Travel Information


Climate

In March, it is the beginning of Spring season in Osaka. The average of high temperature is around 13 Celsius (55F), and the low is 5C (41F) with occasional rainy days.
Light clothes are recommended with some coats or sweaters.


Electricity

In Japan, 2-flat-pin plugs are used. The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C.
There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Sakai) and 50 Hertz in eastern Japan.
A convertible type of electrical appliances: a travel iron, hair dryer, and shaver will be handy. Otherwise, a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage.
required to convert the voltage.


Passport and Visa

Any foreign visitors desiring to enter Japan must have a valid passport.
A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa exempt agreements with Japan.
Please check the following URL for your visa requirements and contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate when you need to apply for a visa.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html


Currency & Foreign Exchange

The local currency is Japanese Yen (JPY). Japanese money comes in bills (1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen) and coins (1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen).
Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at the international airports, major banks and major hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.


Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards

Traveler's checks are accepted by leading banks and hotels in major cities.
International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club, Master Card and JCB are also acceptable at these major establishments.
Credit card transactions, however, are not always convenient outside big cities.
Therefore, obtaining cash beforehand is recommended when you travel to the countryside.


Tip

Tipping is not necessary unless you request some extra special service.
Individual tipping is not common in Japan, since a 10 to 15 % service charge is added to the bill at major hotels and higher-class restaurants.


Food and Water

There are many restaurants and cafeterias in Sakai City, where you may enjoy a variety of foods and drinks at affordable prices.
You may also buy snacks at supermarkets, convenience stores and other similar shops. Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan.


Time Zone

Japan is in a single time zone, nine hours ahead of GMT. No Daylight Saving Time is in effect.


Insurance

The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance.
Participants are advised to take out their own personal insurance policy.