Public Relations Office        March 26, 2013


Electricity in Japan runs on 100 Volts. Nishinomiya and the remainder of western Japan have a cycle of 60 Hertz and Eastern Japan is on a cycle of 50 Hertz. Please ensure that your electronic devices are suited for Japanese circuits before using them.


Tap water in Japan is drinkable. The municipal water department controls both the upper water lines, used for chlorinated tap water from filtration plants and lower water lines used for sewage.


The Osaka Gas Company provides the Kansai Region with liquefied natural gas. Many Japanese homes use gas for cooking, heating and sometimes airconditioning and kerosene for heating in the winter.

Please take the utmost care when using such equipment; especially in the winter when the air is drier. Japanese houses are traditionally constructed from wood and built close together and therefore burn fairly easily. Most newer houses and apartments do not require you to turn off the gas at the stop cock; however, in older housing, before going to sleep or leaving the house, be sure to check appliances and do the following:

 1. Turn off the gas at the stopcock (main valve)
 2. Turn off any heater, iron, and other appliances
 3. Make sure to extinguish any cigarettes, candles or other fires