Information about Japan

Japan is a country made up of many islands, with the main islands being Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Okinawa and Shikoku. Within these islands are many large cities, most notably the capital of Japan, Tokyo, the next big city Yokohama, the third largest Osaka, the old capital Kyoto, Sapporo in Hokkaido and Fukuoka on Kyushu Island. Apart from the big cities, the country has plenty of natural scenery (including Mount Fuji), natural Onsens, waterfalls and more.

The climate varies considerably depending on the season and area, with most places being particularly hot and humid during the summer (apart from the most Northern regions), cold during the winter and rainy during spring.

The main language Japanese, however, there are many English signs, help and translation services in most parts of the country, and occasionally in other languages such as Korean and Mandarin.

Visiting Japan

When it comes to tourist visits, Japan is a country that greatly appreciates and caters to visitors. There is plenty of assistance for travellers who need it and many services to make your trip less stressful. The transportation systems and in particular the rail system make it very easy for visitors and residents to travel around the country.

Many people are interested in visiting Japan because it offers many different things. Visitors are offered a chance to learn more about the tradition and culture of Japan through visits to Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Castle ruins, traditional Onsens (hot springs) and more. Tourists can also take part in many traditional activities such as watching a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, going to Japanese Matsuri (festivals) which take part in places all over the country year round, watching Kabuki traditional Japanese theatre, watching the traditional sport Sumo, and more.

Japan has an abundance of natural scenery. The landscape of the country features many mountains, forest areas, beaches, islands, islets, cliffs and more. Thanks to its landscape, visitors can also take part in outdoorsy activities such as hiking, water sports, winter sports, cliff climbing, and it is even possible to climb the famous Mount Fuji during the summer season.

That is not all though. The country has many modern cities too, so if you are into bright lights, shopping, night life and technology, then you too will enjoy a trip to Japan.

Relocating to Japan

For those who are interested in more than just visiting but want to stay long-term in Japan, relocating to Japan for work, study, family or cultural activities can be an option. For stays over three months, you will need to apply for a work visa or long-term stay visa before relocating to Japan. It is also advised to find a job in Japan before relocating as this makes the visa process a lot easier. For those aged 18-30 and from certain countries the option of taking part in the working holiday scheme is also available.

The Japanese community abroad

Most Japanese expatriates are located in the United States or Brazil, with a smaller number in Australia, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Thanks to the relocation of many Japanese people to these countries, there are now many Japanese descendants in countries such as Brazil and the United States. The people of Japan are avid travellers and tourists ' annually, many Japanese travel abroad for leisure, with some of the most popular destinations being the United States, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Australia.