I don’t usually do a Take-Homes post until we’ve been in a place for a while, but Tokyo’s supermarkets and mini-marts are crammed with so many scrummy snack foods, both savoury and sweet, that I've ...
Shopping is terrific fun in Tokyo, whether you're browsing the little shops selling handmade hairbrushes in Asakusa or the sleek boutiques specialising in traditional gifts in Tokyo Midtown. But shopping for food in Tokyo is ...
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.
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
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
CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES
$1.00 USD = 109.62 Yen $1.00 AUD = 79.52 Yen €1.00 EUR = 128.46 Yen £1.00 GBP = 149.99 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.
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.