The Best Travel Debit Card for Your Japan Travels
What exactly is Transferwise?
Where to get Yen when you are travelling in Japan?
Do you need to tip when travelling in Japan?
The only times that it is acceptable to tip in Japan
If you need to buy things and don’t want the hassle of the shops did you know that Amazon Japan can deliver to your hotel or a local combini where you can pay on collection? I also had to do this when my Samsung screen protector was destroyed and there was no where else to get a new one. Check out the fun stuff you can buy on Amazon Japan
The mystery Table Cover Charge in Japan
Pasmo, Suica or JR Pass – What is the most affordable way to get around Japan?
This is a tough question as it really does depend on where you want to go. I’ve not used a JR Pass on any of my trips. For example if you are considering doing a round trip from Tokyo-Osaka/Kyoto then for the Shinkansen tickets alone it’s cheaper to buy a JR Pass. But finding out the ins and outs of the JR Pass is an art form in itself.
If you are ready to buy your JR Pass then I’d suggest buying from Klook or Voyagin. These two sites are very safe and reliable to use. I’ve used both around different Asian countries and never had an issue. The reason I say to check both is that Klook commonly has sales and discounts. I’ve found Voyagin to have more reasonable pricing when Klook isn’t having a sale.
JR Pass – Klook
JR Pass – Voyagin
Personally for me I’m a Pasmo fan. This is a prepaid card, that can be topped up at any train station super easily. If you want to pre-purchase a Pasmo card before you arrive in Australia you can do so over at Klook. Otherwise the easiest way is to buy one at the train station. If you arrive at Narita Airport there are staff at the ticket machines to help you out.
Tip – The machines for topping up your IC card are available in English. And you can use these cards in 7-11s and vending machines.
Final thoughts on managing your money in Japan
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This is so handy for me, I’ve never been to Japana and will get there some day, but need to skill up. I have a Transferwise borderless account and just got a debit card for it, not a platinum one… have only got UK pounds in there so far. Currently in Fiji and will be spending a fortune on bank fees, sadly.
I love these culturally insightful tips! I often travel to Bali which has eftpos machines and atm’s everywhere. Compared to Japan, Bali is still a developing country … I would have received an awful fright on my first visit to Japan if I hadn’t read this, so thanks heaps!