Top Things to See and Do
Tokyo is a quirky, curious metropolis that pulses with a constant energy. Its passion for everything new sharply contrasts with the traditional culture that still permeates the city.
Step back in time and walk the narrow streets of Takayama, admiring the well preserved 17th century merchant houses and traditional wooden Japanese homes.
Gion & Geisha
Gion is the famous entertainment and geisha quarter on the eastern bank of the Kamo-gawa. Many of the restaurants and teahouses are exclusive establishments for geisha entertainment.
After Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park's opening in the 60s many thousand of people from around the world have visited the park to see the Japanese Macaque. They are a species native to northern Japan and can survive the winter temperatures of below -15°C. This is a unique experience watching the monkey play or even swim in the natural hotsprings while they ignore the eager human watchers.
UNESCO World Heritage - listed Kyoto is Japan's former imperial capital. This ancient city boasts over 2000 classic Buddhist temples, palaces, Shinto shrines, gardens and wooden houses.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Spring in Japan is the time to discover the Cherry Blossom Festival or Sakura Matsuri. In April all over Japan cherry trees are coated in candy-pink blossoms, but with such a short bloom period, you must make the most of the splendid show for as long as you can.
Skiing at Niseko
Japan is dotted with world-class ski resorts, but the soft and powdery snow with an annual average snowfall of more than 15m makes Niseko extremely popular with international skiers. You will find over the eastern side of the mountain of Nieseko Annupuri four interconnected resorts with more than 800 skiable hectares.
This Shrine is most recognizable by it's iconic "floating" torii gate. The Shrine was designed and built on pier-like structures over the bay so it would appear to be floating on the water separate from the island of Itsukushima.
This volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain for centuries. Enjoy the mountain's natural surroundings by heading to Fuji Five Lake at the foot of the mountain.
Naoshima is an island town in Japan's Seto Island Museum. As the location of the Benesse Art Site, the island has become of the region's biggest tourist attractions. offering a unique opportunity to see some of Japan's best contemporary art in gorgeous natural settings.
Known as the target of the world's first atomic-bomb attack, Hiroshima has now created a Peace Memorial Park standing as a reminder and moving message of peace. Present-day Hiroshima is home to an ever-thriving cosmopolitan community and vibrant night life.
The sport of sumo wrestling originated in Japan and it is the only country where it is practiced professionally. Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where you attempt to force your competitor out of a circular ring or touching the group with anything other than the soles of his feet.
Last Updated: 11 June 2018
New Zealand passport holders must have a valid passport with at least six months' validity beyond their stay in Japan. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days in Japan.
The Japanese Yen (JPY) is the official unit of currency in Japan. Major Credit Card are widely accepted throughout Japan
100V. Two, non-polarized pins.
Japanese is the official language of Japan
Last Updated: 12 June 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
August is the hottest month in Tokyo with an average temperature 26°C and the coldest is January at 5°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 6 in December. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26°C
New Years Day
National Foundation Day
Spring / Vernal Equinox
Marine / Ocean Day
Respect for the Aged Day
Labor Day / Thanksgiving
The Emperor's Birthday