100V AC 50Hz (Tokyo & East Japan); 100V AC 60Hz (Osaka & West Japan)
Int. direct dialling code
Driving is on the left. International Driving Permit required
JPY: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000
JPY: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500
Police: 110. Fire & Ambulance: 119.
Generally a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cool and sunny in the south, getting colder further north with heavy snowfalls in Hokkaido. Spring and autumn tend to be fairly mild and pleasant. Summer, between Jun-Sep ranges from warm to very hot. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, although between Jun- early Jul is the main rainy season. Typhoons are only likely to occur in Sep-Oct, rarely lasting more than a day.
Lightweights in summer for most areas, light or mediumweights for spring and autumn and heavier, warmer clothing for the winter months. Much warmer clothes will be needed in mountains all year round.