Our blog posts about Japan

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Japan really blew us away. The country has long been a dream destination and our expectations were huge! Actually, that can only go wrong, but Japan has met all expectations!

Traveling in the country is very pleasant and the infrastructure is comparable to ours. The fastest and most comfortable way to travel is by train.

We recommend that you use the Japan Rail Pass as it allows you to travel as much and as often as you like. It's worth it! You must take care of the pass before you travel. Here are our tips for ordering the Japan Railpass .

For detailed information and tips, read our travelogues. We wish you a lot of fun with the travel planning.

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The most important travel tips for Japan at a glance

  • travel Tips

    The important information at a glance

  • Japan Rail Pass

    Is the Japan Rail Pass worth it?

  • Hotel Tips

    Our hotels and search tips

  • Tokyo hotel tips

    Our hotel tips for Tokyo

  • Traveling expenses

    Our costs at a glance

  • Cherry Blossom

    Everything you need to know about Sakura

  • travel time

    The best travel time for Japan

  • travel Guide

    The best travel guides for Japan

  • Tokyo

    The best tips and most beautiful places

  • Kyoto

    Helpful Tips for the Temple City

  • Osaka

    The most beautiful places and best tips

  • Nara

    Sights and tips

  • Hiroshima

    The best tips and most beautiful places

  • Kamakura

    A trip from Tokyo

  • Yokohama

    A day trip from Tokyo

  • Japan highlights

    The 22 best sights

  • Travel Credit Card

    Free money abroad

  • packing list

    You have to wrap that up

  • Our online photo course

    So you make better travel photos

  • Health insurance

    So we are insured abroad

All our blog articles about Japan

  1. The 22 most beautiful sights in Japan

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  2. Osaka: The most beautiful sights and our best tips for the underrated metropolis

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  3. Hiroshima: The most beautiful sights and our tips

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  4. Japan travel tips: The best tips for your trip to Japan!

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  5. Buy Japan Rail Pass: Our experiences and tips

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  6. Japan Hotel Tips: All accommodations of our trip

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  7. Japan travel costs: So expensive is holiday in Japan

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  8. The best travel time for Japan: when is it worth the most?

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  9. The Best Travel Guides for Japan: Our Recommendations

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  10. 14 crazy things that await you in Japan

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  11. Cherry blossom in Japan: The best travel time and the most beautiful places!

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  12. Tokyo travel tips and the most beautiful sights

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  13. Tokio Hotel Tips: Where to stay in Tokyo?

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  14. Kyoto Temples Tips: The perfect guide for your trip to Kyoto

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  15. Nara Attractions Tips: Tame deer, a big buddha and many temples

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  16. Yokohama: The most beautiful sights and our tips

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  17. Kamakura Attractions: Tips for a trip from Tokyo to Kamakura

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Travel information for Japan at a glance

Japan is located in East Asia in the Pacific and consists of a total of 6,852 islands.

Russia is located in the north of Japan, China in the west and North and South Korea in the west. Taiwan is located in the southwest of Japan.

Japan is the fourth largest island nation in the world and consists of several main islands: Honshu is the central island, which is home to the most famous cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. There are also Hokkaido in the north, as well as Shikoku and Kyushu in the south.

The Japanese national territory also includes the Ryukyu Islands, whose main island is Okinawa, as well as many smaller islands.

Japan has an area of ​​377,835 square kilometers and is thus slightly larger than Germany. For comparison: Germany's area is approximately 357,385 square kilometers.

There are currently 126 million people in Japan. That means that about 337 people per square kilometer live in Japan. This makes Japan one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

The capital of Japan is Tokyo. With 9,467,490 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the country, in the agglomeration live here even more than a whopping 37 million people. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world.

Tokyo is not only the capital of Japan, but also the seat of the government and the Tenno - the Japanese emperor.

Japan is in the Japan Standard Time (JST), without switching to summer time. The standard difference to Germany is +8 hours.

From Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich you will come to Tokyo by direct flight.

From Frankfurt there are also direct flights to Nagoya and Osaka. From Frankfurt to Tokyo you fly about 11-12 hours.

The best time to travel to Japan depends on your desired destination.

On Honshu, it can get very hot and rainy in the summer, but crisp cold in the winter. The best travel time is therefore the spring and fall, when it rains less.

Okinawa, on the other hand, you can travel all year round thanks to its subtropical climate. Especially in summer, it is very popular as a destination, when the warm water temperatures invite you to swim and snorkel.

Hokkaido is best to travel between May and September, before and after it is very cold because of its northern location.

In Japan, you pay with yen. One euro is about 135 yen.

As always, to travel to Japan you need a valid passport. If you spend less than 90 days in the country, you do not need an additional visa.

On the plane, you will need to complete a form that requires a Japanese address and phone number. The address of your hotel is completely sufficient.

Also, keep in mind that you always have to carry with you in Japan as your passport. If you are found without a passport, this may result in fines.