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Your passport should be valid until at least the end of your stay.
*Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.
When entering Japan, any animals or meat products (e.g. beef, beef jerky, or sausages) you have brought must undergo animal quarantine inspection and plants you have brought must undergo plant quarantine inspection.
Fill out the required fields in the form that is distributed during the flight or available at the tables in the immigration inspection area.
All individuals entering Japan must submit a Customs Declaration (Declaration of Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Articles) form.
There are no immunizations that are required for entering Japan.
For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes
Tobacco only: 400 cigarettes
Heated tobacco products only: 20 packets of tobacco sticks, etc.
*One packet is equivalent to 20 tobacco sticks.
*The following are duty free limits for certain heated tobacco products.
IQOS: 400 tobacco sticks
glo: 400 tobacco sticks
Ploom TECH: 100 tobacco sticks
Cigars only: 100
Other types of tobacco: 500 g
Alcohol: 3 bottles (760 mL each)
Perfume (excluding eau de cologne and eau de toilette): 2 ounces (1 ounce = approx. 28 mL)
Others: Up to 200,000 yen (total overseas market value)
1. For a total value of over 200,000 yen, articles falling within the 200,000 yen allowance will be tax-free, and any remaining articles will be subject to taxation.
Customs officials will apply taxes after selecting the items that will not be subject to taxation in a way that benefits the traveler.
2. For a single article with a value of over 200,000 yen, for example a bag worth 250,000 yen, the entire 250,000 yen will be subject to taxation.
3. In principle, articles underF the same item whose combined total overseas market value does not exceed 10,000 yen will not be subject to taxation. (e.g., Nine boxes of chocolate worth 1,000 yen each and 2 neckties worth 5,000 yen each would not be subject to taxation.)
Although the islands of Japan are mostly in the temperate zone, it has four distinct seasons. However, as the country stretches lengthwise north to south, it contains different climates, such as the subpolar zone in Hokkaido and subtropical zone in Okinawa. June and July are the rainy season for all of Japan except for Hokkaido. Rainfall becomes increased and prolonged. From July to October, tropical cyclones called typhoons arise in the southern ocean waters and move north. In particular, Okinawa and the Kyushu region experience strong winds and torrential rain that sometimes cause natural disasters.
Spring (March to May): Many days are relatively warmer. Although it often becomes hot during the daytime, it is best to have a light jacket.
Summer (June to August): It is often both hot and humid.
Autumn (September to November): The number of less humid, more comfortable days increases.
Winter (December to February): Seasonal winds from the continents result in plenty of snow on the Sea of Japan side and a cold wind blowing on the Pacific side. The temperature drops quite low as well, so a coat or down jacket is a must.
Consumption tax is levied at a rate of 10% on product purchases, food eaten in-store, admission fees for leisure facilities, and so on. However, as of October 1, 2019, a rate of 8% has remained for food and nonalcoholic beverages. Additionally, you will be charged an "onsen tax" (Municipal tax) when entering hot springs. Although this amount varies by municipality, it is usually around 150 yen. For shops offering tax-free purchases, you are exempt from consumption tax for purchases of 5,000 yen or more (excluding tax) at a single shop in a single day of goods that qualify for a tax refund.
Currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counter at banks or at post offices. There are also currency exchange counters at airports that can be used to exchange the amount you need after arrival in Japan.
Although tipping is not customary, a service charge may be added to your bill. Furthermore, the traditional custom of handing over some money folded into paper or slipped into a decorative paper envelope as a gratuity to the waitress remains at some upscale Japanese inns (ryokans).
Voltage in Japan differs between east and west Japan. It is 100 V with a frequency of 50 Hz in east Japan and 60 Hz in west Japan. You do not have to consider the difference between east and west Japan when using Japanese electrical devices, but a transformer is needed when using non-Japanese devices. Japan uses Type A plugs with two parallel rectangular pins.
Video and DVD
The TV system in Japan is NTSC, and the DVD region code is region 2. Note that DVDs purchased in other countries may not be able to be played on a Japanese DVD player.
Japanese Blu-rays are region code A. Blu-rays with region code A still cannot be played on video players with a different region code.
Although the hours vary depending on the branch or services offered, general over-the-counter services are usually available from 9:00 to 17:00. Some branches have a "Yu-Yu" counter offering postal services on weekends and public holidays.
Airmail postage of postcards to any country is available at the post office for 70 yen. There are 3 types of international mail services each with different delivery rates and delivery times: airmail, Economy Air (SAL), and surface mail.
In Japan, national holidays are stipulated by the Act on National Holidays and are decreed to be public holidays. There are 16 public holidays a year. When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a substitute holiday. If a weekday falls between two public holidays, it also becomes a national holiday.
The Act on National Holidays has been revised, and Health and Sports Day will be permanently renamed as Sports Day from 2020 onward. For the year 2020 only, Marine Day will be on July 23, Sports Day will be on July 24, and Mountain Day will be on August 10.
January 1 New Year's Day
January 13 Coming of Age Day
February 11 National Foundation Day
February 23 The Emperor's Birthday
February 24 Substitute Holiday
March 20 Vernal Equinox Day
April 29 Showa Day
May 3 Constitution Memorial Day
May 4 Greenery Day
May 5 Children's Day
May 6 Substitute Holiday
July 23 Marine Day
July 24 Sports Day
August 10 Mountain Day
September 21 Respect for the Aged Day
September 22 Autumnal Equinox Day
November 3 Culture Day
November 23 Labor Thanksgiving Day
Government and business offices and banks are generally closed two days a week. Shops and restaurants are closed on different days depending on the establishment.
Banks: Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 15:00; closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Note that currency exchange is not available unless there are over-the-counter services. ATMs are generally available from 8:00 to 23:00 on weekdays and Saturdays and until 21:00 on Sundays.
Restaurants: Hours vary by establishment. Casual dining chain restaurants are generally open from 07:00 until late at night, with some open 24 hours a day. Please note that privately-run restaurants have various opening hours, for example being open from 11:00 to 14:00 for lunch, closed in the afternoon, and open again from 18:00 to 22:00 for dinner.
Department stores and shops: From 10:00 or 11:00 to 20:00 or 21:00. The restaurant floors of most department stores stay open until 22:00 or 23:00.
Convenience stores: Most places are open 24-hours a day, 365-days a year.
Tobacco and alcohol are prohibited for those under 20 years of age.
There is generally no fee to use restrooms in parks and other public facilities. If there are separate men's and women's restrooms, they are usually marked with a silhouette of a person in a skirt for the women's restroom and a person in pants for the men's restroom. Some places have multipurpose restrooms that are large enough to fit a wheelchair or caregiver with a child, and are often fitted with handrails, a diaper changing table, and other equipment. Outdoor restrooms are generally kept clean, but it should be noted that this is not always the case. Used toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.
In Japan, it is customary to remove your shoes when entering certain indoor spaces, so please remember to take your shoes off before going inside. When riding an escalator, it is customary to stay on one side to let people who are in a hurry pass on the other side. When getting on an elevator or train, wait first for those getting off as they have priority.
Smoking is prohibited for those under 20. Some regions also have bylaws prohibiting smoking while walking to prevent burns or discomfort to other pedestrians. Be sure to smoke in designated areas. To prevent passive smoking, smoking has been banned within facilities such as schools, child welfare facilities, hospitals and government offices as of July 1, 2019, and banned indoors in principle within all restaurants, offices, places of business, transport facilities, etc. as of April 1, 2020. Please note that anyone found smoking in places where it is prohibited may face a non-penal fine of up to 300,000 yen. Although some facilities may have designated smoking rooms, they are required to display this with a sign at the entrance/exit to the room. Indoor smoking rooms cannot be set up in facilities such as schools, hospitals, child welfare facilities or government offices, or on buses, aircraft or similar. However, smoking areas (designated outdoor smoking areas) may be set up outside such facilities, but only in places where the necessary measures have been taken to prevent passive smoking.
Persons under the age of 20 are strictly forbidden from entering smoking areas even if they do not intend to smoke. Employees are also unable to enter smoking areas.