Japan, a country of fascinating contrasts, never ceases to surprise those who have been venturing there for a few centuries now. Combining rigorous traditions and exalted modernism, the Japanese mentality plunges the foreigner into a constant paradox. If Shinto shrines delight the traveller with their majestic character, overflowing with wisdom and harmony, the noisy and frightening life of large cities, disfigured by multiform skyscrapers and countless flashing neon pubs, leaves you with a feeling of exile and confusion that is quite disturbing.

Its magnificent landscapes, dominated by Mount Fuji and its permanent threat, its ancestral culture that continues despite Western influences, make this country a destination whose exoticism can only lead to wonder. Living in Japan means discovering the mysteries of yesterday as well as considering the extraordinary possibilities of an enigmatic future. Welcome to Japan!

Nom de la monnaie locale : Japan Yen ( ¥ )
1 USD = 151,79 JPY
Date de mise à jour : 2024-04-08 08:00:02

Concerning the cost of living, Japan is known to be a fairly expensive country. However, consuming locally will allow you to save a lot of money!

Some price examples :

Basic products Price in Euros and in Japanese Yen
1L of water (bottle) 0,74€ / 91 JPY
1 meal (2 dishes) 5,9€ / 730 JPY
1 bus ticket 1,38€ / 170 JPY

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Vaccines and specific advice:

Find out about the vaccines you should make before going to this country and about the preventive and/or treatment measures for local diseases.


  • Vaccine updates, specific vaccines: 1-3 months before departure
  • Visit your doctor for any health problem, prescription renewal, contraception, etc. In addition, you will need to send your coordinator a certificate from your doctor certifying that you are well suited to take part in an international volunteering project.
  • Dentist: a dental check-up can be useful before going!

We advise you to visit the website of your country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry to consult the advice for every country.

Advice for American travellers here

Advice for Canadian travellers here

Advice for English travellers here

Japan travel advice

(dernière mise à jour faite le 2018-11-29T07:29:52+00:00)

Latest update: Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel

Pour plus d’info, lisez la dépêche complète Japan travel advice

JCN is a Japanese organization founded by two American expatriates living in Japan, teaching English and helping cats since 1993. They founded the group after having success in cat care in their own community through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) programs, a population control method in which street cats are captured to be sterilized and returned to their place of origin.


This local partner was created in 1990 by 7 young people who participated in international workcamps in Europe.

The goals of the organization :

  • Creating, developing and updating a self-sufficient and warm civilization with an ecological aim.
  • Encouraging NGO activities and the activation of local communities.
  • Promoting global friendship, understanding and solidarity.

If you are British, Canadian or American, you do not need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days.

You have to prove with a plane ticket that you will leave the Japanese territory 3 months maximum after arrival.

Naturally, we invite you to visit the embassy’s website before departure in order to be informed about any possible changes.

  • Embassy of Japan in the UK

101-104 Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Phone +44-20-7465-6500

Fax +44-20-7491-9348

Email [email protected]

Website URL www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/

  • Embasssy of Japan in the USA

2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW
20008 DC
United States

Phone +1-202-238-6700

Fax +1-202-328-2187

Email [email protected]
[email protected]

Website URL http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/

  • Embassy of Japan in Canada

255 Sussex Drive
K1N 9E6

Phone +1-613-241-8541

Fax +1-613-241-2232

Email [email protected]

Website URL www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp

List of projects available in Japan