Japan - Endless Discovery
- EXPERIENCE TRADITION & INNOVATION in JAPAN -
Japan is a place of complexity and contrast – a country where ancient traditions are fused with modern life in a beautiful way. Astonishingly, Japan’s efforts in preserving and promoting its traditional cultures have not stopped the country to emerge as one of the world’s most economically and technologically advanced societies today.
JAPAN Tourism Industry
In 2017, the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked Japan 4th out of 141 countries overall. Ranking highest in Asia, Japan gained high scores in almost all of the featured aspects, such as health and hygiene, safety and security, cultural resources, and business travel. In 2018, Japan attracted 31.19 million international tourists. Japan has 21 World Heritage Sites and the country’s popular tourist attractions include Tokyo and Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, and ski resorts such as Niseko in Hokkaido, among others.
In 2019, Google’s Year in Search ranked Japan as the second highest search term of the travel category, behind the Maldives. In the same year, Japan gathered $41 billion in international tourism receipts, according to the 2019 UN World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Highlights.
Japan is the host for the 2020 Olympics, which was postponed to the following year.
Japan, is an archipelago lying off the east coast of Asia. Nearly the entire land area is taken up by the country’s four main islands – Hokkaidō, Honshū, Kyūshū, and Shikoku. There are also nearly 4,000 smaller islands. Almost four-fifths of Japan is covered with mountains with Mount Fuji as the most famous and highest peak.
Japan’s culture has changed dramatically throughout the years, from the country’s prehistoric Jōmon Period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America. Despite this, Japan’s rich traditional culture is still evident in the country until today.
On the surface, Japan may appear outstandingly modern, but travelling around it offers numerous opportunities to connect with the country’s traditional culture. Nevertheless, the Japanese culture of being hardworking people who dutifully respect family traditions is still very evident in present times.
FactS About JAPAN
Japan is one of the safest countries to visit because of two main reasons: very low crime rates and responsible citizens. Violent crime in Japan is almost non-existent because Japanese people value peace and prosperity over minor inconveniences or trifles that may lead to conflict.
Japan is known to be an expensive travel destination compared to other Asian countries; but just like any other destination, anyone can always find ways to travel in Japan in an affordable manner. Visiting or staying in Japan is definitely not that hard or expensive especially if you plan about it in advance. On the other hand, for most travelers coming from Europe, Japan is still quite cheap.
Speaking English is one of the major challenges in Japan. The Japanese government has been working to bridge this language gap by initiating various programs in its Education sector. Despite this, tourists from all over the world are still flocking Japan all year round. Even if English is not commonly spoken in Japan, any traveler who wants to visit the country will still experience a hospitable welcome from the friendly Japanese people.
Almost all major airlines and airports in the world offer flights to Japan. The country’s most important international airports are Tokyo’s Narita Airport in Tokyo, Kansai Airport in Osaka, Haneda Airport in Tokyo, and Central Japan Airport in Nagoya. It is pretty easy to get around Japan as they have a very efficient public transport system. The shinkansen (bullet train) network runs all the way from the southernmost of Japan’s major islands up to its northernmost areas, and the reasonably priced rail passes make it even better.
All travelers going to Japan are highly advised to be updated and aware about routine vaccinations before planning the trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and the yearly flu shot. It is best to ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are coming from, where you are going, and how long you are staying in the country.