Remember ! Tips travel to Japan

Before leaving for the airport, check for documents: Passport, airline tickets, medical insurance, vouchers, driver’s license (if you’re planning on renting a car), the original birth certificate (required!)) and a power of attorney for the removal of children if the child is travelling with or without parents.

Airport. Registration for the voyage starts in 2-2.5 hours and ends at 45 min. Until departure. Once registered, you will be required to complete passport and customs checks. For those who have nothing to declare and the amount of cash (including Russian rubles) not exceeding $10 000, the Customs declaration can be left blank. In the case of money over $10 000, a customs declaration must be completed.

Procedures for entry into Japan. Fill in the documents necessary to enter the country on the plane or on board the passenger ship. On arrival at Japanese airport, first of all, go to the Foreigners ‘ window at the Immigration (Immigration Service), show a passport and fill in the entry/exit card where you will be stamped. After receiving luggage on the transporter, go to the customs control. If you have items that are subject to declaration, go to the red corridor if not, green.

Visa. Most importantly, adhere strictly to the term of office in Japan, as indicated in the visa and immigration marks. For example, if a visa specifies a stay of 90 days, it means that you must leave Japan no later than the 90-day stay (not counting the day of the border crossing) otherwise, you risk paying a large fine.

Mobile phones. Please note that the mobile phones you use in Russia and in Europe cannot be used in Japan for technical reasons. If necessary, you can rent a phone for any term at a reasonable price.

Phone. Japan has the heaviest network of public telephones. For international conversations, green vehicles with a telephone card, or lowering 10 yen and 100 yen, are the most suitable. Phone cards can be purchased from shops or kiosks at railway stations. Telephone calls within the same area-10 yen per minute. Please note that if you use a coin of 100 yen, there will be no change.

The money. Japanese yen currency, one of the world’s major reserve currencies. It is divided into 100 Sen. International code: JPY. The yen symbol is the ¥ sign. The most convenient option for Japan is to have cash. Do not attempt to pay for goods or services in Japan for dollars, only local currency, i.e. yen, can be used. Exchange your dollar on the yen, you can be in any bank that works every day except Saturdays and Sundays, to 15:00. On weekends, you can exchange currency in the offices of banks located in large hotels and international airports, and you can exchange money at a hotel room (but not more than $300 per person per day). Credit card payment is only possible in large department stores, hotels, expensive restaurants that receive JCB *, Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, American Express, Diner club. Travellers ‘ cheques (in United States dollars) are only accepted by Category 5 hotels and banks.
The JCB is a payment system that was founded in Japan in 1961. The cards are now accepted for payment and issued worldwide. Since 2015, such a map can be used in Russia in bank banks and communications-bank. The JCB cards provide unique services, discounts, and special offers in Japan. You can read all the suggestions on the JCB site.
There are a lot of ATM machines in Japan, most of which work 24 hours a day. However, they tend to serve cards issued by Japanese banks. If you want to borrow money from your credit card, you need to use the ATMs of a bank that serves credit cards issued by foreign banks. You can find these ATMs in the following locations:

There are a lot of ATM machines in Japan, most of which work 24 hours a day. However, they tend to serve cards issued by Japanese banks. If you want to borrow money from your credit card, you need to use the ATMs of a bank that serves credit cards issued by foreign banks. You can find these ATMs in the following locations:
Post Offices (Yucho Ginko (Yucho Bank));
Mini Seven Eleven (convenience store) is convenient because there are many of them around the country.
In any case, before doing any shopping in Japan or making an order at a restaurant, it is better to consult the credit card payment option and always have cash in case.

VAT and tax-free. For all sales and services, a nonrefundable tax of 5% is levied (up to 40% for some items). Plus, more than 15 thousand yen is taxed with an additional local tax of 3%. To return VAT in the stores and departments of the tax-free system, you must present a passport. In expensive hotels and restaurants, a service charge of 10-15% is often added to the cost of the account.

Language. The perception among Russians that all speak English in Japan is not entirely true. When you Japanese on the street with a question in English, you risk not getting an answer. It should not be construed as a gesture of ill will: perhaps your interlocutor just didn’t understand the question. Just in case, it’s better to get in the simple Russian-Japanese phrasebook.

Transport. Japan’s transport system is considered one of the most advanced in the world. It is possible to get from one point of the country to another as soon as possible. It should also be noted that Russian law (including in the form of plastic cards) is not valid in Japan. It has recently been decided to recognize international certificates, but for the time being this practice is not applied at all rental points.

Current voltage. The current voltage in Japan is 110 volts. Frequencies have been adopted in two types: 50 Hz/100v in the eastern region of Japan and 60 Hz/220v in the western region of Japan, including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. When using electrical devices, be very attentive!

Sockets. In Japan, flat bi-pin forks are used. For the type of cylindrical plugs that we have, we need to purchase a socket, which in some hotels is provided free of charge or at a reasonable cost.

Drinking water. Water in all parts of Japan is suitable for drinking, mineral water can be bought in supermarkets or in small shops.

If the COP stopped you. In the case of police custody, it is necessary to introduce the name and nationality of the passport (or the alien’s identity card), to act with restraint and to preserve dignity. If necessary, you may be required to contact a representative of our company or a Russian consular office. It should be borne in mind that, in accordance with the bilateral Consular Convention, the competent authorities of Japan must immediately notify the consular officer of the Russian Embassy of the arrest or detention in another form of any Russian citizen.

Traditions and rituals. The number of traditions and rituals that are obligatory or recommended for compliance is simply enormous. Virtually every sphere of life in the country is permeated by a network of traditions and ceremonies, especially in the communication between people and public life. The Japanese are gentle and loving to nature, about the natural beauty of the landscape, weather phenomena, flowers, or the sea. Many ceremonies contemplating the flowering of trees, full moon or autumn paints are integral parts of society. The traditional Japanese costume, the national interior, the literary Japanese language, the tea ceremony, the Kabuki theatre, the “but”, the “Bunraku”, and many other, no less peculiar traditions, remained virtually unchanged from medieval times. And this is all in the environment of ultra-modern man-made civilization!

Handshakes are not accepted, they are replaced by clones, and the clones are required with the same frequency and reverence as the other side demonstrates. The Japanese are courteous and precautionary in communicating. Hospitality from the Japanese in blood. A direct waiver is not accepted even if it is not possible to comply with the request, so it is worthwhile to think ahead of the feasibility of your wishes. It is also often misleading to-the traditional Japanese, especially women, under all circumstances-even refusal or some unpleasant moment-to be accompanied by a smile, which disregards many foreigners. At the same time, the “Zapanibratskie” relationship (even too little distance between interlocutors) is totally unacceptable and strongly negative for the Japanese. It is also not recommended to look Japanese straight in the eye-it is perceived as aggression and actively gestureded. The Japanese passion for hygiene and purity is well known.

The court, the servirovk of the table and the decoration of the dishes are of great importance. Before the meal, the person and hands of the special hot Wipe “Osibori” are taken. Each dish is given in a specially designed court and occupies a very specific place on the table, with a separate table for each individual. No change of dishes, the entire order (except tea) is placed on the table immediately, but is accompanied by mandatory heating devices (ZHAROVNS, alcohols are strictly divided into “male” and “feminine”). For sticks (“Hashi” or “Hashi”) there is a separate stand, and they serve them in a special colorful paper cover (“Hashi Bukuro”). “Hashi” cannot be crossed or stick in fig (this is associated with death), you cannot point sticks at anything or waving them during food-it’s considered a sign of bad tones. Nor should you move the food around the dish or the dishes. Drink up to the bottom and pour yourself out of it. It is recommended that you fill a glass or bowl neighbor, and he must do the same for you.

The tip is not accepted.

It is not accepted to smoke in public places, in offices, in the railway stations and platforms, and in homes and cars without the permission of the master.

It is not possible to step wearing foot on the straw mats “tatami”-this is regarded as sacrilege. This is particularly true of dwellings or temples. It should also be change in special slippers before and after a visit to the restroom.
Climate and seasonality. Japan refers to a temperature zone with four different seasons, but its climate ranges from cold temperatures in the north to subtropical to the south. The climate also depends on the seasonal winds that are blowing from the continent in the winter and back in the summer.

In case of an earthquake. As is well known, Japan is located in an area of heightened seismic danger. The authorities are paying serious attention to preparing the population for possible emergencies that may arise as a result of severe earthquakes, assistance to victims, including foreigners temporarily present in the country. In principle, there is a possibility of a prior or warning warning (from a few hours to several days) about an earthquake. However, earthquakes, including destructive forces, tend to occur unexpectedly in both place and time.
In such cases, the following recommendations should be implemented with calmness:
While in the room, open the entrance doors to avoid kleivanija;
Turn off the heating appliances and open fire sources (gas slabs);
Stand in the doorway under the structural structure, covering the head from the falling objects, or scatter under a sturdy table;
In the event of a fire or inability to stay in a room for other reasons, leave him with a premeditated belongings without taking advantage of the elevator. If you were caught in an elevator during an earthquake, stop him on the nearest floor and exit him;
Use underground transitions, open sites, to shelter in the city. Keep away from the glass walls of high-rise houses, beware of falling objects (air conditioners, signs);
While on the train, stay in the car until the end of the earthquake or before the Metro, railroad, etc. After the earthquake, the city headquarters for disaster prevention informs (in both Japanese and English) The population about the situation, takes measures to alleviate the consequences and assists the population. In this regard, at the earliest opportunity, use a radio or television to obtain the latest information.

Emergency communication. Fire Guard, Ambulance: 119. Police: 110 (called free). If you are calling from a street phone, click the red button before dialing. Reference phones (for pay): Japan Help Line (24 hours, English) Bodies: (+ 81-3) 3468-4100