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 140.06 JPY and 1 USD is worth 144.38 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 234 Mbps and mobile is 74.9 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 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 2022, Japan will celebrate 16 national public holidays. The next one Health and Sports Day will take place on October 10.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022Moving holidayNew Year's Day元日
January 10, 2022Moving holidayComing of Age Day成人の日
February 11, 2022Moving holidayFoundation Day建国記念の日
February 23, 2022Moving holidayThe Emperor's Birthday天皇誕生日
March 21, 2022Moving holidayVernal Equinox Day春分の日
April 29, 2022Moving holidayShōwa Day昭和の日
May 3, 2022Moving holidayConstitution Memorial Day憲法記念日
May 4, 2022Moving holidayGreenery Dayみどりの日
May 5, 2022Moving holidayChildren's Dayこどもの日
July 18, 2022Moving holidayMarine Day海の日
August 11, 2022Moving holidayMountain Day山の日
September 19, 2022Moving holidayRespect for the Aged Day敬老の日
September 23, 2022Moving holidayAutumnal Equinox Day秋分の日
October 10, 2022Moving holidayHealth and Sports Day体育の日
November 3, 2022Moving holidayCulture Day文化の日
November 23, 2022Moving holidayLabour Thanksgiving Day勤労感謝の日

Food & Hotels

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?

Sushi, Japanese curry, Ramen are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Japan. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Japan below.

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

Today the sun in Tokyo, rises at 5:33 AM and sets at 5:28 PM. The climate of Tokyo may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cfa), according to Koppen's classification system.
FridaySep 30RainLow: 19.5°C (67.1°F)High: 26.8°C (80.24°F)
SaturdayOct 1OvercastLow: 19.3°C (66.74°F)High: 26.8°C (80.24°F)
SundayOct 2OvercastLow: 18.9°C (66.02°F)High: 28.6°C (83.48°F)
MondayOct 3OvercastLow: 19.4°C (66.92°F)High: 24.6°C (76.28°F)
TuesdayOct 4OvercastLow: 19.6°C (67.28°F)High: 26.6°C (79.88°F)
WednesdayOct 5Heavy RainLow: 17.6°C (63.68°F)High: 25.4°C (77.72°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 3: Reconsider travel. 

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

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Japan?

Currently, citizens of 66 countries can enter Japan without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Japan.

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