Japan is definitely a country that you should consider for your next bicycle trip or add it on your route around the world. Before we come here, we have heard a lot of positive things about the country and for many, it is included in the Top 10 places to do bicycle travel.
Super safe in every way, it’s a place you’ll be stress free 99% of the time, if something happens to you, you’ll be part of the 1% who had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In those 3 months that we traveled here nothing happened to us, even leaving the bicycle unlocked 95% of the time and pedaling on many busy roads.
Its currency is the Yen (¥) being 100JP ¥ equivalent to 0,90USD. With strong economy, Japan is not the most economical country you will travel, the cheapest you will pay for accommodation in a big and touristic city hostel, will be 1,500JP¥ per person, however, we will talk more about the costs in the course of post.
We will try to give you a good perspectives on several aspects about the country, so when you get here you will not feel lost and without direction. And of course, keep in mind that even reading a few blogs before coming here, we learn a lot from day to day.
We are Brazilians and we needed to get a visa to get in to Japan, for Europeans we have heard that is not needed a visa, but check on your country the Japan Embassy website to see if you will need one.
Different countries different rules. =D
Japan is located in the northern hemisphere and because of this has the seasons of the year defined as follows:
Spring of 21 March – 20 June;
Summer from 21 June to 22 September;
Autumn from 23 September to 21 December;
Winter December 22 – March 20.
The country has 5 main islands, respectively from south to north, Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu and Hokkaido. The best season to visit the country is during spring, except for Hokkaido, the northernmost island, which has the best season during the summer when is dry and with mild temperatures. Honshu during the summer we heard about and read in the guides that is very hot, humid and it is the rainy season in the country. The winter in the country can be very hard but if your plan is to enjoy the ski resorts, this is the best time to visit the country.