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    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 12th Jun 17, 3:47 PM
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    Japan Holiday - Spending Advice Needed
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    Japan Holiday - Spending Advice Needed 12th Jun 17 at 3:47 PM
    Hi
    We are going on honeymoon to Japan in September this year. We are visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka. My main question is that I keep reading that many places do not accept cards so to carry cash. We are primarily going for the food experience and also to soak up the atmosphere in the different places.
    How much cash would we need though for 2 weeks? I know that is difficult to say as different people spend differently but just an idea would be great.
    I am aware that as we envisage primarily visiting street food places and smaller restaurants we will definitely need cash for those.
    Should we have all the cash we anticipate we need and a bit more exchanged into Yen to take out before we go or should we get enough for the first few days and then get a travel credit card (eg Barclaycard Platinum Travel) to withdraw cash from ATMs after the first few days?
    Has anybody been recently who can advise on the current situation? I lot of the websites I'm seeing are a few years old.
    We are going in September, so if we need to get a travel credit card I'm probably looking at applying in the next month or so.
    How easy is it to find an ATM which will take an international card?
    Thanks!
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    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Jun 17, 4:18 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 4:18 PM
    Hi
    We are going on honeymoon to Japan in September this year.
    We are visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka.

    My main question is that I keep reading that many places do not accept cards so to carry cash.
    Originally posted by chocgirl
    Where are you reading that?

    Did a similar itinerary a few years back and had no problems.

    I do remember reading that in the off the beaten track location then Credit cards are not widely accepted.

    But major cities you should have no problem.

    Enjoy!
    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 12th Jun 17, 4:25 PM
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    Thanks blind man
    So we should be ok to take enough cash with us for a few days and then withdraw more or pay on card?
    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Jun 17, 4:32 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 4:32 PM
    Thanks blindman
    So we should be ok to take enough cash with us for a few days and then withdraw more or pay on card?
    Originally posted by chocgirl
    That's my MO-Cash for day 1 then spend everything on the credit once in location

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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 12th Jun 17, 6:03 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 6:03 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 6:03 PM
    International ATM everywhere. Post Offices/Japan Post Bank and Seven Bank/7-11.

    https://www.kyotostation.com/atm-cash-machines-currency-exchange-at-kyoto-station/
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 12th Jun 17, 10:15 PM
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    Slightly off topic but you should look at getting a JR Pass for the train travel. It has to be purchased before you enter the country but would save a fortune on your train travel.

    http://www.japanrailpass.net

    There's also a very good website for train times - http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

    I used cash when I visited but that was before I had a decent overseas card so was the cheapest option at that time.
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    • lika_86
    • By lika_86 12th Jun 17, 10:57 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 10:57 PM
    Hunt out 7/11s, they're your best friend for ATMs and great snacks, supermarkets in Japan are awesome.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 12th Jun 17, 11:58 PM
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    Hi, I visited the places you mentioned in November last year and had no problems with credit cards or ATM's. I agree re the 7/11 shops...some great snack foods available especially if you have a sweet tooth! The vending machines are good for drinks both hot and cold too. Do bear in mind that things do tend to be more expensive in Japan tho.
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Jun 17, 11:59 PM
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    Agree above and for JR travel pass. Big money saver too.
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    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 13th Jun 17, 8:58 AM
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    Fantastic thanks all - I was worrying a bit but I'll organise my application for overseas card this week.
    Yes we are on an organised trip with a partial itinerary but includes a JR pass for the two weeks.
    The 7-11s sound like they will be a lifesaver!! Will also hunt out a supermarket as well. I am bad enough in a UK supermarket so that will be brill!
    Thank you al for your advice. If anybody has any more tips then please tell all!
    Now for the rucksack shopping....
    Last edited by chocgirl; 13-06-2017 at 9:00 AM.
    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 13th Jun 17, 8:59 AM
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    I had never heard of WeSwap but I am looking now!
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 13th Jun 17, 11:32 AM
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    I had never heard of WeSwap but I am looking now!
    Originally posted by chocgirl
    Forget about it. Monzo
    Refer to post #5 too.
    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 13th Jun 17, 11:37 AM
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    Thanks yes after some googling I think I am edging monzo but had completely forgotten about prepaid cards!
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 13th Jun 17, 11:50 AM
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    Since you have time, you should definitely have a travel credit card, from Halifax Clarity, Creation Everyday, Santander Zero, Barclay Travel Platinum...
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 19th Jun 17, 7:00 PM
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    I was there a few years ago, organised tour. Most lunchtimes we ate at small cafes, some seemed to be in a room of people's homes ! We always paid cash in those places. Evenings in larger towns meant larger restaurants and no trouble using cards. We travelled by coach and I'm now a fan of their service stations - never seen so many vending machines !
    • Liliwanderlust
    • By Liliwanderlust 24th Jul 17, 2:59 AM
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    Spending advice
    Japanese people tend to pay things cash, and sometimes, even in Tokyo, restaurants don't take cards and can have a hard time using foreign cards. Don't even think about using your debit card.
    For lunch, you can get by on 1,000-2,000 YEN per person for something very decent. But for dinner, it's harder to say, as it depends on whether you're going to an expensive dinner and if you drink alcohol or not. For an izakaya, it can be around 3,000 YEN, but you can easily pay up to 10,000 per person per meal.
    This website tends to be quite helpful for finding restaurants:
    favy-jp
    Last edited by Liliwanderlust; 24-07-2017 at 3:04 AM.
    • beeg0d
    • By beeg0d 24th Jul 17, 8:06 AM
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    Supprisingly one thing nobody has mentioned yet with the Japeneese food culture is department stores. In the basement of any department store in Japan is their food hall, and entire floor (sometimes 2) full of prepared hot and cold food pretty much the entire of japeneese cusiene can be experenced in these places. personally i recommend Mitsukoshi in Ginza, Tokyo.

    As far as the ops origional question gose. In the major citys cards are taken in major restruants but the smaller 10 seat ones (makes up 90% of the restruants in Tokyo) are cash only. There are 2 types of ATMs in Japan, ones that require 6 digit pins (usless for UK cards) and "international" 4 digit machines. All the 7-11 machines take 4 digit pins (you'll find a 7-11 every 100-200 meters so that should be all you need) i beleave the post office (Yūbinkyoku) ones also take 4 digit pins but most (though not all) bank machines require 6 digits
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