TRAVEL QUICK TIPS
Tokyo, Japan
Places to Visit


OVERVIEW
- Japan is an island both literally and figuratively.  This has helped it become one of the world’s most homogenous societies and a truly fascinating culture.  But Japan is not isolated, far from it. Tokyo is a wonderful mixture of East and West, Japanese and international ideals. The Pacific Ocean which once separated Japan from the outside world now brings waves of influences inward while sending torrents of products back. Japan is a world leader and this makes Tokyo, the country’s futuristic metropolis, a great place to visit.

For the first time traveler Tokyo may seem crowded, chaotic, but for those of us accustomed to Japanese routines it’s actually a very organized, very welcoming city. Tokyo has a large population with a true zest for life. And this means the city has great art, great sights and great shopping.

POPULATION
- 12,000,000
Land Area: 837 square miles

LANGUAGES
- Japanese

CURRENCY
- Yen (¥)
Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 yen

Cash or travellers cheques can be changed at an 'Authorised Foreign Exchange Bank', major post offices and some larger hotels and stores. The majority of ATMs do not accept foreign-issued bank cards, although post office ATMs are an exception.

ELECTRICITY
- 100V 50HzHz, Japanese-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades

WEATHER -
Winter months are generally reasonable, although temperatures sometimes drop below freezing and they get the occasional snowfall. Spring days are more warm and pleasant. Summer months can get hot and muggy. Autumn is season, when temperatures cool down and days are often clear.