Planning Your Trip to Japan

????? (Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms)Japan is one of the most popular destinations for explorers, exchange students, adventurers, hitchhikers, tourists, and just about any other kind of traveler out there. The Land of the Rising Sun holds many treasures and opportunities. Vacationing in Japan can be a lovely, rewarding experience for you. The trick is to plan ahead, to ensure you are a good guest of the Japanese people and to eliminate as many complications as possible.

First, decide on what time of the year you want to go. Of course, if you’re on a business trip or traveling to study or teach in Japan your schedule will be picked out for you. But that is an entirely different matter. For a vacation, your best bets are spring and autumn. The temperature and weather are most pleasant during those times. See if you can make it to the springtime blooming of the cherry blossoms. In the fall you might want to climb Mt. Fuji or visit the Beppu hot springs.

Second, be aware of the legal limitations. For example, several kinds of medication are prohibited, even for visitors. Certain cold medicines and painkillers are banned in the country, unless you have prior written permission. Without this written permission, you can be jailed, even deported from the country. Additionally, make sure you carry your passport with you at all times, even when you go out to nightclubs or visit a convenience store. When you arrive in Japan, be aware that you will most likely be photographed and fingerprinted.

Next, decide on what kinds of transportation you will use while there. There are lots of amazing options, since Japan has one of the world’s best transport systems. Hitchhikers will need to get up early to find anyone who is willing to pick them up. The trains and subways throughout Japan are efficient, relatively inexpensive, and very punctual. Taxis are available just about everywhere, even in the countryside. Rental cars tend to be rare around the major cities because of the ubiquity and quality of public transportation. Bikes on the other hand are everywhere to be rented and bought. Just be sure to get any bicycle registered if you are planning an extended stay in Japan, or else it might be confiscated.

There is a language barrier, but less so than in most other countries. Just plan ahead and learn some greetings and phrases in Japanese, and remember that Japanese tend to be very polite and compassionate. Most will eagerly try to help you if you try talking to them and always treat them courteously and respectfully.

I hope this article has given you good advice and ideas for Japan trip. May your vacation be a wonderful one.

Traveling the Globe

travelingTraveling around the world is something that everyone wants to do, but so many people feel unable to go through with. Whether the issue is money or time management, there is always some excuse not to go on an adventure traveling the world. However, each of these excuses can be met with a solution. Specifically, the issue of money can be solved by booking your flight and travel reservations through selecttravelstudy.com. This website is dedicated to finding the best deals for people who are looking to learn more about the planet that they live on. If you are looking to book your travel plans soon, then here is a list of places that you simply must see in your life.

New York City.

While traveling to New York City might not seem like a wild international adventure, New York City actually hosts such a vast number of peoples and cultures that you might think you’re in a different country. Plus, the city is like an animal itself, constantly moving and living in a way that no other city in the world has been able to do. It’s definitely on the must visit list!

Paris, France.

This city is not only referred to by many as the city of love, but it has some of the richest cultural history of any other European city. Paris has hosted some of the world’s greatest artists for centuries, and now it holds some of the most famous forms of art in its Louvre museum.

Moscow, Russia.

For decades, no one was able to visit Russia because it was hidden behind an Iron Curtain by its government, but now Russia’s capital has become a hub of Eastern European culture. With one of the most intricate and efficient metro systems in the world, this city is easy to get around and a joy to tour.

Hong Kong, China.

While travel within most of China is very difficult to organize, Hong Kong is a territory of its own and carries its own much more lenient travel laws. Rich with history and culture, Hong Kong is the perfect place to dip your toes in the vast culture of China and many of the surrounding countries.

Rome, Italy.

Rome carries with it centuries of rich culture from which many facets of our current culture originate. The local language of Italian is swimming with beautiful phrases that will make your mind dance as you stroll the narrow streets and tour the beautiful city full of ancient ruins and modern technology. Besides the culture as a whole, the food in Italy is unlike the cuisine anywhere else. You don’t know Italian food until you’ve tasted it in the heart of Rome.

Traveling the globe can be a wonderful experience, if you take the time to plan ahead. Always know where you are going and prepare yourself to adjust to the culture.