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Tokyo, Japan Business Travel Resource Guide

So you’re going to Tokyo for work and you’re not sure what to expect? Here are some tips.

From most international destinations, you’ll be flying in to the Narita International Airport, which is an hour to an hour and a half away from the city. The airport is well connected to the city with buses and trains. Taxis are available, but are VERY expensive due to the distance from the city. Shared taxis are not available, and the passenger WILL be required to pay the tolls for the toll roads in addition to the fare.

Before you leave, check the health info at the CDC Page and check with your travel doctor for any vaccinations that may be recommended and updated health information. You should be fine as long as you stay in the city.

The currency is the Yen. You can check conversion rates here.

Gets some tips and stories from real travelers from BootsnAll. You can check the Mainichi Daily News for local news in English.

Don’t want to offend anyone? Check out some tips for Japanese business etiquette.

The official language is Japanese. English is pretty widely spoken, but you should always attempt to speak the native language first. It shows the other party you are making an effort.

If your company hasn’t made your hotel reservations, you can get them here.

For great airfare deals, you can check with BootsnAll.

For visa information, check with the MOFA. Japan is an APEC country, so if you travel there often it may be worth your while to invest in an APEC card.

Your GSM mobile phone with enabled international roaming (such as Cingular) will work in Japan, but you may be required to listen to ads when placing calls.