Facts about Japan

Population
127 million
Capital City
Tokyo (population: 13 million)
Area
377,915 km2
Languages
Japanese
Currency
Japanese Yen (JPY)
Time zone
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +9 hour

Visas & Immigration Procedures

Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay. Nationals of several countries are eligible to enter Japan without a visa unless the purpose of entering is to reside in Japan, to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative activities.

Immigration Bureau of Japan

http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/index.html

Tokyo Immigration Bureau

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/immigration.html

Landing Examination Procedures of Japan

http://www.moj.go.jp/ENGLISH/IB/ip.html

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Public Health and Safety

Japan has high standards of public sanitation, so visitors need not to worry about the safety of drinking water, infectious diseases, and so on. Visitors can also be assured that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world with regards to crime rates, so there is little chance of being involved in any incidents (robbery, for example).

If a traveller unexpectedly becomes ill or gets injured during their stay in Japan, they can visit one of Japan’s many excellent health-care facilities throughout the country. Please visit the below web link for emergency information.

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Climate

Most of Japan enjoys a stable temperate climate. However, because the islands of Japan stretch so far from north to south, each region has some seasonal variation. The north of Japan is blessed with fantastic powder snow in the winter, making for world-class skiing and other winter sports. The south of Japan, with its sub-tropical climate, is a haven for scuba divers and sun-seekers who can enjoy fantastic beaches and coral reefs for much of the year.

The land of Japan, which stretches out from north to south, which latitde is almost equal to Latitude of Boston to Miami.  Because of historical reasons, Japan is often divided into eight regions. These regions (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa) are shown on the map above, along with a comparable global city showing its latitude.

For more information, visit

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/

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