United Kingdom

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About the United Kingdom

  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling (£)
  • Exchange Rate: £1- $1.27USD
  • Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT0)
  • High Season: June-August
  • Visa Requirements: Not required for most citizens of Europe, Australia, NZ, US, and Canada
  • Electricity: 230v with 3-prong plug
  • Emergency: 999 for ambulance and fire
  • Transportation: Trains and buses are convenient between major towns and cities in the country. Cars are best for more flexibility or when visiting small, out-of-the-way locations.
  • Accommodations: International hotels, boutique hotels, and B&Bs are popular.
  • For families: Hotel rooms tend to be small so keep that in mind when booking accommodations. In older, less touristy areas, elevators or ramps for strollers may be hard to find.

U.K. Itineraries

1 Week in Japan

2 Weeks in Japan

3 Weeks in Japan

4 Weeks in Japan

1 Week in Okinawa

Packing Lists

Packing List for Japan in Summer
Packing List for Japan in Spring
Packing List for Winter in Japan

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