Time Difference

Japan is not divided into different time zones. The whole country is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). So, when it is midday in London, it is 9pm in Japan (8pm during UK Summer Time). There is no daylight saving time in Japan.

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Doing Business in Japan

If you are planning to travel to Japan on business and would like some advice, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) provides guidance and literature on doing business in Japan.

UK based organisations looking to export to, or invest in, Japan should contact Trade Partners UK.
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Trade Partners UK

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The climate of central Japan is generally mild. However, since Japan is an archipelago of islands stretching some 3,000km from north to south, the weather depends greatly on where and when you will be travelling. Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido is in the sub-arctic climate zone whilst Okinawa in the south is sub-tropical. Japan experiences a rainy season. Typically this takes place from mid-June to mid-July and is characterised by high humidity and above average rainfall. During September and early October, tropical low-pressure systems can develop into typhoons over the Pacific. Travellers should pay attention to storm warnings, particularly for coastal areas, if travelling in Japan during this period.

To help plan your holiday to Japan, check the map and weather charts below.

  • For further information on Japan's seasonal attractions, see When To Go.

  • Visit our Tokyo Head Office Web Site for an up to date forecast of the weather in Japan.

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The electrical current in Japan is 100V AC. Two different cycles are used. Tokyo and eastern Japan are on 50 Hz whilst western Japan, including Osaka Nagoya and Kyoto, is on 60 Hz. Flat two pin plugs (identical to those in North America) are used in Japan. Most major hotels provide outlets for both 110V and 220V appliances such as shavers, hairdryers and travel irons.

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Travel Insurance

Visitors to Japan are advised to purchase travel insurance prior to departure. Japan is a relatively safe place, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but when travelling abroad it is always wise to be covered against theft, loss of property, accident and illness. Travel agents can usually offer advice on the most suitable insurance policy for a visit to Japan.

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  Information provided by Japan National Tourist Organization.


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