Have you decided to travel to the land of the rising sun for the first time, have you booked your flight, and are you now looking for ideas? Or are you still thinking? Then you are exactly right here! Japan is a great country to vacation in, and you have had about 1 million new impressions. So that you don’t get caught unprepared, here are a few basic travel tips on what to look out for and how to behave politely. Japanese culture has its peculiarities, which are quite different, but with our Japan travel-for-beginners guide, you are well prepared and can simply enjoy your vacation.

The right timing for the trip

The Right Timing For The Trip 300x200

Japan has very distinct seasons, so you should think carefully beforehand about what goals you are pursuing on vacation and how well you can cope with heat or cold. In addition, the climate is quite different depending on location in Japan. Japan stretches for several thousand kilometers from north to south. This means that while the Japanese north is pleasantly warm to hot in summer, tropical heat and very high humidity await you in southern Japan. In winter, on the other hand, in Okinawa (south), it hardly ever gets colder than 10-15 ° C, while temperatures in Hokkaido (north) can easily reach -20 ° C. Therefore, timing is really important!

Spring & Autumn in Japan

Spring Autumn In Japan 300x200

Most tourists fly to Japan in the spring between March and the end of May, when you can admire the beautiful cherry blossoms. Incidentally, there is also a cherry blossom overview map on Japanese television every day in the news, which shows where the cherry trees are in full bloom. Because in the south, the cherry blossom starts at the end of January when it is still snowing in the north. It takes a good 4 months for the cherry blossom to arrive in the north, so it takes place there around May.

The second most popular season for traveling is autumn (end of October and November) because you can admire the beautiful color of the leaves everywhere. The glowing red Japanese maple trees alone are worth a visit.

Summer & winter in Japan

Summer Winter In Japan 300x200

The other two seasons (summer and winter) are less popular due to the climate. Summer is very hot and humid, and typhoons, especially from the beginning of September, are to be expected. When a typhoon comes, you should get some food and water reserves in case of an emergency and be prepared to spend the time inside the hotel. Flight and train cancellations can also occur. It is therefore advisable to book travel cancellation insurance at least for the flight at this time (you never know).

The winter, on the other hand, is cold and rather calm. You should know that many houses (including hotels) do not have adequate heating and are poorly insulated. As a result, the temperatures inside and outside are very similar, or only individual rooms can be heated with the warm air function of the air conditioning or a fan heater. The Japanese north is an exception: there is a good heating and better insulation, which are necessary due to the climatic conditions.

A trip to Japan in 7 days

A Trip To Japan In 7 Days 300x201

Let’s then assume that you have chosen a suitable travel period, then you may ask yourself which cities and sights should be on your list. That’s why we’ve put together a list of sights that can be seen in about a week and that we believe can give you a good first impression of Japan.

We start in Tokyo. I guess that’s not a big surprise. Everyone has probably heard something about the city that never sleeps, and there is so much to see and do here that theoretically, you could just spend the entire week or even longer here. But in our opinion, it is also worth coming out of the Japanese capital, and therefore we limit ourselves to 3 days in Tokyo and 4 days in other cities and the most famous sights:

Day 1: Asakusa and the Skytree
Day 2: Akihabara, Tokyo Tower and Odaiba
Day 3: Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine
Day 4: Kamakura and Onsen in Hakone
Day 5: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari & Kinkakuji
Day 6: Osaka – Shinsekai & Dotonbori
Day 7: Hiroshima – atomic bomb dome