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Nov 8th, 2015, 05:21 PM
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Japan ATM question

My mantra on threads - especially on the Europe board - is "Get you cash from ATM's after you arrive." But from my reading it seems that machines that accept foreign ATM/debit cards are not as widespread in Japan. Post offices and 7Elevens seem to be the go-to locations. 1) Is this still true, and 2) are they easy to find?
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Nov 8th, 2015, 05:58 PM
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We had no problem at all
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Nov 8th, 2015, 09:09 PM
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Yes and yes -- at least IME. Note that the ATMs in post offices are not likely to open 24/7.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2208.html
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Nov 8th, 2015, 10:04 PM
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ATMs at the airport are likely to work with Western cards, too.

Google maps will show you the 7-11s and post offices around your location. Note there are many other brands of conbini (convenience stores) but only 7-11 has the ATMs that work with Western cards.

The logo for a post office is a red T with an extra bar on top.
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Nov 9th, 2015, 08:25 AM
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You should find the airport ATMs will work with a non-Japanese card. Also I didn't try it myself but I think the Family Mart ATM can also take a foreign card as one of the company insignia's at the ATM machine is Japan Post.....but certainly 7-11's. And Post Offices are very common in Kyoto and Tokyo, and in some you can access the ATM machine even when the PO is closed....
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Nov 9th, 2015, 12:25 PM
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7-11's were the only ATMs that worked for us. Fortunately, they're everywhere. The Family Mart ATMs I tried would not accept our card.

I was able to get cash from an ATM at the airport. I suspect it might have been from a 7-11 ATM as they have standalone ATMs run that through a 7-11 (owned?) bank.
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Nov 10th, 2015, 07:38 AM
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Both Family Mart and 7-11 worked for my BofA ATM card.
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Nov 10th, 2015, 08:10 AM
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thanks -- leaving next week. I'm going to pick up a few ¥ at LAX just to get me started .
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Nov 10th, 2015, 08:58 AM
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I had no problems at all over 17 days. I recall using a 7-Eleven at lest once and suspect I used an airport ATM when I landed at Narita.
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