Guide of Tokyo Taxis

Taxis in Tokyo mainly runs by Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association (THAT), makes union of different taxi companies to operate and manage taxis.1. Types of Tokyo TaxisIn Tokyo there are a total of 50,000 taxis being operated, including by companies and individuals, and they include standard-size cars, large vehicles and extra-large vehicles.* Standard-size (4 passengers at most)      * Extra-large (can hold 5 passengers)* Special-needs and universal design (UD):Special-needs taxis include special-purpose vehicles patients can board while in a wheelchair or a bed, and general cars also operate as special-needs taxis under contracts with local governments and be used by anyone. They also offer a "care transportation service" for disabled persons and the elderly who need help when going out. And for the future accessible society, there is a new type of taxi, the universal design (UD) taxi. Their biggest advantage is a standard-equipment ramp that allows people in wheelchairs to get in and out. They feature innovations that allow customers with back and mobility problems to easily get in and out, and they can hold a lot of baggage. As of March 31, 2013, there are 28 of these taxis in operation. For the drivers of these vehicles, to improve the experience of these customers, educational training is already being carried out by the Tonai Musen Cooperative and various taxi companies, and beginning in December of 2012, the Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association began providing "universal driver training". One hundred and three drivers are attending as of April 2013.* Sightseeing taxis:These taxis allow customers to enjoy Tokyo sightseeing freely with family or friends, or as a couple, with a small number of people, and so have an experience unavailable with a bus tour or group travel. A driver arranges sightseeing locations to match the wishes and schedules of customers, then escorts them and provides information. Since July 2012, the Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association has been carrying out "Tokyo Sightseeing Taxi Driver Certification Training", which covers the basic services and knowledge necessary for a sightseeing taxi driver, and as of April 2013, 468 drivers are attending.* Radio taxis:In Tokyo, at present, there are approximately 23,000 taxis for hire that can be ordered using a telephone, operating out of 115 base stations. In recent years, as the transition from analog to digital radio has advanced, the wait time to dispatch a car has been greatly reduced. Find the contact list of radio taxis at here a Taxi with Smart Phone:Smart phones have been the dominating communication in worldwide especially highly developed cities as Tokyo, it is easy and popular to use an application to quickly order a taxi. Because these applications feature many functions and eliminate the need to tell a driver your address or destination, their use is fast growing.The English-language TAKKUN App by the Tokyo Taxi Association – available for iPhone and other iOS devices, Android, and MS Windows Phone – makes it easy for anyone with a GPS and internet-enabled smart device to immediately call a taxi to any location in Tokyo.The TAKKUN App is a group effort by several of Tokyo’s many taxi companies, offering access to 11,000 taxis in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. They are hoping to add even more companies, and more taxis, between now and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.2. Fares of Tokyo TaxisTokyo taxi fares start at 730 yen for the first 2 km. For information on additional fares or late night and early morning premiums, see the "Rates table" in the official website here:* Taxi faresas of February 1, 2020 Standard-size cars23 wards of Tokyo, Musashino city and Mitaka cityTama areaDistance-based faresInitial fareUp to 1.052 km - 420 yenUp to 1.2 km - 500 yenAdditional farePer additional 233 m - 80 yenPer additional 257 m - 100 yenFare based on time and distanceWhen traveling at less than 10 km per hour, 80 yen per 1 minute 25 seconds.When traveling at less than 10 km per hour, 100 yen per 1 minute 35 seconds.Late night and early morning premium10 p.m. to 5 a.m. - 20 percent increase10 p.m. to 5 a.m. - 20 percent increaseTaxi ordering chargeThe fare for the journey of the taxi from wherever it is to the place where the passenger is waiting is a fixed fare set by each taxi operator.The fare for the journey of the taxi from wherever it is to the place where the passenger is waiting is a fixed fare set by each taxi operator.Long-distance discount10 percent discount on amounts over 9,000 yen10 percent discount on amounts over 9,000 yen ☞ The customer will bear freeway usage charges.When you order a taxi to pick you up at your location (including your home) by phone or Application, In addition to the fares, the aforementioned taxi ordering charge applies on a per car basis. When a taxi is ordered with a time specified, in addition to the fare and taxi ordering charge, a reservation charge (around 400 yen) also applies on a per car basis.* Sample fare in the case of boarding at Tokyo Station: * Some Websites to Searching the Taxi Fares of Tokyo and other major cities:For Tokyo only: Tokyo and other Japan Major Cities: Whole Japan, Calculator of Taxi Fare only in Japanese:


Taxi in Japan

To the average travelers who need to consider about the travel cost, taking taxi is the most expensive option from convenient public transportation in large cities.However, in those smaller cities where public transportation is not as convenient as in larger cities, taxi may be the best choice, if travel in group that 3 or more people then taxi also can be an economical option for short distance.In Japan, most trains and buses stop running at midnight, which may cause a sudden increase in demand for taxis at that time, especially on weekends. On Friday and Saturday evenings, it is common to see long lines waiting for taxis in front of the train stations, and indeed it is time-consuming.Most taxis can accommodate four passengers (not including the driver), while larger vehicles can accommodate one more, i.e. five passengers.Taxi fares for a standard four-passenger generally cost about 400-700 yen at the first two kilometers and increase by about 80-90 yen for every additional 300-400 meters. When the taxi remains stationary for a long period of time, the cost also increases. Late at night, the rate increases by 20-30%.If the destination is needed to drive through expressways, then the tolls are added to the fare.A panel on the dashboard in the lower corner of the wiper indicates whether the taxi is available or not. A red panel indicates that the taxi is unoccupied , a green panel indicates the opposite (Occupied) . During the night, a light on the roof of the taxi indicates unoccupied.Note the left rear door of Japanese taxis is opened and closed remotely by the driver, It is not supposed to open or close by passengers. In addition, Japanese taxis are not in the habit of charging a tip, as the service charge is included in the fare.If you do not speak Japanese, or if your destination is not a well-known place, it is recommended that you write down the exact address of your destination to the driver, or point it on a map, as Japanese addresses are complicated even for local taxi drivers.


4 Japanese Traditional Shows

There are three major classical theaters in Japan: Nogaku, Kabuki and Bunraku. All these performance types have been listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages. Below please check the detail information of them, as well as another famous traditional performance - Kyogen.1. NogakuNogaku, or Noh is a uniquely Japanese stage art that Japan is very proud, it is a classical musical and dance-drama performed by wearing a mask, is one of Japan's traditional dramas with a history of over 600 years.It is also one of the world's oldest surviving traditional Japanese theatrical arts. Noh is based on the legends and stories passed down in the Muromachi period, as well as ballads, dances, and musical accompaniments.Traditionally, a full nogaku program includes five Noh plays with comedic kyogen plays in between; An abbreviated program of two Noh plays with one kyogen piece has become common today. Optionally, an okina play may be presented in the very beginning of nōgaku presentation. Performance time: Around 2-3 hoursThe ticket prices vary in casts and seats, the most expensive could be 13000 yen PP, the cheapest down to around 2200 yen PP. Recommended theatres :* Tokyo National Noh Theatre* Kyoto kanze noh theater* Osaka Ohtsuki Noh Theatre* Ishikawa Prefecture Noh Theater 2. KyogenKyogen is a genre of Japanese drama, was originated in the 14th century. It is the only theatrical performance in the world which have succeeded as long as 650 years. It is a derivation of Sarugaku Noh and Tanakaku Noh, developed as a sort of intermission and comic relief between the solemn noh acts. Kyogen and Noh was registered as the 1st World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2002. The Kyogen is one of the four major classical Japanese plays, like as Noh. Unlike Noh, The kyogen is very short, so costumes, masks, and props are simple and minimal. An Kyogen actor explains almost everything by his words and acting. The audience could image freely everything on the stage by his sensitivity, in other words, the Kyogen audience can take part in the drama itself.Performance time: 10-20minutes as a intermission or 1 hour as a full performance.The ticket prices vary in segments and casts, seats, but it can be told around 4700 yen PP as a reference in Osaka Nanba Grand Kagatsu.Recommended theatre: Osaka Nanba Grand Kagetsu3. KabukiKabuki is one of the four classical performing arts of Japan, is a type of theater art that requires rich showmanship, which includes exaggerated actions performed by performers, outlandish wigs, eye-catching make-up, elaborately designed costumes. Kabuki originated from Japanese folk performing in the early 17th century in Edo, but developed into a full-fledged genre in the 1600s, with a male-only cast. It has been performed for nearly 400 years, along with Nohaku and Kyogen, and is still performed today. The performers wear gorgeous costumes and brightly colored make-up, and the most notable is the gorgeous make-up style (Kuma-Dori), in which they dazzle to the accompaniment of shamisen music. Kuma-Dori     ShamisenThe stage structure is also large, and various performances are performed according to the sangen music. The performances are performed on unique stages such as the long, slender stage called "Hanamichi," which runs through the auditorium, and the circular stage. It has been classified as an important intangible cultural asset in Japan and as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2005. Performance time: 2-3 hours or 3-4 hours, depends on shows.The ticket prices vary in segments, seats, casts, in a range around 3000-20000yen PP.Recommended theatres:* Tokyo Kabuki-za Theater   * Shimbashi Enbujo Theater (Tokyo)* Osaka Shocbiku-za Theater    4. BunrakuBunraku, called Joruri, a traditional puppet theatre in which half-life-size dolls act out a chanted dramtic narrative and shamisen music, is a form of traditional Japanese art and serious form of art that particularly considered by Japanese while puppet theatre usually entertains for children in other counties. Three puppeteers dressed in black to symbolize that they are "invisible", include a principal operator and two assistants, operate each one Bunraku puppets, unlike regular puppets we have seen, the Bunraku puppets do not use strings, the puppeteers cooperate to move the puppets’ mouths, eyeballs, eyelids, eyebrows and limbs, for life-like actions and facial expressions. Performance time: 2-3 hours or 3-4 hours, depends on shows.The ticket prices vary in segments and acts, seats, typically cost around 1500-6500 yen PP.Recommended theatres:* National Bunraku Theatre(Osaka)* Tokyo National TheatreYou are welcome to inquire for details if you would like to experience one of these Japanese show during your journey in Japan. 


12 Popular Japanese Anime Festivals

Animes and mangas represent a pretty great part of the Japanese culture. It attracts more and more people come to Japan to seek the world of Animation. So we selected 12 popular Anime Events for you to learn more. If you are in Japan while there is an Anime event going on, you should really check it out because you can have so much fun there!1. Anime Japan (Tokyo)Anime Japan, AKA Tokyo International Anime Fair, one of the largest animation related events in the world, is the premier convention of Japanese animation industry, which is held annually at Odaiba's Big Sight convention center.Dates: Normally in late March.March 21-22, 2020 for public dates, 23-24 for business dates. Admission ticket: 1900-50000 yen PPWhere to buy: online Or buy onsite.Venue: Odaiba's Big Sight convention centerOpening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Entrance until 16:30)2. NatsuComi (Tokyo)NatsuComi or The summer Comic Market is the comic Market(Comiket) that held in summer. It is Japan’s largest event that unites gamers and anime lovers under one roof. Dates: Normally on Second Friday to Sunday of every AugustAdmission ticket: 500 yen /day PPWhere to buy: Book online Tokyo Big SightOpening Hours: 10:00-16:00 3. Animelo Summer Live (Tokyo)Animelo Summer Live is an anime song festival which is the world’s biggest, and it lasts 3 nights. The performers are singers and dubber for anime games, also it is possible to see some mainstream performers on the stage. Normally admission tickets start to sell at end of July cost.Dates: Normally at end of MarchAdmission ticket: 5500 to 7000 yen PPWhere to buy: Book online Venue: Indefinite, Saitama Super Arena for 20214. World Cosplay Summit (Nagoya)This international event has the greatest and most fantastic cosplayers from all the world in attendance. It is an annual festival from the end of July to the beginning of August, the parade and championship are normally held on the first Saturday and Sunday of August. Keep your camera ready to snap a shot with so many cosplayers who dressed on incredible customes at everywhere of Nagoya for the whole week. It will be held online this year due to the pandemic issue.Dates: Normally at end of July to the beginning of AugustAdmission ticket: 2000-10000 yen, the specific price depends on the event you tend to participate.Venue: Aichi Arts Center5. Jump Festa (Tokyo)Jump Festa which started in 1999, is an annual animations festival that normally be held on December every year, particularly in the characters of popular title boasted by Jump magazines gather (Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, Young Jump, Ultra Jump). It is possible to buy some Jump feste limited items and pre-sales items at the manufacturers’ booth. The latest information on manga (comic) and games, trial session etc., will be held.Dates: Normally at the late December Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission until 16:30)Admission ticket: FreeVenue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls 1-86. Kyoto International Manga Anime FairThe Kyoto International Manga Anima Fair AKA KYOMAF, unlike other Anime events in Japan, this mid-scale event is prone to contribute to the anime and manga industry. This fair exhibit by individual booths from companies in the educational industries, publishing and broadcasting, that aiming in search of the next generation of talent.Dates: Normally at the late SeptemberOpening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission until 16:30)Admission ticket : 1500 yen PP (1200 yen in advance)Where to buy ticket: On siteVenue: Makuhari Messe/ Kyoto International Manga Museum/ Toei Kyoto Studio Park7. Toyako Manga Anime Festa (Hokkaido)This event sets in the normally quiet town -- Toyako Onsen town. It started in 2010, beside the anime cosplay performance, forum, guest talk show accompany a stamp rally, mini live, Anison dance parties, Itasha exhibition, anime dubber talk show, Dojin magazine sales, etc. The venue is around Lake Toya, with wearing on cosplay clothes, you can enter hotels, restaurants, convenience stores. Other original exhibitions and voice actor talk show, mini live, Itasha exhibition, Dojin magazine sales, Anison dance parties etc. are held.Dates: Normally Saturday and Sunday in June or JulyAdmission ticket: Free for wandering/2500 Yen for an all-access passVenue: Toyako Onsen Town / Showa Shinzan8. Family Anime Festa (Tokyo)This is a family only event which children and their parents or guardians can participate freely and safely.Dates: Normally late MarchOpening hours: 10:00-17:00(Last admission 16:30)Admission ticket: Free for children under the age 12 and their guardians.   Where to buy ticket: On siteVenue: Tokyo Big Sight9. Jisedai World Hobby FairThe Jisedai World Hobby Fair, is also known as World Hobby Fair or WHF for abbreviation, it started at 1994. This event is held by Shogakukan that sponsors video games and toys in Japan. The exhibition includes toys and video games from many famous companies, such as Shogakukan, Capcom , Bandai, and Nintendo. Admission ticket: FreeVenue/Date/Opening hours in different cities:Tokyo: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls/late January/09:00-16:00Nagoya: Nagoya Dome/middle January/09:00-16:00Osaka: Kyocera Dome Osaka/ early Febuary/09:00-16:00Fukuoka:Fukuoka Paypay Dome/early Febuary/09:00-16:0010. International Tokyo Toy ShowThe Tokyo Toy Show is Japan’s biggest show for the toy trade, and it is not only just a stuffy toy trade show, there is a stage with entertainment with apperances from many characters and activities for children and those who are children in heart. The event is open to the public on the weekend, bt first two days normally are for trade only.Dates: Mid June 2021Admission ticket: Free for last 2 public daysWhere to buy ticket: On siteVenue: Tokyo Big Sight11. Tokyo Game ShowThe Tokyo Game Show is one of the top game shows in the world.  Third day and forth day are open to public, the first two days of the event for business only. There are many booths from all the major game publishers, console makers and mobile gaming platforms. Besides that, there are also a lot of other entertainment such as cos-players, a dedicated area for families with small kids.Dates: Late SeptemberOpening Hours: 10:00-17:00Admission ticket: 2000 yen PP (1500 yen book in advance)Where to buy ticket: On siteVenue: Makuhari Messe12. Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF)Tokyo Anime Award Festival is run by TAAF Office, organized by the Association of Japanese Animations and TAAF Executive Committee, and co-hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. More it is an international animation event. The gist of this festival for TAAF are to and contribute to the development and promotion of animation culture and industry, to explore new creators, to offer audience and creators the excitement and inspiration, to collate and screen high-quality animation works of superior originality.Dates: Begining of March Venue: Indefinite, 2021 at Tokyo Ikubukuro 


18 Nice Anime Cafe in Tokyo

The Japanese always make the most of every available element into modern life whether it's real or virtual, you'll find a combination of two-dimension and three-dimension everywhere when you walk down the streets. The Anime Cafe must be the most typical one.Great cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, takes this combination to the extreme! Best exemplified by the various themed Cafes that are hugely popular among tourists! From the hottest Snoopy right now to the adorable and easy Bear Bikachao, to the hot-blooded 《One Piece》, to Capcom, or Niconico... All of those variety of themed restaurants are sure to satisfy Anime fan’s needs!A reminder: These theme restaurants is not just a best photographed place, and that their desserts are very palatable, make sure you will not miss it!1. Pokemon Café One month in advance reservation is required. Opening hours: 10:30-21:30Tel: 03-6262-3439Expenditure Per Person: Around 2000 - 4000 yenJapanese Address: 〒103-0027 東京都中央区日本橋2丁目11−2 日本橋髙島屋S.C.東館 5階English Address: Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Tower 5F, 2-11-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-00272. Sanji No Oresama Restaurant Located inside of Tokyo Tower, Themed the One Piece. Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00Buffet Style price: Adults (over 13 years old):2,500 yen7 to 12 years old:1,620 yen4 to 6 years old:1,080 yen3 years old and younger:Free Japanese Address: 〒105-0011 東京都港区芝公園4丁目2−8English Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011Tel: 03-5473-15003. Cafe MugiwaraThe Cafe Mugiwara and Franky no Cola bar belong to the One Piece theme restaurant along with Sanji No Oresama restaurant.Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00Expenditure Per Person: 500-1300 yen Japanese Address: 〒105-0011 東京都港区芝公園4丁目2−8English Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011Tel: 03-5473-15004. Franky no Cola barOpening hours: 11:00 – 19:00Japanese Address: 〒105-0011 東京都港区芝公園4丁目2−8English Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011Tel: 03-5473-15005. Kamen Rider the Diner Advance reservation is required.Opening Hours: 11:30-21:30 Expenditure Per Person: 660-2068 yenTel: 0120025296Japanese Address: 〒171-0021 東京都豊島区西池袋1丁目21−9 4FEnglish Address: Japan 〒171-0021 Tokyo, Toshima City, Nishiikebukuro, 1 Chome−21−9 4F6. Artnia Square-Enix Café Expenditure Per Person: 650-1500 yen Opening hours: 11:00-22:00Closed: From Dec.31 to Jan.1Japanese address: 〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿6丁目27−30English address: 6 Chome-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022 JapanTel: 03645767147. Artnia Square-Enix Café Expenditure Per Person: 860-1710 yen Opening hours: 9:00-22:30Japanese address: 〒101-0025 東京都千代田区神田佐久間町1丁目6-1 秋葉原東西自由通路English address: Akihabara Tozai Jiyu Passage, 1-6-1, Kanda-Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0025Tel: 03627173088. GUNDAM Cafe Tokyo Brand CoreOpening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 dailyExpenditure Per Person: 330-1320 yenJapanese Address: 〒101-0028 東京都千代田区神田花岡町1-1English Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0028Tel: 03325100789. Final Fantasy Eorzea Café Opening Hours: 11:30 – 21:00 Japanese Address: 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1丁目1−10 2FEnglish Address: 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−1−10 2FTel: 012019275910. Animate CaféOpening Hours: 11:30-20:30Japanese Address: 〒170-0013 東京都豊島区東池袋3丁目2−1 アニメイトアネックス 7F 8FEnglish Address: Animate Annex 7F 8F, 3-2-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013Tel: 035956540111. Good smile × Animate caféOpening Hours: 11:30-21:30Japanese Address: 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1丁目7−6 AKIBA カルチャー ズ ZONE 5FEnglish Address: AKIBA CULTURE'S ZONE 5F, 1-7-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 Tel: 033526376112. Anime Plaza Collaboration Café (Akihabara)Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30Japanese Address: 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1丁目13−1アキバ  1131ビルEnglish Address: Akiba1131 Building, 13-1, Sotokanda 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021Tel: 035298129113. SEGA Collabo café This Cafe requires reservation in advance. Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30Japanese Address: 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1−11-11English Address: 1-11-11 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021Tel: 035297360114. Luida’s Bar: Tokyo’s Dragon Quest BarThis Cafe requires reservation in advance. Opening Hours: 14:00-22:15 Weekdays/12:00-22:15 WeekendsExpenditure Per Person: 720-1510 yenJapanese Address: 〒106-0032 東京都港区六本木5丁目16−3 1FEnglish Address: 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 5 Chome−16−3 1FTel: 012061037215. Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory Opening Hours: 10:30-19:00(Closed on Tuesdays and public holidays)Expenditure Per Person: 420-3820 yenJapanese Address: 〒155-0033 東京都世田谷区代田5丁目3−1English Address: 5 Chome-3-1 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033Tel: 035787622116. Shirokuma café Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00Expenditure Per Person: 539-1400 yenJapanese Address: 〒169-0075 東京都新宿区1 高田馬場2-1-2 TOHMA高田馬場1FEnglish Address: TOHMA Takadanobaba 1F, 2-1-2 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075Tel: 033204781817. Pompompurin Cafe HarajukuOpening Hours: 11:00-20:30Expenditure Per Person: 1090-1590 yenJapanese Address: 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1丁目7−1 3階 CUTE CUBE HARAJUKUEnglish Address: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1 Chome−7−1 3 CUTE CUBE HARAJUKUTel: 035786077018. Owl Cafe Akiba FukurouThis Cafe literally use alive owls as theme.It requires reservation online only. Opening Hours: 12:00-20:00 weekends/12:00-19:00 weekdays(Closed on Tuesdays)Expenditure Per Person: around 2000 yenJapanese Address: 〒101-0022 東京都千代田区神田練塀町67English Address: 〒101-0022 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kanda Neribeicho 67Tel: 0362064095


2019 Fall Foliage Forecast in Japan

The Japan fall foliage season of 2018 was ended. If you are thinking to visit Japan in 2019 to see the red and yellow color, the following dates are the estimated average best viewing times based on previous years and can be helpful in timing your vacation.1. Daisetsuzan (Hokkaido): Sep 16-252. Tokyo: Nov 20-Dec 43. Nikko: Oct 14-264. Mt. Fuji: Nov 1-Nov 145. Hakone: Nov 7-Nov 186. Kanazawa: Nov 20-277. Alpine Route: Sep 24-Oct 38. Kyoto: Nov 18-289. Nara: Nov 16-2710. Osaka: Nov 23-30The best time to visit Japan autumn depends on which city you want to visit.For example, best time to visit Kanto area usually in mid to late November. But Tokyo city will be in early December. And in the west of Honshu and Kyushu will be in November. Here is the estimated timetable for your reference. Region and PlaceEstimated Viewing TimeHokkaidoLate September to Late OctoberTohokuEarly October to Early NovemberKantoLate October to Early DecemberChubuLate October to Early DecemberKansaiEarly November to Early DecemberChugokuEarly November to Late NovemberShikokuMid November to Early DecemberKyushuEarly November to Late NovemberDaisetsuzan National ParkEarly September to Early OctoberAomoriEarly October to Late OctoberLake TowadaEarly October to Late OctoberIwateEarly October to Late OctoberMiyagiMid October to Early NovemberAlpine RouteMid October to Mid NovemberTakayamaMid October to Mid NovemberSakurayamaEarly November to Late NovemberKamakuraMid November to Early DecemberAichiEarly November to Late NovemberNagoyaMid November to Early DecemberTokyoLate November to Early DecmeberKyotoMid November to Early DecemberNikkoEarly October to Mid NovemberNaraEarly November to Early DecemberOsakaMid November to Early DecemberMount Fuji AreaEarly November to Early DecemberHakoneEarly November to Late NovemberMiyajimaEarly November to Late NovemberArashiyamaLate November to Early December


5 Things You Need to Know about Japan Visa

To visit Japan, you may need to obtain a visa before you get on the plane. Need visa or not depends on your current nationality. » Visa ExemptAs July of 2017, there are 68 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions, if you are holding one of the following countries’ passport, you can go on a trip to Japan at anytime, no matter your purpose is tourism, or commerce, conferences, visiting relatives / acquaintances, etc. AsiaNorth AmericaEuropeBrunei (15 days)CanadaAndorraLiechtenstein (Note8)Indonesia (Note1)United StatesAustria (Note8)LithuaniaMalaysia (Note2)OceaniaBelgiumLuxembourgRepublic of KoreaAustraliaBulgariaMaltaSingaporeNew ZealandCroatiaMonacoThailand (Note3) (15 days)Latin America and the CaribbeanCyprusNetherlandsHong Kong (Note4)ArgentinaCzech RepublicNorwayMacao (Note5)BahamasDenmarkPolandTaiwan (Note6)Barbados (Note7)EstoniaPortugalMiddle EastChileFinlandRomaniaIsraelCosta RicaFormer Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaSan MarinoTurkey (Note7)Dominican RepublicFranceSerbiaUnited Arab Emirates (Note9)El SalvadorGermany (Note8)SlovakiaAfricaGuatemalaGreeceSloveniaLesotho (Note7)HondurasHungarySpainMauritiusMexico (Note8)IcelandSwedenTunisiaSurinamIreland (Note8)Switzerland (Note8) UruguayItalyUnited Kingdom (Note8)  Latvia Countries of the European Union and North America are allowed to travel in Japan for 90 days, some countries like Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland are allowed to apply for an extension of their stay for up to even 6 months. There are special rules for some Asia Countries, Citizens of Indonesia, Brunei, and Thailand are allowed a 15-day visa-free travel in Japan; while citizens of United Arab Emirates are allowed 30 days. More information please check:, you should apply visa if engage in any paid activities, exceed the stipulated in each country’s arrangement of Short-Term Stay, need to Work in Japan or Long-Term Stay etc.» Visa RequiredIf you hold the other countries and regions passport, it is necessary apply visa before enter Japan. Well, different countries will be with different visa policies, I recommend you check the websites firstly: show my experience: Last year, I booked 7D6N Japan tour package from Novalandtour, it was including hotels & several days tour, excluded visa, because they focus on land tour in recent years, but the staff provided hotel confirmation & tour itinerary to assist me apply visa, very nice. But as far as I know, they just help their clients apply for tourist visa, if you come to Japan for work / business, medical etc, I think it is better contact Japan Embassy in your country, Japan Visa Accredited Agencies, and search more information online.» Visa Processing TimeIn general, the processing period for visa issuance is approximately 5 working days from the day after the date of the acceptance of application as long as there are no particular problems with the content of the application. It may take less time than it depending on the embassy / consulate general / purpose of visit, but the processing time will be longer than usual if meet public holiday.If your tour date is still far away since now, you could start to prepare visa 3 months in advance. But if you will take Japan trip very soon, I would like recommend you apply it 10 working days at least, especially you or your group member may need to supplement document for certain condition.» Visa FeesAs Ministry of Foreign Affairs say, the fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa. Fees are collected in the currency of the country (region) in which the Embassy / Consulate General is located. Depending on the purpose of your visit and your nationality, fees may be in a different amount.» Visa & JR PassLot of friends ask me about JR Pass, yes, it can save much money if you plan take Shinkansen (Bullet Train) many times during 7 / 14 / 21 days, but do you know the use of eligibility? it simple, foreign tourist will get Temporary Visitor stamp / sticker on passport when enter Japan with one purpose - sightseeing, that’s mean you couldn’t use JR Pass if you have other types of Japan visa. In the meantime, please kindly note there will be no stamp / sticker on your passport if pass the Customs via automated gate, you should ask the staff for help immediately. Otherwise, you can’t use JR Pass as well. Even I just explored Japan one time, I sincerely hope my suggestion & experience can let you have a picture before touring. 


10 Essential Japanese Phrases for Travelers

In Japan, the most widely spoken language is Japanese. The word writing consists of Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. When you're on your way to Japan, you don't know a word of Japanese. What should you do? Don’t worry, here are 10 Essential Japanese Phrases that will help you throughout your trip! Good luck. Ganbare!Shopping:1: How much is this? これはいくらですか (Kore wa ikura desuka?)2: Can you refund the consumption tax?消费税は返してもらえますか? (Shōhizei Wa kaeshite moraemasu ka)3: Can I try it on?試着いいですか (Shichaku ii desu ka?)4: Do you accept credit cards?クレジットカードは使えますか (Shiharai wa kaado de deki masu ka?)5: Where do I pay?支払いはどこですか (Shiharai wa dokodesu ka)Restaurant:6: Do you have an English menu? 英語のメニューはありますか (Eigo no menyū wa arimasu ka)7: What would you recommend?おすすめはなんですか (Osusume wa nandesu ka)Water: 水 mizuWine: ワイン WainBeer: ビール Biru   Meat: 肉 NikuChicken: 鶏肉 TorinikuPork: 豚肉 ButanikuBeef: 牛肉 GyunikuFish: 魚 SakanaRice: ご飯 GohanBread: パン PanVegetables: 野菜 YasaiFruit: 果物 KudamonoTea: お茶 OchaCoffee: コーヒー KohiAsking for Directions:8: Can you speak English?英語を話せますか? (Eigo o hanasemasu ka?)9:  Where is the ... (restroom)?トイレはどこですか?(_toire_ wa doko desu ka?)10: I want to go to this place.ここへ行きたいです (Kono basho ni iki tai desu.)Station: 駅 (eki) Convenient store: コンビニ (konnbini) Bank: 銀行 (ginnkou) Hospital: 病院 (byouinn) Police station: 警察署 (keisatsusho) Currency exchange: 両替所 (ryougaesho) Hotel: ホテル (hoteru) Information center: 案内所 (annnaijo) Smoking area: 喫煙所 (kitsuennjo) Restroom: トイレ (toire)


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