Guide to Japan

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Getting Around


The Japan Airlines Group is introducing a new discount domestic air fare for overseas visitors to Japan, the JAL ''Yokoso (Welcome) Japan'' Airpass, available for use from April 1.
JAL Yokoso Japan Air Pass
The new fare can be used to 42 cities in Japan served by JAL and two regional subsidiaries, based in Itami Airport, Osaka, and Japan TransOcean Air (JTA), based in Naha, Okinawa.

JR(Japan Railway) Rail Pass
First class passes (for use with green cars) and ordinary type passes (for use on standard cars) are available. Sold in 7 day, 14 day, and 21 day expirations. Fees for ordinary type passes are 28,300 yen, 45,100 yen, and 57,700 yen. Green car fees are 37,800 yen, 61,200 yen, and 79,600 yen. JR Rail passes allow you to travel using the entire Japan Railway (JR) system throughout Japan with few exceptions. East Japan passes, West Japan passes, and passes for Kyushu, and Hokkaido are also available for use within those areas. Prices and length of passes may vary.

Buses are in service throughout Japan by numerous companies. The fare for city operated buses is usually around 200 yen. Travelling by bus from city to city, you will find, is much cheaper than using airline or train but takes a little more time due at times to heavy traffic. Buses are operated by "JR" among other companies. Midnight buses are also available. They can be cramped, but save you money you would have paid for one night's accomodation, and are timely due to light midnight traffic.

Some city buses have you pay a fixed price upon riding. Others may have you pay upon getting off. If you ride the latter buses from their first point of departure you will pay the highest price as displayed on a board above the driver. If you get on mid-route you will be assigned a numbered ticket. The number will indicate how much you are to pay upon getting off. Final destinations and route numbers are written on a sign above the front windshield of each bus. It is a good idea to know your destination in Japanese and route number a head of time- if not, have them written down by someone who knows Japanese.

Telephone Service

Public telephones can be found almost everywhere in Japan. With most of these phones, you can make both domestic and international calls. There are 2 ways to pay at public telephones. One is to use Japanese 10 yen or 100 yen coins. The other is to use prepaid telephone cards. You may find that the latter is more convenient. You can purchase the cards from vending machines in most telephone booths, or from almost all the convenient stores and kiosks.
International Calls
Some phone companies provide the Internatinal call service. The rate is different among the companies.

Mobile Rental Phone
Some phone companies provide mobile phone rental services for foreign tourists. The service system is different among companies.

Useful Numbers



Police General Information in English(Tourist / foreigner help line)

Fire / Ambulance

The Japan Helpline
Medical Services

Medical Information Service (Himawari)
03-5285-8181, Mon. - Fri. (9:00 am - 8:00 pm)

AMDA International medical Information Center
03-5285-8088, Mon. - Fri. (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Daily Living Information
Tourist Information Centers
  • Tokyo

  • Tourist Information (NAA)

Flight Information

  • Narita International Airport Passenger Information Center (General Information)

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