Holidays in Japan (Memo tourist)

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Holidays in Japan, in this highly developed and rich in ancient traditions of the country will fill your luggage experience new sensations. Japanese cities are huge and bright garlands of colored lights.

Holidays in Japan can not be imagined without a visit to the capital of this wonderful country.

Tokyo – a place where rabid modern rhythms clashed with the ancient foundations and traditions, this is sheer madness restless, balanced temples Zen.

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Activities in Japan

Many of the Japanese national parks have hiking trails. In the vicinity of Tokyo, the most popular for hiking tours National Parks Nikko and Chichibu-Tama. There are also good, but distant routes in Gunma Prefecture and Kansai region near the city of  Nara. To see Japan with unusual hand, are rarely available to foreigners, visit the mountainous, sparsely populated areas of the Central Alps.Skiing is possible from December to April. Most of the resorts on the island of Honshu, but there are also ski resorts in Hokkaido.

On the island of Okinawa in the south-western Japan, you can go scuba diving. Cycling less relevant in mountainous areas, but some zealous cyclists climb even Mount Fuji! Golf is a prestigious in Japan. If you have the desire to step on the green lawn, you need a fat wallet and corporate communications. If you play golf, you have to pay from $ 100 a day.

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Prices for holidays in Japan

Japan is probably one of the most expensive country to visit, but you can always find ways to cut costs to an acceptable level. The approximate daily budget, given the fact that you’ll be staying in cheap hotels, eating at modest restaurants and travel a short distance to be around US $ 60. Add another $ 10 just in case you want a snack, drink a sip of water, have fun or have to pay any fine.If you are staying in an expensive hotel and eat at an expensive restaurant, this amount will increase to $ 100. Yes, living even in cheap Japanese hotels on monetary cost is not the  hotel in Boryspil OldPort  or Russian middle-class hotel, it’s more expensive, what, going to Japan, you have to be ready.

Traveling long distances in Japan  could undermine your budget, if you We intend to move a lot around the country. You should buy train travel. If you look at this problem from the other side, wealthy people will have no problem with where to spend the money brought back with him. Japan specializes in such institutions, in which the greater the score, the higher the prestige of the guests. Cash is still dominated by Japan. But in the big cities have more paying by credit card.The Japanese are accustomed to the low level of crime in their own country and often carry a big purse with money to enjoy the process of purchases in cash, which has become almost a ritual.

Foreign tourists can emulate the Japanese, not forgetting the minimum precautionary measures.You can exchange cash or traveler’s checks at the Bank foreign exchange rates, in the main post offices in larger shops and hotels. Preference is given to American dollars, attempts to exchange Taiwanese or Korean money is doomed to failure. Most ATMs do not accept credit cards issued abroad.

You have to look Cirrus ATM or Plus logos or clarify this matter with your credit card company before leaving. In Japan, no tipping at every turn, as well as a bargain. If you want to express to someone your gratitude is better to give the gift. Bargaining is virtually impossible, with the exception of second-hand shops of electronic equipment, there you can politely ask for a discount, and you will lose 10%.

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Getting around Japan

Travel by plane – the most convenient form of transportation to the main island to one of the smallest, and often it is not much more expensive than traveling by train. Check on the safe side, you may put prices in Japan, there is a pretty funny (for example, Japanese Airlines offer discounts for three women traveling together, or for a husband and wife if their combined age is 88 years old and more). Even more advantageous to buy tickets in advance at special prices: Japan Airlines offer discounts of up to 72% on all flights within Japan. In Japan, you can travel by train, although they are often very expensive. Trains in Japan are fast, are frequent, clean and comfortable.

Trains are the most diverse: from small, local, to overexpression (shinkansen) or “bullet trains”, which became a symbol of modern Japan. “Bullet Trains’ reach a speed of 270 km / h, are very comfortable, and they can ride on rail travel. Such travel must be purchased in advance, they are valid for all the trains in Japan. Intercity buses are much slower than trains, but they are much cheaper. If you do not go in a sleeping car, then spend the night in the jump seat of the bus is much more convenient than sitting upright on the seat of a train. Drive the car in Japan is much easier than it seems, is enough to have a driver’s license of international standard. In Tokyo, you do not dare to get behind the wheel, but in most other cities the roads are equipped with signs in English, all the drivers are polite and careful, gasoline is not much more expensive than in Europe (which is almost 3 times more expensive than in the US), and the place Parking is not as difficult to find as it says a popular rumor. As the country is the perfect place to move and a motorcycle, while you do not need the right to drive a motorcycle.

Traffic in the Japanese drive on the left.Learning Japan, moving around the country on a bike, it is very exciting. The secret of the success of these trips is to drive off from the busy main highways and roads to move around a little. Ferries – also a great way to see the parts of the country that you have not yet visited. A dense network of ferries connects the island of Kyushu, Shikoku and the southern coast of western Honshu on the waters of the Inland Sea. Ferries also connect the main islands with small islands scattered along the coast, as well as shuttle between Okinawa and Taiwan. Local transport in Japan is very well equipped. In big cities, it operates the subway – it’s the fastest and most convenient way to get to your destination. Almost every Japanese town has a bus fleet, but many foreigners do not like to ride on the buses. Trams ride much more enjoyable. Taxis are also very convenient, but (unsurprisingly) of the road.

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Money in Japan

The Japanese yen (JPY). In circulation are banknotes in denominations of 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 yen, as well as coins in 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen. Banks are open from 9.00 to 15.00-17.00 on weekdays, from 9.00 to 12.00 – the first and last Saturday of the month. Sunday is a day off. At the international airport of Tokyo exchange offices open around the clock. During holidays, all bank branches are closed. Currency exchange is available at the airport on arrival, as well as in most branches of banks (there are also special machines for the exchange). The most favorable conditions for the exchange are usually offered at the airport, as the hotel exchange rate – no more than 300 USD per person per day, and banks often exchange procedure zaformalizirovana to the limit.Exchange currency “on the street” is not possible. Widespread payment by credit cards (in some restaurants do not accept credit cards). Traveler’s checks can also be cashed free at most major banks and hotels of international systems.

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Holidays in Japan

December 31 – January 2-3 – Bank holidays. January 1 – New Year’s Eve in Japan. 2nd Monday of January – Coming of Age Day (“Seydzhin-Nr-chi”). February 11 – National Day founding of the Japanese state. March 20/21 – Feast of the vernal equinox. April 29 – Day of vegetation. May 3 – Constitution Day. May 4 – Non-working day. May 5 – Children’s Day. July 20 – Day of the Sea.September 15 – Day of respect for elders. September 23-24 – Celebration of the autumn equinox.2nd Monday of October – Health and Sports Day. November 3 – The National Culture Day. November 23 – Day of honoring labor. December 23 – Emperor’s Birthday. By the number of various holidays, festivals and ceremonies of the country it is clearly a world leader – only the official holidays there are more than 200, and the number can not be a local account.

The best known such traditional celebrations like New Year’s Eve – “Segatsu” snow holidays “Yuki Matsuri” (January) and Ice Festivalin Sapporo (early February), the feast of girls, or “Festival of Puppet” – “Hina Matsuri” (March 3) and the festival of water drawing “Omizutori” (beginning of March), admiring the flowers “Hanami” (flowering cherry, the end of March), Buddha’s birthday or the Flower Festival – “Hana Matsuri” (beginning of April), the largest Buddhist festival of the country – “Sanya Matsuri “(end of May), Festival of Stars” Tanabata Matsun “(early July), a grand festival in Kyoto” Gion Matsuri “(mid-July),” Festival of the Dead “or” holiday Lantern “O Boone (runs from mid-July to the end August), Festival of folk dance “Awa Odori” in Tokushima (mid-August), a grand festival in Nikko Autumn (mid-October) and many others. In the spring wire of “Lilac Festival” and in late autumn – “Festival of White Illumination” in Sapporo. “Holiday shouting” Yah-Yah Matsuri (first Sunday in February) held in Ovasi, a parade of boats and rafts “Mifune Matsuri” (end of May) – Kyoto, the day of St. Valentine – in February and March.

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Memo tourist in Japan

Tipping in Japan to give is not accepted. Trying to tip can be regarded as an insult. The expensive hotels and restaurants to the account value is often added a service charge of 10-15%, so the tip is actually already paid for through the official accounts. Best holiday abroad for the wealthy or desperate gaijin – is, of course, the rest in Japan. Only need to carefully choose the right travel to Japan during the year, among other things. Weather Spring (March-May) with clear skies and flowering cherries, probably the most wonderful time of the year in Japan, but this time all kinds of festivals, so many of the most popular routes can be crowded by local tourists.Autumn (September-November) – a great time to travel: the temperature moderate, and autumn colors, especially in the countryside, look delicious.

The middle of winter (December-February) can be very cold and exhausting summer months (June – August) can turn any trip away from air conditioners in this “bath”, where the only positive thing is that at this time there is such an influx of tourists . It is also worth considering whether it makes sense to travel in the midst of the holidays. Moving and finding housing can become a real headache during the celebrations of the New Year Golden Week (late April – early May) and the O-Bon festival in the middle of summer. Not accepted smoking in public places, offices, stations and platforms of the railway, as well as in homes and cars without the permission of the owner. It is impossible to advance booted foot on the straw mats “mat” – is regarded as a sacrilege. This applies especially to homes or to the temple. You should also change shoes in special slippers before and after using the toilet. Number of traditions and rituals, compulsory or recommended to comply, is huge. Almost all spheres of national life imbued with the traditions and ceremonies of the network, notably in communication between people in public life.

Department stores are open every day from 10:00 to 21:00 or 22:00. Private shops and stores at hotels operate on their schedule. There is a network of small shops, which operate around the clock, but offer a limited range of products, which includes, however, everything you need. The most expensive stores are located in the district of Shinjuku, outside Aoyama-Dori, Tokyo’s “Champs Elysees”. Young people also tend to dress in Shibuya district, there are many inexpensive trendy shops. Department stores in Japan called “depato” (from the English department store) – they then truly enormous, much more Paris Gallerie Lafayette and Printemps.

Most major Japanese department stores – “Mitsukoshi” “Matsuzaki”, “Matsui”, “Isetan”, “Keio” and some others are located in the Ginza and Shinjuku areas. What it is definitely worth buying in Tokyo, so it’s jewelry and jewelry. The prices of these products, however, not less Europe, but it is quite reasonable, but design – stunning. Masterpieces of pearls makes sense to buy in a gallery of pearls “Tasaki.” Men shake electronic town of Akihabara. There are trading with electronic equipment, with older models you can buy three times, or even five times cheaper than in Moscow, the news – not much cheaper.

Twice a year, in Akihabara held the festival-sale-matsuri FestivalDenki. In Japan, it is not accepted nor traded on markets or in shops. New collections of many European designers appear in the first place in Tokyo. Here are such well-known Japanese designersas Yohji Yamamoto, Takeo Kikuchi, Michiko Koshino Hiroko and others. Buy souvenirs can be at the airport before departure: prices will not differ from the souvenir shops in the cities.