Transport and Communications in Japan

To move around the country, you can use air and rail. lines (JR and private companies), subways, buses, taxis, rented cars, ferries, etc. In Japan, pedestrian traffic is on the right. In large cities, pedestrian traffic lights are installed at traffic lights for cars. For fast travel over long distances, it is convenient to use airlines and superexpress “shinkansen”. Air tickets can be ordered at airline offices (JAL, ANA, JAS) or travel agencies. Express train tickets, incl. “shinkansen”, order and purchase in the “green windows” at the stations.

When traveling over short distances, for example, in the same city, train and metro tickets are bought at automatic ticket offices and “passed” through automatic controllers at the entrance and exit from the station (they are not returned upon exit). Tickets are purchased for cash or by special paid cards.

Although there are many city bus routes, the list of stops is in Japanese. At the same time, for sightseeing, it is convenient to use a sightseeing bus that runs along a given route. Taxis can be identified by the corporate symbol on the roof. Before each railway The station has a taxi rank. Taxis are caught on the streets, in which a red light is on (green – “busy”). It is best to show the driver the map or address of the destination.

Sending a postcard by internal mail costs 50 yen, an envelope – depending on the size and weight of 80 yen or more. Express delivery services (regular rate + 270 yen), registered mail, money order, etc. are also provided. Post office buildings and boxes are marked “t”.

International mail is represented by air and sea mail. Sending by air mail to Russia and the CIS countries costs – 100 yen up to 25 g, or 2060 yen for 1000 g. Registered mail – 410 yen. The indicated tariffs refer to the state mail. There are also various courier companies. When sending to Russia, they often turn to PROCO AIR SERVICE companies. Services for sending goods (in addition to documents) to Russia are performed by JAPAN NAKHODKA LINE (JNL), a sea and rail freight forwarder. According to the company, JAPAN NAKHODKA LINE has the following experience in delivering goods to Russia.

The next year after the normalization of relations between countries, i.e. in 1958, a permanent maritime communication was established on the basis of intergovernmental letters. The Ministry of Transport of Japan issued permits to the firms Yamashita Sinnihon Kisen, Kawasaki Kisen and Iino Kayun, and from the Russian side the Far Eastern Shipping Company was authorized, they began to carry out regular sea freight traffic. Cargo ships operated flights between Nakhodka and the Japanese ports of Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Moji, Maizuru, Fushiki, Niigata. In 1970, container ships began to run and the Trans-Siberian Transportation to Europe was opened, and since 1997, a ro-ro vessel has been operating for transporting cars.

Following the growth in the number of Russian tourists in Japan, in 1997, the JNL office introduced the Terminal Receiving System (TRS) to facilitate customs formalities and clearance of used cars. The seller simply delivers the used car to the TRS station in the port, and all subsequent procedures are carried out for him by the company, he only needs to receive the car at the commercial port of Nakhodka.

Telephone communications
A 3-minute call within the same city costs 10 yen, a long-distance call is more expensive depending on the distance. Using a public pay phone is simple: pick up the handset, check for a continuous signal, and put in the required amount of 10 or 100 yen coins. Almost all machines accept magnetic phone cards (500 yen or 1,000 yen). They are used in the same way: they pick up the phone, after a continuous beep, insert a card and dial the number.

From any point in Japan, you can dial a number to Russia. Previously, international telephony was monopoly owned by the state corporation KDD, but new telephone companies such as Japan Telecom and others have already emerged, providing cheaper rates. An international number can be dialed from any device – from home, office, hotel, automatic machine with the international call function. For a conversation from the machine, you will need a lot of coins, it is more convenient to use a card.

Opening hours
According to Construct Countries, official and public institutions are usually open from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Zoos, parks, museums, galleries,
Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. ATMs are open from 8:45 to 19:00, on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays – from 9:00 to 17:00.
The post office is open from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Shops: department stores and supermarkets receive visitors daily, incl. on Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 20:00, but closed on 1 weekday in 1-2 weeks. Convenience stores sell constantly throughout the year. Restaurants determine their own working hours, some have a break during the day, but most work without a lunch break.

When difficulties arise
With questions about tourism, shopping, restaurants, etc. you can contact the Tourist Information Center.

Communications in Japan