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…

What is a PASMO or Suica card?

A rechargeable PASMO or Suica smart card is a more universal version of the all-purpose-for-campus student card you may have from your home university. These…

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…