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Compare travel insurance for Japan

Compare travel insurance for Japan

There’s lots to admire about Japan – Tokyo, Mount Fuji and world-famous cuisine all helped to draw a record 30 million tourists to the country in 2018. Let’s take a look at how to find the right travel insurance before your trip.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
minute read
posted 21 JANUARY 2020

Do I need travel insurance for Japan?

You should get travel insurance for any trip, and it’s no different for Japan. A standard travel policy could protect you against any expensive medical bills if you get sick or injured while you’re abroad.

Cancellation cover could pay out if you need to cancel your trip (as long as it’s for a reason stated in your policy). Your policy should have enough cover for the full cost of your trip. If you need to cut short your visit (say, after a bereavement), let your insurance provider know before you head for home. They’ll tell you whether you’re insured for the particular event, and whether you’ll be able to claim or not. You can then decide if you still want to cut short your holiday.

Japan’s crime rate may be low, but you’ll want travel insurance that protects your belongings against theft, loss or damage. Your policy’s single article limit is the most you can claim back for any one item – check to see if it will cover your most expensive possessions if you need to replace them. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to add those items individually to the policy.

How much is travel insurance for Japan?

If you’re travelling to Japan, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10** for a week or £17*** for annual travel, based on Compare the Market data in December 2019.

**50% of people could achieve a quote of £9.95 for worldwide travel insurance for 1 week based on Compare the Market data in December 2019
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £16.45 for for Worldwide multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in December 2019

What kind of travel insurance could I need for Japan?

The type of travel insurance you’ll need depends on the type of activities you’ve got planned. If you want to go skiing or white water rafting, you might need to get an add-on to your regular travel insurance, or you could look for specialist cover such as extreme sports insurance or winter sports insurance.

Owing to its geographic location, Japan suffers from occasional natural disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes. Again, you may need to look into getting a specialist policy that offers insurance for these types of rare events.

Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

Brits can enter Japan as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to show evidence of a return or onward ticket when you enter the country. Make sure your passport’s valid for the entire length of your trip.

Do I need any vaccinations to go to Japan?

You may not need any vaccinations, but it’s a good idea to check with your doctor about eight weeks before your holiday.

Any other travel tips for Japan?

Climate: You can expect warm summers and very cold winters in the north, whereas it’s fairly temperate with mild winters in the south.  

Time differences: Japan is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Medication: Some common prescriptions are banned under the country’s strict anti-stimulant drug laws, so be careful if you’re planning to bring any medicine into Japan. The UK government’s website has more information.  

Tipping: Generally, it isn’t customary to tip. Japanese culture puts a high value on respect and politeness, so don’t be offended if your tip is refused.

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