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General Information, Hokkaido
Basic Facts
Regional name & Country
Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Country Code
Prefectural capital
Sapporo (1.9 million), Japan's fifth largest city.
5.45 million
Yen (円)
Time Zone
GMT plus 9 hours. Sakhalin time minus 2 hours.
Electrical Systems
100V / 50Hz / Type A

If you short-stay up to 90 days except to recieve remuneration in Japan, visa is not required in the following countries and regions (there are some exceptions):
Asia: Brunei (15 days), Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Thailand (15 days)
Europe: EU Citizens, Iceland, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland
Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
North America: Canada and United States
South America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Surinam and Uruguay
Middle East & Africa: Israel, Lesotho, Mauritius, Tunisia and Turkey

The following countries require a Visa:
China, CIS countries, Georgea, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Russia and Vietnam etc.
For more information about Japanese Visas: www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/

Money & Currency Exchange
Japanese currency unit is the yen (円).
Banknotes: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000
Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500
Exchange Rate (2014)
EUR1=140 yen / USD1=100 yen / GBP1=170 yen / AUD1=95 yen / CAD1=93 yen / CNY1=16 yen / TWD1=3.3 yen / HKD1=13 yen / KRW1=0.1 yen / THB1=3 yen / RUB1=3 yen
For more information about currency rate: finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter
Currency Exchange
Most Banks, major post offices, foreign exchange plaza and some international hotels accepts the currency exchange (e.g. Euros and US dollars). But don't expect the exchange rate.
International ATMs
Yucho Bank (ゆうちょ銀行: Japanese Postal ATMs) and Seven Bank (セブン銀行: inside 24-hour convenience store 7-Eleven) offers international ATM services. English operation screen is displayed. New Chitose Airport has Taiwan ATM.

Public Holidays
New Year's Day (Ganjitsu): 1 January
Coming of Age Day (Seijin-no-hi): 2nd Monday in January
National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen-bi): 11 February
Spring Equinox Day (Shunbun-no-hu): 20 or 21 March
Showa Day (Showa-no-hi): 29 April
Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinen-bi): 3 May
Green Day (Midori-no-hi): 4 May
Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi): 5 May
Marine Day (Umi-no-hi): 3rd Monday in July
Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro-no-hi): 2nd Monday in September
Autumnal Equinox Day (Shubun-no-hi): 22 or 23 September
Health Sports Day (Taiiku-no-hi): 2nd Monday in October
Culture Day (Bunka-no-hi): 3 November
Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinro-kansha-no-hi): 23 November
Empelor's Birthday (Tenno Tanjo-bi): 23 December

Vacation Periods
Many Japanese spend the holiday with family and relatives. Transportation crowede, accommodation fully booked during these periods.
Golden Week: 29 April to 5 May (basically)
Obon: 13 August to 15 August
Year-end & New Year: 29 December to 3 January

Business Hours
Banks: 9:00 - 15:00 weekday.
Cafes: 7:00 or 8:00 - 21:00.
Convenience Stores: Seven Eleven and Lawson open 24-hour. Seicomart open 6:00 - 24:00 or late.
Department Stores: 10:00 - 19:00 or 20:00, to 22:00 restaurants.
Hospitals: 8:00 - 11:00 & 13:00 - 15:00 weekday, emergency 24-hours.
Internet Cafes: 24-hour.
Karaoke Boxes: 10:00 - 4:00 am, to 6:00 weekend and before the holiday.
Museums: 9:00 - 16:00 or 17:00. Closed Mon (if the holiday: the next day), Year-end & New Year.
Onsen (hot sprigs): 9:00 or 10:00 - 21:00 or late.
Private Companies: 9:00 - 18:00 weekday.
Post Offices: 9:00 - 17:00 weekday, major post offices open till night or 24-hour.
Public Offices: 8:45 - 17:15 weekday.
Restaurants: 11:00 - 20:00 or late.
Shopping Malls: 10:00 - 21:00, to 22:00 or 23:00 restaurants.
Supermarket: 9:00 or 10:00 - 21:00, some supermarkets open 24-hour.
Taberns (izakaya): 17:00 - 24:00 or late.
Train Ticket Windows: between 5:30 and 22:00 every day.

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