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GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry into Japan / VISA

Every visitor entering Japan must have a valid passport.
Visitors from countries whose citizens require visas should apply to the Japanese consulate or diplomatic mission in their own countries. For further information, please visit:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

Notes:

  • It sometimes takes more than a month to obtain a visa from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country. We strongly recommend you to complete the registration and payment well in advance to receive the application form for supporting documents for your visa application from the Secretariat.
  • The documents issued by the organizer do not assure the applicants of obtaining the visa but will be judged by the Japanese Embassy or Consulate where you have applied for your visa.

Climate

The temperature in Tokyo during the period of the conference is as below:

  Celsius Fahrenheit
Average High 31.2 88.1
Average Low 23.8 74.8
Average 26.8 80.2

You will be able to check the latest weather forecast on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

Time Zone

The entire country of Japan is located within a single time zone.
Japan is 9 hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Japan does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Currency Exchange

Stores and restaurants accept only Japanese yen (¥). Currency exchange is available at hotels and foreign exchange banks.

*A money exchange machine, for cash only, is located in the lobby (1F) of Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.

US dollar, U.K. pound, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Swiss franc, Euro, Singapore dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Chinese yuan, Taiwan dollar, Korean won, Thai baht

Credit Cards and Travelers Checks

Major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted in Japan. Personal checks are not accepted anywhere in Japan. Traveler’s checks are accepted only at Narita airport and specific exchange counter.

Electricity

The local power supply is uniformly 100 volts. The frequency is 50Hz in Tokyo (Eastern Japan). The type of power outlet/connector is “Type A” which is a two parallel-pronged type.

Type A plug

Consumption Tax

In general, consumption tax is 8%.

Taxis

Taxi fares start at approximately JPY 410 with additional costs depending on distance covered and time elapsed. Payment is made when you reach your destination. Tipping is not necessary at any time when taking a taxi.

Tipping

Tipping is not necessary in Japan. Instead, businesses such as restaurants, bars and hotels usually include a 10% service charge in your bill.

Smoking

Smoking is available only in the designated areas. Public transportation such as trains, buses and taxis are generally non-smoking. Most hotels have separated rooms, smoking or non-smoking.

Overseas Calls

Please ask the hotel staff about international calls and charges.

Emergency Calls

To Where Phone Number
Police 110
Ambulance or Fire 119