In many regions of Japan, climate and temperatures vary dramatically depending on the season. In Tokyo, temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius in the summer and can drop to nearly 0 degrees in the winter. For this reason, when packing, guests should consider the season during which they will be traveling, as the appropriate wardrobe will differ vastly depending on the time of year.
In Japan, temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. One might better understand the range of temperatures by considering that 100 degrees Fahrenheit is equal to about 40 degrees Celsius, and 30 degrees Fahrenheit is the approximate equivalent of 0 degrees Celsius.
In Japan, June and September mark the rainy seasons. These months are so wet that they go by the nickname use the Chinese character for "rain." On the other hand, temperatures are mild during these months and are quite comfortable on days when there is no rain.
All of Japan is in the same time zone, from Hokkaido down to Okinawa in the south. Japan is in a time zone referred to as "Japan Standard Time"(JST), which is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Time. It is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 14 hours ahead of New York, and 9 hours ahead of London. (During the summer, the difference is one hour less). There is a one-hour time difference with Beijing, but Korea is in the same time zone.
Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Japan, so there is no seasonal time change.
For your convenience, some pages on the Tokyu Hotels website feature a clock like the one on the top right corner of this page.
There are five major international airports in Japan. From east to west, they are New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport. Overseas travelers flying to Tokyo will arrive at either Narita or Haneda airports, but in most cases, the port of arrival will be Narita.
Travelers bound for Sapporo will fly into New Chitose Airport, while those bound for Osaka will utilize Kansai International Airport, and those bound for Fukuoka will utilize Fukuoka Airport. Details can be accessed using the links below.
Some Tokyu Hotels offer limousine service (at a fee) to these major international airports. Please refer to the respective hotels for details.
The Bullet Trains are a convenient mode of domestic transport between Japan's major cities. The Bullet Trains are a high-speed rail system linking cities throughout Japan at a top speed of 300 km/h.
Those with international drivers licenses will find rental car services convenient. Daily rental and different drop-off locations are possible, allow guests an expanded range of activities. Guests are reminded to drive on the left hand side of the road, and that rental cars are equipped with steering wheels on the right side.
Rental car counters can be found at some Tokyu Hotels. For details, please contact the hotel directly.
Tokyo subway have adopted a station numbering system so that overseas visitors will find it easier to locate a station.
When trying to locate the destination station while in a station, (note the symbol on the left), the encircled alphabetical letter and number will aid travelers in arriving at their desired station. A subway route map can be viewed at the site below.
The standard power outlet in Japan is 100V 50/60Hz, and outlet is shaped as pictured in Figure 1. Some Tokyu Hotels offer transformer (Figure 2) and outlet converter (Figure 3) rental service, while others do not. Please inquire directly with the hotel.
The modular jacks in Japan are of the type illustrated in Figure 1. Some Tokyu Hotels properties have prepared jack adapters for their overseas guests, but high-speed Internet connection (Figure 2) is recommended for those using PCs with LAN ports. Some hotels do not offer this service, and some may charge a fee. Please inquire directly with the hotel.
In general, tipping in Japanese hotels is not a common practice. At Tokyu Hotels, a service charge is applied to the room rate in lieu of tipping. Furthermore, even though service charges are not added at Tokyu Inns, tipping is not customary.
Guests whose native language is not English may have concerns about communication in Japan. Some railway companies provide signage in Korean and Chinese, and in large bookstores in major cities, one can choose from a wide selection of tourist guidebooks available in a host of languages.
At some Tokyu Hotels, Chinese, Korean, and French-speaking staff are on hand, and at nearly all properties, you will find English-speaking staff eager to welcome you.