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Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In Japan

Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In Japan

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This article introduce places where it is possible to withdraw Japanese yen and or exchange currency. If you have spent all your cash while travelling around, it is nice to know that you can get cash easily wherever you are in Japan.

Translated by Allie

Written by MATCHA

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Cash culture is still deeply ingrained in Japan. There are some of the small stores which still don't accept credit card payments.

So if you think something along the lines of: "I will be OK without cash because I have cards with me", you might not be able to buy what you want, where or when you want it. Here are a few places where you can get Japanese yen.

1. Seven Eleven ATM

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Open 24/7, many stores available

Using the ATM machine at a Seven Eleven Store is the easiest way to get Japanese yen. There are more than 22,000 Seven Eleven stores in Japan and you will spot it easily since most of the major train stations have Seven Eleven stores nearby.

If you have credit or debit cards that are accepted at the ATM machines, you can easily take out Japanese yen. The ATM machines have multilingual support. In addition, the Seven Eleven stores are open 24 hours a day. If you need Japanese yen when everything else are closed, it is really helpful to know that you can get cash at the Seven Eleven stores.

Accepted Currencies
Only withdraw Japanese yen from ATM

Accepted Cards
VISA/MaterCard/UnionPay/Amex/JCB/DinersClub/Maestro/Cirrus/Discover

Hours
Open 365 days

Locations
In most of the cities and near train stations

Official Website
SEVEN BANK (English)

2. DAIKOKUYA

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Good exchange rates

Daikokuya is the store which sells discounted tickets and famous brand-name products. They also offer a currency exchange service. The best reason to use Daikokuya is the exchange rates. There are not many Daikokuya stores in Japan. But you will get better exchange rates here than at banks. You also don't need to fill out a form at all, which saves time for doing something else. You can even exchange coins at some of the stores.

Accepted Currencies
USD/EUR/CAD/GPB/RMB/AUD/KRW/TWD/HKD/SGD/THB
** Some of the stores might not support all of these currencies.

Accepted Cards
Only exchange from cash to cash

Hours
Depends on the store

Locations
Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Kichijoji, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima

Official Website
DAIKOKUYA(Japanese)

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A must for railway users! Introducing a convenient spot right in the station where you can get your hands on some Japanese yen.
There are seven foreign currency exchange counters and ten ATMs at JR East Japan stations in the greater Tokyo area (as of March 2018).
For more information, please visit this page.

3. Travelex Japan

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Many currency options, get mileage points

Travelex is a world-wide foreign exchange company. There are 72 branches in Japan. They offer more than 30 currency options (as of January 2016). You can exchange right at the counter and also at machines.

Accepted Currencies
USD/EUR/CAD/GPB/RMB/AUD/KRW/TWD/HKD/SGD/THB/AED/BRL/CHF/CNY/CZK/DKK/EGP/FJD/HUF/IDR/MXN/MYR/COK/NZD/PHP/PLN/RUB/SAR/SEK/TRY/VND/XPF/ZAR
** Some of the stores might not support all of these currencies.

Accepted Cards
VISA/MaterCard/JCB

Hours
Depends on the store

Locations
Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo station, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka

Official Website
Travelex Japan (English)

4. Currency Exchange Service at Banks

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Picture courtesy of SMBC Trust Bank

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Get to exchange currency right at the airport, many branches

The major Japanese banks such as Mizuho Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and SMBC Trust Bank, offer a currency exchange service as well. You can find stores at airports and major stations. You can get to exchange right at the airport but the exchange rates may be less convenient.

There are some branches which don't offer a currency exchange service at all. So please check if the branch has the service or not. Branches in major sightseeing places usually offer this service.

Accepted Currencies
Depends on the bank

Accepted Cards
Depends on the bank

Hours
Depends on the branch

Locations
In most of the major cities, near train stations, at airports

Official Websites
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ (English)
SMBC Trust Bank (English)
Mizuho Bank(English)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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