• Carry a basic, bilingual mini-dictionary and a map with you and point to the relevant word or place as the Japanese do not appreciate you expecting them to know English
  • Japan is a very polite society so if at all possible avoid making eye contact or staring at strangers on trains and buses. Simply look down.
  • If traveling any distance by bus, book the express option as fast buses don’t stop as often as regular service to pick up passengers
  • Tipping is not normal, although upscale eateries may add a service charge to your bill
  • Electricity is 110V in Japan, but you may need a plug conversion kit
  • If you’re traveling during the rainy season, remember your umbrella
  • Take note of typhoon warnings
  • Most medicines can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription.

Contact Numbers

Police: 110 Emergency: 911 Keio University Hospital, Tokyo: +81-3-3353-1211 US Embassy: +81-3-3324-5000 British Embassy: +81-3-5211-1100 Canadian Embassy: +81-3-5412-6200 Misuzu Taxis: +81-3-346-336