Frequently asked questions
How expensive is Japan?
How expensive you find Japan will depend on where you go.
For example, a bottle of water can cost:
- 121 JPY in Osaka
- 121 JPY in Kyoto
- 119 JPY in Tokyo
- 109 JPY in Nagoya
- 100 JPY in Aomori
- 100 JPY in Nagasaki
Major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka will generally be more expensive than smaller towns so you
may need more yen if you’re visiting them.
You can use our currency converter to find the exchange rate for GBP to JPY.
Can you use other currencies in Japan?
Larger businesses usually accept international credit or debit cards, but Japan is still
mainly a cash-based society.
In general, Japan only uses Japanese yen. Some hotels or major tourist areas might accept
other currencies, but it’s best to have local currency so you always have a way to pay.
Do you need a visa to visit Japan?
If you’re a UK citizen, you can visit Japan for up to 90 days without a visa. If you want
to stay a little longer you’ll need to apply for an appropriate visa. You should always
research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your embassy, ideally in plenty of time before you travel.
Should you tip in Japan?
Most Japanese restaurants and businesses believe that good service is part of the experience, so tipping isn’t necessary.
Instead, a polite “thank you” is the best way to show your appreciation for a great meal or excellent service.
What languages are spoken in Japan?
The official language of Japan is Japanese.
In major cities and tourist areas, you’ll usually find someone who can speak basic English,
but this is far less common in rural areas.
What is the latest government travel advice for Japan?
When is the best time of year to visit Japan?
Spring (March to May) is considered one of the best times to visit Japan because of the
famous cherry blossom season. The weather is also mild and comfortable, making it perfect
for outdoor activities.
If you’re planning a skiing holiday, Mount Fuji opens for skiing
in spring. Skiing season lasts from mid-April until early summer.
Summer (June to August) has exciting festivals known as “matsuri”. In these festivals, you can
watch traditional performances, parades and firework displays. The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto runs in
July and is one of the largest festivals in Japan.
However, summers in Japan are hot and humid. Staying hydrated and wearing light clothing is a must.