Check Your Visa Status

Currently visa exemption arrangements are in place with 67 countries, and nationals from almost all of these countries will be granted stay for a period of 90 days upon landing. See here for a list of exempt countries.

International Driving Permit

If you are from a country that issues driving licenses in accordance with the 1949 Geneva Convention then you can drive in Japan with an International Driving Permit (IDP). You must apply for the IDP in your home country. See here for a list of eligible countries. See here if you do plan on driving in Japan.

Japan Rail Pass

For visitors who intend to explore beyond Tokyo, the Japan Rail Pass is one of the most economical and convenient ways to travel. Only available to non-Japanese visiting on a tourist visa (“Temporary Visitor”), the pass lets you ride most Shinkansen, local trains, and buses that are part of the extensive Japan Rail Company network. The Japan Rail Pass is available in 7-, 14-, or 21-day passes in either the standard or business class carriage (“Green Car”); however, although it can be purchased in Japan it is more expensive and time-consuming to do so, and so you are advised to apply for it via an authorized travel operator before you leave. See the Japan Rail Pass for more details.

Tokyo Imperial Palace Tour

The Inner Grounds of Tokyo Imperial Palace are only accessible via guided tours (unless you happen to be visiting on the emperor’s birthday or during New Year). Although the Imperial Agency which runs the tours have started a same-day registration process, there are limited spaces and it is best to book via the official website in advance. The tour itself is free and you can read more about it here.

The Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is extremely popular and tickets are only available for purchase in advance via authorized travel agencies. While tickets can purchased within Japan, the level of demands means that you will probably not be able to book a date during your stay.

Japan Connected-Free WiFi

Download the Japan Connected-free WiFi app which lets you access around 150,000 WiFi spots throughout the capital. See the website for more details.

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