International flights from all over the world land in Japan, most of them arriving in Tokyo.
Narita International Airport is located 60 km to the east of central Tokyo. This airport handles mostly international air traffic and is the arrival point of a majority of foreign visitors.
For further information, please visit http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/index.html
Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) is located 14km to the south of Tokyo station.
In 2010, the international terminal was opened at Haneda in conjunction with the completion of a fourth runway.
For further information, please visit http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/
When you rent a car, you should make a reservation in advance by phone or online. Most rental car offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You need to show your driver's license (international driver's licenses are accepted), when you rent a car. You can rent cars in blocks of 6, 12 and 24 hours. The gas tank of the vehicle is filled up when you rent the car; if you do not return the car with a full gas tank, you will have to pay a gas charge. Though rental car charges vary according to company and vehicle size, standard-size vehicle usually rent for about 10,000 yen for 24 hours. There are often backups of traffic on metropolitan expressways and major arteries. The toll on the metropolitan expressways is 700 yen for standard-size vehicles and 1,400 yen for large vehicles (those with a displacement of more than 5,000cc.) Tolls are paid at toll stations.
Taxis have display boards to show the availability status. You can take a taxi displayed as “空車” (Vacant). Taxi stands are located near stations, airports and commercial establishments. You need to wait in line to take a taxi. Generally, passengers ride on the rear seat of the car. Also, the driver operates to open and close a passenger’s door as you get on and get off the taxi, and there is no need to open and close by yourself. The basic fixed fare of a taxi is 710 yen for the initial 2km, and 90 yen is added for each additional 288m. A 20% surcharge is added from 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The passenger capacity of small and midsize taxis is four. The rear door on the left side of a taxi opens and closes automatically; you do not need to open it yourself. Recently, an increasing number of taxis accept credit card payments. You pay the fare when you get off the taxi at your destination.
Every person entering Japan must have a valid passport. In addition, persons coming from certain countries must have a visa issued by Japanese consulate in their own country. Please be aware that in some cases, it takes more than one month to obtain a visa. For details, inquire at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.
The organizer cannot accept responsibility for accidents that might occur. Participants are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.
It is recommended to change foreign currency into Japanese Yen upon your arrival at the airport, as we do not have the currency exchange around town. You can exchange money at international hotels upon presentation of your passport, but there is a limitation of currencies such as EUR, USD, GBP, AUD, HKD or so. In addition, you can withdraw JPY cash from ATM machines in convenience stores like Seven-Eleven.
|Japanese notes are:||10,000 / 5,000 / 2,000 / 1,000|
|Coins are:||500 / 100 / 50 / 10 / 5 / 1|
The use of travellers’ checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries and they are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities. Credit cards like VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 15:00, and you can exchange money at foreign exchange banks, but there are not many. Instead, you can withdraw JPY cash from ATM machines in convenience stores like Seven-Eleven.
There is no custom of tipping in Japan. Instead, at places such as high class restaurants, bars and hotels, a 10% service charge is usually added to your bill.
|In Japan, 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead of columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs. The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Kyoto) and 50 Hertz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo). A convertible type of electrical appliances, such as a travel iron, hair dryer, and shaver will therefore be handy. Otherwise, a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage.|
You can use your mobile phone in Japan in SoftBank Mobile or DOCOMO's 3G (3rd Generation) service area. All you have to do is to bring your own SIM card and insert it to a rental phone or your own 3G handset. For more details, please check with your local mobile phone service provider. Rental phone service is also available upon arrival at Narita Airport or Haneda Airport.
Medical systems and facilities in Japan are well established so that you can expect to receive a high standard medical treatment, should you have a problem with your health during your stay. As the medical costs are expensive, participants are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country.
In the event that you are involved in a traffic accident or crime related incident, dial 110 immediately and tell the police the details.
In the event of a fire, or if you need an ambulance, dial 119 and report what has happened.
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays are the legal holidays in Japan. Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Most restaurants open from lunch time to 10:00 PM or later every day.
All of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. No Daylight Saving Time is practiced in Japan.
Spring is from March to May. In early spring, there are still cold days when a heavy coat is needed, but in May it gets warm enough during the day so that only a short-sleeved shirt is needed. Although there may be days when it gets colder in the morning and evening, most days are generally warm and comfortable.