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"CASH or CREDIT" Top 5 Page for this destination Japan Favorite Tip by cheesecake17

Japan General: 704 reviews and 1,886 photos

by cheesecake17

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Currency: Yen
Relative costs:
Cheap meal: US$7-10
Moderate restaurant meal: US$15-40
Expensive restaurant meal: US$40-70 and up...way up :)

Cheap room: US$18-25
Moderate hotel: US$35-70
Expensive hotel: US$100-200

Japan is mainly a cash society.

Some credit cards and Cirrus, Maestro, Link and Delta cash cards are NOT widely accepted, and few banks or cash machines will provide cash drawn on such cards.

Japanese post offices do have cash machines, which will accept Visa, Delta and Cirrus cards during hours of business.

Cash machines do not operate 24 hours a day. They generally close at 21:00 hours or earlier and may not operate at the weekends.

You should check with your bank before travelling and take sufficient alternative sources of money for the duration of your stay.

Western Union Money Transfer has recently become available in Japan.

Many Japanese stores don't accept credit cards and traveler's checks, especially in small cities.

I recommend bringing traveler's checks to Japan and exchanging them to yen in a bank.

Just Be careful of pickpockets if you are taking a crowded train or going to an event where you can expect a large crowd. It's still convenient to bring a major credit card, such as MasterCard or Visa. You can use them when you shop at major department stores, hotels, and restaurants.

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  • Written Apr 28, 2005
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