Credit Cards / Electronic Money Cards
Credit cards in JapanAlthough credit cards are getting more and more popular in Japan, they are not used that much compared to other countries such as the USA, Canada or countries in Europe. If you want to use credit cards in Japan, make sure to use major international credit cards such as VISA or Master Card.
Payments for the dormitory (including utility costs), certificate fees (if any), and tuition payments to Juntendo must be made in cash. Payments by international money orders and checks will not be accepted. Also, in most cases transportation costs such as trains, subways, and buses must be paid in cash. Therefore, please make sure to bring enough cash. If you do not want to carry a lot of cash, you may open an account at the Japan Post Bank. Finally, please note that credit card cash withdrawal is not popular in ATMs in Japan and International Bank Transfers take time (most times 4-6 business days or more)
Electronic Money cards (SUICA and PASMO)There are two major electronic money cards (IC cards) SUICA and PASMO. Usually these electronic money cards can be used for train rides, bus rides and even for shopping. Just by touching your IC cards to the designated spot, you can make purchases; the fees will be deducted automatically from your IC card. These electronic money cards can also be used as monthly passes. During your first purchase you need to pay the deposit of 500 JPY, but the deposit will be refunded upon return of the card. You can put money into (charge) your cards with the vending machines at the stations (cash or designated credit cards only). You can check the balance either at the ticket gate or the ticket vending machines.
|Deposit (refundable)||500 JPY|
|Electronic Money||1,500 JPY|
|Total (First purchase)||2,000 JPY|