The currency used in Japan is the yen. There are four banknotes (10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 1,000 yen) and six coins (500 yen, 100 yen, 50 yen, 10 yen, 5 yen, and 1 yen).
Only cash payment is accepted at some shops and restaurants in Japan. It is necessary to carry a small amount of cash around.
American express, Diners club, Mastercard, and Visa can be used at large hotels,restaurants and stores. But some small stores and restaurants do not accept credit cards.
Most post offices have ATMs that accept foreign-issued credit cards. ATMs at 7-Eleven convenience stores can also accept foreign-issued credit cards. International ATMs of Citibank are located in major international airports and their branches.
Visa-ATM Locator http://www.visa.co.jp/visitjapan/atm-locator/
Instructions (Seven Bank ATMs) http://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/service2.html
All major currencies can be changed into yen at foreign exchange banks, and major post offices.
World Currency Shop http://www.tokyo-card.co.jp/shop/wcs-shop-e.html
International calls can be made at all major hotels or from some public phones. Some foreign mobile phones may not work in Japan. Please check with your mobile-phone company before coming to Japan.
Mobile phone rental is available for travellers. For more information, please refer to the links below.
<Mobile phone rental>
NTT DoCoMo http://roaming.nttdocomo.co.jp/en/index.html
Rentafone Japan http://www.rentafonejapan.com/
LAN cables are provided and internet access is available at most hotels. Free WiFi access is not widely available in Japan. Please refer to the links below and locate free WiFi spots.
<Free WiFi spots>
FREESPOT Association http://www.freespot.com/users/map_e.html
Internet cafes and Manga cafes provide cheap internet access.
The 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan. The voltage is 100V AC. The eastern part of Japan is on 50 Hz and the western part of Japan is on 60 Hz. Adaptors can be purchased at electronics shops.
Japan time is 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. Daylight saving time has not been introduced in Japan.
Postal services are provided at post offices. Express mail service(EMS)is a fast international mail service perfect for sending documents and parcels from Japan to other countries.
Postal Service http://www.post.japanpost.jp/english/index.html
A lot of hospitals and clinics do not have English-speaking medical staff in Japan. If you search for hospitals and clinics, please contact the following information centres.
Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center TEL：03-5285-8181
AMDA International Medical Information Center Tokyo TEL: 03-5285-8088
Osaka TEL: 06-4395-0555
<Hospitals and Clinics in Tokyo>
St Luke’s International Hospital
9-1 Akashicho, Chuo-ku,Tokyo
Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic
32 Shiba koen Building, 2F 3-4-30 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
International Catholic Hospital (Seibo Byoin)
2-5-1 Naka Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Midtown Medical Center
Midtown Tower 6F, Akasaka 9-7-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-6206,
You can receive treatment at a clinic or a hospital without insurance,but you will need to pay the full amount for treatment. Medical costs are high in Japan and travellers are recommended to purchase travel insurance.
General Information (03) 3501-0110 (Japanese/English)
◇Japan Help-Line (0120) 461-997
<Lost & Found>
Tokyo Metro (03) 3834-5577
JR (03) 3231-1880
Taxi (03) 3648-0300(Japanese)
TOEI Bus/Subway (03) 3812-2011
＜Lost or stolen passport＞
◇In case of loss or theft of your passport,please contact an embassy or a consulate.
<embassies and consulates>
◇In case of loss or theft of your credit card,please contact a credit card company.
<Credit card companies>
Master Card Tel:03-5728-5200
Visa Card Tel:00531-44-0022
◇Guide to Japanese visas
◇Exemption of visas
◇Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
Address :5-5-30, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8255
Tourist Information Centers Tokyo (03) 3201-3331
Narita Terminal 1 (0476) 30-3383
Narita Terminal 2 (0476) 34-5877
Kansai Tourist Information Centre (072) 456-6025
Narita Express http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/index.html
◇Railways and trains
Japan rail pass http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html
JR central http://english.jr-central.co.jp/
JR hokkaido http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/index.html
JR shikoku http://www.jr-shikoku.co.jp/global/en/
Tobu railway http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/
SEIBU Railway http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/tourist/english/
Tokyo metro lines http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html
Transport in Kyoto
Willer express http://willerexpress.com/en/
Toyota Rent a car http://rent.toyota.co.jp/en/index.html