General Info about Japan

General Information about Japan

Time Zone

Japan standard time (JST) is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 9).

Climate

Average November temperature in Tokyo ranges between 10°C and 14°C (50°F and 57.2°F).
See actual weather information: https://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

Currency

The currency used in Japan is yen (\, JPY). Foreign currency can be changed to yen at major banks, hotels, and airports. Only Japanese yen is accepted at stores and restaurants.
Bills come in units of 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 yen, and coins in units of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 yen. US$1.00 is 110.49 yen (as of May 23, 2018), and it fluctuates daily depending on the money market.

- Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club cards are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants in Tokyo.

- ATMs

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are commonly available in Tokyo, and you can withdraw Japanese yen from them. Please note that some ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards or cash cards.
For ATMs that accept credit cards, it is advised to contact the specific credit card company beforehand and check its availability, as these conditions vary from machine to machine.

Tipping and Tax

There is no custom of individual tipping in Japan. Instead, a service charge will be included in the bill where applicable. Further, 8% consumption tax applies to almost all consumer goods purchased in Japan.

Business Hours

  Weekdays Weekends & National Holidays
Banks 09:00-15:00 Closed
Post Offices 09:00-17:00 *Closed

*Some major post offices are open seven days a week.

Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekdays, as well as Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.

Electricity

The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C.
There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz is used in eastern Japan, including Tokyo. Type A plugs are used in Japan.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all meeting rooms and public area in the venue hotel. Designated areas are provided for smokers outside the entrance. Delegates can choose a smoking room when they make hotel reservation.

Emergency Contact Number

To contact the police in case of emergency, please dial 110. For fire or ambulance services, dial 119.