Japanese Yen? Where you get cash in Japan?

When I traveling, currency exchange is my most concern part than others. You will feel panic if your pocket don’t have sufficient cash. Cashless is getting easier when you travel to somewhere else. You can pay by using credit card. However, some restaurants or small convenience stores still accept cash only. That is a problem if you don’t have cash. 
Where you can get the cash? In Japan, there are many exchange stores are located near tourist centre and in International Airports. You can reach the stores easily around major cities such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Station, Kyoto or Osaka. Which currency exchange store has good exchange rate? In this article, you will understand more about currency exchange wherever you are in Japan. 
1) ATMs at convenience stores 
The easiest way to get Japanese yen is convenience stores such as 7-11. There have many convenience stores in town area and train stations and you can easily to spot it. In addition, convenience stores are open 24 hours every day. ATM machine accepts debit or credit card. Don’t worry about Japanese words when you use ATM machine. The machine have English language option as well. It is easily to read and follow the instruction. Please remind that you will be charged transaction and conversion fees for every withdrawal you make from ATMs. 
Advantages: 
* Open 24/7
* Many stores in town areas and train stations  
* Accept VISA/MaterCard/UnionPay/Amex/JCB/DinersClub/Maestro/Cirrus/Discover
* ATMs have multilingual support
 
Disadvantage: 
* Withdraw Japanese yen only 
* Transaction and conversion fees
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2) Travelex Japan 
Travelex is world’s leading foreign exchange Company. They offer foreign currency services direct to customers which more than 30 currency options. Travelex has more than 1,000 branches worldwide. In Japan, it has multiple branches across Japan. Additionally, online currency exchange also available in Travelex website. 
Advantages: 
* More than 30 currency options 
* Many branches in Japan, please check location at http://www.travelex.co.jp
 
Disadvantages: 
* Accept VISA/MaterCard/JCB only
* Opening hours depend on the branches 
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3)Daikokuya 
At first, Daikakuya is a store sells electronics, brand stuffs and tickets since 1981. From year to year, the store has expanded their business as a currency exchange and money transfer services to customers. In Tokyo, Daikokuya has 30 branches and it’s located in tourist centre such as Ginza, Shibuya, Tokyo station and Shinjuku. I highly recommend to get cash from Daikokuya because of getting better exchange rates than others. However, please note that they only accept USD, EUR, GBP, RMB, CAD, AUD, SGD, KRW, HKD, THB and TWD. Please bring valid ID when making transactions.
 
Advantages: 
* Good exchange rates
* Save time (no need fill the form) 
 
Disadvantages: 
* Card unacceptable. Only exchange from cash to cash
* Limited branches in Japan 
* Opening hours depend on the branches 
* Accept 11 currencies only
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4) Sakura Exchange 
Sakura Exchange is another money exchange store with many branches throughout Japan.  The stores are located in commercial and tourist spot such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. The good selling point for Sakura Exchange is they do not charge any tax or commission fees than other currency exchange stores and some staffs can speak Chinese or English to help customers who can’t speak Japanese. Besides, they also offer luggage storage, complimentary beverages and resting area, unlimited Wi-Fi in the stores and local information. 
 
Advantages: 
* Good exchange rates
* Chinese or English staffs on duty
* No commission or tax fee
 
Disadvantages: 
* Limited branches in Japan
* Card unacceptable. Only exchange from cash to cash
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5) Bank 
Japanese bank such as SMBC (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation), MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) and Mizuho Bank Ltd. offer currency exchange services to customers. However, exchange rate is not good enough than other currency exchange stores. Please check exchange rate with the bank before you decide to change Japanese Yen. 
 
Advantages: 
* Many branches (airport and major stations)
 
Disadvantages: 
* No good exchange rate
* Need transaction charges
* Short opening hours
* Some branches no offer currency exchange service
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There have various way you can get cash in Japan. However, please change some Japanese Yen before you leave your home country just in case you can’t get cash at the airport. Foreign credit, debit and cash can be used at ATMs for cash withdrawal. I would say that please use ATM card if your bank doesn’t charge a lot. Please check this properly before you fly. Lastly, I hope this article is able to help you when you need to get cash in Japan. 

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