Before Your Trip
Please check before departure that there is sufficient time remaining until the expiration date of your passport. During your trip, have your passport with you at all times. You may be asked to present it for identification.
Check whether you need a visa or not in order to travel from your country to Japan (Okinawa). Please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website for more information.
We recommend taking out travel insurance before your trip, in case you come across troubles during your time here. Hospital visits and other emergency services can be very costly, so insurance is a wise precaution. For the specifics on insurance coverage and conditions for subscription, please contact an insurance company.
It is the duty of those entering Japan to know what items are forbidden or regulated in Japan, and to make accurate declarations for items detailed in the customs form.
Please check the list of forbidden or regulated items at the Japan customs website.
Examples of regulated items: cash, counterfeit brand products, chemicals, live animal or plant, drugs, cosmetics, etc.
Procedures of Passenger Clearance (External link)
Goods with Prohibitions, Controls and Restrictions (External link)
Prohibited and Restricted Things in Okinawa
Currency and currency exchange
The currency in Japan is Japanese yen. You will need to make a declaration in order to bring in cash worth more than 1 million Japanese yen. It is important to understand that small shops might not accept credit cards, so please prepare an adequate amount of cash at the airport, or use currency exchange booths at different locations in the prefecture.
Denominations of money
Coins: 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen, 500 yen
Bills: 1000 yen, 5000 yen, 10000 yen
Although quite rare, 2,000 yen bills are sometimes used.
What to wear
Okinawa can get very hot and very sunny. Please take precautions to avoid heatstroke and sunburn. Weather varies depending on season, so please check beforehand and prepare accordingly.
Electric voltage and plugs
When you bring electronic equipment that need to be plugged in, make sure they are compatible with Japanese voltage and electrical sockets. Japanese electricity plugs are A type. The voltage is 100V, and the frequency is 60Hz. Please come prepared with a transformer or use products that are compatible with Japanese voltage.
If you need internet during your trip, you have the following options.
Be.Okinawa Free Wi-Fi
This is a free Wi-Fi service recommended by Okinawa prefecture. You may have free wi-fi connection in the city or in the vicinity of tourist facilities.
Please contact the respective facilities to get usage details.
A number of companies rent portable wi-fi routers. You may be able to pick them up or return them at the airport. Please contact service providers for more information.
Sim card rental
By inserting a sim card into your device, you will be able to use internet and phone in Japan. Please contact the service providers for the details, such as rate plans or how to purchase the cards.
Safety related information
Information for when you are in trouble
When you lose your passport
If you lose your passport, submit a lost items report to the Japanese police.
Then contact your country’s foreign embassy, legation, or consulate in Japan, and go through the necessary procedures.
Foreign Missions in Japan (External link)
#110 Calling the police to report an accident or crime.
#119 Calling an ambulance or fire engine in case of injury, illness or fire.
#118 Calling Coast Guard to report an accident in the sea.
Consultation regarding illnesses and injuries that do not require ambulances
Be.Okinawa Inbound Medical Interpretation Contact Center
This is a service provided by the Okinawa prefecture, that listens to symptoms on the phone and then gives you advice or refers you to clinics that provide services in foreign languages.
TEL:03-6635-0233 (in Japan)
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai
Consultations regarding consumer issues
Consumer Hotline for Tourists
Feel free to call this hotline if you encounter consumer issues involving stores, restaurants, bars, transportation, or lodging during your visit.
TEL:03-5449-0906 (* Standard call rates to the call center will apply.)
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed weekends, national holidays, and Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)
Questions regarding sightseeing in Okinawa (for tourists)
Be.Okinawa Multilingual Contact Center (Email, Call, Skype)
For those of you who want more tips and useful information about the trip.