Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Capital of Japan, and with more than 12 million residents, Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world. As well as being the political and economical hub of Japan, this incredibly modern and dynamic metropolis is also a major international centre for technology, fashion, culture and economics.

Visas

Visitors from most countries are issued 90-day entry permits on arrival upon presentation of a valid passport and a ticket for a return or onward journey.

Entry permits cannot be extended while you are in Japan. It is advisable to check with a Japan embassy or consulate in your country before departure.

View visa details from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


Currency

The unit of currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as at most shops and restaurants.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

JPY 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.01 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.01 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
0.0088 Swiss Franc (CHF)
0.0073 Euro (EUR)
0.0058 British Pound (GBP)
0.075 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
0.58 Indian Rupee (INR)
9.78 South Korean Won (KRW)
0.059 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.012 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.31 Thai Baht (THB)
0.0096 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A value-added tax (VAT) is added to all purchase amounts. The VAT is refundable for tourists only at participating outlets.


Tipping

A service charge of 13% is usually added automatically to all hotel restaurant bills in Japan. 

Tipping is not encouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 3pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
8am - 9pm or later, Monday through Sunday (General stores)
10am - 8pm, Monday through Sunday (Department stores)


Public Health

Tap water in Japan is safe for consumption. Complimentary drinking water is provided daily by Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, for the convenience of our guests.


Dress

Japan has hot summers and cold winters, so plan your wardrobe accordingly.

A smart suit is essential for business meetings. It is not advisable to go to a first-class hotel, a theatre or a restaurant wearing casual clothing.


Weather

During the summer Tokyo is hot, humid, and is often hit by typhoons.

During winter, expect long dry spells of cold but fine weather.

The rainy season lasts from late June until mid-July. During this period, it rains almost every day, and humidity levels are high.

Today

Mostly Cloudy with Showers

Clouds giving way to some sun

High: 25°C / 77°F
Low: 20°C / 68°F

Tomorrow

Sunny, Thunder Showers

An afternoon thunderstorm in the area

High: 26°C / 78°F
Low: 21°C / 69°F
Monday:
Rain High: 24°C / 75°F Low: 22°C / 71°F
Tuesday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 21°C / 69°F
Wednesday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 22°C / 71°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 9ºC -1ºC
Feb 10ºC 0ºC
Mar 13ºC 3ºC
Apr 18ºC 9ºC
May 22ºC 14ºC
Jun 25ºC 18ºC
Jul 29ºC 22ºC
Aug 31ºC 23ºC
Sep 27ºC 20ºC
Oct 21ºC 13ºC
Nov 16ºC 7ºC
Dec 12ºC 2ºC
Facts

Population
12.75 million

Language
Japanese

Time Zone
GMT + 9 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
100 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
WCDMA / GSM 800