For your holidays in Japan and abroad

Japan readily becomes a top tourist destination with its rich history, exciting culture, delectable food, and diverse landscape. According to estimates, about 30 million tourists visit this East Asian country every year. It was also ranked as the number one tourist destination in the world on the Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021 of the World Economic Forum.

If you plan to visit Japan to have the many unique experiences it is known to offer, you would want to know if the country requires international travelers to carry insurance. Read on to know all about Japan’s travel insurance requirements.

Does Japan Require Travel Insurance?

US citizens do not need travel insurance for Japan, as it is only a requirement for travelers who need a visa for Japan.

US citizens are exempted from the visa for short-term stays in Japan, up to 90 days. However, getting one is recommended as a travel insurance policy will come in handy in any unforeseen situation. The US Department of Health also strongly recommends carrying supplemental insurance that covers medical treatments and evacuation.

One primary reason why it is recommended that you take travel insurance for Japan is that the country’s medical system requires foreigners to show proof of funds to cover their entire cost of treatment before providing any medical services. You don’t want to be in a situation where you’re denied medical care because you cannot prove your ability to pay. Therefore, it’s best to carry travel insurance for Japan with adequate medical coverage.

Japan Travel Insurance FAQs


What documents do I need to travel to Japan?

American citizens traveling to Japan require a passport valid for the intended duration of the stay and at least one blank page.

You may also be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Does Japan require International Medical Coverage?

Japan does not require international medical coverage, but it is highly recommended that tourists carry one to pay for any medical emergency.

What vaccinations are required to visit Japan?

You may only be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, but the CDC suggests getting the following vaccines as well before traveling to Japan:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Tick-borne Encephalitis
  • Routine Vaccines – Chickenpox, MMR, Flu, Polio, Shingles, and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis


Why choose AXA Travel Insurance for Japan?

AXA travel insurance is the most comprehensive travel coverage you could get. The plans include an extensive range for trip cancellation, travel interruption, baggage loss, emergency medical treatment and evacuation, and much more. Contact us to learn more and find the best travel insurance for your Japan visit.

What are the neighboring countries of Japan?

Japan is an island nation, so it doesn’t share land borders with any country. However, it does share maritime borders with several countries in the east. These include:

  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • The Philippines


What is the best time of year to visit Japan?

The best time of the year to travel to Japan is between March and May to witness the gorgeous cherry blossoms. However, it is also the peak tourist season, so be prepared for large crowds. September to November is also an excellent time to visit Japan weather-wise.

What is the local currency of Japan and its exchange rate for USD?

The currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen, and its current exchange rate for USD is 1 Japanese Yen = 0.0075 USD.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Japan? If yes, which ones?

Even though the prevalent form of payment is still cash in Japan, credit cards are generally accepted in most places. Visa and MasterCard are Japan's two most widely accepted international credit cards. Some areas may also take American Express cards, but some may deny them due to their high merchant fees.

What local customs and cultural norms tourists visiting Japan should be aware of?

Japanese are known for their strong cultural values and firm adherence to traditions. Here are some of the things tourists visiting Japan should be careful of to avoid hurting the locals’ sentiments:

  • Japanese do not tip. In some places, tipping may even be considered rude or insulting.
  • Avoid talking loudly on public transport.
  • Dress modestly and be respectful in temples and shrines. Also, avoid talking loudly.
  • Littering is an offense in Japan.
  • Eating or drinking on the subway or while walking is considered rude.
  • It’s considered rude to bring dirt to someone’s house. So, if you’re invited to a local’s house, you should take off your shoes at the door and wear guest slippers.

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