Travel Tips

Collected in this menu are helpful tips and tricks in a ‘How To’ format, to get you around Japan in a practical manner, from how the train system works to how to operate a self-service restaurant.

Please be advised that this menu is not yet completed – some parts of the menu are still being constructed. If there is anything we’ve forgotten, please e-mail us or contact our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to include it soon.

For all other general advice and details, visit the General Info menu.


Quick Info:

Telephone / Fax: Full international direct dial service.
Country Code: 81.
For outgoing international calls dial either 001 010 (KDD) or 0033 010 (NTT) followed by the country code and then omit the first 0 from the telephone number. You need an international telephone card to make calls from certain public call boxes (regular telephone cards can not be used to make international calls).

Post: Tokyo Central Post Office has some English-speaking staff, it is located in front of Tokyo Station. Osaka Central Post office is located next to Osaka station. Kyoto station also had a large Post Office located adjacent to the main station building. Airmail to Europe takes four to six days to arrive. All main post offices have Poste Restante and will hold mail for up to ten days. Post office hours: 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00 on Saturdays. Tokyo Central Post Office is open weekdays until 19:00 and Saturdays until 17:00.

24hr credit card Emergency Numbers:
American Express: 0120 020 120
Mastercard: 03 3256 6271
Visa: 0120 133 1363

Police: dial 110 Fire / Ambulance: dial 119
You should be able to make yourself understood in simple English.
Japan Helpline: 0120 461 997 (for emergency advice in English 24hrs)


Hover over the ‘Travel Tips’ menu to find practical advice about travelling to and within Japan!

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