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Frommer's Japan by Beth Reiber

By Beth Reiber

You are going to by no means fall into the vacationer traps for those who go back and forth with Frommer's. it is like having a pal exhibit you round, taking you to the locations locals like top. Our specialist authors have already long past all over the place you could go--they've performed the legwork for you, and they are now not afraid to inform it love it is, saving you money and time. No different sequence bargains candid experiences of such a lot of motels and eating places in all rate levels. each Frommer's shuttle advisor is updated, with special costs for every little thing, dozens of colour maps, and intriguing insurance of activities, purchasing, and nightlife. you would be misplaced with out us! Japan could be a bewildering vacation spot, yet Frommer's is helping you shuttle like a professional, with sensible tips about getting round, speaking, undertaking company, and navigating the neighborhood etiquette and customs. now we have incorporated exact instructions to each institution, and dozens of actual maps. you are going to additionally depend on our convenient appendix of worthwhile words and our jap personality key, which lets you simply realize institution names if you see symptoms in the street. In case you are anxious approximately Japan's excessive costs, Frommer's brings you dozens of listings for cheap lodgings and eating places. search for candid reports of the easiest lodgings, from plush, high-tech company lodges to reasonably priced offers and actual ryokan. Meticulously researched, Frommer's Japan is the one consultant you will need to adventure the simplest of this unique land. With Frommer's in hand, you will see all of it, from the swirl of Tokyo's nightlife to the conventional eastern style of Kyoto. no matter if you need to stopover at majestic shrines and temples or discover the serene landscapes of the Japan Alps, it is all right here in a single insightful, basic consultant.

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For Souvenirs: The Japanese are avid souvenir shoppers when they travel, so souvenirs are sold literally everywhere, even near shrines and temples. Nakamise Dori, a pedestrian lane leading to Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple, is one of Japan’s most colorful places to shop for paper umbrellas, toys, and other souvenirs. The two best places for one-stop memento shopping are the Oriental Bazaar (p. 204) in Tokyo and the Kyoto Handicraft Center (p. 340), both of which offer several floors of everything from fans to woodblock prints.

Safeguard your passport in an inconspicuous, inaccessible place like a money belt. If you lose it, visit the nearest consulate of your native country as soon as possible for a replacement. Keeping a photocopy of your passport information page will facilitate its replacement. 30 C H A P T E R 2 . P L A N N I N G YO U R T R I P TO J A PA N 4 Money CURRENCY The currency in Japan is called the yen, symbolized by ¥. Coins come in denominations of ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, and ¥500. Bills come in denominations of ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000, and ¥10,000.

April 16 to 17. Golden Week is a major holiday period throughout Japan, when many Japanese offices and businesses close down and families go on vacation. It’s a crowded time to travel; reservations are a must. April 29 to May 5. May Hakata Dontaku, Fukuoka. Citizens dressed as deities ride through the streets on horseback to the accompaniment of flutes, drums, and traditional instruments. May 3 to 4. Children’s Day is a national holiday honoring young boys. The most common sight throughout 37 Japan is colorful streamers of carp—which symbolize perseverance and strength, attributes desirable for boys—flying from poles.

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