Japan travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Japan with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Japan.

Japan travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Japan with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Japan - quick facts
Flight time 11.5 to 15 hours
Time difference UK +9 hours
Language(s) Japanese
Currency Japanese Yen
Electricity A + B plug (100V)
Driving side Left

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK.

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Japan weather

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Japan travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Japan from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Japan.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Japan travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Japan with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Japan, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Japan covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Japan with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Japan FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Japan including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Japan due to Covid-19?

Japan is open for tourism from the UK.

Negative PCR test results or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for arrivals from the UK.

Check out Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, Japan for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Japan?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Japan. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to Japan from the UK?

The flight time to Japan from the UK is typically 11.5 to 15 hours.

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What is the time difference between Japan and the UK?

The time difference between Japan and the UK is UK time+9 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Japan?

The main language spoken in Japan is Japanese.

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What is the currency in Japan?

The currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY).

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Which plugs are used in Japan?

Japan uses electrical plug type A + B (100 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Japan?

They drive on the left side of the road in Japan.

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