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The currency of Japan is the yen (¥).
Notes come in four denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 yen. Coins come in six denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5, and 1 yen.
Use of cash is common in Japan, however many stores will also accept credit and debit cards.

Climate and weather in Tokyo

Tokyo has four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The average temperatures are as follows.


Cost of living

The consumption tax in Japan increased to 10% on the 1st of October 2019. The following outlines prices for the main daily necessities.

GoodsUnitsAverage Price
Rice (blended rice) 5kg \2,388
Bread 1 loaf \150
Milk 1 liter \221
Butter 200g \430
Eggs 10-pack \245
Oranges 1kg \472
Potato 1kg \388
(lunchbox with rice and a variety of side dishes)
1 box \582
Sandwich 100g \184
Coke 500ml \96
Toilet paper 12 roll \281
Toothbrush 1 \159
Newspaper fee 1 month \3,343
Movie ticket 1


* \1,500 (student price)

Reference: 2017 Yearly Average Results for Japan, Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications 

National holidays

In Japan, schools and government offices generally close on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Financial institutions also follow this rule. Medical institutions observe various business holidays, so be sure to look into the consultation days and times for your neighboring hospitals and other medical centers so that you are prepared in case of sudden illness or injury.

National holidaysDates
New Year's Day January 1
Coming of Age Day Second Monday of January
National Foundation Day February 11
Emperor's Birthday February 23
Spring Equinox Around March 20
Showa Day April 29
Constitution Memorial Day May 3
Greenery Day May 4
Children's Day May 5
Sea Day Third Monday of July
Mountain Day August 11
Respect for the Aged Day Third Monday of September
Autumn Equinox Around September 23
Sports Day Second Monday of October
Culture Day November 3
Labor Thanksgiving Day November 23

Public transportation

Public transportation in Tokyo is highly developed, with buses and trains running on fixed timetables from early morning to late night.

These cards, used for public transport and electronic money, are sold at the green ticket window in train stations, and at card vending machines and kiosks. Pasmo/Suica commuter passes are also available.

Student discount commuter rail passes

Because Akamonkai is an educational corporation, students at the school on student visas can purchase student discount commuter rail passes. You can purchase discount passes for the train route between the closest station to your residence and the stations near the school (Nippori, Nishi-Nippori or Mikawashima stations).


The most convenient way to commute from school dormitories is by bicycle, with many students buying a bicycle as soon as they arrive. When you buy a bicycle, make sure to register it using the bicycle registry (¥500).
Do not ride unattended bicycles or bicycles that are not registered under your name. When taking over the possession of a friend's bicycle, be sure to receive a receipt, and take both the bicycle and the receipt to a bicycle shop to have the ownership of the bicycle changed into your name.

Utilities fee

Students staying in dormitories should obey the dormitory teachers, and pay their share of the utility charges.

Public manners

Method for disposal and collection of waste varies from city to city, but every area has a set date and place for the collection of different types of waste. You may also only smoke in designated areas.
Be sure to always follow the set rules and manners.

Disaster preparedness

Japan is one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world. Be sure to always be prepared in case of an emergency.
Fundamental rules of conduct in case of fire, earthquakes, or other disasters are detailed below. Read them carefully, and always remain highly aware of what to do in times of emergency.


Three principles in case of fire

  • Extinguish the fire quickly: Attempt to put out the fire quickly with a nearby extinguisher or indoor fire hydrant. This is only for fires that have not reached the ceiling, otherwise please evacuate.
  • Dial 119: Immediately call 119, even if the fire is small. Report your location accurately without panicking.
  • Lead evacuation: Use a broadcast system or a loud voice to guide others to evacuate. Human life comes first.


Three principles in case of earthquake

  • Secure personal safety: Ensure your personal safety by hiding in a secure place such as under a desk.
  • Extinguish fire: Immediately put out any fires being used in the vicinity. If a fire breaks out, take early fire-fighting measures (fire extinguisher/fire hydrant/calling 119).
  • Aid and rescue: Look for, and aid any injured persons around you. Shout to confirm the safety of yourself and others. Treat injuries, or call an ambulance for serious injuries.

Entering the country

Items needed when arriving include your passport, visa, confirmation of enrollment at the school, money, and any usual medicine.


Looking up the way to the school from the airport in advance makes for a smoother arrival.

Please refer to the directions to the school available on the access page.

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We can meet students moving into the dorms who are arriving at Nippori station.

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