Translated by Greg
Shinjuku Station Currency Exchange: Convenient For Travel And Shopping
Written by MATCHA-PR
JR Shinjuku Station offers convenient access to Hakone, Nikko, and Mt. Fuji. Today we introduce the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center and the JR EAST Travel Service Center, two places that will be extremely useful during your Japan trip.
JR Shinjuku Station - Convenient Shopping and Travel to Hakone and Mt. Fuji
JR Shinjuku Station is considered the busiest train station in the world.
The station offers convenient access to many popular travel destinations in Japan including Hakone and Nikko, and Lake Kawaguchiko at the base of Mt. Fuji. Popular ski resorts such as Gala Yuzawa and Hakuba can also be easily accessed from this station.
There will definitely be times when you'll need cash while traveling and shopping in Japan.
For visitors who would like to use Shinjuku Station as a departure point for travel, and for those who plan on shopping and having fun in the Shinjuku area, we recommend dropping by the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center. It's the nearest foreign currency exchange counter to JR Shinjuku Station.
The JR EAST Travel Service Center is located right next door, making it convenient to purchase train tickets and make hotel reservations after receiving your yen.
Service is Also Available in English!
5 Reasons for Using the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center
The Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center is operated by Viewcard Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of JR East Japan Railway Company, together with the Japanese branch of Travelex, one of the world's leading independent foreign exchange businesses.
Next, we'll introduce the top five reasons for using the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center in Shinjuku Station.
Reason 1 - Just Seconds Away from JR Shinjuku's New South Gate!
In the case of the JR Lines, go up the stairs leading from the platform for Shibuya-bound trains, then proceed to JR Shinjuku Station's New South Gate ticket area.
After you pass through the ticket gates, turn right. You'll arrive at the exchange center in less than 30 seconds!
JR Shinjuku Station's New South Gate, where the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center is located, also has a direct connection to the Shinjuku Bus Terminal (from where highway buses head out to all parts of Japan), the Tokyo Tourist Information Center, and NEWoMan, a large scale shopping complex.
The New South Gate area is convenient for bus trips and shopping as well.
Reason 2 - The Staff Will Be Delighted to Assist You in English!
When making a foreign currency exchange, you'll probably be wondering about the exchange rate and service charges. You can feel rest assured, however, as the staff at the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center speak English, and they'll politely answer any questions that you might have.
In most cases, there is is no need to produce or fill out paperwork at the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center, so your money exchange will be processed quickly and efficiently.
*Note: Depending on the transaction amount, there might be times paperwork will need to be filled out and proof of identity provided.
Reason 3 - Show a Coupon and Get an Exchange Rate Discount!
Show this special coupon page when visiting the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center and you'll get a discount on that day's official exchange rate.
The amount of the discount depends on the currency, so please be sure to inquire at the ticket counter.
Reason 4 - They Handle 31 Foreign Currencies Across the Globe!
The Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center can do money exchanges in thirty-one different currencies. This includes the main currencies in North America, Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
Reason 5 - Receive a Postcard for Exchanges Over 20,000 Yen!
Make a foreign currency exchange into Japanese yen exceeding 20,000 yen at the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center, and you'll be eligible to receive one complimentary postcard with beautiful images of cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji and other scenic views!
These postcards come with four different pictures. Which one will you choose?
*The postcard giveaway ended on March 31, 2020.
JR EAST Travel Service Center - Buy Train Tickets and Make Hotel Reservations in English All in One Stop!
The Viewcard Currency Exchange Center is located inside the JR EAST Travel Service Center. This travel center is a convenient facility where you can purchase train tickets and make arrangements for your accommodation!
At the JR EAST Travel Service Center you can purchase a ticket pass (*) including the JAPAN RAIL PASS and the JR EAST PASS, and also receive a ticket pass after presenting your exchange order at the counter.
Both the JAPAN RAIL PASS and the JR EAST PASS allow for unlimited travel on the Shinkansen, limited express trains, and other methods of transportation. They are only valid for a selected time period specified by the transportation carrier.
These passes are indispensable items for your travels in Japan.
The staff at the counter can also assist you in finding accommodation that fits your personal budget. If you feel uneasy about visiting an area in Japan for the first time, you can be at ease knowing that all your reservations can be done here ahead of time.
International visitors will also feel more comfortable to know that they'll be served in English in a prompt and courteous manner.
*Conditions may apply for ticket purchases made in Japan. For details please refer to the JAPAN RAIL PASS official homepage.
They also have English pamphlets with tour package information on popular sightseeing spots such as Lake Kawaguchiko, Hakone, and Gala Yuzawa.
We have good news for international visitors who have made repeated trips to Japan and have already seen the main sightseeing spots. The JR EAST Travel Service Center also handles many types of tours to the Tohoku region in northern Japan.
How about making a special visit to one of the three most scenic places in Japan (Nihon Sankei) such as Matsushima or Ginzan Onsen, which are well-known, unique destinations?
On the premises of the JR EAST Travel Service Center, there's also a Tourist Information Counter where the staff can give you advice in English on how to get from the Shinjuku area to the many popular sightseeing spots throughout Japan.
The JR EAST Travel Service Center is open from 8:00 until 19:00. The process of getting tickets and having accommodations arranged tends to go more quickly and smoothly in the afternoon.
Viewcard ATMs are Also Available Inside Many Stations!
Let's enjoy shopping in Shinjuku! Have you ever come all the way to Shinjuku with this thought in mind, only to realize that your wallet is empty?
Viewcard has set up International ATMs in Shinjuku Station near the west and the east exit ticket gates.
You can easily withdraw cash by using a variety of credit cards including VISA and MASTERCARD, JCB, and UnionPay, just to name a few. ATM service is available in four different languages, so using this service won't be difficult at all!
During those times when you're low on cash, withdraw your money from a Viewcard International ATM and then head out for some fun in the city!
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