Travel Information

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors today. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

 

Access to the University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus) is located at Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo. There are two main airports in Tokyo. Haneda airport is located 25km from the University, which is approximately 50 minutes by car or 45 minutes by train. Narita airport is located 80km from the campus, which is approximately 90 minutes by car or 60 minutes by train. The stations near the university are Ueno and Okachimachi on the JR Yamanote line, Ochanomizu on the JR Chuo line, and Keisei-Ueno on the Keisei line. When you come from these stations, it is convenient to take a taxi. The nearest subway stations are

1. Nezu station (Chiyoda line, Tokyo Metro), 15 min by walk

2. Hongo-sanchome station (Marunouchi line, Tokyo Metro), 10 min by walk

3. Todaimae station (Namboku line, Tokyo Metro), 10 min by walk

You can walk to the university from these subway stations.

University Access Map

Campus Map

 

Other useful information

Time
Japan is +9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

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Currency
Japan’s official currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY). The current exchange rate is approximately 1 USD to 109 JPY; 1 EURO to 116 JPY (as at 2017/04). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks.

Electricity
Japan uses an electric current of 100 volts at 60 cycles. Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.

Useful Links
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/

Tokyo Travel Information
https://www.gotokyo.org/en/