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Currency and Money Exchange

There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country then you must complete a customs declaration.

The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.

Japanese Notes
Japanese Coins

You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours. The exchange rate fluctuates daily depending on the money market.
World Currency Shop [MONEY EXCHANGE]

Travelers Checks

Travelers Checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities.

Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cards

Credit, debit and prepaid cards of International brands are acceptable at wide variety of merchants. There will be instances where merchants may not display the card acceptance marks so do not hesitate to ask the salesperson if your card is accepted. You can use cards for Narita Express (JR) and Shinkansen (JR) fares; however, may not use them to pay for most of short distance train/subway fares. Outside the major cities, cards not may be widely accepted. However, you can withdraw cash nationwide at ATMs in post offices and in 7-eleven stores.


You can withdraw cash using your international brand credit, debit, prepaid and cash cards nationwide at ATMs of Japan Post Bank and Seven Bank. Citibank ATMs are also in service but number of ATMs is very limited with most of their ATMs located in major international airports and in their branch offices. Please note that no other Japanese banks currently accept international transactions. To find ATMs near your destination, Visa provides an ATM locator on their website which you can use to locate ATMs by your nearest subway/train station.

Japan Post Bank ATMs

Japan Post Bank has about 26,400 ATMs nationwide. Most of them are located within the Post Offices but some of them are located at train stations and super markets. Service hours differ by ATM. The service is available in English.

Japanese Notes

Yucho(Japan Post Bank) - International ATM Service

Seven Bank ATMs



Seven Bank has over 16,828 ATMs (May 2011) at 7-Eleven Convenience stores nationwide and other places. The service (both screens and sounds) is available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese.

International card brands accepted at Seven Bank
Instructions for using Seven Bank ATMs

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