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How to Plan a Trip to Japan: Frequently Asked Questions

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Zen garden at the Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Japan

Garden at the Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Japan

From immersing yourself in long-held traditions to embracing the simple beauty of daily life, indulging in exquisite cuisine, and celebrating nature, Japan's unique combinations are inspiring. Breathtaking views, exceptional cultural treasures, and a captivating connection to preserved culture create a unique ambiance across the country.

During your Japan trip you can take in the beauty of a Zen garden, enjoy the true essence of sushi or witness the cherry blossoms as you find your perfect way to explore.

Is Japan open to travelers?

Updated entry requirements and helpful information can be found on Where Americans Can Travel Now. Zicasso travel specialists serve 101 countries, and details are included for all of the regions that we serve.

Have questions? Our Traveler Care team can be reached at 1-888-265-9707.

When is the best time to visit Japan?

The best time to visit Japan is during March and April or October and November.

Visiting in March and April allows you to witness the popular cherry blossom season, but October and November feature the red leaves of Koyo season. The second half of May is nice for weather and crowds. January, February, and March are great for viewing the hot springs and macaques in the mountains, but the rainy season takes place between June to mid-July. Monsoon season also occurs from August to September. Outside of the cherry blossom season and Koyo season, January is a fantastic month to visit Japan if you do not mind the cold. The skies are clear, the weather is crisp and the country’s highlights are usually absent from crowds.

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What should I do on my trip to Japan?

Alongside our Japan travel specialists, Zicasso has recommendations for your trip. Regardless of its length, a custom Zicasso tour is designed around your time, your needs and your desires. The selection of things to do and spectacular places to visit will bring much inspiration.

Tokyo | Hakone | Kyoto | Takayama | Kanazawa | Hiroshima | Mount Fuji | Osaka | Nara

  • Visit the iconic Senso-ji shrine that dates back to the 7th-century
  • Witness a combination of design and nature at the Meiji Shrine
  • Discover Japan’s national culture at the Tokyo National Museum
  • Experience joy, beauty and storytelling at the Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Explore the Ginza District’s exclusive shops and traditional Kabuki theaters
  • Experience the custom of a traditional tea ceremony
  • Delight in a night of regional cuisine in the company of a Maiko or Geisha
  • Discover the tranquility of the Enryaku-ji shrine
  • Bask in the famous colors of cherry blossoms in Kyoto
  • Explore the fascinating flavors of Kyoto at the Nishiki Market
  • Visit Shukkeien, the oldest Japanese garden in Hiroshima
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Hiroshima from the Orizuru Tower
  • Experience historical Hiroshima at the 17th-century Fukuyama Castle
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Savor time spent in the wine-growing regions of Yamanashi
  • Explore the renowned Suehiro Sake Brewery, open since 1850
  • Witness art on the 54th-storey of the Mori Art Museum
  • Discover the Suntory Museum of Art
  • Trace the styles of historic Japanese art in the Kyoto National Museum
  • Explore Mt. Takao, the mountain outside Tokyo with gorgeous views of Mt. Fuji
  • Wander the trails inside Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park
  • Cycle or walk along the famous mile-long Philosopher’s Walk
  • Visit a wasabi and tea farm for spectacular views of the natural setting
  • Delight in a spectacular panorama of Mt. Fuji with a helicopter tour

Related: Top 10 Things to Do in Japan | Top 5 Must-See Places in Japan

Is it easy to get around Japan?

Public transportation, such as the metro in Tokyo, trains and taxis can also help you connect to local destinations or sites. Private cars are more efficient, but can also quickly increase the cost of your Japan trip. Your travel specialist and local guides will help you navigate the different modes of public transportation and can travel with you if you prefer this method of discovery.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private transfers to and from the airports and train stations for a stress-free Japan tour.

Related: Best Way to Travel Around Japan

Is Japan safe for travel?

Japan is one of the safest places on Earth for travelers. Tourists can walk down the street late at night without fear and travelers have reported losing their phones during their trip, only to have them returned later.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons are often concerns for travelers in Japan. Minor earthquakes often occur across the chain of islands, but the country’s secure architecture makes Japan a very safe destination if an earthquake were to occur. During heavy typhoons trains and airports may close, but this usually does not occur for longer than 48 hours.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Japan is Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND). The majority of flights from North America and continental Europe will arrive in Tokyo, but the best airport for your departure flight is Kyoto’s Kansai International Airport (KIX).

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Tokyo’s HND, followed by Kyoto’s KIX. The busiest airports in Japan are:

  • Haneda Airport (HND)
  • Narita International Airport (NRT)
  • Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Plan Your Trip to Japan?

Japan embraces a timelessness in which the past flows effortlessly into the present and the future emerges. With elegance and natural grace, Japan can take you from the foothills of Mount Fuji to the bridges of Kyoto, the cuisine of Osaka, and futuristic Tokyo. Search for more inspiration for your next trip with sample itineraries from our Japan Tours & Vacations or discover information and helpful tips with Zicasso’s Japan Travel Guide. Eager to start planning your trip? Talk with a Japan travel expert by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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