General Information


Here are some of the things you should know when you are traveling to Japan.


> Telephone Numbers / Emergency


There are two different phone numbers to reach Fire Department and Police Department.


Other numbers

  • Time 117
  • Weather 177
  • Telephone Assistance 104


> Cash vs Credit Card


Cash is king in Japan. There are many places, especially small restaurants, that do not take credit card. Be sure to carry cash in Japan. Followng denominations are available in Japan.

  • 10,000 Yen Bill
  • 5,000 Yen Bill
  • 2,000 Yen Bill (rare)
  • 1,000 Yen Bill
  • 500 Yen Coin
  • 100 Yen Coin
  • 50 Yen Coin
  • 5 Yen Coin
  • 1 Yen Coin


> Electric Plugs


The voltage in Japan is 100 Volts. Most appliances that can be used in the US will work in Japan. However if you are from the countries that use 220 Volts, you need to get an adapter.


> Tipping / Service Charges


Some restaurants and hotels add service charges to the bill however you do not need to tip anything above what it is in your bill. However, there are some taxes that were added to the original price but they are usually already included in the price.