Helpful Links: Japan

General Information

Which time zone is Japan in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to Japan?

What is the manner of dress in Japan?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?

University Life

Where can I find a list of Japanese universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the average tuition?

What is the average salary of a professor?


What is the weather like in Japan?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What about extreme weather?

Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in Japan?

How can I obtain a Japanese driver’s license?

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within Japan?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

  • Varies by type

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

Can I change my visa status while in Japan?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

What documents should I have prepared for my visa?

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

How can I become permanent resident?


Can I bring my pet with me to Japan?

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in Japan?

Which medical insurance should I purchase?

Can I bring my prescription medicine into Japan?

Is my medicine available in Japan?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What medications am I not permitted to bring into Japan?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to Japan?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Dial 119 (equivalent of 911 in the US)

Contact your nearest Embassy/Consulate

How do I find a doctor?

Contact your nearest Embassy/Consulate


What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I change my money?

What is required to open a Japanese bank account?

  • Japanese driver’s license or resident card.

Can I obtain a Japan credit card?

Yes, but it can be difficult

Will my debit/credit card work in Japan?

  • If your card has the logo “Cirrus” or “Plus” on it, then you can withdraw cash from nationwide ATMs conveniently located in post offices, Japan Post Banks, Citibanks, Shinsei Banks, as well as Seven Bank ATMs.

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?


Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in Japan?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

Can I rent a cell phone in Japan?

What is the country code for Japan?

  • 81

How can I call home?

  • dial 010+1+ telephone number

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?


How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

The nearest US Embassy/Consulate

Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

How can I contact other expatriates?

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

The nearest US Embassy/Consulate


Are my children eligible to attend public school in Japan?

Language Resources

Where can I find Japanese classes and/or tutors?



Are there any online Japanese study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my Japanese?

Where can I find an English-Japanese bilingual dictionary?



Hard copy

What are some Japanese idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?