Japan: country information
Since October 2018, the procedure for obtaining a Japanese visa for Russians has been simplified. Relaxation received participants in organized tours. If you are traveling to Japan with a tourist company, everything you need from you, — Stamp passport, copy of the pages of an internal passport with a photo and registration at the place of residence, as well as two completed visa profiles with photos. Travel and air tickets is confirmed by travel agency.
If you are heading to the country in a private manner, then the documents submitted by the applicant are not enough — It is necessary to provide papers from the inviting party (be it a private person or travel agency). The applicant requires: a visa profile with photos, confirmation of armor and hotels, a copy of a civil passport, a certificate of work with a salary / certificate from the place of study, a warranty letter about sponsorship, if you do not pay for the trip. The set from the host differs depending on the purpose of the arrival (tourism, visit to relatives or a business trip). A detailed list of documents can be clarified on the Japan Embassy website. As for the visa collection, it is actually absent, although $ 10–15 For sending documents, still have to pay. You will also need to pass the palm scanning and photography of the face upon arrival at the airport. Visa grade — from four working days. If refusing the applicant cannot re-apply for a visa for six months.
From April 1, 2019, a hotline has a hotline for issues of visas for foreigners, planning to visit Japan. Telephone for consultation in Russian: 8-800-551-03-19 (free of charge). Opening hours (Moscow time): Mon-Fri, from 01:15 to 18:00.
How to get?
Japan can be reached by two ways: by plane and ferry.
First option — From Moscow to Tokyo for 10 hours you can deliver the airline «Aeroflot» (daily flight) and JAL (3 flights per week). Also direct flights to this country from Khabarovsk are held by the airline «Siberia» (flight time – 2.5 hours). In Vladivostok, you can use as a flight «Siberia», So the summer flights of the airline «Yakutia» In Niigatu. In the first case, the flight will take 2 hours 10 minutes, in the second – 6 hours 40 minutes.
The second way to get to Japan — Take the ferry. Flights from Vladivostok and finds to Niigatu cost from 10,000 rubles. and from Korsakov (Sakhalin) in Vakkaanay cost from 9 000 USD, But they are focused on transportation of cars, so for tourists are not suitable. Another variant — Ferry Eastern Dream (cost from 10,000 to 40,000 rubles.) from Vladivostok to Sakaiminato with a stop in Donhe (South Korea). The duration of the flight is 4.5 days.
Imported to Japan is allowed:
- any sum of foreign or local currency. If you drive more than 1 million yen (approximately $ 9,000 or 600,000 rubles.), they need to declare;
- 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500 gr. tobacco;
- 3 bottles of alcohol (0.75 l each);
- 56 ml of spirits;
- Other things are no more expensive than 200 thousand. yen (approximately $ 1800 or 120,000 rubles.);
- Pets (in the presence of permission of the Quarantine Bureau of Japan no later than 40 days before the trip).
It is forbidden to import plants of any kind (fruits, indoor flowers), meat and products from it, wild animals, pornography, cruel materials or undergoing public order countries on any media.
There are limitations and imports of medicines.
The main cash banking system of Japan is the yen, which is equal to 100 senses. Actual course (for March 2016): 1 JPY = 0.6 RUB. Banks work daily from 9.00 to 15.00 on weekdays, from 9.00 to 12.00 — In the first and last Saturday of the month. On Sundays and Festive Days, all branches are closed. Money from any international map can be removed in Kombini (minimarket) 7leven. The minimum amount available for issuing is 10 thousand. yen (about $ 90 or 6,000 rubles.).
The weather on various Islands of Japan is sharply different, as the Japanese archipelago is strongly stretched from north to south. Climate in winter is soft here, temperature below 0°C is only possible in the northern regions, but even then frost does not happen. In the center of the country is sunny, with fast snow, and in the south the temperature is always above zero, there is no snow.
Spring — The best time to visit Japan, as the temperature during the day is already greater than 10°S, shines the sun. At the end of March, Sakura flowering begins — Japanese cherry, and after an apricot tree. Summer weather comes in May — Sometimes the thermometer column rises to 30°WITH.
Japanese summer comes in June with the arrival of the season of rains, which lasts from three to four weeks. Then Japan attend Typhoon. In this period, it is not recommended to visit the country of the rising sun due to high humidity and temperature.
Autumn prevails dry warm weather favorable for travel. The difference between day and night temperatures increases. In November, the leaves of maples covering the mountains, painted in yellow-red colors, making them similar to the motley carpet.
What to see?
Japan is beautiful with its old architecture — There are many temples and palaces, a large number of which is located in the capital. So, one of the most famous is the Temple of Meiji in Tokyo. This is the largest shinto sanctuary in the city, which is dedicated to Emperor Maidie and his wife Empress Seng. This is a typical example of a unique Japanese temple architecture. In the local garden you can see all the varieties of trees and shrubs growing in Japan (more than 100 thousand. Of them were donated to people from all over the country).
Another sample of traditional architecture — Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Just here twice a year — on the occasion of the new year and the birthday of the emperor — his whole family appears on the balcony, welcoming the gathered citizens.
If you want to visit another famous city — Kyoto, be sure to visit the Kinkaku-Ji Temple. This name is translated as «Golden Pavilion», Because all it is covered with sheets of pure gold, and sparkling Chinese phoenix is located on his roof. Pavilion is used as Syariden — Buddha relic storage. Kinkaku-Dzi’s valuable monuments include the portrait of Segun Asicagi Esimita, Cabinet Dais and Monastery Garden.
The same city has both no less interesting attractions — Kyoto International Museum of Manga (Japanese Black and White Comics). More than 200 thousand were collected here. Copies of books with drawn stories, including rare post-war books and magazines of Meiji period, in particular, manga magazine Eshinbun Nihonchi 1874.
Do not forget to visit the Nara Prefecture, the famous Shinto Muslims (Dzinzya) and Buddhist temples. One of the most famous — Jingguan Isonokami, located in Tenry. The main shrine here — Gem Sword. According to legends, this is the legendary sword of Tutsuk-No-Tsurugi, which Susano struck the Dragon of Yamata-No-Oryothe and helped Emperor Jimmu to subjugate Japan. The sword was found in the Imperial Palace under the Emperor of Support and in 93 BC. NS. Transferred to them in the temple of saint. Also in the inside of the sanctuary are kept a large collection of cold weapons. One of the special relics of this meeting is Nanacia-but-Tati, a sword with family blades, made in 369.
In Japan, it is best to move on trains. Standing in advance. Metro and Lines JR (Japan Rail — Japanese railway) in all cities that you would like to visit. Optimal option — The map with the names of the stations written by Kanzi’s hieroglyphs with latin decoding – it will be easier to navigate.
Tokyo city lines of electric trains, unlike Russian, do not allow just entering the subway and go anywhere. In one city, they can belong to different companies and transitions between them are charged separately. However, this does not create problems, there is always the opportunity to buy tickets at once several companies. It is only important to clearly understand your route.
Intercity transport in Japan can be divided into several types: ordinary trains (the most slow, they are also called local), express and high-speed Shinkansen trains (similar to the Russian «Sapsan»).
In order to reduce the costs at the maximum movement of railway transport, it is recommended to use the JR Pass ticket (has a fixed price and guarantees unlimited travel to 7, 14 or 21 days), which can only be purchased outside of Japan in accredited travel companies. Their addresses, as well as the coordinates of the offices of the passage in Japan, can be viewed on the official website of JR Pass. The price is usually varied from 29 to 59 thousand. yen (from $ 250 to $ 550 or about 18,000 to 35,000 rubles.). It depends on the term and type of ticket (children or adult).
Rent a car in Japan is not so easy. It is necessary to have international rights that correspond to the Geneva Convention, whereas in Russia issues documents in accordance with the Vienna Convention. Therefore, you need to translate your international driver’s license to Japanese. This can be done in the embassy or in the Japanese automotive federation. The cost of services for written translation: 3 000 yen (about $ 27.5 or 2000 rubles.). In the case of shipment by mail, you need to pay the cost of postal services in the amount of 290 yen ($ 2,7 or approximately 180 rubles.).
Another way to move around the city – Rent a bike. This service is available at hotels, near the metro or at the rental locations. Standard price 1000-2000 yen ($ 18 or approximately 1 200 USD) if not included in the cost additional services, such as 200 yen helmet ($ 1,8 or 120 rubles.) or rain cape for 100 yen ($ 0.92 or 62 rubles.). Bicycle trips are also available at a price of 4,500 yen ($ 41 or 2,800 rubles.) for 3 hours and 13 000 yen ($ 119 or 8 049 USD) 7.5 hours, they include bike rental, management (in Japanese and English), snacks, accidents from accidents.
How to say?
Japanese dominates in Japan, naturally. English is not so common as in Europe, but some of the youth can speak freely on it. Therefore, it is better to order excursions in Russian or English when you are going to inspect the sights. And in domestic situations you can use a phrasebook or in an emergency to seek help from the police in English.