Things worth knowing - 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan - Couleur Voyages
FORMALITIES, TIME DIFFERENCE, MONEY ELECTRICITY PLUGS…
Are you getting ready to experience this new Rugby World Cup in Japan? Before your big departure, Couleur offers all the useful information you need to embark on your journey feeling prepared, ready to party and enjoying your passion for Rugby.
Owners of a French passport can stay in Japan for 90 days without a visa.
The passport must be valid for the entirety of your trip, but there are no validity requirements for the period after your departure.
In contrast to France, the clocks do not change (for daylight savings), in Japan. In summer, there is a 7h time difference between the two countries: at 12pm in France it is 7pm in Japan. During the winter, there is an 8h time difference: at 12pm in France it is 8pm in Japan.
In France, the end of daylight savings will be the night from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 October – the weekend of the semi-finals.
The currency in Japan is the Yen. 1 € is currently equivalent to around 130 Yens.
We recommend you exchange your Euros to Yens before leaving because the currency exchange bureaus are few and the commission fee at airports is elevated. Furthermore, foreign credit cards are not accepted in all stores and restaurants; you will need cash for your daily purchases.
You may get money out before leaving, in 7/Eleven convenience stores or in Post offices with ATMs.
NOTE: Very few Japanese banks permit the withdrawal of cash with foreign bank cards. Please think to contact your own bank to be informed of the terms and fees of using your bank card overseas.
VAT in Japan is currently at 8% and will increase to 10% in October 2019. Be aware that it is not always included in the price indicated in stores and restaurants. To avoid unfortunate surprises at the checkout, think to calculate it yourself if only the tax-free price is indicated.
Without tax: 税別 ou 税抜
Including tax: 税込
There are no vaccines required to travel to Japan.
The language barrier can pose a great difficulty when one is preparing a trip to Japan, and it is recommended that you bring a small first aid kit containing your most necessary medicines or products. If you take any prescribed medicines, think to take a copy of this prescription with you (preferably in English).
For your trip, you will need an adaptor plug with two flat prongs. The voltage in Japan is 100W as opposed to 220-230W in France. Think to check that your chargers and electronics are compatible, or you may need a transformer. This tip is also applicable if you purchase any electronics in Japan.
English is not commonly spoken in Japan, so you will need to be patient to understand locals speaking English and to make yourself understood by them.
However, with the increase in the number of tourists, signs in stations, airports, and city-centres are usually provided in English as to help you get around without difficulty.
There are no street names in Japan, and getting a sense of direction can prove difficult, especially in the big cities. We could recommend using a localizing application on your smartphone (or a paper map) to help you get around. Thanks to Pocket Wi-Fi, a portable internet router, you can benefit from unlimited internet while getting around. It is available as one of our add-on options.
ADVICE FROM LILAS, OUR JAPANESE EXPERT!
CONVENIENCE STORES “KOMBINI”
In Japan there are countless convenience stores which are open 24/7, where you will find any daily products which you will need (food, hygiene, stationery).
100 YEN STORES
Very popular, these 100 Yen stores are the equivalent of our bargain stores but with a larger range of products. You will be able to find numerous typical Japanese souvenirs.
DRINKS VENDING MACHINES
You will find countless drinks vending machines in the street, which propose tea, soda, water, coffee, etc. for around 1€. Some machines also offer hot drinks.