There are two international airports serving the Tokyo area: Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND).
The choice of which airport to use will depend mostly on which route and airline is most convenient to you. If you have plenty of choices, consider that Haneda airport is about an hour closer to Tokyo, which will minimize the amount of time you spend in transit to and from the airport.
We recommend you either take the train or airport bus to the city. Taxis are very expensive as it is a long distance.
By Train :
Narita – Tokyo / Shinjuku Y3190
Haneda- Shinjuku Y610
Limousine Bus (cash only) :
Narita – Shinjuku Y 3100
Haneda – Shinjuku Y 1230
All conference sessions will be held at The American School in Japan, Chofu campus. The address is 1 Chome-1-1 Nomizu, Chōfu-shi, Tōkyō-to 182-0031 (Google Map Link)
On the evening of Thursday, Nov 1, there will be a fun social event in Shinjuku (downtown Tokyo). If possible, plan your travel so that you can be in the Shinjuku area at 7pm on Nov 1.
The Japanese currency is the yen (円, en). One yen corresponds to 100 sen. However, sen are usually not used in everyday life anymore, except in stock market prices. Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (very rare), 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations. Counterfeit money is not an issue in Japan.
Foreign currencies are generally not an accepted outside of major international airports.
Japan has a reputation of being a cash-based society, but trends have gradually been changing, and there has been a significant increase in the acceptance of other payment methods.
In Japan, currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found especially at international airports.
Credit Card / ATM
There is an increased acceptance of credit and debit cards, especially in big cities. Most hotels accept payment by credit cards nowadays, as do most department stores, mid to high end restaurants, outlet malls and large retail shops. In addition, many train stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, chain restaurants and boutiques also accept them.
Many ATMs in Japan do not accept cards that are issued outside of Japan. The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20,000 post offices and over 10,000 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country. Exchange rates offered at ATMs tend to be competitive, but service fees vary widely depending on the card. Inquire with your card issuer in advance. Note that many ATMs in Japan are out of service during the night, and some are unavailable on weekends.
Free Wifi is hard to find in Tokyo. You will have access to Wifi at ASIJ and probably at your hotel. However, when out and about in Tokyo, you may not be able to easily connect to Wifi. Depending on your cellular provider, data roaming charges may be very expensive. One excellent solution is the Pocket Wifi. On arrival at the airport, you can rent a portable cellular wifi device that will allow you to connect up to ten devices to the internet. To make sure that a device is available for you (and to reduce the amount of paperwork you need to do after arrival) many companies allow you to reserve a Pocket Wifi in advance. There are several competing companies with very similar prices, so you may wish to shop around. Note that once you leave the airport, there are very few options for short-term Pocket Wifi rental. If you want this service, make sure you have it all arranged before you leave the airport.