DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSLATION

Anyone with an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued abroad under the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic can drive a car in Japan in accordance with Japanese laws. IDPs issued in accordance with other treaties (such as the Vienna Convention) cannot be used in Japan even if it is issued by countries of the Geneva Convention.
If you possess a driver’s license issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Monaco, Estonia or Taiwan, you will be allowed to drive in Japan if you are in possession of a Japanese translation.

You will need your driver’s license with a certified translation and your passport, which contains your visa to enter Japan. Since it is impossible to request a translation from abroad, we will take care of all the procedures with the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

When the official translation is received, you can drive in Japan. You are free to use the main roads or the small country roads. Please note that in the land of the rising sun, we drive in the left lane and the steering wheel is on the right side.

Fee: ¥7,500 per license to be translated

To reserve, please complete the reservation form – Driver’s license translation

PASMO AND SUICA CARDS

PASMO

The PASMO card is a convenient prepaid transit card containing a microchip that allows you to access the metro by simply touching the card at one of the terminals located at the access gates. The card is rechargeable and can be used repeatedly. It can also be used on other participating train and bus networks in the country. For example, you can use the PASMO card to travel on the JR lines.

In addition, you can use it to shop at partner stores (cafes, convenience stores, vending machines, etc.). This card can be purchased at specific vending machines for ¥500. This amount will be deducted from your first purchase and you can recharge your card at any time.

Suica

The suica card works in the same way as the PASMO card. It is also a prepaid smart card that allows you to use most public transportation (subway, train, bus, monorail) in Japan. The card is debited for each trip or purchase by simply touching the appropriate terminals. The SUICA card can be purchased at the vending machines of JR stations.

Thus, there is no overall difference between the Suica card and the PASMO card. Nevertheless, some clarifications are necessary:

  • These two types of cards are not managed by the same transport company as Tokyo Metro issues the PASMO card and Japan Railways issues the Suica card.
  • Returning a Pasmo card is free, while for a Suica card there is potentially a ¥220 fee.
  • You can return the PASMO card at Haneda Airport (Keikyu Station). Since there is no JR station in Haneda, you cannot return a Suica purchased at a JR station.

Please note that the SUICA card or PASMO card cannot replace a JR Pass but is often used as a complement.

For more details, please visit the websites below:

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form.

JR PASS

The Japan Rail Pass (or JRP) is a travel pass for the national railway company Japan Railways in Japan. With a duration of 7, 14 or 21 days, the JR Pass allows the use of all trains of the JR rail system, JR buses and JR ferries.

In addition, you will have access to local and express trains, but you will also be able to use the high-speed trains “shinkansen” (except “Nozomi” and “Mizuho” shinkansen), which connect the majority of the major cities of the archipelago.

Please note that the JR Pass does not allow you to take the subway or the streetcar inside the cities. However, most of the major Japanese cities have JR lines that you can use when traveling.

Moreover, your JR Pass is valid for full days and not for 24-hour periods. So, if you activate the 7-day version on a Saturday at noon, you can only use it until Friday evening.

Two types of JR Passes are available:

  • The ordinary JR Pass: it corresponds to a second class
  • Green Pass: corresponds to First Class (wider, deeper and more comfortable seat, more room in the aisles, wider windows, etc.)

The Japan Rail Pass is only available to non-Japanese nationals who are visiting Japan for a short period of time (less than 3 months), i.e. with a “temporary visitor” stamp in their passport.

For more details, please visit the website below:

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form.

POCKET WI-FI

The Pocket Wi-Fi is a simple portable device that can connect to 10 mobile devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, game consoles and digital cameras simultaneously. Once you have the device in your hand, simply turn on the Wi-Fi and you will have immediate access to a high-speed internet connection.

Moreover, the Pocket Wi-fi is discreet and light (120~150 grams), it fits in a bag pocket waiting to be reactivated. It is a solution we recommend if you are several people traveling with smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices that need an Internet connection.

Get a 5% discount by entering the code JAPON2020 when ordering in the “Name Used for Hotel Reservation” box

Comparison of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan

 Softbank (unlimited)WiMAX 2+ (limited)Softbank (5GB/day)NTT docomo (3GB/3days)
Rental feefrom ¥550/day
($5.00/day)
from ¥530/day
($4.82/day)
from ¥480/day
($4.37/day)
from ¥480/day
(€4.37/day)
Actual tested speeds10Mbps-40Mbps1Mbps-50Mbps3Mbps-30Mbps3Mbps-30Mbps
Data-throttling limitunlimited**unlimited**5GB/day3GB/3day
Battery life10h15h10h18h
Ideal if you valueHigh-speedHigh-speedHigh-speed and networkHigh-speed and network
Ideal for1-2 people2-3 people2-3 people2-3 people
Compatible networksSoftBank 4G LTE/3GWiMAX 2+SoftBank 4G LTE/3GNTT docomo 4G LTE/3G

* These speed test results do not represent any guaranteed minimum speed. Data transfer speed may vary depending on location, time of day and type of device.

** Extremely high data usage with unlimited Wi-Fi may result in a limitation for the rest of the day.

SIM CARD

Connecting to the Internet in Japan from your cell phone is possible with a Japanese SIM card. If you have a de-locked phone (iPhones and Android phones), you will be able to buy a SIM card and enjoy a high speed Internet access. This can be very useful to search for a place or a route via Google Maps, to post a message or a picture on a social network or to check your mailbox.

SIM CARD OFFERS

Our partner has several offers including:

 Data SIM (Internet)
(350MB/day)
Data SIM (Internet)
(1GB/day)
Talk + DATA SIM (350MB/day)
Rental fee¥300/day
($2.73/day)
¥360/day
($3.27/day)
¥510/day
($4.64/day)
Speed test results*5Mbps-30Mbps5Mbps-30Mbps5Mbps-30Mbps
Data-throttling limits350MB/day1GB/day350MB/day
Phone numberNoNoYes
SMSNoNoYes
Compatible networksNTT docomo 4G LTE/3GNTT docomo 4G LTE/3GNTT docomo 4G LTE/3G

* These speed test results do not represent any guaranteed minimum speed. Data transfer speed may vary depending on location, time of day and type of device.

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SMARTPHONE (iPhone – Android)

Smartphone offers

If you do not have a smartphone or if you prefer to rent a cell phone on the spot, our partner proposes several offers including:

 iPhone 6iPhone 5cAndroid phone
Rental feefrom ¥600/day
($5.46/day)
from ¥500/day
($4.55/day)
from ¥500/day
($4.55/day)
OSiOSiOSAndroid
Data-throttling limits6GB/month6GB/month6GB/month
Phone numberYesYesYes
SMSYesYesYes
Display languageAlmost all languagesAlmost all languagesAlmost all languages

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RENTING AND RETURNING AN ITEM

STEP 1

You can place your order by phone or online. Phone orders (in English) are available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Online orders are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rental and shipping charges will be billed prior to shipment of ordered items.

STEP 2

Rental items will be delivered to you by a courier or picked up at the post office. If you stay in Tokyo (23 boroughs), if you place your order between 9am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, you can get your item within 3 hours. Items will be dropped off at the reception if the delivery address is a hotel. The rental period begins on the date the items arrive at your designated address.

STEP 3

To return your item, use the envelope provided. Drop it off at a post office box in Japan before 8am the day after the end date. The end date of the rental will be indicated by yourself when you place the order. However, you may request an extension by phone or email to keep the item beyond the end date.

STEP 4

Once the rental items are returned, an email will be sent to you with the detailed invoice and, if applicable, your credit card will be charged for extension fees, call rates and SMS rates.

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For any questions about our partner’s offers or any problem with your rented device, please contact Easygo Japan:

Phone: Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm – Japanese time

+81 (0)3 6912 6772

Email: English, Chinese, Japanese

PRACTICAL LIFE

Electricity

Japanese plugs are type A: flat and parallel. The power supply in Tokyo is 100 volts and 50 Hertz. Most of the French electrical appliances work with 220 – 230 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz. Electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras or cell phones have the ability to work with different types of power supplies. You will therefore need an adapter to connect your battery chargers.

Schedules

  • Banks are open on weekdays from 9am to 3pm. After 3pm, only the ATMs are open (sometimes 24 hours a day). On weekends, there is no access to ATMs. Attention: most of the ATMs refuse foreign cards. So, we advise you to use the ATMs of the Japanese Post Office (which display “International ATM Service”) or the ATMs placed inside convenience stores (Seven Eleven, Lawson…).
  • The hours of the Post Office are as follows: 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday, for the “local offices” and until 7pm for the “district offices”.
  • A work day usually starts at 9:00 am. So, if you use public transportation in big cities early in the morning, it is not uncommon to see overcrowded trains and agents pushing passengers to close the doors.

The Post Office

  • International post: a postcard stamp costs ¥70. For a letter up to 25g, count ¥110, and up to 50g, ¥190.

DAILY LIFE

  • Tipping: There is no tipping in Japan. It is considered rude.
  • The escalator: the people on the left are the ones who stay still. On the contrary, the people on the right are the ones going up.
  • The number 4: this is a number to be avoided because the pronunciation of this number is the same as that of “death” (“shi” in Japanese)
  • Cash: Japanese people use cash massively although credit cards are slowly developing. Don’t be surprised to see stores or specialized stores refusing payment by card.
  • Women’s cars: in major Japanese cities, some lines have women-only trains during a certain period (mostly between 7:30 and 9:30). This device aims to fight against the frotteurism.
  • Tattoos: Japanese people do not have many tattoos and for good reason, it is one of the symbols of the “yakuzas” and therefore gives a very bad image to the majority of the Japanese population. Thus, you will not be allowed to enter an Onsen (Japanese thermal bath) unless the tattoo is small and hidden with a bandage.
  • « omiyage »: if you are invited to someone’s home, the host will expect to receive an “omiyage” (small gift).
  • When entering a dwelling: remove your shoes when entering a house, apartment or office and put on the slippers provided.
  • Public transportation: avoid using the phone, eating or talking too loudly in the train, bus or subway, as Japanese people often use this opportunity to sleep after a long day.
  • Smoking areas: while smoking is not prohibited in restaurants, outside you can only smoke in designated areas or you will be fined.