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Capital city: Tokyo.
Currency: Yen (in ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000 and ¥10000 notes).
Cuisine: Mastering (or struggling to grasp) the art of eating sushi with chopsticks is one of Japan’s culinary joys. You’ll also find a huge variety of rice dishes, noodles and broths to enjoy.
Tipping etiquette: Tipping is not expected.
Saying hello: “Konnichiwa” in person; “moshi moshi” over the phone.
WHEN TO GO
Japan has four distinct seasons, and temperatures vary across the Japanese archipelago. Hokkaido in the north has large snowfalls in the winter months, which makes it a favourite for skiing. If you’re here in the spring, you’ll be able to see the famous cherry blossom. Peak holiday seasons for the Japanese themselves are April and mid-August, but you can easily travel around the country at any time of year.
If you’re out on the town and you miss the last train, don’t worry. Many bars and clubs stay open until the first train of the morning, normally at 5am.
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