Passport and Visas
All foreign visitors entering Japan must have a valid passport. Delegates from countries requiring a visa should apply to the Japanese consular office or diplomatic mission in their country prior to departure. For details, participants should contact their local travel agents or consular offices. Please note ICBBB is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Notification of Acceptance Letter and Invitation Letter (after registration) issued by the ICBBB Committee Board. Should your application be denied, ICBBB cannot change the decision of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will ICBBB engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy of Japan on behalf of the applicant. The registration fee cannot be refunded when the VISA application of individual being denied.
Only Japanese yen is accepted at regular stores and restaurants. Foreign currency exchange is available at the banks and the hotels on presentation of your passport. Bank business hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards
Traveler's checks are not as popular in Japan as in other countries and are accepted only by banks and major hotels in principal cities. Master Card, Diners Club, Visa, American Express and Union Pay are accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants.
There is no custom of individual tipping in Japan. Tips are usually included in the bill as a service charge, if needed.
Japan operates on 100-110 volts for electrical appliances.
Conference organizers will not accept responsibility for individual, medical, travel or personal insurance, and participants are advised to take out their own insurance policies.
Shops and other sales
outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays,
Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from
10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed
on one weekday, differing by store, and certain
specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national