Japan

Capital Tokyo

Population 126,960,000

Area 377,930 km2

Key facts

Japan is a country located in Eastern Asia. The country has no land neighbors. The official language of Japan is Japanese. Traveling across Japan if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Japan was ranked 78th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Japan is Japanese yen (JPY). The yen (¥) is subdivided into 100 sen.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 142.19 JPY and 1 USD is worth 132.44 JPY.

Japanese
Banknotes

¥1000¥2000¥5000¥10000

Japanese
Coins

¥1¥5¥10¥50¥100¥500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Japan is 252.34 Mbps and mobile is 79.91 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Japan has more ATMs than most other countries.121.71 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Japan, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Japan. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 100 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz  Type B 100 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Japan will celebrate 16 national public holidays. The next one Foundation Day will take place on February 11.

Date Holiday name
January 2, 2023Moving holiday New Year’s Day元日
January 9, 2023Moving holiday Coming of Age Day成人の日
February 11, 2023Moving holiday Foundation Day建国記念の日
February 23, 2023Moving holiday The Emperor’s Birthday天皇誕生日
March 21, 2023Moving holiday Vernal Equinox Day春分の日
April 29, 2023Moving holiday Shōwa Day昭和の日
May 3, 2023Moving holiday Constitution Memorial Day憲法記念日
May 4, 2023Moving holiday Greenery Dayみどりの日
May 5, 2023Moving holiday Children’s Dayこどもの日
July 17, 2023Moving holiday Marine Day海の日
August 11, 2023Moving holiday Mountain Day山の日
September 18, 2023Moving holiday Respect for the Aged Day敬老の日
September 23, 2023Moving holiday Autumnal Equinox Day秋分の日
October 9, 2023Moving holiday Health and Sports Day体育の日
November 3, 2023Moving holiday Culture Day文化の日
November 23, 2023Moving holiday Labour Thanksgiving Day勤労感謝の日

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Japan?

There are Mariott hotels in 8 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Japan.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Japan.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Japan.

There are no Radisson hotels in Japan.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Japan.

What fast food chains are present in Japan?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Japan.

The KFC chain operates in Japan.

The Burger King chain operates in Japan.

The Subway chain operates in Japan.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Japan.

The Starbucks chain operates in Japan.

Weather

What is the weather like in Tokyo?

Today the sun in Tokyo, rises at 6:33 AM and sets at 5:17 PM. The climate of Tokyo may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cfa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9SunnyLow: 2.3°C (36.14°F)High: 8.1°C (46.58°F)
FridayFeb 10Heavy RainLow: 0.2°C (32.36°F)High: 2°C (35.6°F)
SaturdayFeb 11Heavy RainLow: 1.8°C (35.24°F)High: 13.1°C (55.58°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 4.8°C (40.64°F)High: 12.5°C (54.5°F)
MondayFeb 13RainLow: 8.2°C (46.76°F)High: 11.7°C (53.06°F)
TuesdayFeb 14OvercastLow: 3.7°C (38.66°F)High: 8.1°C (46.58°F)

Weather data for Tokyo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in 10 cities.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 15 cities. Bolt is not available in Japan.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Japan.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.2, Japan is placed 57th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Japan traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  295.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 3.60 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Japan

110 Police
119 Ambulance
119 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Inconsistent or only partially enforced smoke-free laws

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 3 bottles (760ml as a bottle)

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco products

Sources

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