ATM / money exchange situation in Japan
Regarding the withdrawal of foreign currencies and exchange places from foreign currencies to Japanese yen, the system is not consistent, so they can be difficult to find except for international airports, etc. You can rely on ATM for overseas cards that you can withdraw money with overseas bank cash cards or credit cards. With such an ATM, for example, if you carry an international card with the logo "Cirrus" or "Plus" on the back of the card, you can withdraw Japanese yen from ATM in Japan with an American bank card. This corresponds to almost all of major credit cards, including VISA, MASTERCARD, etc. However, the places where such ATMs are installed are limited in Japan. It is wise to research beforehand about spots where cash can be withdrawn, limits, and fees so that you do not feel stressful.
One example is the ATMs of Seven Bank. In particular, at the ATMs installed in the convenience store named "Seven - Eleven" stores, you can withdraw Japanese Yen every day and any time of the year, and it also supports 12 languages, so it can be said to be the easiest ATM to use. The maximum limit of withdrawal is one hundred thousand yen. (However, in the case of a magnetic stripe card, in the case of American Express, the maximum limit of withdrawal is 30,000 yen). ATM of "Yucho Bank" adjoined to the post office also basically supports overseas cards. The maximum limit of withdrawal is 50,000 yen. However, note that you may not be able to use ATM when window service at small post offices is closed, they do not guarantee correspondence to all cards, it is necessary to be aware that you cannot use it in some cases.
In addition, it is possible to withdraw Japanese yen even at ATMs of "Mitsubishi UFJ Bank" "Mizuho Bank," "Mitsui Sumitomo Bank," "Aeon Bank," and convenience store "Lawson." However, please be aware that there are differences, such as "Available on most ATMs installed" or "Limited to ATMs for overseas cards," depending on banks and convenience stores. Since the ATM network corresponding to overseas cards tends to be gradually expanding, we recommend checking information of each bank's ATM and convenience store ATM according to the timing of the visit, on the Internet etc.
For currency exchange, you can do it at a bank counter. There is little difference in exchange rates and fees between banks. If you are at an airport Travelex, you can purchase foreign currencies with credit cards as well as conducting currency exchange.
There are automatic foreign currency exchange machines installed at "FamilyMart" at convenience stores as another convenient method of money exchange (※limited to some stores). There are currency exchange machines corresponding to currency exchange from 13 foreign currencies to Japanese yen, and it is displayed in 4 languages: English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. As well as "Seven – Eleven," the service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Other major places where you can exchange cash in Japan are currency exchanges at international airports, banks, Japan Post Banks, and others. In addition, there are cases where exchange machines are installed at tourist information offices, etc., but unfortunately there is no place that "always has place to exchange." There are also places that handle currency exchange called "cash voucher shops" such as resale tickets ("Daikokuya" etc.). Exchange rates at the cash voucher shop are rated higher than those of general banks, but please understand before using them that they are not legitimate financial institutions.