Traveling can be a party, but there’s always that uninvited guest who wants to discuss ‘finance’.
Let’s unwrap this financial sushi roll, piece by piece.
In this article…
Cash Rules in Japan
In the land of the rising sun, the Yen (¥) is the emperor.
Unlike the digital kingdoms of the West, cash still rules the roost here. Sure, credit cards are making inroads, but in many nooks and crannies of Japan, cash is king.
So, having some yen in your pocket on touchdown isn’t just handy, it’s crucial. For more on this, here’s a little something to satisfy your curiosity.
Exchanging Money Beforehand: Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?
Changing your money before the journey might seem like smooth sailing. You’re armed with the right currency and dodging any post-flight kerfuffle with exchange counters
. But beware, the seas may not always be calm.
The Thorny Issue of Exchange Rates
Here’s the catch – exchanging money back home may not give you the best bang for your buck. Currency exchange services in Japan often offer rates that will have your wallet doing a happy dance. For more wallet-friendly travel tips, check out this Japan Travel Guide.
ATMs and Credit Cards: Allies in the Land of the Yen
Japan has an army of ATMs ready to dispense yen at your command, especially at post offices and 7-Eleven stores.
Though there might be a transaction fee, they often offer better exchange rates. Credit cards, the knights in shining plastic, are also widely accepted.
Just check with your bank about any lurking foreign transaction fees. For more such info, here’s a piece on visa requirements for Americans traveling to Japan.
Traveler’s Checks and Prepaid Travel Cards: Old School vs New School
Traveler’s checks, though a bit old-school, can be cashed at many banks in Japan.
Prepaid travel cards are the new kids on the block – secure, convenient, and ready to be loaded with moolah before your trip. Want more info? Click here.
The Grand Finale
So, should you exchange money before you travel to Japan? It’s all about finding the yin and yang.
Carry a bit of yen for those initial expenses and for the rest of your journey, ATMs and credit cards are your allies.
After all, you’re not just visiting Japan for a financial expedition.
You’re there to marvel at the Sakura blossoms, feel the awe of ancient temples, and taste the divine sushi.