Top 10 Aussie dollar holidays: #6: Japan
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Value for money isn't really how an Aussie traveller would describe a visit to Japan
, but over the last year the value of the Aussie dollar has ensured its placing at number six in our top 10 Aussie dollar holiday destinations.
If you are after a bargain then Tokyo's famous Akihabara district is the place to go for electronics or for any of the big department stores.
Japan has a five percent GST but because the Aussie dollar is worth around 14 percent more than this time last year, you've wiped out the tax and still saved money on the ticket price.
The regions outside Tokyo have always been cheaper to visit and now getting away from the crowds has never been more affordable. Organised tours are a great option to see places like Mt Fuji.
Visas: Visitors from Australia are issued with a three-month tourist visa on each entry to Japan. Foreign tourists are required by Japanese law to carry their passports with them at all times.
Currency: The yen.
Time: GMT +9.
International dialling code: +81.
Electricity: 100 volt with two flat-pin plugs.
Travellers should be "in date" for the standard Australia and New Zealand immunisation schedules. Depending on the time of year of travel and exact destination, other health precautions and preventions may be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, speak to your doctor or visit www.welltogo.com.au or www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Top 10 best value places for Australians to visit
- US dollar up 20.95 percent
- Mexico peso up 20.80 percent
- Taiwanese dollar up 17.15 percent
- Thai baht up 16.18 percent
- Singapore dollar up 14.86 percent
- Japanese yen up 13.92 percent
- British pound up 12.98 percent
- Indonesian rupiah up 11.59 percent
- Euro up 9.78 percent
- Swiss franc up 9.64 percent
Source: Expedia.com.au. Figures reflect appreciation in the Australian dollar against world currencies over six months to October 2009.