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Basic Information
Information for a smooth, pleasant trip to Japan

The weather according to the season

SPRING (March-May)

Beautiful cherry blossoms bloom throughout Japan from the end of March through early April.

SUMMER (June-August)

July and August form the true leisure season in Japan. Throughout the country, there are countless festivals and events.

AUTUMN (September-November)

Autumn is a very comfortable season in Japan, with cool temperatures and little humidity. The trees covering the mountains are ablaze with beautiful colours.

WINTER (December-February)

In central and northern Japan, the ground is often covered in snow for much of the winter.


The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.
You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours. The exchange rate fluctuates daily depending on the money market.

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ATM’s are located in post offices, Japan Post Bank offices, etc. You can withdraw cash using credit cards issued by overseas financial institutions.

  • ●Sign posted at Japan Post Bank’s ATM corner
  • ●Overseas-issued credit cards that are accepted by Japan Post Bank’s ATM’s
  • ●Seven-Eleven stores and ATM’s
  • ●Locations of ATM’s for credit card use
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Time Difference

The time difference between Japan and Malaysia/Singapore is just one hour. If it is 9:00 a.m. in Malaysia, it is 10:00 a.m. in Japan.

Voltage and Power Plugs

Japanese power outlets are two-pin, A-type with a voltage of 100V. Please note that a power plug adaptor (or transformer) is needed to use electrical devices brought from Malaysia or Singapore.

Emergency Contacts

Police (phone number):110

Fire department / ambulance (phone number):119

Embassies of Malaysia and Singapore in Japan

Embassy of Malaysia

20-16, Nanpeidai-cho, Shibuya City, Tokyo.
TEL. +81-3-3476-3840

Embassy of Singapore

5-12-3, Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo
TEL. +81-3-3586-9111/2

No visa needed for Japan for Malaysian nationals

The visa waiver scheme for Malaysians applies only to holders of passports equipped with an ICAO-standard electronic chip. Those whose passports do not feature an electronic chip are advised to obtain a visa before leaving. Latest visa information:

Free Wi-Fi Spots

Free public wireless LAN is increasing in airports, train stations, and bus facilities as well as in eating and drinking establishments and accommodation facilities. There is also an app that enables you to use free public wireless LAN after you have registered.
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Tax-Free Shopping Information

Enjoy tax-free shopping in Japan.
More products have been added to tax-free items such as sweets or snacks and cosmetics at participating stores. Visitors with a temporary stay status are eligible for tax-free shopping. Show your passport at the check-out counter, and sign a proof-of-purchase document.
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These are nationwide regional local body websites for Muslims. Take a look at these too.

  • *The information was based on data as December 2019. As information can change, please check to ensure the information you rely on is up to date.
  • *Please use the JNTO Tourist Information Center (TIC), which can suggest you places to visit, provide information, and supply foreign-language tourist information brochures and maps free of charge. For details, go to http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/guide/tic.html
  • *For tourist information in all areas, please use JNTO-authorized tourist information centers and offices for overseas visitors in 365 locations nationwide. For details, go to http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/guide/voffice.php