The weather in Japan varies based on destination, but in general, the summer is warm (80°F) but not too warm, while the winter is cold (40°F) but not too cold. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit Japan, especially for nature lovers – the cherry trees blossom in late March to early April, while the leaves vibrantly change color in late fall. If you’re adverse to crowds, you’ll want to avoid major holidays like New Year’s and Golden Week (the end of April and the first week of May) when many Japanese workers have time off to take their own vacations. Popular attractions such as hanami (the viewing of cherry blossoms) and various religious festivals throughout the year can also increase lines and waits. June and July are the rainiest months of the year, and summers tend to be humid, so pack accordingly.
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The Shangri-La Tokyo is a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city. The elegant 200-room hotel has majestic views of Tokyo and was designed with the well-traveled connoisseur in mind.
Visitors from the US must have a passport that is valid for the entire length of their stay. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days. Visitors will be fingerprinted and photographed on entry. Please consult the US State Department website for more details and the most current travel information for Japan.
Japanese convenience stores, nicknamed “konbini,” offer more than just junk food and hot dogs spinning under a warming light. They carry freshly prepared foods perfect for a picnic at a nearby park, offer limited banking options, and sell tickets to some tourist attractions.
The fastest bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka takes only 2 ½ hours.
Mt. Fuji is an active volcano, but don’t worry – the last recorded eruption was in 1707.
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