel in Japan 

From the sparkling skyscraper-clad cities and gold-hued temples to the endless green bamboo forests and blossom-carpeted mountains, Japan is a country of dazzling contrasts. We’ve put together this essential travel guide to help you decide where to start your Japanese adventure…

When to go to Japan 


Japan is spectacular any time of year and choosing when to go ultimately comes down to what you want to see and do when you’re there.

High season runs between March and May. Travel during these months to catch the picture-perfect pink cherry blossoms in full bloom.

If you’re looking to go hiking, then travel between September and November, when temperatures are mild, rain is rare and you'll rarely find a cloud in the sky.

For a snowy escape, go to Japan between January and February.

Visiting Japan's cities 

Japan's island adventures

Where to stay in Japan 

Unique things to do in Japan 

Essential information 



Size: 377,973 sq km

Population: 126.8 million

Capital: Tokyo

Time zone: (GMT+9)



Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)

Visa requirements: Those with a British passport can entre Japan without a visa for visits of up to 90 days. You may need to provide evidence of a return flight.

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