Travel Information


Various transportation means are available in Tokyo, including trains, monorails, buses, taxies and ships. The trains and the subway lines are convenient and efficient for traveling around central Tokyo. For further information, please refer to the following links.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide
Japan: the Official Guide
Tokyo Metro
Toei Subways
East Japan Railway Company


January is winter season in Japan when the mainland except the Hokuriku, Hokkaido and Tohoku areas gets some snow. The weather is mostly clear, cold and pleasant. Average temperatures range from 1°C to 10°C.

Clothing: overcoats, sweaters, scarf/muffler, gloves, etc.


The voltage used in Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. The frequency of electric current is 50 Hertz in Tokyo. Japanese power outlets are 2-flat-pin plugs.

Currency Exchange

The Japanese currency is the yen. The exchange rate was 1USD = 103.90JPY on April 4. Money can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Banknotes: 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 yen. Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 yen.

Tipping and Consumption Tax

Tipping is not necessary in any situations in Japan. However, major restaurants or hotels may automatically add a service charge to your bill. A consumption tax (8%) is also automatically added to purchases at shops, restaurants and hotels.


Japan Standard Time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9)