Find out everything you need to know about traveling to Japan, including entry requirements, climate, currency, and electrical voltage
You do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days for the purpose of business, a conference, tourism, or visiting friends or relatives.
A visa is required for longer stays, for study, or for carrying out activities for which you will be paid in Japan.
Your passport should be valid until at least the end of your stay.
Visa, passport and related information is subject to change without notice. Please check with the embassy, consulate, or travel agency.
Any animals or animal products (e.g., beef, beef jerky, sausages) you bring into Japan must undergo animal quarantine inspection. Plants must undergo plant quarantine inspection.
Fill out the required fields in the form that is distributed during your 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.
These limits apply:
The islands of Japan are mostly in the temperate zone, and experience four distinct seasons. However, since the country stretches lengthwise North to South, it has different climates within those seasons—from the subpolar zone in Hokkaido to the subtropical zone of Okinawa.
June and July are the rainy season for most of Japan; Hokkaido is the exception.
From July to October, tropical cyclones called typhoons can arise in the southern ocean waters and move north. In particular, Okinawa and the Kyushu region can experience strong winds and torrential rain.
The unit of currency in Japan is the yen. It is denoted by ¥. There are six types of coins and four types of banknotes currently in distribution. (Some are pictured here.) Coins in distribution are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 yen coins. Banknotes in distribution are 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 yen notes. However, there are very few 2,000 yen notes in distribution and they are rarely seen.
As of March 2020, 1 USD = approximately 107 yen
You should check the official exchange rate at the time of your travel.
Currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counter at banks or post offices. There also are currency exchange counters at Japanese airports where you can exchange your money 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).
The voltage in Japan is 100 Volt. Japanese electrical plugs are most commonly non-polarized and ungrounded with just two pins.
Most equipment you bring, such as laptops and smartphone chargers, will work fine in Japan without an adapter; however, certain equipment, especially equipment involving heating (e.g., hair dryers), may not work properly or even experience damage.
Voltage in Japan differs between Eastern Japan (including Tokyo, Yokohama, Tohoku, Hokkaido) where the frequency of electric current is 50 Hertz, and Western Japan (including Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Shikoku, Kyushu) where it is 60 Hertz. But most equipment is not affected by this frequency difference.
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 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 mail services are usually available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some branches have a Yuyu counter that offers postal services on Saturdays.
Sending postcards to any country via airmail is available at the post office for 70 yen. There are four types of international mail services, each with different delivery rates and delivery times: Express Mail Service (EMS), airmail, Economy Air (SAL), and surface mail.
Using the example phone number (03) 1234-5678, follow these steps:
Dial your location’s international exit code.
Dial 81 (the country code for Japan).
Dial 3 (Remove the first 0 for Japan area codes)
Using the example phone number (213) 123-4567 (the United States), follow these steps:
Dial 010, Japan’s international access code
Dial 1, the country code for the US
Dial 213, the area code
In Japan, national public holidays are stipulated by the Act on National Holidays.
When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a substitute holiday. If a weekday falls between two public holidays, it also becomes a national holiday.
|Date||2020 National Holidays|
|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|
Japanese is the official language of Japan.
English is often used at hotels and restaurants that cater to foreigners but is not widely spoken.
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays).
ATMs are generally available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and until 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Hours vary by establishment. Casual dining chain restaurants are generally open from 7:00 a.m. until late at night, with some open 24 hours.
Most stores are open from 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. The restaurant floors of most department stores stay open until 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.
Most convenience stores are open 24-hours a day, 365-days a year.
Alcohol use is prohibited by those under 20 years of age.
If you need to smoke, please do so only in designated areas.
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.
A few pointers for understanding manners in Japan:
Use this app to connect easily to free Wi-Fi spots in many areas of Japan.
Download the “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” app from:
Please install the app and complete the registration for use before your travel.
For more details, visit the Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi website.
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