Travel guide

The land of harmony and happiness

Like a journey through time, Japan is a country blending tradition and modernity. The land of the rising sun, long marked by history, has nonetheless demonstrated its ability to open up to the rest of the world by combining its culture with that of the rest of the world. A marriage between different generations, combining traditional/historical monuments and modern architecture. The latter has never ceased to intrigue and fascinate. To discover its many facets, you’ll need to melt into the vibrant capital of Tokyo, visit the temples of Kyoto, climb Mount Fuji and discover the deeper culture. Beyond Mount Fuji, for many visitors the real highlight of their visit is the hospitality of the Japanese themselves. Last but not least, its refined and refined culture is reflected in the traditional dishes you’ll taste and never want to do without. It’s time to plan this amazing trip and let yourself be transported back in time.

Time difference



Japanese yen


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Arigato = Thank you
  • Arigato gozaimasu = Thank you (more politely)
  • Douzo = You’re welcome
  • Hajimemashite = Nice to meet you
  • Ohayo goazimasu = Good morning
  • Konnichi wa = Hello
  • Konbanwa = Good evening
  • Sayonara = Goodbye
  • Ogenki desu ka= How are you?
  • Oyasumi nasai = Good night
  • Itadakimasu = Bon appétit!
  • Gochisoosama deshita = It was delicious
  • Mata aimashou = See you soon
  • Mata ashita = See you tomorrow
  • Sumimasen = Sorry
  • Gomen nasai = I am sorry
  • Onegaishimasu = Please
  • Shitsurei shimasu = Excuse me

Key figures

Japan is at GMT+9:

  • in summer, there’s a 7-hour time difference (when it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 19:00 in Tokyo).
  • in winter, there’s an 8-hour time difference (when it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 20:00 in Tokyo).

Good to know

American plug – Type A or Type B

To call Japan from France: dial 00 + 81 + the city code (without the 0) + your correspondent’s number.

To call France from Japan: dial 00 + 33 + your correspondent’s 9-digit number (without the initial 0).


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Whooping cough
  • Haemophilus B
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pneumococcus
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Flu.

Risk of Japanese encephalitis (viral infection transmitted by infected Culex mosquitoes) from July to October.

Vaccination is recommended during the risk period in the following situations: stays with significant exposure to the outdoors (camping, cycling…).

Protection against mosquito bites is recommended.


Nationals of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada can stay in Japan for up to 3 months without requiring a visa, provided they are traveling for tourism and not for profit. A so-called tanki-taizai visa (temporary residence visa) will be issued on arrival. A valid passport is all you need for your trip (valid at least until the end of your stay). For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.

New security measures have come into force at airports: electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) must be charged and in working order for all flights to and from the United States and London.