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What are the best currency tips in Japan ?

The Japanese currency is the yen (¥). Its currency symbol is JPY.

You can exchange money in your home country or on the spot (about the same rate). But the ideal is to have a maximum of cash to avoid disappointments. Indeed, as soon as we leave Tokyo, many small restaurants or shops do not accept credit cards, only cash.

ATM: Cash can be withdrawn from ATM machines. The stores of the 7-Eleven chain (which do not accept MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro cards) often have ATMs. The good thing is that they are open day and night, and are everywhere. Only issue, sometimes they do not accept foreign credit cards!

The main central stations are open daily, the others are open on weekdays only (9 am-5pm). So it's better to withdraw money before the weekend.

 Japanese banks: get there to exchange money if you do not want to use your credit card with an ATM. For currency exchange, you need to bring your passport. Open hours: Weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm; Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

However to exchange currencies, the best is the Takashiyama stores (in Tokyo and Kyoto), less laborious than in the banks.

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Avoid Travelers checks: they are hard to convert, except in banks and hotels in large cities. They are unnecessary. The risk of theft in Japan is almost zero.


The custom of tipping does not exist in Japan. Worse, a Japanese will be very uncomfortable, even annoyed, if you tip him and give him the impression that he is giving alms. Normally, his salary is not miserable, but it is proportional to the quality and the requirements of the service rendered. So we do not give a tip. The service is included in the bill, both in bars and restaurants.

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