6 Responses

  1. Igor
    Igor at |

    No Post office at that train station? Their post office bank always has ATMs that accept US debit cards. Also CITI and 7-11 ATMs often take off shore cards too.

  2. carlh
    carlh at |

    I was able to use a credit card by purchasing Japanese Rail Passes in the Washington, DC office before I left. There are not many, but if you are near one of their US offices, they are incredibly helpful not just for tickets, but also for planning and information. I don’t think that they have many walk-ins for the passes, so they seemed to get excited and extremely helpful in the DC office when I was there.

  3. Charlotte
    Charlotte at |

    After nearly running out if cash in Japan one day, I developed a new strategy: Always check on what cash I had and usually go ahead and get some cash when I went by a 7-11 or Post Office.

  4. SAN Greg
    SAN Greg at |

    Yup – we ended up taking a taxi to KIX from Kyoto because trains were canceled due to the typhoon last week (and it was too late to catch an airport bus with the long line of people waiting to buy tickets). Although we made sure the taxi accepted a credit card (and without a PIN number), we didn’t have enough to pay cash for the 4400 yen in tolls. After about 10 minutes talking with the dispatcher the driver figured it out so that it would work (we wanted to exchange $ to yen at the terminal but we couldn’t break the language barrier in communicating that to him – and the doors are auto operated by him!).
    Also, the automated ticket machines at JR stations accept credit cards but it must be one that has a PIN. Otherwise, at least in the larger cities, we are always able to purchase tickets in a JR office, although that sometimes entails standing in line. When travelling in Japan it’s not a major concern carrying more cash than one is normally comfortable with, as it’s a very safe country. I couldn’t agree more with your suggestion to have extra cash on hand just in case.