Location / Language of Japan
The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan consists of about 6,852 islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Spread across land area of 3.78 lac sq kms, it is home to 127 million Japanese citizens with Tokyo as it's capital.
Japanese is the official language of Israel and spoken by almost the entire population.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
People of some countries (or from some regions) do not need a visa if their period of stay in Japan is 90 days or less and they are not going to be engaged in income-earning activities. Refer to the List of Countries and Regions That Have Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan on the Japanese Visa website.
All Indian nationals (Indian passport holders) however All Indian nationals require a visa to enter Japan. You need to apply through your local travel agent or directly online.
Currency : Japanese Yen (JPY)
Conversion :Rs.1 INR = 1.60 JPY
1 JPY = Rs.0.625 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Japan
- Mount Fuji - At 12,389 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain. Situated 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is actually three separate volcanoes that lie one on the top of the other.
- Tokyo Tower - Built in the year 1958, Tokyo tower stands at a height of 1,092 feet (333 metres) is one of the best tourist attractions in Japan. Made up of prefabricated steel, it is world’s tallest self-supporting steel structure and weighs 4000 metric tons only.
- Todaiji Temple – Constructed in 752, the temple in Nara is an integral part of Japanese culture. Daibutsuben (Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building and inside it stands world’s largest bronze Buddha statue of 15 metres.
- Golden Pavilion Temple - Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The three-storey building with top two storeys covered with pure gold leaf was originally constructed by the Shogun Ashikaga Yosgimitsu in 1397.
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial - The barbaric act of atomic bomb (LittleBoy) explosion on 6th August 1945 during World War II had wiped out 90% of the Hiroshima city. The dark hour not only killed many but left countless to suffer in pain for the upcoming decades.
- The Himeji Castle - A national treasure and also a world heritage site, Himaji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan that haven’t ever been destroyed. It is also known as White Heron Castle for its white exterior.
- Aso Kuju National Park – It is an embodiment of natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan and world’s largest caldera basin, Mount Nakadake is a part of it. Mount Naka is the rarest of the rare volcanoes as tourists can walk straight up to the edge of the crater and peer in.
- Great Buddha of Kamakura – It is 13.35 metres high and is the second largest Buddha figure in Japan. The bronze statue cast in 1252 in the Kamakura period was gold plated and placed inside a temple until a tsunami washed away the wooden structure, leaving behind only traces of gold leaf around the ears.
- Kiyomizu DERA – The UNESCO world heritage site Buddhist temple was founded in the early Heian period in 778. The temple does not have a single nail used in it and is a masterpiece.
- Jigokundani Monkey Park - Located in the Valley of Yokayu River sourced from Shiga Kogen, the park is the only place in the world where monkeys take bath in hot springs.
Things You Must Do in Japan
- Visit the Cherry Blossom Festival – The Cherry Blossom Festival is dedicated to the two weeks of the spring season when Sakura and Ume flowers bloom all over the regions of Japan.
- Don’t Miss Tokyo’s Nightlife - Shinjuku station is a major nightlife district in Tokyo. Visitors can come across the world famous robot restaurant, Karaoke bars, Japanese pinball parlors
- The Famous Sumo Wrestling Match up - Ryogoku area is a significant center in Japan dedicated to sports such as boxing and sumo wrestling.
- Be Mesmerized by the Traditional Mezuki dance – The traditional art form of Japan, Kabuki is more of a dramatized stage play rather than a dance form.
- Become a Ninja Warrior – The ninja museum in Igyaru is a village museum that allows visitors to experience the art of stealth mastered by the Japanese in the medieval times.
Food on the Plate
The traditional cuisine of Japan is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi.
The Japanese food dishes that every traveller (depending on your food habits off course !!!) must try include:
- Sushi - Sushi is a dish combining vinegar rice and seafood
- Tempura - Tempura is a dish in which seafood, fresh vegetables and other ingredients are dipped in a flour and egg batter and fried in old
- Ramen – Ramen is a noodle soup dish which has grown to become incredibly popular
- Miso Soup - Miso soup may seem deceptively simple, but it’s an essential Japanese food that’s served with any traditional meal.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Japan
Travelling can lead to a series of unpredictable medical and travel related emergencies. The cost of medical treatment in Japan can be very expensive and without adequate visitors medical insurance, it can be difficult to pay the bills. Travel health insurance for Japan is much cheaper when compared to more developed destinations in Americas and Europe. International travel Insurance for Japan should be purchased for “Excluding Americas”.
Illustration for 15 days health insurance for visitors to Japan.
|Sum Insured($ USD) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 35
||Insured Age 65
|Excluding - $50,000
|Excluding - $250,000 *
|Excluding - $500,000 *
* Given the increasing cost of healthcare in Japan, it is recommended that the insured avails of a travel insurance plan with an Accident & Sickness sum insured of $250,000 atleast but preferably $500,000.
These premiums are across different plans and different benefits.. please log in to www.eindiainsurance.com
to compare and buy the most appropriate overseas medical insurance for your travel to Japan..