Facts & Figures
Population and Geography
Population of Tokyo: 13.7 million
Geography and Area: Tokyo, covering 2, 187 square kilometers, is located in the center of the Japanese archipelago 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.
+9 hours (GMT) (+14 hours from EST and +17 hours from PST). Tokyo does not observe daylight savings time.
The 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 Tokyo
Popular 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.
Should 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 1
- New Year’s Day
- January (2nd Mon)
- Coming of Age Day (20 year olds)
- February 11
- National Foundation Day
- March 20 or 21
- Spring Equinox Day
- April 29
- Showa Day (former Emperor’s birthday)
- May 3
- Constitution Memorial Day
- May 4
- Greenery Day
- May 5
- Children’s Day
- July (3rd Mon)
- Sea Day
- August 11
- Mountain Day
- September (3rd Mon)
- Respect for the Aged Day
- September 22 or 23
- Autumn Equinox Day
- October (2nd Mon)
- Health and Sports Day
- November 3
- Culture Day
- November 23
- Labor Thanksgiving Day
- December 23
- Emperor’s Birthday
The 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.
There is an 8% consumption tax on goods.
It 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.
Verify with your local embassy or consulate. Japan waives visa requirements to enter or for short-term stays regarding traveling residents of 68 countries and regions (August, 2017, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).