Use of debit cards in japan – fodor’s forum mastercard prepaid debit card

Recently most post office atm’s have been upgraded to accept plus system cards. I haven’t tried any of them, but I’ve seen the machines with the plus sign all over the place…The postal banking system is huge with a vast network of atms, some even inside convenience stores.

That said, IF they work (like I said, I haven’t tried a non-japanese card in them), although they are not hard to find, they do keep business hours. Only a few are open outside of the 9 – 5 hours, and none at all are open 24 hours. In my neighborhood, they are closed on sundays, but I can drive to the main post office and use the machine there.

In some cases, the machines have an english menu choice, but when you choose english it does not accept your card. This happened to me last week…The machine worked only in japanese even though it had an english menu option.Mastercard prepaid debit card

odd I thought.

People do carry quite a bit of cash on them compared to americans, but I’m still not comfortable with thousands of dollars in cash in my purse. I do use a credit card for most purchases, including gas and the supermarket.

I find it easier and I feel better not having piles of cash.

You’ll be able to use your PLUS or CIRRUS atm at just about any post office atm machine. You’ll have much more flexibility in terms of where and when you can get money with atm in post offices than if you have traveler’s checks you need to exchange, bank hours are 9 – 3, monday through friday. ATM’s in the smallest post offices are open until 5:00. Many are open on saturday and sunday, and the main post office’s machines and those in convenience stores are open for withdrawals until 11 pm and on holidays and sundays too.Mastercard prepaid debit card

It USED TO be true that finding an atm machine that would take foreign cards was nearly impossible. The japan post has taken care of that problem completely.

Here’s the link that I meant to post… Http://www.Yu-cho.Japanpost.Jp/e a0000000/aa200000.Htm familiarize yourself with the mark, and you’ll be finding post offices and atm machines all over the place…There’s at least 10 within a 10 minute walk from my house, and we live in kanazawa, not a big city by any means.

Citibank does take foreign cards too…But there are only machines in the citibank office in tokyo and kansai and narita airports as far as I know.

Check with your visa card issuer…You can use it here for sure but you need to be sure you have a cash advance limit high enough for your trip.Mastercard prepaid debit card you also need to have a high enough withdrawal limit for your needs. I know one of my US cards has a $100/day limit for cash advance/atm withdrawal – but you can change that…I guess that’s their default setting. From the post office machines here, you can get 300,000 (like 3000 dollars) yen a transaction I think…If you need more you just make another transaction.

It’s also a good idea to let your issuing company know that you will be using the card in japan. More than once, I’ve had US cards declined for use in hong kong and bangkok because it was outside of my usual spending pattern…Had to contact the issuer and confirm I was me and that yes I was in hong kong/bangkok and yes the card was in my possession and yes I was trying to use it…Good for card security but not good in terms of convenience.Mastercard prepaid debit card now I let the company know ahead of time and have no trouble.