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Overseas travel can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Below is a number of handy hints to prepare you for your Japan travel adventure.


Passport & Visa
Any foreign visitors desiring to enter Japan must have a valid passport.

Australians who enter Japan as tourists may stay for up to ninety days as long as they hold an Australian passport which remains valid during their stay and do not receive any income while in Japan .


Seasonal Clothing (for Tokyo & Vicinity)
Spring (Mar.-May): lightweight jackets and sweaters.

Summer (Jun.-Aug.): light clothing, short sleeves.

Autumn (Sep.-Nov.): same as spring.

Winter (Dec.-Feb.): coats, warm jackets and sweaters, thermals.

Good quality socks are recommended as shoes are customarily removed before entering many restaurants and all private homes.


Tipping
Individual tipping is not common in Japan, since 10 to 15% service charge is added to the bill at leading hotels, ryokan and higher-class restaurants.

No tip is necessary unless you request some special services.


Money
Japan is very much a cash society.

Traveller's cheques are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan and department stores in major cities.

International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB are also accepted at these major establishments.

Major foreign credit, debit and cash cards can be used at some 24,000 Post Office ATMs marked with the "International ATM Service" symbols in locations throughout Japan.

More than 12,000 ATMs at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan now allow holders of VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB credit cards to withdraw yen from its Seven Bank machines almost 24 hours per day. The machines will also operate in English.


Luggage
Manageable small to medium sized suitcases with wheels are recommended.

The Japanese transport system is not built to cater for large suitcases. There are no station porters and travellers are expected to be responsible for their own luggage.


Electricity
Leading hotels in Tokyo and other big cities have two outlets of 110 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept two prong plugs only.

Australian appliances need an adaptor which are available from duty free stores.

Not all hotels provide a hairdryer in their rooms but they are usually available on request.


Food & Drink
Few first-time visitors to Japan are prepared for the variety and sumptuousness of the food on offer. Among the types of cooking found in Japan are: Sukiyaki, Tempura, Sushi, Shabu-shabu, Yakitori, Soba, Okonomiyaki.

There are also many fast food establishments serving hamburgers and fries.

Prices are very reasonable.

For non-Japanese speakers, some restaurants display plastic and wax replicas of their dishes in front windows, or provide a menu with colour photos.

Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan.


Emergency Services
Dial 110 for the police
Dial 119 to report a fire or to call an ambulance.

No coins are needed on public phones for these calls.

Other useful telephone numbers are as follows:

AMDA International Medical Information Centre (for medical information and English-speaking doctors and hospitals):
Tokyo Tel.(03) 5285-8088
Kansai Tel.(06) 4395-0555

For Tourist information:
Tokyo: (03) 3201 3331
Kyoto: (075) 371-5649



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