Japan

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The Japanese currency is the yen. The ISO code is JPY.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Japan , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks: from 9.00 to 15.00, Monday to Friday. It is quite difficult to find cash machines that accept non-Japanese credit cards.



Transportation

Road
The condition of the roads is satisfactory. Many ways are narrow and particularly jammed, notably inside and around big city centers. Highways traffic jams do not favor long distance trips by car. Finding gas stations is not a problem. The use of a car outside Tokyo involves a knowledge of the language, since the name of the places is writen in ideograms. In the event of an accident, you must call 119. All vehicles must be insured.



Rail
The railroad network covers 21,151 km, which allows a very fast connection between cities. It is dense, modern and in very good condition. It allows to travel quickly, notably thanks to the high-speed train (Shinkansen), but a ticket is as expensive as an airplane ticket. It is therefore advised to tourists to buy before departure a "Japan Rail Pass", which is valid for unlimited rides on the Japanese rail network (JR) for a period from 7 to 21 days.

Air
The air fleets ("Japan Airlines", "All Nippon Airways", "Japan Air System") offer all the guarantees of reliability.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .jp



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Hai
No = Iie
Thank you = Arigato
Hello = Kon-nichiwa
Goodbye = Sayounara
I do not understand = Wakarimasen
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Korewa ikura desuka.
What it is? = korewa nan desuka.
I would like to buy = Sore wo kaitai nodesu.
Do you accept credit cards? = Kurejiti to kahdo de kaemasuka.
Where is? = wa doko desuka
An airport = Kuukou
The station = Eki
Post office = Yuubinkyoku
The bank = Ginkou
The police station, the police force = Keisatsusho
The pharmacy = Yakkyoku
One ticket to ..., please. = Kippu wo ichimai onegaishimasu.
Would you have any vacancies for tonight? = Aita heyaga arimasuka.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Japanese. Japanese is the national language of Japan. English is still not used very often in business.


Last modified in January 2006
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