Electricity in the Kanto area is 100V/50Hz.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tokyo Customer Center
If power goes off in the entire house
Use of too many appliances at one time, exceeding the contracted amperage, or a short circuit caused by equipment malfunctions or a damaged cord may automatically trip the breaker switch. Either reduce the number of appliances in use or, in case of a short circuit, turn off the appliances that were in use, and then flip the breaker switch.
To reduce the risk of fire from overheated cords and sockets, avoid running a large number of extension cords from the same socket.
Gas varieties differ by location. The gas supplied in the Shibuya area is type 13A. When purchasing new gas appliances check to make sure that they are compatible with type 13A gas.
Tokyo Gas Customer Center
(English- and Chinese-speaking staff available)
(For IP phones or from overseas: ☎03-3344-9100)
If you smell gas
① First, shut off the main valves.
② Open some doors and windows. City gas is lighter than air so it will dissipate in the atmosphere.
③ Sparks from the ventilation fan or lights may cause an explosion so under no circumstance should you touch any electric power switches.
④ If there is a gas leak contact Tokyo Gas immediately. They will respond on public holidays or at night in case of an emergency.
Direct line for reporting gas leaks (English-speaking staff available)
(For IP phones or from overseas, ☎03-6735-8899)
Japan’s tap water is potable. When moving to a new place, you may have to ask the Bureau of Waterworks to turn on the water.
Bureau of Waterworks, Customer Center
Shut off the main valve in the water meter box and contact the waterworks bureau. If you live in an apartment discuss the problem with the custodian. Water leaks from taps are easily fixed by changing the packing.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks, Shibuya Service Station (☎5790-8391)
① Garbage disposal units cannot be installed.
② Please do not flush garbage other than toilet paper down the toilet.
③ Beware of fake sewerage maintenance staff.
Chubu Sewerage Office, Shibuya Branch Office