Adapter for Japan - What plug adapter do I need for Japan?

Power adapters for Japan

If you are packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power your vital devices when you arrive at your destination. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Japan you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Japan. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices in Japan by using their standard B or A type Japanese 100 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Japanese. You'll discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Japan?

The best power adapter for Japan is a Type B plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 100 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Japan?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Japanese power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Do I need a power adapter for Japan?

If the type of Japanese power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Japan?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 100 volt Japanese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Japan.

What does a power adapter for a Japanese power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Japan simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for Japan in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Japan in the UK

Japan to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in Japan

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Japan

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

  1. https://www.japan.travel/en/ - Japan National Tourism Organization Web Site.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor