Common Questions and Answers about Japan
What are the typical costs of your Japan private tours?
If booking a private tour with us, costs can range from $600/day/person for staying in nice 3-star quality hotels to over $1000/day/person in high-end luxury hotels. These cost estimates include not just accommodation, but also internal flights, airport transfers, tours and activities, entrance fees, private guides, and private vehicles with drivers.
What are the benefits of a private tour?
There are so many that it’s hard to quantify, but here are a few major benefits: 1) the tour is customized for your interests, which means you get to see and do the things you’re most interested in. 2) you’re not running on a fixed daily schedule, which means you have the flexibility to stay as long as you want, move on early from something, or even skip it altogether if that’s what you decide on the spot. 3) We’re able to design the activities at popular sights to avoid crowds!
Is the water safe to drink?
In general, the tap water in Japan is safe to drink. The water supply in Japan is strictly regulated by the government, and the water is treated to ensure that it meets safety standards. The quality of tap water in Japan is generally very high, and it is safe to drink directly from the tap. Some people may prefer to drink bottled water or use a water filter for personal preferences or taste, but it is not necessary for health reasons. If you have any concerns about the safety of the water in a specific area, you can ask local authorities or check with your hotel or accommodation for more information.
Is it possible to use my mobile phone from North America in Japan?
Yes, you’ll be able to use your mobile phone throughout most of Japan, though remote and isolated areas may have inferior mobile coverage. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card for the duration of your journey if you wish to stay connected for the majority of your trip.
Alternatively, you could also activate global roaming when you’re in Japan; just be sure to find out how much this may cost with your service provider, as it can be expensive.
What electrical adapters are needed?
The voltage in Japan is 100 Volts, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe (230V), and most other regions of the world. Japanese electrical plugs have two, non-polarized pins, which are flat and fit into North American outlets. Most North American equipment will work fine in Japan without an adapter and vice versa, however, certain equipment, especially equipment involving heating (e.g. hair dryers), may not work properly or even get damaged. If you intend to purchase electronic appliances in Japan for use outside of Japan, you are advised to look for equipment specifically made for oversea tourists.
What’s the best way to get the local currency?
The currency in Japan is the Yen. Recently, the exchange rate has been about 136 Yen per US dollar. Japan is still largely a cash society. US dollars are not accepted in shops and restaurants, so you need to pay in local currency. The simplest method to obtain local currency is using a debit card through ATMs, which are available in post offices and 7-Elevens in most cities and towns. The daily withdrawal limit for international cards at 7-Elevens is JPY100,000. The daily withdrawal limit at post offices is JPY50,000.
ATMs in post offices provide cash against the following credit/debit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club International, PLUS, Maestro, Cirrus, Union Pay, and, JCB. Post offices are ubiquitous in Japan and found in the smallest village. 7-Eleven stores also offer the same service except for MasterCard cards (this includes Cirrus and Maestro cards). The ATMs at Seven-Eleven convenience stores are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you carry US dollars and would like to change into local currency, try your hotel reception or money changers or banks. Changing foreign currency at a bank can be a time-consuming exercise, so it could be useful to obtain some Japanese currency from your home bank before arrival.
Do I need to tip?
Tipping is not practiced in Japan, not even by guides, drivers, waitresses, taxi drivers, or bellboys. Attempts at leaving a tip will cause confusion and perhaps embarrassment.
A 10 to 15 percent service charge may be added to bills at higher-priced hotels and restaurants. Additional tipping is unnecessary.