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Travel Tips



Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is generally a safe place to carry cash. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at stores, restaurants and hotels in most major cities, but some smaller regional areas may only accept cash.

If you wish to use travellers’ cheques, they are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan and stores in major cities.

Japan Post ATMs (JP Bank) and Seven-Eleven Convenience Store ATMs accept most international credit and debit cards for cash withdrawal, however international withdrawal fees apply.

Shinsei Bank and Citibank ATMs also accept international cards.

For more information please check Cash, Cheques & Credit Cards.

Emergency Info

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Tourist Information Centres

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Telephone & Postal Services

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Time Difference

Standard time

NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC & TAS: Japan is 1 hour behind

NT & SA: Japan is 30 mins behind

WA: Japan is 1 hour ahead

Daylight savings time

NSW, ACT, VIC & TAS: Japan is 2 hours behind

QLD: Japan is 1 hour behind

NT: Japan is 30 mins behind

SA: Japan is 1.5 hours behind

WA: Japan is 1 hour ahead

For other countries, see here.

Business Hours & Holidays

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Electricity and voltage

The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka).

Australian appliances can be used in Japan as long as they have a travel adapter, which can be purchased at airports or in the travel section of department stores.

A 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan.

Please note that when purchasing electrical appliances from Japan, be sure to only purchase dual-voltage appliances such as laptop computers, digital cameras etc. Otherwise, a step-down power transformer will be required when using the Japanese appliance in Australia.

For Budget Travelers

Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Japan

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