Japan's weather has big contrasts but in general is temperate with a relatively high rainfall.
Passport / Visa Requirements
Visas are not required for short stays for most nationals of major countries; however, it is best to check your local Japanese embassy for details.
No vaccinations are necessary.
Political / Economic Situation
Japan has a stable, democratic government.
Airports / Air Access
Nara (the main Silk Road site) is easily reached by coach from Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which is served by a number of international carriers.
Road Conditions / Infrastructure
Coaches leave Osaka airport every 90 minutes and it takes about half an hour to reach the city. Nara is also served by rail connections with other cities throughout Japan.