Know before you go

Don’t believe the myth that Tokyo is a hard destination to visit: it’s one of the best-organized cities in the world, and everything is at your fingertips. Start here, with this collection of useful facts and tips.


Popular seasons to visit Tokyo remain spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September through November. While cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April, the leaves change colors from mid to late November. The rainy season lasts from early June to mid July.

Time Zone

+9 hours (GMT) (+14 hours from EST and +17 hours from PST). Tokyo does not observe daylight savings time.


The Japanese yen (¥) is the official currency, coming in denominations of 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 yen bills as well as 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen coins.


There is an 8% consumption tax on goods.


It is not necessary to tip for service in Japan, such as at restaurants, bars, taxis, airports and hotels. However, hotels and some restaurants indicate an additional service charge on their bills or menus, respectively.

Flight Access

Narita International Airport (with three terminals) and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda, the international terminal) together handle all major carriers, providing great access for visitors from around the globe. Together these airports serve as a key travel hub for the region as well. Narita offers over 1,540 international flights every week, connecting to 112 cities around the world. Meanwhile, Haneda provides over 690 international flights weekly, serving 32 cities across the globe, and operates 24 hours a day.


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