Travel advice for Japan.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Japan.

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in Swiss francs (CHF)

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in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Yen JPY

Currency exchange rate

JPY 100 = ~ CHF 0.67 ; CHF 1 = ~ JPY 148.75 (09/2022)

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 8 h / + 7 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Japanese

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Tokyo

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Tokio, 5-9-12 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tel. +81 3 5449 8400 / +81 3 3473 6090

Opening hours

Banks

9.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

10.00 - 20.00 h daily

Driving
  • Left-hand driving.

  • Swiss driver's licence with Japanese translation and international driver's licence required for car rentals.The translation must be requested at the 'Japan Automobile Federation JAF', the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.3 ‰.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.

Security

Northeast part of the country: any kind of visits of the evacuation and restricted zones designated by japanese authorities are not recommended.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Travel documents for Swiss citizens
  • Passport still valid after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

  • Extension available on site.

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Important

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