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- Language: Japanese- 日本語 (“Nihongo”)
- Currency: Yen (¥)
- Exchange Rate: 110¥– $1USD
- Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (GMT+9)
- High Season: April-May, August
- Visa Requirements: None for up to 90 days (most countries)
- Electricity: 100v AC with 2-prong plug like North America
- Emergency: 119 for ambulance and fire
- Transportation: Trains are the most popular form of transportation. They are reliable and convenient.
- Accommodations: International hotels, traditional hotels (ryokan), and AirBNBs are popular.
- For families: Hotels charge per person, not per room so everyone must be on the reservation. Most public bathrooms have an abundance of facilities for babies/toddlers and often have separate parent rooms with changing tables, bottle warmers, and private nursing rooms. In older, less touristy areas, elevators or ramps for strollers can be hard to find.
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Norwegian Wood– Haruki Murakami
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I am a Cat– Natsumi Sōseki
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The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto– Pico Iyer
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