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How to Get Cash with An International Card

Despite being a modern and technology savvy country, Japan only uses paper money for most of its interactions. Visitors will need to pay in cash for the majority of their trip and will need to make frequent stops at the ATM. Luckily, Tokyo offers more than 50,000 convenience stores, all stocked with ATMs. The ATMs are easy to follow with English menus and simple designs. Don’t waste any time during a shopping trip and quickly grab some cash around the corner from the stores, anywhere in Tokyo.

  • Which ATM is the best?

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

  • 7-Bank at 7-Eleven

    Good news for foreign travelers, the ubiquitous 7-Eleven offers an ATM with a foreign card option. Called 7-Bank, these ATMs are housed inside of the 7-Eleven convenience store, making it a perfect 24 hour option. The menu has a variety of languages and is very user friendly. Once the language preference has been selected, insert the pin number and amount of cash desired. There will be a warning about international fees that vary on the card company. Then the ATM will give change, normally in large bills, a receipt and return the card. The simple process takes less than a few minutes.

    The 7 Bank ATMs can also be found outside of the convenience store. The Ito Yokado supermarket offers 7 bank ATMs as well as some major department stores, banks and both Narita and Haneda airports.

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

  • Japan Post Bank

    Japan Post bank is another trustworthy option. They can be found all over Tokyo, less than 7-bank but still rather common. JP Bank ATMs have both English and Japanese options and can support a wide variety of international cards. The hours for JP Bank ATMs vary, some being 24 hours and some abiding by the bank working hours. These ATMs can be found not only in banks but also post offices and some department stores. JP Bank is the best option when in a city or smaller town without any 7-Elevens, as there definitely will be a post office.

  • E-Net ATM

    E-Net ATM is found in other convenience store chains. E-Net accepts less of a variety of international cards but still provides an English menu and straightforward menu layout. Be sure to double check on the banner at the top of the screen to see if the card can be accepted. While not as common as the 7-bank, E-Net is a good option if there are multiple convenience stores around but no 7-Eleven. They are most commonly found in Lawson or Family Mart but not in all of them.

  • A cash only society

    If leaving Tokyo for a more rural area, be sure to stock up on cash before leaving. While convenience stores are around literally every corner in Tokyo, they can be harder to find in more remote areas. Japan is a safe country but still be careful when handling large amounts of cash, especially on the train.

    Generally, credit cards are only accepted at large establishments like hotels, supermarkets or electronics stores. When in doubt, pay in cash. Most restaurants and small stores only accept cash. It also make the paying process much easier for the store and customer as the payment will take double the time if paying by card. In the train station, tickets and IC cards can only be purchased and refilled with cash.

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

    How to Get Cash with An International Card

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