Business Travel in Japan
- Passport and Visa Service
To get more information on visa and entry requirements, visit the website of the ministry of Foreign affairs of Japan.
- Diplomatic Representations
To find the location of the Japanese embassy or consulates in your country, visit the website of the ministry of Foreign affairs of Japan.
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- The bigger towns have a well-developed metro system and taxis are available everywhere. Taxi lights show green when they are free, and red when they are not. Most taxi drivers do not speak English. Ask the hotel to write the address in Japanese.
The metros of Tokyo and Osaka are among the most extensive in the world. In the ranking of the 10 best metro systems in the world, Tokyo’s is in 5th position. Destinations and information are written both in Japanese and in English.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Map of the Tokyo metro
Map of the Osaka metro
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Tokyo Narita International Airport||65 km / 41 miles||JPY 30 000 / 60-90 min||JPY 3000 / 90 min||JPY 1000 / 75 min||Available|
|Osaka - Kansai Intl (KIX)||38 km / 24 miles||JPY 15 000-18 000/~50 min||JPY 400 / 45 min||JPY 900 / 40 min||Available|
|Nagoya - Chubu Centrair Intl (NGO)||32 km / 20 miles||JPY 13000 / 30-40 min||Available||28 min||-|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- The train remains the most suitable means of transport for foreigners. The Japanese rail network is efficient and modern. It has recently been equipped with a high speed line (shinkansen) which travels at 185 miles per hour and links Tokyo with the other main economic centers in the country. The Japan Rail Pass allows you to travel at a lower cost. The following sites will give you further information about the Pass: the Japan Rail Pass website, the information pages on the national tourism website. Domestic air travel is quite expensive, but it is practical when you are traveling with a lot of baggage. The Japan Guide summarizes the different means of transport in Japan.
- Rail Companies
Japan Railways Group
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|All Nippon Airways||Major||yes||Yes|
|Jetstar/Jetstar Asia/Valuair||low cost||no||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The road network is good and modern throughout the country. The roads are safe. But tolls on motorways are expensive, traffic conditions on the roads are congested and car rental prices are high. It is particularly recommended that people who do not have an excellent knowledge of Japanese do not go out on the roads by themselves, given that all road signs are in Japanese.
- Road Maps
Map of Japan
- Find an Itinerary
Live search maps
Different Forms of Tourism
- Castles, a reminder of the establishment of the central power until the 15th century. Destroyed en masse at the time of the Meiji and during the Second World War, about a dozen can still be visited.
- Many festivals take place throughout the year (festival of the tombs, cherry blossom festival). Open air museums offer visits of the different Japanese architectural styles.
- Many Japanese-style gardens, among which the most outstanding are Konrokuen at Kanazawa, Katsura Villa at Kyoto. Some Japanese sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website to see which they are.
- Many temples and tombs. Each city has them. Some of them are really magnificent. Among the temples: Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera and Sanjusangendo at Kytoto, Todaiji and Horyuji at Nara. Among the tombs: the one at Ise, Nikko Toshogu at Nikko, Itsukushima at Miyajima.
- Hot springs flow all over the country. There are many spas.
- Click here to be informed on the Japanese most beautiful beaches as a selection of the Ministry of land, Infrastructure and Transport.
- Winter Sports
- The 500 national ski resorts have plentiful, good snow, superb countryside and hot water springs to relax in.
- Outdoor Activities
- Rambling, Diving, Bicycle touring, Golf
- Japan is known worldwide for its original mode with its Japanese creators, European brands (Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc.), department stores ( Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya, etc.)
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|The castle of Azuchi|
|Bouddha Amitabha de Kamakura|
|The sanctuary Itsukushima-jinja|
|The temple Yakushi-ji|
|The park of the peace|
|The temple of Nagano|
|The park of Momijidani|
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- No specific vaccination is required.
Because of the epidemic of avian flu, it is recommended that you avoid all contact with poultry or birds, that you do not go to any bird markets, and that you do not attend cock fights.
- International Hospitals
- Japan has only one international hospital: St Lukes International Hospital. But other establishments are accessible to people who speak English.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
The World Health Organization webpages devoted to Japan
The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Current Travel Warnings given by the American State Department
|Fire and Ambulance||119|
|Emergency in English language||0120 364 463|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Tokyo (GMT+9)
- Summer Time Period
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- The rainy season lasts from June to mid-July and the summer is damp and humid. The Typhoon season lasts from August to September. The temperature can rise to 38°C (100°F) in summer and drop to under 5°C in winter. The climate can vary noticeably from one island to another. Autumn is undoubtedly the best time to visit Japan.
- For Further Information
Japan Meteorological Agency
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- Most Japanese dishes are served in bowls (Domburi) with rice on top and meat, vegetables etc underneath: Oyakodom (eggs and chicken), Katsudom (fried pork chops), Gyudom (beef and eggs), Unadom (grilled eels), Chukadon and Tendon (seafood and vegetables).
Japanese cooking is also composed of salads (Gomaae), a wide variety of fish and seafood eaten raw (Sashimi and Sushi), seaweed, noodles (Soba), soups, meat grilled on skewers and cheese.
They also have some items of Chinese cooking such as steamed fritters or fruit.
- Tea is most widely drunk but it is also possible to find alcoholic drinks: beer, Happoshu (a by-product of beer, less strong in taste but with the same alcohol content), Nihonshu or Sake (spirit made from rice), Japanese wine, products made from plums, imported international wines.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Domestic Currency
- Japanese Yen
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- It may be useful to arrive in the country with some Yen in your pocket. But rather than going to a bureau de change, which can be expensive, or using travelers checks which sometimes require a long time to cash, it is better to withdraw Yen directly from banks ATMs.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Payment is usually in cash. A credit card is also useful, but is only taken in the larger establishments. ATMs are easily accessible all day long. There are plenty of them in airports and town centers.
- Official Language
- Japanese (nihongo)
- Other Languages Spoken
- Japanese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, with over 99% percent of the country's population using it.
- Business Language
- English is moreover the foreign language which is the most usually spoken. However the Japanese, including the business leaders, sometimes only have basic English. Businessmen often read English better than they can speak it.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- The Travlang website gives you some typical phrases to learn in Japanese.
- Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish Translation : translation of text and web pages
Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC Server : on-line dictionary
jisho.org : on-line dictionary
yomoyomo.jp : free service which adds phonetics to any Japanese site
- To Find an Accommodation
Japanese Guest Houses
Japan Ryokan Association
Japan Hotel Association
Japan Hotel Network
Tokyu Hotel Chain
Discount hotels in Japan
Japan Youth Hostels Inc
Japan national tourist organization
- To Find an Apartment
- To Find a Job
Hellowork (government-run employment agency, website exclusively in Japanese)
Jobs in Japan
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