In Japan, unlike other countries, cash is essential for a trip. In large cities there is a network of ATMs from which money can be withdrawn using foreign cards, some of which are:
7-Eleven Convenience Store: Currently, at more than 25,000 ATMs in 7-Eleven stores across Japan, money can be withdrawn day or night, a service you can rely on when traveling to Japan.
Japan Post ATMs: Japan Post Bank ATMs are bilingual and accept most international cards. Businesses are closed from 9:00 pm to 8:00 am, Monday through Friday and, depending on the location, from 7:00 pm, on weekends.
Lawson Convenience Store: You can use Lawson’s ATMs to withdraw your money in Japanese yen.
Some of the conditions to use the service
50,000 yen limit per withdrawal.
The coin is withdrawn in multiples of 10,000 yen. Service and usage charges vary by card and bank used.
Your card issuer may charge additional fees. The ATMs will not be available for fifteen minutes between 3:00 am and 4:00 am, due to maintenance.
Use and recommendations
To use an ATM, you must go to the main screen and select the desired language, then press the button to withdraw money and perform the procedure as you would abroad. Keep in mind that Japanese ATMs only have money in yen, therefore, the change to Japanese currency must be taken into consideration before making the withdrawal.
Post offices differ by location, but they often close at 5pm (and on Sundays and holidays, except for large agencies). Seven-Eleven ATMs are accessible 24/7.
It is convenient to clarify that the use of the cards, Mastercard and Maestro, is more complex in Japanese ATMs. Both cards are now denied at Seven-Eleven. The Maestro is forbidden in post offices.
International banks usually charge fees (for withdrawing abroad and, in most cases, a percentage based on the amount withdrawn). These amounts vary considerably depending on your bank, so it is recommended to check before your trip. You are reminded to inform your banks in advance that you are going abroad and that withdrawals will be made so that the account is not blocked due to suspicious activities. And please do not forget to ask the withdrawal limit.
Every day before going anywhere in Japan, it is good to make sure you have enough cash to finance the trip. Most restaurants, public transportation, shrines, and temples only accept cash. Taking these details into account, you can happily enjoy the journey through the beautiful country of the rising sun.