Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Japan?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Australia to Japan. In Japan, people are using different power plugs and power outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Australia!

Japan und Australia compared
Flag: Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Flag: Japan
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
100 VoltVoltage
50 / 60 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power plugs are used in Japan?

Japan uses power plugs of type A and B. Power outlets of type I, which are common in Australia, are not in use in Japan.

Country information

About Japan

Flag: About Japan

Japan is a country in Asia (Eastern Asia) with about 126.9 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 378 000 km². The capital of Japan is Tokyo (8.3 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Japanese.

Japan does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .jpCurrency: JPYCountry calling code: +81Country Code : JP
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Japan?

The voltage in Japan is 100 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is lower than the 230 volts in Australia. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Australia:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Japan, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Japan?

The utility frequency in Japan is not standardized. Depending on the region, sockets in Japan supply electricity at 50 or 60 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is sometimes higher than the 50 Hertz in use in Australia. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Japan, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Japan, you should not use the device!