If you are on holiday in Japan and need to withdraw cash with a foreign-issued credit card head over to a post office and you will normally find one or more ATMs. The banking arm of the Japanese Post Office (yucho ginko; Japan Post Bank) allows for foreign-issued credit cards to be used in these ATMs and the machines themselves are bilingual with instructions in English.
Just insert your credit card, choose the English menu, enter your pin number and press "Withdraw", follow the instructions and select the amount of yen you require from 1,000 yen upwards.
The following credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, China Unionpay and Discover are all accepted at Japan Post Bank ATMs. There is a small handling charge for the service of 105 yen or 210 yen after 6pm.
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