Nagoya Congress Center
1-1 Atsuta-nishimachi, Atsuta-ku
TRANSPORTATION TO NAGOYA: Central Japan International Airport is located 35 km (about 30 minutes by car) from the city. Nagoya is also well served by bus and train. Read How to Reach Nagoya for full details.
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN NAGOYA: Nagoya has an excellent subway system, which is clearly signposted in English and Japanese.
CLIMATE: May is one of the best months to visit Japan. This season enjoys stable, comfortable weather as flowers start to bloom. In Aichi, Nagoya, temperatures range from 16°C / 61°F to 21°C / 70°F. Radioactivity level in Nagoya is safe, under 0.1 μSv/h. An information alert app for Earthquake and Tsunami warnings for foreign tourists is available at http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/ arrange/essential/emergency/safety_tips.html.
BUSINESS HOURS: Most businesses have the following opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00-17:00 / Saturday to Sunday: 10:00-20:00. Banks and post offices are closed on the weekends, and most museums are closed on Mondays.
CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS: The official currency in all of Japan is the Yen (¥). Credit, debit and prepaid cards of international brands are accepted at a wide variety of merchants. Banks and post offices provide travelers’ checks and foreign exchange services. Hotels provide foreign exchange services for their guests only. To convert foreign travelers’ checks to Japanese yen, you will need to show your passport. You can withdraw money with an international credit or debit card at Japan Post Bank ATMs and Seven Bank ATMs (in Seven-Eleven stores all over Japan). Check the signage on the machine to ensure your card is accepted.
TIPPING: Tipping is not common practice in Japan. It is not required for service in places like restaurants, hotels, taxis, and beauty salons, as fees for service are already included in the bill.
ELECTRICITY: The voltage used throughout Japan is 100 volts, AC. There are two kinds of frequencies in use: 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka) and 50 Hertz in eastern Japan. Plugs have two flat pins, and outlets fit two prongs only; a 3-prong to 2-prong adaptor is therefore necessary if your device has a 3-prong plug. It is advisable to purchase a plug adapter and/or voltage converter before you arrive in Japan.
SMOKING: Smoking while standing or walking along streets in the Public Non-Smoking Areas (Nagoya Station, Sakae, Kanayama, and Fujigaoka) is prohibited. Smoking in public spaces in these areas carries a 2,000 yen fine. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking rooms and smoking areas.
TAXES: Consumption tax (VAT, GST or sales tax) is 8% on all items in Japan. Taxes can be refunded or waived at a limited number of major electronics and department stores when over 10,000 yen is spent at a given store on one day. For consumable goods, such as foods, medicines and cosmetics, the consumption tax is waived for purchases of over 5000 yen, but the package of such goods must be kept unbroken until after departure from Japan. A passport is required for this tax-free shopping. Refunds can be given at a store’s customer service desk or at an Overseas VAT Refund Point (Global Blue) at the airport. For more details, visit http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/pdf/shopping/duty_free.pdf.
TOURIST INFORMATION: There are four tourist information centers in Nagoya and one information counter at the airport:
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