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Japan National Tourist Organization has lots of information about travel in Japan.
Air Travel to JapanAll Nippon Airways (ANA) is the official airline of the Worldcon. Some of the Star Alliance partners offer two discounts for Members: 20% off standard Business Class fare, and 15% off the already discounted Eco-Value Coach fare. Reservations under the Worldcon discount must be made over the phone, 1 800 235 9262. Mention the Worldcon and the Event Code NH001S7.
ANA flies nonstop to Tokyo's Narita Airport from five U.S. airports: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, NY-JFK, and Washington, DC. ANA is a member of the Star Alliance, and all Alliance airlines will provide best competitive fares to Worldcon members. In North America, 1 800 235 9262*4. In the U.K., 870 837 8866. Mention the Event Code NH001S7.
Nippon Travel Agency has put together a special travel package on ANA that includes airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles, hotel in Yokohama, and a tour of Tokyo. Price starts at $1700 for coach, $3950 business class.
ANA has a free cell phone available for folks with ANA round trip tickets. See the Cell Phone section below for details.
Other Star Alliance airlines (in North America - United, Air Canada, USAir) should offer the same deal.
United has a discount of 10% on all fares, 20% Business class, using the event code NH001S7. If you cannot get the discount on their web site, you may call 1 800 521 4041.
Just to give you a ballpark (Japanese love baseball) figure of non-discount prices, major airline coach airfares run $950 to $1250 round trip, depending on the city. Fares will vary as we get closer to Worldcon time, and bargain fares can be found on the internet. If money is running out your ears, consider a first or business class seat due to the length of the trip (9 to 14 hours). They range from $4000 to $9000. (Whew!)
These North American cities have non-stop flights to Japan :
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New security requirements have increased passport demand, and thus increased delays in processing. Canada, for example, advises delays of up to 10 weeks. U.K. advises 10 weeks for first time applicants, along with a face to face interview. U.S. advises 10 to 12 weeks or more for routine application, so don't put this off.
U.S. offers 2 to 3 week "Expedited" processing, but that costs $60 in addition to the normal $97 first time, $67 renewal, fee.
What amazing services are available
Rail, bus, hotel
Restaurants, shops, duty free
How to have luggage shipped to/from the airport
Guns - of course. Endangered Species fur coats - of course. How about Sudafed, or Playboy magazines? Vicks inhalers? (No to all three) Better check their web site.
Masque and costumers, check the Weapons Policy.
Cell Phone RentalYour cell phone probably won't work in Japan, but check with your phone company. You can rent one short term, many available with airport pick up and drop off.
Cell Phone Special for ANA round trip ticket holders -
Purchase of a cell phone isn't allowed without a resident alien permit.
The following rental links are unendorsed. Comparison shopping recommended.
Transport To Pacifico Yokohama Convention Area
page for that.
How to visit Japan without Losing your Shirt
LiveJournal Community - Tourism in Japan
Fighting Jet Lag in Narita
That's 8 hours later than London, 13 hours later than New York, 14 hours later than Chicago, 16 hours later than Los Angeles, which are and will be on Daylight time during Worldcon.
ElectricityYokohama has 100 volt, 50 Hz current. Your electronic gear should work fine. The plug is two prong, non-polarized (blades of equal width), the same as the old U.S. standard. Three-prong grounding plugs will need a two-prong adapter (cheap at the hardware store, but you may need to file the wide blade down). Brits will need to buy a more expensive adapter.
MoneyYes, bring some. Japan is more cash-oriented than the West. The most convenient place to buy yen is at Narita airport, where the exchange windows are run by various banks. Your hotel may sell yen, but as a convenience and at a poorer rate.
Another option is yen-denominated travelers checks. American Express sells these on-line, $15 purchase fee and $1000 limit, with home delivery.
Here is the 7-Eleven announcement: (Info only. No endorsement by Nippon 2007 is implied.)
Up to this time, travelers visiting Japan from overseas can use their own cash cards only in ATMs of the post office to withdraw Japanese yen.
On July 11, 2007, Seven Bank Ltd. began services that enable withdrawal of Japanese yen from Seven Bank ATMs using cash cards and credit cards issued overseas. Seven Bank has installed ATMs in 7-Eleven stores which are one of the largest convenience store chains in Japan.
The service is available for the world's five major credit cards of VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, and China UnionPay, and cash cards affiliated with two global ATM networks (PULSE and CIRRUS) which are respectively operated by VISA and MasterCard.
TrainsJapan Rail (JR) Station Map
Large pdf download, but a must for train trip planning.
Bullet Train Schedules
Japan Rail Pass
Japan Rail Passes cannot be purchased after entry into Japan. Visitors must purchase an exchange order in their home countries, and change it for a pass after arrival. Yokohama Station and both terminal stations at Narita Airport have exchange offices.
The exchange order may be purchased up to three months ahead.
Bonus good deal! Holders of JR Rail Pass get a 10% discount at JR Group Hotels. Hotel names are on the drop down menu under each region name.
More train links and maps on the Travel Links page!
ShotsNo shots are required to visit Japan, but a tetanus/diptheria booster is a good idea if it's been more than 10 years since you've had one.