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Japan: The Official Guide
Ref: Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Population and Geography
- Population of Tokyo: 13.2 million
- Geography and Area: Tokyo, covering 2,187 square kilometers, is located in the center of the Japan islands in Eastern Asia, facing the Pacific Ocean. The Tama and Sumida rivers flow through the capital city of Japan, with the Greater Tokyo region drained by five rivers. Major mountains include Mt. Mitake, Kumotori, Mihara and Takao.
- Time Zone
- +9 hours (GMT) (+14 hours from EMT and +17 hours from PST). Tokyo does not observe daylight savings time.
- The official language of Japan is Japanese. English is spoken widely in Tokyo. Most people involved with the travel industry speak English.
- Best Times of the Year to visit Tokyo
- Popular seasons to visit Tokyo remain spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September through November. While cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April, the leaves change colors from mid to late November. The rainy season lasts from early June to mid-July.
- The Japanese yen (\) is the official currency, coming in denominations of 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 yen bills, as well as 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen coins.
- There is a 8% consumption tax on goods.
- It is not necessary to tip for service in Japan, such as at restaurants, bars, taxis, airports and hotels. However, hotels and some restaurants indicate an additional service charge on their bills or menus, respectively.
- Business Hours
- Banks - 9:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun and holidays.
Post offices - 9:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun and holidays.
Retail stores - 10:00 - 19:00. Usually also open Sat, Sun and holidays.
- Voltage - 100V AC (note: throughout Japan) Electrical Current - 50Hz (Tokyo and Eastern Japan). 60Hz (Kyoto, Osaka and rest of Western Japan) Sockets - Standard flat two-pin.
- Verify with your local embassy or consulate. Japan waives visa requirements to enter or for short-term stays regarding traveling residents of 61 countries and regions (2012, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Please refer to
Guide to Japanese VISA