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Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun is a truly exotic country where high tech meets tradition. And regardless of which time of year you visit, you’re bound to have a unique experience every time - from beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring to world leading ski parks in the winter. The locals are helpful and polite, the cities are exceptionally clean and spotless and the public transport is one of the world’s most efficient.

There is an overabundance of things to experience when visiting Japan. There is also more to Japan than Tokyo - the world’s largest city and the busy, bustling capital. Japan is also famous for the offbeat, bizarre, and strange. From the Harajuku Girls – grown up women who dress up in school uniforms and other unusual gear, to unusual museums like the Parasite Museum and even the Beer Museum.

While Japan is a highly urbanised country, there are many parks and gardens to relax in if you feel like removing yourself from the metropolis. Many of these you can enter free of charge so you can wander around Zen rock gardens, bonsai trees, and small lakes filled with colourful fish.

Japanese food has become a popular cuisine throughout the world, in particular dishes like yakitori, tempura, miso soup, sashimi, and of course, the ubiquitous sushi. Wherever you travel in Japan, you’ll find that great care is taken in the preparation and presentation of meals. The country’s cuisine features specialties based on ingredients local to the area, and each region has its own distinct culinary style. In 2010, Tokyo overtook Paris as the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Japan takes its food seriously, and tasty morsels are available from street food to high end restaurants. A good value option is the izakaya – a Japanese-style pub.

Japan is one of the most reliable snow and ski destinations in the world with at least 4 months of regular snowfall each year. Ski season usually occurs from November to April, with almost every single day delivering powder snow for fresh runs. Make sure you hit the snowfields early to make the most of the day. Don’t bother to lug your own ski gear over – just hire it in Japan as it is usually high quality and brand new.

When journeying throughout the country, you’ll probably need more cash than you’re used to carrying at home when travelling, as not all places accept credit cards.

Getting Around Japan

Japan has one of the most efficient public transport systems in the world, especially in metropolitan areas. If a train says it is going to depart at 10:28 am, it will leave precisely at 10:28 am and zero seconds. But if you miss it, don’t worry, there will be another one arriving on time very soon. You’ll find that the buses, metros and bullet trains will take you almost anywhere that you want to go, on time, every time.

Speak Japanese

Signs in Japan are normally produced in both Japanese and English, but it always helps to know a few words of Japanese – just so you can see how the locals appreciate you making an effort.

Here are some useful Japanese phrases to know:

Safety Measures for Japan

Japan is well known for its cleanliness, high health standards and safety standards but even in a country with good laws and regulations, accidents can happen anywhere to anyone. Natural extremes such as typhoons and earthquakes are relatively common and can cause disruptions to your travel plans. The typhoon season runs from approximately May to November.

Snowboarding or skiing is a popular holiday activity in Japan during the winter, but they can often cause accidents and injuries. Don’t take un-necessary risks such as skiing on unmarked tracks.

Where possible, avoid the city metros during peak hour as pickpocketing can be more frequent.

Regularly check the Japan National Tourism Organisation government website for up to date travel advice and alerts for the country.

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While Japan is generally a safe destination to visit, travellers to Japan are also advised to use common sense and caution to avoid potential risks.

Being a smart traveller by taking precautions to minimise the risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances of your trip to Japan being memorable for all the right reasons. However, some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an illness or misadventure in Japan.

Whether you have to change your travel plans for health reasons, have your new camera stolen or even suffer an injury that requires medical evacuation, Allianz Travel Insurance can help minimise the financial impact. Allianz offers Basic Travel Insurance, Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Multi Trip Travel Insurance for your trip overseas. Get a quote from Allianz today!

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