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Visa and Immigration Procedures to Japan
The ministry of foreign affairs in Japan requires visitors who seek to visit Japan to obtain a visa for accessing the Japanese territories. All nationals entering Japan must carry a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" (visa exemptions) stays of up to 90 days. Your passports must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. Working in Japan during the "visa-free" status is strictly prohibited. "Visa-free" is available to 66 countries worldwide. Countries that require a visa to enter Japan include China, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Georgia, Turkey, and other nations from the Middle East.
Things/Items Allowed into Japan
Travelers can bring into Japan tobacco of not more than 400 cigarettes or 500 grams of any other kind of tobacco products. Allowance for alcoholic beverages per adult (20 years and above) are a maximum of 3 bottles with each bottle not exceeding 750ml in contents. Perfumes are also allowed but must not exceed the total volume of 2 ounces. All other items such as jewelry, laptops, and cameras must be declared upon arrival and all standard rules and regulations of the customs of Japan apply when entering the country.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Japan
・ Intellectual Property
・ Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis, stimulants, psychotropic substances
・ Narcotic Drugs (excluding those designated by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance)
・ Counterfeit, altered or imitation coins, paper money, Bank note or securities
・ Cash or other means of payment exceeding 1 million yen in value
Things/Items Forbidden into Japan
・ Psychotropic Substances
・ Firearms (Pistols, etc.), Ammunition (bullets), Pistol Parts
・ Ammunition/Explosives (Dynamite, Gunpowder, etc.)
・ Precursor Materials for Chemical Weapons
・ Forged Credit Cards
・ Child Pornography
・ Immoral Materials
Voice of Travelers to Japan
The best place in Japan is the Nagoya Honmaru Palace.
I’ve booked my ticket to the Honmaru Palace of the Nagoya castle in Japan, one of the most successful projects ever undertaken in Japan in my opinion. The materials used and the style of paintings used to produce this type of decoration are actually different types of artwork. The paintings in the room represent a certain type of animal—the tiger—with their bamboo groves, carefully selected to impress visitors to this spectacular exhibition hall. My air ticket to Japan was from Heathrow Airport. It was actually a lengthy flight, but because I’m a frequent flyer of the British Airways, I didn’t feel fatigued whatsoever as the in-flight entertainment was great and the flight was full of amusement.
Japan is a National Treasure; a return air ticket to Japan is an eye-opener.
This year I’ve decided to book my ticket to Japan—some friends have recommended Japan to me many times but I always hesitated. One of my friends told me that a Japan trip will offer something that you have never encountered before in your life. When I arrived, my first place of visit was the Matsue Castle Tenshu and Tsukeyagura, the national treasures of Japan. The structural design of the castle building was perfect from both the inside and the outside. The Asian decorative style of Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the historic stories from World War II was interesting. As an architect-engineer, I noticed many unique construction techniques using specific original materials and traditional methods ways to preserve a wonderful exterior look, which was very interesting to me. Japan is a tourist-friendly place with many historic stories to learn about and spots to visit and enjoy.
Japan - The Majestic Country!
Japan is a wonderful country to visit as you will recognize many locations are full of interesting activities to engage in and stories to indulge with. My air ticket was booked through Qatar Airways from Doha International airport; the trip was enhanced with in-flight entertainment about historic stories of Japan from World War II. It was a real chance to study a little bit of history about Japan before arriving. My first destination was Mount Fuji—the highest peak in Japan at 3,776 meters tall, enough to see the whole capital of Japan, Tokyo. I ascended Mount Fuji with a nice group of tourists from Europe and the Middle East who were actually real climbers, but I didn’t feel like a rookie or an amateur as the tour guides were really professional and informative. Japan was a great trip that I will never forget and my next air ticket to Japan has been booked!
Japan Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best place to stay or visit in Tokyo?
Shibuya and Shinjuku places recommended for easy to access to anywhere. There are also many eating places and restaurants with all kinds of cuisines for dining options. Trains operate till late hours and direct buses from Shinjuku can easily take you to Mount Fuji. Remember to visit the Imperial Palace while in Tokyo too; one of Japan’s most famous landmarks with its beautiful parks, walls and moats. Book your air ticket to Japan and you will can start clicking your cameras for the most memorable pictures.
What is illegal in Japan?
In Japan, there are some nightclubs that do not hold a dance permit and even if the premises have dance floors, dancing is prohibited. A permit for dancing and having at least 66 square meters (710 square feet) for people to get down to dance is a requirement. Medicines and drugs containing pseudoephedrine and Vicks inhalers are prohibited in the country. Codeine is also a forbidden in Japan. So, before you start making any reservations for your air tickets to Japan, start checking the rules and regulations!
What is the best time of year to visit Japan?
If you book your air ticket in summer, you will find many festivals and great beaches to relax on.
Booking your ticket in winter, will enable you to encounter thrilling snowboarding & skiing, scrumptious seafood and the relaxing hot springs. In both Spring and Fall, Japan will be at a very pleasant temperature and touring even by foot is enjoyable. For Osaka and Tokyo, the best times are from late March to mid-May (though, April can get crowded due to the cherry blossoms) or from early October to mid-to-late-November.
Japan - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toHaneda Airport・ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
・ Toronto Pearson International Airport
・ Beijing Capital International Airport
・ Heathrow Airport
・ Hamad International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toNarita International Airport・ Sheremetyevo International Airport
・ Taoyuan International Airport
・ Abu Dhabi International Airport
・ Hong Kong International Airport
・ Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Airports handling direct flights toKansai International Airport・ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
・ Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Don Mueang International Airport
・ Frankfurt Airport
Airports handling direct flights toFukuoka Airport・ Incheon International Airport
・ Ninoy Aquino International Airport
・ Macau International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toNew Chitose Airport・ Kaohsiung International Airport
・ Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport
Flight Routes to Japan
Popular international hubs in Japan include the Haneda International Airport and the Narita International Airport in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Direct flights are available from many countries all over the world such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, US and many others. Japan is also considered an important business connection as Haneda Airport is one of the largest air cargo hubs after Kansai Airport and Narita Airport.