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My husband is looking to go on a trip to Japan.....?

and we were wondering if anyone out there has gone recently. We need some price ranges for the total trip and if we need to get any types of vaccinations. Also, what time of the year is the best to go and what area to go to. Any information would be great. Thanks!

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Japan that sounds like a fun place to visit and the best place to get a price range would be websites of the travel agencies and airports that you will be using for your trip. Or if they don't have a website just give them a call and ask the about this. The best time to visit would be Spring and Fall.

  • _
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You do NOT need any vaccinations to come to Japan!

    For ticket prices, try eBookers or another online agent. It's simpler that way ...!

    King seems to have found the info for sightseeing - and I agree with the person who said summer is HOT! Spring and Autumn are very pleasant..!

  • 1 decade ago

    I would not go in the summer - it is very hot and humid there. (Especially in the cities.) Most of the rest of the year is pleasant.

    There are one or two shots they recommend before going - but I can't recall what they are. (Since most of Japan is pretty civilized, it isn't like going to a third world country.)

    Have fun!!

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