Duty Free Import
Personal effects and professional equipment can be
brought into Japan duty free as long as their contents
and quantities are deemed reasonable by the customs
officer. You can also bring in 400 cigarettes, 500
grams of tobacco or 100 cigars; 3 bottles of alcoholic
beverages; 2 ounces of perfume; and gifts and
souvenirs whose total market price is less than 200,000
yen or its equivalent. There is no allowance for
tobacco or alcoholic beverages for persons aged 19
years or younger. Firearms and other types of
weapons, and narcotics are strictly prohibited.
The organizer cannot accept responsibility for
accidents that might occur. Delegates are encouraged
to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home
country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental
loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or
illness, and other possible risks of international travel.
The temperature in Yokohama during the period of the
congress ranges between 10-18 degrees Celsius.
Only Japanese yen (JPY) is acceptable at regular
stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may
be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants
and souvenir shops. You can buy yen at foreign
exchange banks and other authorized money
exchangers on presentation of your passport.
Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards
Travelerfs checks are accepted only by leading banks
and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of
travelerfs checks in Japan is not as popular as in some
other countries. VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, and
American Express are widely accepted at hotels,
department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at
hotels and restaurants.
Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout
Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern
Japan including Yokohama and Tokyo, and 60 in
western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya.
Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100
and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a twoleg
Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally
open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as
well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department
stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing
by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on
Sundays and national holidays.