Japan Shopping, Embassy and Communication
Japanese. English is the business and foreign language.
01/01/2022 New Year
01/10/2022 adult day
02/11/2022 day of the founding of the state
04/29/2022 showa day
05/03/2022 Constitutional Memorial Day
05/04/2022 Green Day
05/05/2022 children’s day
07/18/2022 Day of the Navy
09/19/2022 Day of respect for old age
10/10/2022 Health and Sport Day
03.11.2022 culture day
11/23/2022 Thanksgiving day for work
12/23/2022 Emperor’s birthday
(a) Many shops and offices are closed from Dec. 29-Dec. January (New Year) closed. (b) If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a public holiday (excluding New Year’s Day).
(c) Working days between two public holidays are also released.
Duty free shopping
The following items may be brought into Japan duty-free (persons over 20 years of age): 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 10 individual packs of tobacco that is heated but not burned or 250 g of tobacco/ or 250 g of mixed tobacco products. (Caution: The total amount of a mixture of the specified tobacco types must never exceed 250 g) 3 bottles (each approx. 0.76 l) of spirits; 56 ml perfume; Allowable total value of all goods carried from overseas other than the above: Less than ¥200,000. Items valued at less than ¥10,000 are tax-exempt and will not be charged. Personal use items such as clothing, toiletries and, if applicable, portable professional equipment. Annotation:
Medicines in a first-aid kit: internal use: 2-month supply; external use: 24 pieces; Cosmetic items: 24 pieces. The import of sausage and meat products is subject to strict regulations. Precious metals over 1 kg are notifiable. More information is available from Countryaah.com.
Precious metals over 1 kg are notifiable.
Articles that violate patent or copyright rights, counterfeit money, weapons, ammunition, drugs of all kinds and narcotics, special medicines (including allergy medicines, certain painkillers), stimulants (including nasal sprays and inhalation sprays for colds), obscene or pornographic media, Plants with soil, most fresh fruits, plants and vegetables. Further information can be obtained from the relevant diplomatic missions. More information is available from Japan Customs.
Consulate General in Zurich. Consulate in Geneva.
+41 (31) 300 22 22.
Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30 and 13.45-17.15. Consular section: 09.00-11.30 and 14.00-16.30.
Honorary Consulate General in Salzburg.
+43 (1) 53 19 20.
Public traffic: Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00. Consular section: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.30.
Consulates General that issue visas in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/M., Hamburg and Munich. Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart.
+49 (30) 21 09 40.
Consular section: 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.
A large number of bilingual business cards is essential; you can also have them printed in Japan. Appointments should be arranged in advance. Due to the etiquette to be observed, one should plan more than a few days for the business visit. Punctuality is very important. Tea is often served before the mostly formal negotiations.
Business hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00. Some shops are open on Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00.
According to Abbreviationfinder.org, the country code is 0081. Companies offering international communication services include. KDDI (001) and NTT (0033). If you want to make a call to Germany, you dial the number (area code) of a provider and then the country code. International calls can be made from payphones marked “International & Domestic Card / Coin Telephone”. Public phones are often found around train stations, hotels and other places heavily frequented by tourists. They are gray or green and can be used with coins or phone cards. Phone cards are available from small general stores and train station kiosks. public phones,
Cellular networks in Japan are based on PDC (Personal Digital Cellular System) technology, which is not compatible with GSM or other cellular standards. However, UMTS mobile phones or 3G and 4G mobile phones can be used in Japan. The service points of SoftBank Mobile, DoCoMo and the traveller’s local mobile phone provider set up the use of their own SIM card in their own mobile phone or in a rented mobile phone. International roaming agreements exist. However, international roaming is very expensive. In Japan, mobile phones can be rented from Rentafone Japan, among others. Already at Narita Airport and Kansai Airport you can find rental companies like SoftBank Mobile.
There are Internet cafes in Tokyo and in every other major city. In Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama, foreign tourists have free access to the Internet via Wi-Fi hotspots. Most hotels offer Internet access, mostly for a fee. Many public buildings and so-called manga cafés also offer inexpensive internet access. Mobile WiFi routers can also be rented.
English-speaking staff are available at the main post office at Tokyo Station. Postal mail to Europe takes 3-6 days. Poste restante items are accepted by major post offices and held for up to 10 days. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat 09.00-12.00. Main Post Office and International Post Office (near exit A-2 of Otemachi Subway Station; staff speaks English) open until 7pm, Sat until 5pm.
Numerous German-speaking radio stations can be received over the Internet in Japan.