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Listing in Tokyo

Aeroflot (Phone: 03 343-9671); Air China (Phone: 03 5251-0711); Air Lanka (Phone: 03 3573-4261); Air New Zealand (Phone: 03 3287-6311); Air Nippon (Phone: 03/5435-0333); Air Pacific (Phone: 03 3435-1377); All Nippon Airways (Phone: 0120-029333); American Airlines (Phone: 03 3214-2111); Asiana Airlines (Phone: 03 3582-6600); British Airways (Phone: 03/3593-8811); China Airlines (Phone: 03 3436-1661); Dragonair (Phone: 03/3506-8361); Japan Airlines (International Phone: 0120-255931); Japan Air System (International Phone: 0120-711283); KLM (Phone: 03 3216-0771); Korean Air (Phone: 03 5443-3311); Lufthansa (Phone: 03 3578-6777); Malaysia Airlines (Phone: 03/3503-5961).

Airport information:
Haneda (Phone: 03 5757-8111); Narita (Phone: 0476/34-5000).

American Express:
4-30-16 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku (Phone: 0120-020666); Travel Service Centre (Mon-Fri 9am-7pm).

Banks and exchange:
You will find many foreign exchange banks in central Tokyo; Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank usually handles the broaddest range of currencies. If you requires outside banking hours, main department stores often have exchanges desks. You can make credit card withdrawals from "international ATMs" at the post office and at cash corners run by Visa (Phone: 0120-133173), Mastercard (Phone: 00531/11-3886) and Citibank (Phone: 0120-504189); call their 24 hrs toll-free English-language help lines to find the machine nearest you - some are accessible 24 hrs.

Bike rental:
Try Rental Acom in Shinjuku (Phone: 03 3350-5081) or Shimbashi (Phone: 03 3432-8522), both services open daily 10am-7pm. An ordinary bike is ¥2100 and a mountain bike ¥4200. You'll need to give your passport and make an advance booking in Japanese.

Car rental:
The principal rental companies are: Avis (Phone: 03/5550-1015); Hertz (Phone: 0120-489882); Nippon (Phone: 03/3468-7126); Nissan (Phone: 03/5424-4111); Orix (Phone: 03/3779-0543) and Toyota (Phone: 0070/8000-10000). Prices start at around ¥6500 per day for the smallest car, plus ¥1000 insurance.

Phone Jhelp.com (Phone: 0120-46199) for a 24hrs English-language toll-free service, or try the English-language help line of Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Phone: 03/3501-0110 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.15pm). Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) offers telephone counseling on their help line (Phone: 03 3968-4099; daily 9am-4pm & 7-11pm).

Hospitals and clinics:
Tokyo Medical Information Service (Phone: 03 5285-8181; Mon-Fri 9am-8pm); they offer emergency medical translation services. Otherwise, two main hospitals with English-speaking doctors are St Luke's International Hospital, 9-1 Akashicho, Chuo-ku (Phone: 03/3541-5151) and Tokyo Adventist Hospital, 3-17-3 Amanuma, Suginami-ku (Phone: 03 3392-6151); their reception desks are open Mon-Fri 8.30-11am for non-emergency cases.

To renew your tourist or student visa, apply to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, 2F, 1-3-1 Otemachi, Chuo-ku (Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-6pm; Phone: 03 3286-5241), signed from Otemachi Station.

The principal taxi firms are Daiwa (Phone: 03 3503-8421); Hinomaru Limousine (Phone: 03 3212-0505); Kokusai (Phone: 03 3491-6001) and Nippon Kotsu (Phone: 03 3586-2151).

For English-language information on JR's services, including train times and ticket prices, call the JR East-Infoline (Phone: 03 3423-0111; Mon-Fri 10am-6pm).

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