In this aerial image, a test run to transport athletes from the Olympic village to the new National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Games opening ceremony on August 25, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. A convoy of 75 buses did a dry run to practice transporting competitors from the athletes' village to the new National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Games opening ceremony.  

Time zone: GMT+9

  • 14 hours ahead of U.S. East Coast
  • 17 hours ahead of U.S. West Coast

Language: Japanese

  • There will be many volunteers in Japan to assist with language translation during the Games and Japanese citizens are very willing to help tourists.
  • Most signs and announcements will also have an English translation, including transportation stations, vending machines and tourist attractions.
  • Taxi drivers may not always know English, so it is helpful to have your destination also written in Japanese.

Currency: Japanese Yen - JPY (¥)

  • On average, $1 USD = between ¥108 – 112
  • Average prices in Japan:
  • Subway fare: ¥170 - ¥310 ($1.55 - $2.85)
  • Coffee: ¥300 ($2.75)
  • Bowl of ramen: ¥600 - ¥1200 ($5.50 - $11.00)
  • Toothpaste: ¥205 ($1.85)

Phone and Internet

  • Phone service and internet access are widely available throughout Japan.
  • WiFi is offered during your stay at most accommodations’ facilities, as well as various free network connections around Japan.
    • NOTE: Please be mindful when connecting to unfamiliar networks and avoid transmitting secure information.
  • If you would like to obtain cellular service in Japan, you may do so by:
  • Purchasing a SIM card in Japan
  • Coordination international service through your phone carrier
  • Obtaining a mobile hotspot (either for rent or purchase) through carriers such as AT&T or CellHire

Electrical outlets

  • Japanese outlets resemble sockets in the United States, but the two-prong outlets are more common than the three-prong, grounded style.
    • The slots in Japanese sockets are the same size, unlike U.S. sockets, which commonly have one slot that is larger.
    • If possible, it would be best to bring a converter that can adapt a three-pronged plug for a two -pronged outlet.
  • Voltage: 100 V, Frequency 50 Hz – 60 Hz
    • U.S. appliances are commonly 110-120V, but, many appliances, such as electronics, are multi-voltage and can accommodate 100-240V.
    • If you opt to use a U.S. 110-120V appliance in Japan (ex: hairdryer), they should still work, but may not heat as quickly or be as powerful.

Climate and Weather

**VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL TRAVELING TO JAPAN**

  • Please be prepared for very hot and humid temperatures and take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and comfort while in Japan. Ensure that you are hydrated, utilizing cooling measures provided around the city, wearing cooling or light-colored clothes, and taking breaks during activity.
  • Average weather in Tokyo:

July

Daily high temperature: 84-86° F

Daily low temperature: 72-74° F

Humidity: 81%

Rainy days: 17

Cloud cover: 37%

August

Daily high temperature: 87-88° F

Daily low temperature: 75-76° F

Humidity: 79%

Rainy days: 14

Cloud cover: 32%

September

Daily high temperature: 80-82° F

Daily low temperature: 68-69° F

Humidity: 78%

Rainy days: 19

Cloud cover: 36%