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Population and GeographyPopulation of Tokyo: 13.4 million Geography and Area: Tokyo, covering 2, 187 square kilometers, is located in the center of the Japan islands in Eastern Asia, facing the Pacific Ocean. The Tama and Sumida rivers flow through the capital city of Japan, with the Greater Tokyo region drained by five rivers. Major mountains include Mt. Mitake, Kumotori, Mihara and Takao.
Time Zone+9 hours (GMT) (+14 hours from EST and +17 hours from PST). Tokyo does not observe daylight savings time.
LanguageThe official language of Japan is Japanese. English is spoken widely in Tokyo. Most people involved with the travel industry speak English.
Best Times of the Year to visit TokyoPopular seasons to visit Tokyo remain spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September through November. While cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April, the leaves change colors from mid to late November. The rainy season lasts from early June to mid July.
Public HolidaysShould any of the set-date national holidays listed below fall on Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday (Museums normally closed on Monday would stay open and close the following day). From December 29 to January 3 (Year-end to New Year’s), late April to early May (Golden Week), and around August 13-15 (Obon holidays) are extended holiday periods, which means many Japanese travel inside Japan and overseas.
- January 1New Year’s Day
- January (2nd Mon)Coming of Age Day (20 year olds)
- February 11National Foundation Day
- March 20 or 21Spring Equinox Day
- April 29Showa Day (former Emperor’s birthday)
- May 3Constitution Memorial Day
- May 4Greenery Day
- May 5Children’s Day
- July (3rd Mon)Sea Day
- August 11Mountain Day
- September (3rd Mon)Respect for the Aged Day
- September 22 or 23Autumn Equinox Day
- October (2nd Mon)Health and Sports Day
- November 3Culture Day
- November 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
- December 23Emperor’s Birthday
CurrencyThe Japanese yen (¥) is the official currency, coming in denominations of 10, 000, 5, 000 and 1, 000 yen bills, as well as 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 yen coins.
TaxThere is a 8% consumption tax on goods.
TippingIt is not necessary to tip for service in Japan, such as at restaurants, bars, taxis, airports and hotels. However, hotels and some restaurants indicate an additional service charge on their bills or menus, respectively.
Banks – 9:00 – 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun and holidays. Post offices – 9:00 – 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun and holidays. Retail stores – 10:00 – 20:00. Usually also open Sat, Sun and holidays.
Voltage – 100V AC (note: throughout Japan) Electrical Current – 50Hz (Tokyo and Eastern Japan). 60Hz (Kyoto, Osaka and rest of Western Japan) Sockets – Standard flat two-pin.