Updated: August 23, 2022
1. TIME ZONE
Japan is nine hours ahead of UTC. All of Japan is covered by a single time zone.
Generally, the weather in December will be cold with mostly clear skies. The average temperature in December would be 8.3°C (47°F) with an average low of 5.0°C (41°F) and high of 11.7°C (53°F).
The standard power supply is 100 volts. The frequency is 50 Hz in Tokyo (Eastern Japan). The type of power outlet/connector is “Type A,” which is two parallel prongs. It is advised to bring a plug adapter for the use of electrical equipment.
The official currency of Japan is the YEN (¥) and only the YEN is accepted when paying cash. ATMs that accept credit, debit and ATM cards that are issued outside of Japan can be found in:
- Post offices in Japan: http://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/en/ias/en_ias_index.html
- 7-Eleven convenience stores: https://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/index2.html
- Certain major Japanese banks.
Major international credit cards are accepted in most stores.
5. PERSONAL MEDICINES
We recommend that you bring sufficient quantities of any medicines you take, even those you use less frequently, as foreign medicines and over-the-counter remedies are not sold in Japan.