Monday, April 30, 2007

Japan's Climate

Japan is blessed with four distinct seasons.The climate varies by region and is greatly influenced by monsoons that sweep between the continent and the ocean.That's because Japan is long and narrow, stretching from north to south, with a complex topography.

The seasons:Spring: March-May (Bring a light jacket.)June: The rainy season, a time of transition from spring into summer, begins in June and usually lasts through mid-July (Bring a raincoat, umbrella, and shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting wet!)

Summer: July-September (High temperatures and very humid; if you are coming for business make sure to bring lots of undershirts, if you are coming to travel make sure to bring lightweight clothing that can be easily washed)

The typhoon season stretches from late August into September (bring a windbreaker and raincoat). The typhoon can stop or delay flights, causing inconveniences to travel plans. Summer in Okinawa and Hokkaido, however, are beautiful.

Autumn: October and November (Bring a coat or jacket.)

Winter: December-February (Bring a heavy coat.) Japan has a reputation as a country with a warm climate, but there are quite a few regions that get a lot of snow. If you are a skier, you might enjoy the slopes of Hokkaido and the Hokuriku region by the Sea of Japan.How about a trip to the hot springs during the snow season? You don't have to be Japanese to appreciate the beauty of a snow-covered landscape while soaking in a hot outdoor bath.At any time of the year you will find different ways to enjoy Japan. Visit Japan at various times throughout the year, and you will find a landscape that changes with every season.

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Guide to Japan

Planning Phase for Japan Holiday

My wife and I are planning to go on a holiday to Japan, we are in the process of planning the holiday. And I hope to share my holiday plan with everyone so that the next time somebody would like to visit Japan they can at least follow this guide for a rough plan.

First of all, I think the most important thing to find out its the Japan currency and a good search of google have some information ready for me.

The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.


Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are commonly available in large urban areas throughout Japan. However, many do not accept foreign credit cards or cash cards and their service hours are very often restricted. Many ATMs operate only during banking hours (9:00-3pm) although some remain open until 18:00-20:00 on weekdays. Often, weekend services are restricted to Saturday mornings.

For ATMs that accept credit cards, it is advised to contact each credit company beforehand and check the location of each ATM and its availability as these conditions vary from machine to machine.

Foreign credit, debit and cash cards can be used at over 26,000 Post Office ATMs in locations throughout Japan. Post offices where this service is available display stickers indicating which cards are accepted. Cards from the Cirrus, Plus, Maestro and Visa Electron networks can be used. Accepted credit cards include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.

In addition to Japan Post offices, foreign ATM cards and credit cards are also accepted at any Citibank and some Shinsei Banks. Citbank can be found in larger Japanese cities, with most ATMs open 24hours and selected branches with consultations available in English till 7pm.

Exchange Rates Guide

Today's Yen Rates!






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