Travel Information

 

PASSPORT & VISA

All foreign participants visit Japan must carry a valid passport. Visas will also be required in many cases. Since visa application system is very strict and takes much time to get visa. So we recommend anyone who needs a visa should apply early enough.

For further information to enter Japan, please see the home page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or contact with the nearest Japanese Embassy (or Consulate) or their travel agencies.

 

CLIMATE

At the time of year in which the BCP4 will be held, itfs mid of winter in Japan, the average Max temperature is 10 degrees centigrade, Min. is 2 degrees centigrade.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

The local currency is Japanese Yen. The exchange rate is approx. US$1.00 = JPY110.-

Main international currencies such as U.S. Dollars, Deutsche Marks, French Francs and Pounds etc. can be changed at the international airports or authorized banks. But some currencies are not acceptable. And banking hours is 9:00 to 15:00, Monday through Friday except National Holidays. So we recommend you to exchange your currencies to Japanese Yen before you leave your country or upon arrival at international airports in Japan.

 

Cash is still the most popular way of payment in Japan, credit cards gradually be common, VISA, Master Card, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, major stores and restaurants.

Travelerfs checks in Japanese Yen or U.S. Dollars must be exchanged for cash at authorized banks or major hotels. The use of travelerfs checks is rather limited.

Personal Checks are NOT common in Japan.

 

TIPPING

In Japan, Tipping is NOT common, even at hotels and restaurants.

 

JAPAN RAIL PASS (JR PASS)

Foreign visitors can use a convenient and economical pass for traveling in Japan by JR (Japan Railways). Please ask your travel agencies for details. The Japan Rail Pass can NOT be purchased in Japan.