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Tokyo Travel Guide

Stay in Tokyo

Our Home Away from Home in Tokyo

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Tokyo wasn’t on our original Grantourismo itinerary. From Venice we were set to head via London to Bangkok, but we cancelled our Thailand plans last month due to the crisis there. We’ve a strong connection [...]

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Drink in Tokyo

Sake 101 — Tokyo Sake Tasting

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We’ve always loved sake – since we used to hit the karaoke bars with friends in Sydney’s Kings Cross years ago. We wouldn’t think of eating Japanese food with anything but sake*, but, unlike wine, [...]

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Experience Tokyo

Cat Cafes and Other Tokyo Eccentricities

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It’s no secret that the Japanese love the kawaii or cute character Hello Kitty, but also wildly successful has been a more tangible rendering of cats — the cat café. While pet ownership is up in [...]

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Absorb Tokyo

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Shop Tokyo

Aloha Yanaka: Vintage Tokyo

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Strolling the leafy lanes of the atmospheric quarter of Yanaka is like stepping back in time. Dotted with historic temples and traditional low-rise wooden houses, this laidback area is one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods, dating [...]

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Tokyo Resources

Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

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Our two-week stay in Japan's capital was so different to other destinations we've stayed so far on our Grand Tour and there were so many lessons we learned for slow travellers and fans of local travel that [...]

Tokyo Essentials

WHEN TO GO

Mar-May & Oct-Nov Best time for good weather to be out sightseeing and spring is cherry blossom season.
Jun-Aug Rainy season starts in June and is hot and humid, but starts to improve in August for late summer festivals.
Dec-Feb Cool and dry weather with blue skies but really cold overnight temperatures.

Health

Note that while you cannot be refused treatment at a hopital or clinic, you will be charged and get reimbursed from your insurance. If you need treatment, do call your insurer. Local clinics called naika is for general medical problems where they will send you to a specialisy for further treatment.
Recommended Vaccinations

Visas

Japan has Visa Exemption Arrangements with 68 countries and regions which allwos you a 90 day stay with no special requirements for activities such as commerce and conferences. While proof of onward travel (or financial means of onward travel are required, it’s rarely asked for. Visit the Exemption of Visa page for a complete list of visa regulations.

Insurance for Tokyo

CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 108.37 Yen
$1.00 AUD = 74.28 Yen
€1.00 EUR = 121.04 Yen
£1.00 GBP = 140.67 Yen

The Japanese currency is the Japanese Yen ¥ (JPY).
Using ATM machines in Japan is complicated, but significantly easier in large cities such as Tokyo. The reason is that many Japanese banks only accept Japanese ATM cards. Look for banks that have ‘international ATM’ signs in their windows or go to a 7-Eleven convenience store where they have Seven Bank ATMs that accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express etc.

LANGUAGE

JAPANESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF JAPAN.
Japanese hello, ‘konnichiwa’. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN TOKYO IS 100 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Plugs, Sockets and Electricity in Japan. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT TOKYO TIME
Time in Tokyo:

Tokyo’s Time Zone is (GMT+9)
Tokyo does not have daylight saving

WEATHER

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

Tokyo’s main airport, Narita International Airport (NRT) is about one hour from Tokyo city by express train with departures every 30 to 60 minutes. To get to other Japanese destinations, it’s advisable to compare flights to shinkansen (bullet trains). Once in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metro system is brilliant, consisting of line letters (‘G’) for Ginza, circled with a colour and each station has a number. Choices of tickets depends on whether you’re doing an airport run to a several day stay, see the ticket information on this site.

Tokyo Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$75

  • Guesthouse dorm bed: US$28+
  • Bowl of ramen joint noodles: US$8+
  • 24-hour subway pass: US$5:50