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What language is spoken in Japan? 

The official language of Japan is standard Japanese.

Is English spoken throughout Japan?

English is taught as a second language in schools. However, do not assume every individual you meet will be able to converse in English. Many signs including the subway systems in Tokyo and Kyoto are in both Japanese and English. 

What currency is used in Japan?

The currency used throughout the country is the Japanese yen. Mastercard and Visa are widely used where credit cards are accepted as payment. ATMs are commonplace in Japan.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Japan?

A Visa is not required when travelling from Canada or The United States as a tourist for up to 90 days. 

When is the best time to travel to Japan?

The best time to travel to Japan is between March and April when the short-lived cherry blossoms are in full bloom. October through November is another fantastic time to travel to Japan as the fall leaves attract just as many visitors as the spring. 

Is there transportation within Japan?

The most reliable form of transportation within the country is by train as they are highly regarded as being fast, frequent, comfortable and clean. 

Is Japan a family-friendly destination? 

Japan is an incredibly safe and clean country. However, major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto are crowded and may be somewhat off-putting for families with very young children. Activities that the whole family can enjoy include travelling on the bullet train, experiencing Japanese cuisine and even viewing snow monkeys in Yudanaka!  

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