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Japan uses 100V, 50/60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
The languages that are typically spoken are Japanese
Japan uses the Japanese yen (symbol: ¥), code JPY.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 yen. Yen is subdivided into 100 sens. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Japan. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Japan has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Japan is on average 17.4 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Japan is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about ¥3,941.67, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: KDDI au, NTT DoCoMo or Softbank. Japan uses GSM mobile networks . If you don't want to buy SIM card in Japan upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Japan, dial +, then 81 (the country code for Japan), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Japan, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 3 .
In Japan you drive on the left side. Most cars have automatic transmission. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas, 50-80 km/h (31-49 mph) on undivided highways, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways.
Import and export information
All items in prohibited to import list.
Gold with more than 90% purity needs to be declared if exporting more than 1kg.
Tobacco:500 grams tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportionate amount of each not exceeding 500 grams.
Tobacco:Please note residents of Japan are entitled to half of the amounts of tobacco listed above.
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into Japan.
Alcohol:Any amount exceeding ¥1 million must be declared to Customs.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into Japan.
Currency:Any amount exceeding ¥1 million must be declared to Customs.
Other items:2 ounces of perfume.
Other items:Clothes, toiletries, and other personal effects within an appropriate quantity.
Other items:Other items up to ¥200,000 are free to import.
Other items:Items under the value of ¥10,000 are free to import and are not included in above total.
Other items:Individual items with a value of ¥200,000 or more cannot be included in duty free allowance.
Other items:100 kg per year of rice may be imported free of charge.
Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis, stimulants, psychotropic substances, and other narcotic drugs (excluding those designated by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance).
Firearms, ammunition, and gun parts.
Explosives, such as dynamite and gunpowder.
Precursor materials for chemical weapons.
Counterfeit, altered, or imitation coins or notes, securities, and forged credit cards.
Any obscene or immoral materials which may harm public safety or morals.
Articles which infringe upon intellectual property rights.
Hunting guns, air guns and swords need a permit for entry to Japan.
Pharmaceutical products and cosmetics are subject to quantity restrictions. For further information, please visit theMinistry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.
Plants and animals must be presented to the plant or animal quarantine officer for quarantine inspection prior to customs examination. For further information on importing pets into Japan, please visitWhat is animal quarantine?
Gold with more than 90% purity needs to be declared if importing more than 1kg.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Travellers may need a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination depending on their travel plans, particularly if they will be in Japan longer than a month or plan to visit rural areas or spend significant time outdoors. Consultation with a doctor regarding this vaccination should be sought prior to travel. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDC Japanese Encephalitis Advice.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is reported in Japan between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Japan. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.