||Passports and Visas
All persons entering Japan must have a valid passport. In addition, persons
coming from certain countries must have a visa issued by a Japanese consulate
in their country. Please be aware that in some cases it takes more than
one month to obtain a visa. For details, please contact the Japanese embassy
or consulate nearest you (Guide to Japanese Visas).
Only Japanese yen is acceptable at stores and restaurants. You can exchange
money at the airports, foreign exchange banks and other authorized exchanges
upon presentation of your passport. The exchange rate is roughly JPY 102
to 1 US dollar, JPY 142 to 1 Euro (as of April, 2014).
Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are widely accepted
at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants. Only major banks and
hotels in principal cities accept traveler's checks and their use in Japan
is not as common as in some other countries.
Participants are advised to provide their own personal insurance. The Organizing
Committee will assume no responsibility on behalf of participants for accidents,
sickness, and theft or property damage.
Japan operates on 100 volts for electrical appliances.The frequency is
50 Hz in the eastern part of Japan, including Sendai.
There is no custom of tipping in Japan. Instead, at places such as restaurants,
bars and hotels a 10% service charge is usually added to your bill.
The average temperature in this season is around 24℃ during the day
and 17℃ at night.
Effective from April 1st, 2014, 8% consumption tax will be added to your