Asian Water Cycle Symposium 2016

Tokyo, Japan, 1 - 2 March 2016

Travel Information


  • Travel Guides and Transportation Information
    -> Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) website.
    -> Official Tokyo Travel Guide
    -> Tokyo Metro
    -> Toei Subways
    -> East Japan Railway Company

  • Passport and Visa
    Visitors from nations whose citizens must have visas should apply to a Japanese consular office or diplomatic mission in their country. Please specify in your Registration form, if you need any Visa application documents from the Local Host.

  • Currency Exchange
    The currency is the yen. The exchange rate was 1USD = 117.8JPY on 20 January. Money can be exchanged at major banks and limited number of hotels.
    Banknotes: 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 yen. Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 yen.

  • Traveler's Cheque, Credit Cards & VAT
    Traveler's cheques are not as widely used in Japan as in most other countries and are accepted only by major banks and hotels. Major credit cards are widely accepted for payment, however, foreign credit cards (not issued by Japanese banks) are not usually accepted by ATMs in Tokyo for cash withdrawal. ATMs accepting foreign credit cards are at the Narita Airport and in central Tokyo (e.g. Ginza). Conventional checks are almost unheard of in everyday life. The consumption tax (VAT) rate is 8%.

  • Insurance
    Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own overseas travel insurance.

  • Time
    In relation to Greenwich, Tokyo is +9 hours.

  • Electrical Appliances
    100-110 volts and a flat two-pronged plug, type A, are used. The frequency of electric current is 50 Hz in eastern Japan, including Tokyo. Please use your own electrical outlet adapter to adjust the AC plug on your equipment to the above-mentioned Japanese AC power supply as it is difficult to purchase it locally. Please bring the power transformer such as from 200V AC to 100V AC.

  • Climate and Weather
    At the end of February and beginning of March, the spring is starting in Tokyo, which means a rather high probability of nice weather though still rather chilly. Occasionally, it may rain or even snow. Average temperatures range from 13C (day) to 5C (night). Japanese plum trees are in blossoms.
    Actual Weather forecast is available here.

  • Tipping
    Tips are not required or expected in Japan, at hotels, restaurants and anywhere else. A 10-20 percent service charge is included in some bills.


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