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?

Can I obtain a Japan credit card?

Yes, but it can be difficult

Will my debit/credit card work in Japan?

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?