And trust me. It is a situation.
Unfortunately I can’t offer insight for anyone living outside of AU, but in Australia this is how it went down.
Finding a JPN-AU Adapter
Firstly, it was impossible to find a JPN-AU adapter in Perth anywhere outside of the airport and the one at the airport will set you back about $30 AUD.
You can buy ‘universal’ adapters, but let me tell you, if they don’t have two parallel pins that are thin and rectangular then your adapter is not as universal as it claims to be!
Here’s what the JPN side of your adapter should look like:
By a stroke of luck/paranoia I decided to buy a JPN-AU adapter at the airport even though Monique had a ‘universal adapter.’ I figured it couldn’t hurt to have two. And it was a good thing that I did.
Because even if you do find the right adapter with the right pins, there’s another problem. The JPN-AU adapter I bought only has two pin sockets on the AU side.
Some AU appliances only have two pins (like my hairdryer) so, no problem. Other appliances, such as my laptop charger (which I count as far more important), have three pins.
Again, by a total stroke of luck, Monique’s universal adapter changed the two-pin AU adapter into a three-pin AU adapter.
We’re like The Planeteers of travel adapters!
So here’s everything you’ll need to power your appliances in Japan if you’re travelling from Australia:
The hilarious thing about this situation is:
- It’s totally unstable, and will hang out of the wall, causing you to prop it up with a spare shoe and;
- Even when you get your stuff working, you’ll find that the voltage is different in Japan. This rendered my hairdryer completely useless.
Protip: DON’T TAKE YOUR HEAVY, BULKY-ASS HAIRDRYER TO JAPAN – IT WON’T WORK.
Good luck with your adapter situation!
Until next time,
Kally & Mon
[Feature Image Credit: Pando Daily]
If anyone who lives in or has travelled extensively in Japan has any suggestions or information on the whole hairdryer thing, please leave a comment. It won’t help us now but maybe it can help someone reading ^.^