Daily Life

What is the voltage in Japan?

Electrical current in Japan is 100 volts. Most appliances made for the U.S., like hair dryers and electric shavers, will work in Japan, but at…

Any phone etiquette I should know?

People in Japan are very discreet about their phone use in public. You can talk on the phone on the train platform, but don’t converse…

What is the climate like in Japan?

Japan has four distinct seasons. Summer can be very hot and muggy, reaching as high as 90% humidity. A rainy season (tsuyu) usually occurs from…

What is a Japan Rail Pass?

If you plan to travel a week or more in Japan after the program, consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass. You must purchase an Exchange Order…

Will my mobile phone work in Japan?

Recently, phone companies have been offering some very attractive international plans. If your company has one, check it out carefully for the actual expenses. Many…

How do I cope with culture shock?

Although you can’t avoid culture shock, the more you can prepare yourself for it, the less traumatic the transition will be. Here are suggestions for…