Nara, the ancient capital proud of its 1300 years of history, surrounded by World Heritage sites where you can experience the beginning of Japan.
A land in which remain a large amount of architecture and Buddhist statuary that are national treasures and important cultural properties.
It is a place where you can feel an abundance of nature and the romance of ancient times,
where the contemporary and the old show a harmony in a townscape, there are places all over the prefecture where your heart will be soothed by its overflowing beauty.
The home village for the Japanese heart, the sacred land of prayer, we welcome you to Nara.
The 15th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Spring. In April, the average temperature ranges from 10.5 to 18.5 degrees celsius. For more information about the weather, please visit Japan Meteorological Agency.
Japan is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9). No Daylight Saving Time is practiced in Japan.
Banks are generally open from 09:00 to 15:00 on weekdays. All banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Office usually open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. Most department stores and shops are open from 10:00 to 20:00 daily. The Golden Week falls on the last week of April to the first week of May. Traffic and hotels tend to be extremely busy during these times.
The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka). 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan. Conversion plugs and transformers can be easily found in electronic quarters in urban areas.
Foreign Exchange & Banking
The currency of Japan is written "円". Its currency sign is "¥" and is written "Yen" or "JPY" in foreign characters. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen. Credit, debit and prepaid cards of International brands are acceptable at wide variety of merchants. There will be instances where merchants may not display the card acceptance marks so do not hesitate to ask the salesperson if your card is accepted. For the latest exchange rate, please visit Currency Converter.
Consumption tax in Japan is +10%. Currently, whether indicated prices are tax-included or not is up to the store. Please ask the staff if the prices include tax or not before making your purchase if you would like to know how much you must spend. Under the new tax-free system starting on October 1st in 2014, items popular with foreign visitors to Japan such as snacks, cosmetics, and medicine are added to the list in addition to the items that were already on the list, such as appliances and clothing. It is now easier to purchase consumer goods as the applicable price for exemption has been lowered.
Emergency & Useful Numbers
Japan is prone to frequent natural disasters. Japan Tourism Agency offers "Safety Tips", a push-enabled information alert app for foreign tourists. You may download the app.
The best resource for contacting the police, getting directions if you are lost, or for reporting a lost or stolen item, is your nearest "Koban", or police box. You may also call the phone numbers below:
(03) 3814-4151 (Lost and Found)
(03) 3501-0110 (Japanese/English)
(03) 3503-8484 (English & Several Other Foreign Languages)
Medical & Fire Emergency