Travel Information Japan
- FLAG 🇯🇵
- CAPITAL Tokyo
- GOVERNMENT parliamentary democracy with constitutional emperor
- CURRENCY Yen (¥, JPY)
- POPULATION 126,434,964 (2014 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 377,915km² (water: 13,430km² land: 364,485km²)
- LANGUAGES Japanese, is the most commonly spoken language, Ainu, Ryukyuan, and English
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Japan uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+09:00
- LOCATION Japan is located in Eastern Asia
Most popular cities in Japan
- Tokyo — the capital and main financial centre, modern and densely populated.
- Hiroshima — large port city
- Kanazawa — historic city on the west coast
- Kyoto — ancient capital of Japan, considered the cultural heart of the country, with many ancient Buddhist temples and gardens
- Nagasaki — ancient port city in Kyushu
- Nara — first capital of a united Japan, with many Buddhist shrines, and historical buildings
- Osaka — large and dynamic city located in the Kansai region
- Sapporo — largest city in Hokkaido, famous for its snow festival
- Sendai — largest city in the Tohoku region, known as the city of forests due to its tree lined avenues and wooded hills
Sockets & Plugs
Japan uses 100V, 50/60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
Japan uses the Japanese yen (symbol: ¥), code JPY.
Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 yen. Yen is subdivided into 100 sens. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yens.
Credit & debit cards
Accepted only within large businesses
Credit cards are only accepted within Japan from large businesses & hotels. Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club, UnionPay and Discover are pretty rare. RuPay is unknown.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Japan. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Japan has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Do not tip
Almost no one in Japan asks for tips. It is not expected nor obligatory to give a tip. In fact offering a gratuity may be considered rude.
Internet speed in Japan is on average 17.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Japan is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about ¥3,879.55, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Softbank, KDDI au or NTT Docomo.
Japan uses GSM mobile networks.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Japan upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Japan, dial +, then 81 (the country code for Japan), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Very low crime rate
Japan has a very low crime rate . It is a safe place to live and travel. It is extremely unlikely you will be physically assaulted while walking down the street. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Japan you drive on the left side. Most cars have automatic transmission.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas, 50-80 km/h (31-49 mph) on undivided highways, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 20 years old.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 110
- Ambulance 119
- Fire department 119
- Coast guard 118
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Tick-borne Encephalitis
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