General Information


The temperature in Tokyo during the period of the conference ranges between 20 - 29℃.

Local time

Japan Standard Time is GMT+9. The time difference for major cities is shown below.

  • ・Beijing: -1 hour
  • ・Los Angeles: -17 hours
  • ・London: +9 hours
  • ・New Delhi: -3.5 hours
  • ・New York: -14 hours
  • ・Seoul: 0 (same)
  • ・Singapore: -1 hour
  • ・Sydney: +1 hour


Electric current is uniformly 100 volts AC throughout Japan but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Tokyo and Yokohama,and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 230 volts. However, the sockets usually only accept two-leg plugs.


For more information, please check the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.


Currency in Japan is the yen (JPY). Notes are available in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 yen. Coins are minted in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, and 1 yen. Exchange at the airport is recommended for your convenience. Most foreign currencies and travelers' checks can be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks and hotels. However, we highly recommend purchasing cash in yen before leaving your home country. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.


Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants.


Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 - 15:00, and you can exchange money at foreign exchange banks, but there are not many of them. Instead, you can withdraw JPY cash from ATM machines in convenience stores such as Seven-Eleven.


There is no custom of tipping in Japan. Instead, at high class restaurants, bars and hotels, a 10% service charge is usually added to the bill.


Shops and malls in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.

Public transportation

For general transport, taxis are convenient, but they can be costly. Public transportation such as JR and the Tokyo Metro Subway are also convenient, but much more cost efficient.

About Tokyo


Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo originally built in 7th Century. The temple complex consists of two main gates, the approach, the 5 - storied pagoda and the main hall of the temple.
Sensoji Temple
Rising high above the city, Tokyo Skytree is the capital's newest attraction and as of 2018, the tallest tower in the world. Exactly 634-meters tall this massive tower really stands out in Tokyo's skyline and has quickly become a popular date spot for international and local couples.
Tokyo Skytree
Akihabara is the mecca of Otaku culture. If you like Manga, Anime, Games, and any other Japanese pop-culture related things, this is the town for you.
Nearby you can also visit one of the most important shrines in the east side of the Central Tokyo area, which is Kanda Myojin Shrine.
Akihabara Town
Built on the site of a mint dating back to the Edo era (1603-1867), Ginza is an area stepped in history with an air of self - assured elegance. Its main street houses some of Tokyo's original department stores, and many still frock here for peerless service that matches the high - class products on offer.
Ginza Town

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