Currency in Japan is the "yen." You can obtain yen at currency exchange desks at major airports around the world, Haneda Airport, Narita Airport and currency exchange shops in Tokyo. Exchange at the airport is recommended for your convenience. Most foreign currencies and travelers' checks can be exchanged at banks and hotels where you stay. However, we highly recommend purchasing travelers' checks or cash in Yen or U.S. dollars before leaving your home countries. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.
Most hotels, major department stores, restaurants, and convenience stores accept VISA, Master, JCB, Amex and Diners. However, small shops like station kiosks vending machines and train tickets for short distances do not accept credit cards. It is advisable to bring a certain amount of cash.
Traveler's checks are acceptable at most banks.
Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit, debit and ATM cards, which are issued outside of Japan. The big exception is the ATMs found at the post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan, including Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. In addition, international ATMs can be found at international airports, in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
|Money Exchange||6:00-22:00 at Airport,
10:00-19:00 at Tokyo, Open 365days
|Supermarket||Mostly 9:00-20:00, Depending on stores|
|Convenience Stores||Mostly open 24 hours|
|Post Offices||9:00-17:00, Closed on Saturday and Sunday|
|Department Stores||10:00-20:00 Open 7 days|
Voltage in Japan is 100V A.C., 2-flat-pin plug Type-A. It is difficult to find 3-pin compatible sockets, 120V, 200V, and 220V. An adapter is advised for the use of electrical equipment.
Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan unless mentioned otherwise. Also you can buy mineral water at convenience stores, super markets, and kiosks, etc.
Smoking is prohibited inside most buildings and stations, except in designated smoking areas. In addition, an area nearby the meeting venue, Chiyoda-ku area is under the ordinance banning smoking. If you smoke in pubic area,there is a possibility to be found a penalty.
Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Consumption tax currently rate 8%, and prices shown on the price tag include tax.
Tipping is not common in Japan, and is not generally done in any situation.
NTT DoCoMo, Softbank, au KDDI and E-mobile are major cellular phone carriers in Japan. Please contact your own cellular phone carrier to establish whether you can use your cell phone in Japan.
Japan Rail Pass
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is offered by the six companies that make up the Japan Railways Group (JR Group). The JAPAN RAIL PASS is the most economical way to travel throughout Japan by JR Group lines. (Not applicable for subway and others lines) Please be aware, however, that some restrictions apply. Please refer to the Japan Rail Pass official website http://www.japanrailpass.net/