Passport and Visa Requirements
Non-Japanese nationals must have a valid passport to enter Japan.
In principle, non-Japanese nationals intending to enter Japan must have, in addition to a valid passport, a valid visa issued by a Japanese consular officer, etc.
As of December 2014, Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 67 countries and regions.
Participants from overseas may check the chart and in case of needing a visa, also check a visa application procedure.
Note the procedure must be different by nationality.
Participants needing a visa may ask the registration desk (reg-aocnmb2017[A]convention[D]co[D]jp( Please chainge [A] to @ [D] to . )) acting on behalf of the conference organizer for visa application documents after paying the registration fees for the conference. Please note an additional fee will be charged for this service. Requests for visa documents must be placed at least a month before the conference to ensure the visa is issued on time.
Participants from overseas are encouraged to purchase travel insurance covering accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks. The conference organizer cannot accept responsibility for insuring participants during their stay.
The climate in October is mostly dry and comfortable, but also changeable. Average temperature in a day is around 18 degrees Celsius (15 lowest, 22 highest). A light jacket is recommended.
Foreign currencies are not widely accepted in Japan. Note that since relatively few foreign exchange services are available in downtown, purchasing Japanese yen before arriving at the conference venue is recommended.
Traveler’s Checks and Credit Cards
Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Japan.
Credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Diners) are generally accepted in major department stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and convenience stores.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00-15:00 (close on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays). Automatic teller machines (ATMs) of major banks are available to withdraw by a credit card every day from 9:00 to 20:00.
Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, in Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Yokohama and Tokyo, and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug only.
Japan Standard Time is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.