Useful info about Japan
Holidays: Japan ranks first in the world in the number nominalnych holidays. 1 January (New year), January 15th (adult Day) 11 February (national Foundation Day), April 29 (Day of spring), may 3 (Constitution Day), may 4 (declared holiday), 5 may (children’s Day – very interesting to Europeans. On this day the streets are filled with children from 3 to 6 years in a bright kimono), September 15 (respect for elders Day), October 10 (health Day), November 3 (culture Day), November 23 (labor Day), December 23 (Emperor’s birthday).
National characteristics: the characteristic Japanese courtesy and friendliness. They appreciate tradition and ceremony.
In Japanese homes, in restaurants floors are covered with tatami (straw). Razivaetsya be taken before you step on them.
Japanese bath (“furo”) is created not for washing, but for rest and relaxation. Before zalest to the bathroom to take a shower. After relaxing in the bath should be drained from hot water, because the water heats up for several people.
Business meetings need to have a business card. People without them, the Japanese call “furano” (tumbleweed). The Japanese pay attention to the level of the hotel, where he stopped negotiating partners. The buyer in Japan is valued more than the seller. During the business meeting maintained the tradition of exchange of inexpensive gifts. During the talks, the fun I can look my partner straight in the eye is disrespectful.
The Japanese derogat ancient traditions. Flower decorations ikebana – need no introduction. It is accepted that Origami (the art of folding figures from paper) relaxes and frees from diseases. Tea ceremony (sado) is a Japanese philosophy of life. Kabuki – created over 500 years ago hasn’t changed. To look at the unique traditional art of geisha many want, but it costs much.
Climate: the climate is monsoonal, but is dominated by subtropical, not temperate the North, in the South – tropical. Frequent typhoons (in late summer and autumn), with strong winds and downpours. Velvet season in Japan is spring (March-April) or autumn (October-November). At this time there are many colourful fiestas. The worst season – summer, rainy, with temperatures up to 40 degrees.
Language: the official language is Japanese. At airports and hotels the staff speak English.
Currency: the national currency is the Japanese yen. In circulation there are Bank notes of all three types are in denominations of 10000, 5000 and 1000 yen, and coins of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen.
Currency exchange: to Exchange large amounts luchshev the airport on arrival, because in hotels are changed no more than 300$ per person per day and in banks exchange procedure is hampered by formalities. Accept payment through major credit cards (remember that in some restaurants credit cards are not accepted).
Visa: For entry into the country must have a passport and visa. The scheme of obtaining a visa is quite complex and implies the need to have a guarantor residing in Japan. The guarantor can be only the person or organization possessing the nationality of Japan or registered in its territory.
For getting visa it is necessary to submit to the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan, the original and one copy of the documents of the inviting party and the guarantor, and also the passport and 1 copy of the first page, passport-size photographs (2 pieces) and 2 forms (each document must be submitted within 3 months from the date of its execution). Documents you must attach the ticket or booking issued by the travel company, as well as a certificate from the tourist company that the applicant bought a tour to this tour company and the certificate from the place of work, study or retirement Udostoverenie. In some cases, required to present evidence of the ability to pay their fees, and the ticket in both parties and a document explaining what the applicant will do in Japan. Documents should be prepared for each individual applicant. Submitted applications are reviewed in the Japanese Foreign Ministry, after which the Japanese Embassy is instructed to issue visas or refusal (by the way, if a visa application is rejected once, then further meaningless motions). The visa itself is free, the fee is charged only in USD 5-10 for processing and forwarding documents in the Japanese foreign Ministry.
The visa is valid for 3 months. The validity of the visa cannot be extended. Restrictions on movement around the country for Russian citizens there. According to Japanese law, foreigners should always carry your passport.
Customs regulations: Foreigners it is possible to import duty free 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco; 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages; 2 ounces (56 millilitres) of spirits; goods up to a value not more than 200 thousand yen. Is strictly prohibited the import of weapons, pornographic materials and drugs. Anyone caught importing drugs will be arrested, deported from the country and he will be denied entry to Japan. Also prohibits the importation of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and animals.
Transport: In Japan you drive on the left, so hiring a car is the citizens of Russia will be uncomfortable. The most comfortable means of travel – public city transport. The fare for subway and bus depends on the duration of the journey. The minimum fare metro ¥ 150, the bus is 220 yen. Taxis are expensive. Very interesting to drive through Japan by high speed train (200 km / h ).
Communication: the Cost of one minute telephone conversation with cities of Russia – about $3. The international line – 001. For calls phone card required.
Shopping: great stores, 10-15 floors, open every day from 9.00 to 21.00. Impressive electronic city “Akihabara”. Is widely recognized as the highest quality the best pearls in the world.
Accommodation: Japanese hotels are quite expensive. A three star hotel that meets European four-star level, can cost You $80-100 per night. Visitors with children of preschool age are encouraged to stay at pensions.
Besides the classical, there are many hotels in the Japanese style “Ryokan”, where customers sleep on the floor on tatami (straw mats), and wash in the furo ( Japanese tub ). A Ryokan is usually located at the hot springs – onsens. This is a small wooden building with several floors in a Japanese style. The rooms have no numbers, but have names, for example flowers. Be sure the room is the tokonoma – a niche of wooden, which is one of ikebana and over which hangs the painting or inscription – kakemono. In an expensive Ryokan in the room can be individual rotenburo.