Venue Index

Travel Tips


The yen comes in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen, 500 yen coins, 1000 yen, 2000 yen, 5000 yen, 10000 yen notes.
Visa, Master, American Express are widely accepted.
Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at all major banks.


Service charges are usually incorporated in the bill. You don’t have to tip taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.

Consumption tax

8% tax is charged on all goods and services, sometimes inclusive of the quoted price.

Time difference

Japan is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Japan operates on a 100V current. Plugs are of the flat, two-pin variety. A transformer must be used for overseas appliances.

Weights and Measures

Millimeters Inches 0.0394
Meters Yards 1.0936
Meters Feet 3.281
Kilometers Miles 0.6214
Liters Pints (UK) 1.76
Kilograms Pounds 2.205

Temperature in Karuizawa (Celsius)

August September
HIGH 25.9 21.2
LOW 16.7 12.8
AVERAGE 20.5 16.3

To convert Celsius to Fahrenheit X 9 ÷ 5 + 32

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