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Country Facts

Japan is Manga comics, soft geishas, deadly Samurai swords, eccentric karaoke bars, WWII, used-underwear vending machines, exquisite raw fish, quiet love hotels, staple ramen noodles, trend-setting electronic gadgets, elaborate tea ceremonies, Zen, whaling, cherry blossoms and a whole host of other contrasts. With a history that includes the horrors of Hiroshima and the tsunami on 11th March 2011, Japan has been shaken, but the spirit of its people remains stronger than ever. To get under Japanese skin read,'Kitchen' by Banana Yoshimoto, watch anything by Akira Kurosawa and listen to the sounds of girl band Morning Musume.

  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Official Languages: Japanese
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Yen
  • Time Zone: +9:00 GMT (3½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0081

When To Go

Best time to visit: March and April. The average temperature in Japan is 15.1°C. The average high 31°C in August and the average low is -1°C in January.

What To Do

Japanese cuisine is getting increasingly popular all over the world. Simple, subtle flavours and fresh, healthy ingredients are the hallmarks of Japanese cuisine. Based on combining rice or noodles with fish, meat (less commonly), vegetables, tofu and seaweed, it is flavoured with dashi, miso and soy sauce.

What to eat and drink
  • Sushi: Fish wrapped in sticky rice and seaweed
  • Sashimi: Fresh raw fish
  • Miso soup
  • Teriyaki: Grilled, or pan-fried meat, fish, chicken or vegetables glazed with a sweetened soy sauce
  • Ramen noodles
  • Motoyaki: Baked seafood topped with a creamy sauce
  • Uiro: Steamed cake made of rice flour
  • Taiyaki: Fried, fish-shaped cake, with a sweet filling
  • Sake : Rice wine


Space-age or punk outfits, Samurai sword, socks, Pokemon paraphernalia, kitchen knives, chopsticks, handmade fans, electronics, kimonos, yukatas, tea, antiques, jewellery, make-up, accessories, graphic novels, anime, Manga comics, cult movies.


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Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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