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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Japan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Japan.
Currencie(s): Japanese yen
Tipping: Not practiced in Japan and may cause confusion or insult if attempted without using an envelope. Like many other countries in East Asia, Japanese people see tipping as insulting.
Corruption: Japan has a corruption score of 27 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Japan, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Japan is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Japan is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.37 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Osaka is 20.
Age of Consent: 13 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Japan.
Japan scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 100 V (50 Hz / 60 Hz), Plug A / B
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 5 and 7.2°C (41 and 45°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.7 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Japan.