Well in advance of your trip to Japan, please make sure your travel documents are all in order. For specific purposes—such as tourism, business, or visiting family and friends—citizens of 68 countries do not require a visa, and will be issued permission for short-term stay upon arrival. To find out more information take a look at the website below.
Citizens from outside of these 68 countries must apply for a visa before arrival in Japan, even if you’re just coming as a tourist. For further information, visit the website below.
In Japan people tend to use cash for most transactions. So at some point you will likely need to withdraw money. Most ATMs in Japan only allow you to withdraw cash if the card you are using was issued in Japan. Exceptions are postal ATMs, found mainly at post offices, and Seven Bank ATMs, at some 20,000 7-Eleven convenience stores. Seven Bank ATMs are available 24 hours a day, all year.
Having Wi-Fi in Japan is pretty useful. Japan Wireless is a company that provides rental pocket wi-fi devices that deliver high-speed internet at affordable rates. Book before you leave for Japan, as they send the pocket device to you before your trip. You pay to use it for as long as you like, and then just send it back in the provided return envelope after your stay!
Car Rental Information To rent a car for your trip in Japan you will need to make sure you have a valid license. An International Driving Permit issued based on the Geneva Convention is a valid license that you can get issued at home before your trip. A license issued by Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Monaco, Estonia, or Taiwan is valid in Japan, but you will need an official Japanese translation. It is essential you carry this with your original license.
You should also be aware of Japanese traffic rules, which you can find here: https://english.jaf.or.jp/safe-driving/traffic-rules-in-japan
Here are some rental companies for you to check out:
TOYOTA Rent a Car: https://rent.toyota.co.jp/eng/
NISSAN Rent-a-Car: https://nissan-rentacar.com/english/
Times Car Rental: https://www.timescar-rental.com/en/
NIPPON RENT-A-CAR: https://www.nrgroup-global.com/en/
ORIX Rent-A-Car: https://car.orix.co.jp/eng/
Eki Rent-A-Car: https://www.ekiren.co.jp/phpapp/en/
4.Car Rental Information
5.JAPAN RAIL PASS
The Japan Rail Pass is a cost-effective feature that gives you unlimited use of JR trains for one, two or three weeks. The pass is available in two varieties—Ordinary and Green. The latter allows you to sit in first class seats. The Japan Rail Pass can be purchased outside of Japan, so make sure to get it before you leave for your trip! It’s a bargain for tourists!
Although Japan’s transportation system is very efficient, it can be quite overwhelming for visitors. We recommend using an IC card, such as Suica or PASMO. They are prepaid, rechargeable cards that you can use for trains, subways, buses, and for purchasing items at some stores and vending machines. You can buy them at train station ticket machines. Prices start from ¥1,000 and this includes a ¥500 deposit. More information can be found on the card websites. Visitor versions called Welcome Suica and PASMO PASSPORT are available with different designs and no deposit, but are only valid for 28 days, which is perfect for travelers. Both are available at Tokyo（Narita/Haneda） airports, and the Welcome Suica can also be purchased at JR East Travel Service Centers.
7.Taxis in Japan
The trains in Japan are nearly unbeatable when it comes to timeliness, convenience and price, but if you want to be dropped off right at your destination or you need transportation late at night, take a taxi! Just show your driver your destination on a map, brochure or smartphone and say, “Koko made onegai shimasu.” Or just say the name of your destination instead of “koko”. For example, “Tokyo-eki made onegai shimasu!” (Please take me to Tokyo Station.) “koko de oroshite kudasai!” (Please let me off here) Drivers are usually very good about assisting you with any baggage you might have, and will activate the automatic door for you when you get in, and when you get out – just as soon as you have paid. Cash and credit always work, some taxis accept various forms of digital-payment such as Suica or PASMO. And you don’t have to pay a tip!
Japan National Tourism Organization is offering a Japan Official Travel App. The App features push-notifications for weather, emergency warnings, and in-depth articles and travel tips for Japan. It is intuitively organized into three main categories. Discover- exploration by Category and geographical Area, Route Search- a transit planner, and Spot Search- special interest locations like: restaurants, tax-free stores, ATMs etc. The App is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, and is available in four languages: English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. https://www.jnto.go.jp/smartapp/eng/
8.Japan Official Travel App
9.TOKYO TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up five Tokyo Tourist Information Centers in different locations across the city in an effort to provide information regarding both Tokyo and Japan for travellers both domestic and foreign. The Tokyo Tourist Information Center located in the the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a great place for sightseeing information. It is also a great place to experience the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building’s popular observatory room tour provided by the city’s volunteer guide service. The Shinjuku bus terminal Tourist Information Center is always lively and is a great place to start for train and bus trips. If you plan on entering Haneda airport, the Tourist Information Center on the second floor is a MUST SEE! The surrounding area around Ueno’s Tourist Information Center feature’s some of Tokyo’s popular spots like Ueno park and Ameyoko shopping street. For information on the nature-rich Tokyo Tama area, please visit the Tourist Information Center in Tachikawa station.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operates a 24-hour hotline. If you have any problems, questions, or concerns while traveling in Japan please call 050-3816-2787. You can even call from overseas (+81-50-3816-2787). Support is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. JNTO has been in business since 1964. With the use of statistics and market reports, JNTO provides reliable information in an effort to promote travel to Japan. They also provide support for international events. Their expertise is unquestionable.
10.Japan Visitor Hotline
Before traveling to Japan, it is important to understand your healthcare options in case of an emergency. There are many hospitals in Japan with bilingual medical professionals available—you just have to know where to go! Hospitals that have the Japan Medical Service Accreditation for International Patients (JMIP) provide safe healthcare service in English and other languages.
Here are some JMIP hospitals in central Tokyo:
NTT Medical Center Tokyo
Address:5-9-22 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital
Address:4-23-15 Kotobashi, Sumida-ku
Address: 2-2-2 Toranomon, Minato-ku
Tokyo Metropolitan Komagome Hospital
Address: 3-18-22 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital
Address: 2-34-10 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
And outside Tokyo: https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html
Heatstroke Prevention Products
In the heat of the summer you to look after yourself. With temperatures climbing over 30°C, people can be at risk of heatstroke—high temperature, headaches, dizziness, confusion, and extreme thirst. In order to prevent heatstroke, you need to keep yourself cool and hydrated. Keep cool and hydrated with special products from pharmacies, such as rehydration solutions, cooling sprays, sheets stickers, and special candy in convenience stores to help replenish salt.
Next is simple heatstroke prevention you can do while in Japan
①Stay well-hydrated with water or sports drinks. We recommend ORS if you should experience symptoms of dehydration.
②Maintain a cool body temperature using cooling spray. There are types to spray on your clothes or directly on your skin.
③This is a body-cooling sheet. There are types you can apply like patches or sweat wipes.
④Recharge lost sodium with salt candy, but be careful not to eat too many.
12.Heatstroke Prevention Products
There are many storage services around the city that you can use. Japan’s major airports all offer luggage delivery services, which allow you to have your bags delivered to your hotel. Most major hotels also offer luggage storage, and can arrange luggage delivery between hotels for people who are traveling to other areas of Japan. Most major cities have coin lockers available at train stations and tourist facilities, which are useful if you have some spare change and need somewhere to leave your bag while you’re soaking up the culture.There are luggage service centers operated by logistics companies in the central Tokyo area as well, so be sure to check them out.
For your trip you should consider downloading the MyMizu app. It provides a map that shows different public spots where you can refill your water bottle with clean water for free. It also shows participating restaurants, cafes, and other businesses that offer free refills. All you need is your own reusable water bottle and the MyMizu app, and you won’t need to buy another plastic bottle again! This app supports sustainability and encourages people to be more environmentally aware.
15.Traveling in the new normal
Ahead of journeying to Japan, it is best to do some research about recommended safety guidelines and updates of official data. Search your destination’s infection-prevention guidelines in advance of your departure. Wash your hands often; with sanitiser when possible. Wear a mask when coming within two meters of other people; and make sure it covers both your mouth and nose. Also, avoid touching products before you purchase them; as children were taught, in days gone by, “use your eyes, not your hands”. Rather than hampering the pleasure of your travel, precautions may actually augment it; avoiding peak travel times, and attractions’ most crowded hours will both reduce stress and enhance your enjoyment. When traveling in Tokyo, check its municipal page for the latest cautionary tips, and download the COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application, to be warned of any possible contact.
Updates on COVID-19 in Tokyo: https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/
Contact-Confirming Application: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/cocoa_00007.html
Information for protecting yourself and others from GO TOKYO: https://www.gotokyo.org/en/plan/coronavirus-information/index.html
Everyone wants to enjoy their travels, especially on their first trip to Japan. However, everyone varies in their needs and capabilities. The Tokyo Sightseeing Accessibility Guide presents 30 routes through Greater Tokyo, and is honed for the elderly and the disabled; so that everyone enjoys their touristic experience. Under “Route” – on each course’s page – you’ll see an easy-to-read map displaying the course from start to finish, as well as information about accessibility, travel tips, and bonuses.
Under the “Route Details” you’ll find visitor information, accessibility, and barrier-free restrooms, as well as tips for each location along your chosen route. Information regarding sightseeing near each chosen course is also readily available. You can also feel free to shorten or alter your course to suit your physical state, available time, and preferences.
16.Tokyo sightseeing accessibility guide