The number of international travellers to Japan stood well over 20 million last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. This means a lot of foreign tourists are spending money in the country.
But if you have ever been to Japan, you would have noticed that many stores in the country, especially in quieter prefectures, still accept cash as the only payment option. With more and more people adopting the cashless lifestyle, preferring to top up their e-wallets and use them for services ranging from shopping to transportation, what can you do if you happen to need cash in Japan and you haven't brought enough?
Tranglo, in partnership with a Japanese firm, now supports cash withdrawal from your selected home e-wallet in convenience stores across Japan in three simple steps.
This is certainly good news for tourists, who can now withdraw yen in thousands of 7-Eleven and Lawson stores1.Currently, only Hong Kong's TNG Wallet is supported, but Tranglo will soon expand that offering to many more e-wallets worldwide, so watch that space!
Besides being convenient and easy, it makes travelling safer as you don't need to carry too much cash all the time. Simply stop by convenience stores found in every corner of the country for cash.
Withdrawing at 7-Eleven
Select 7-Eleven as cash pickup point on your e-wallet mobile app and fill in the details. This should be pretty straightforward. Once you get the transaction summary, locate a Seven Bank ATM in a store. Enter the three sets of withdrawal codes when prompted and wait for your cash.
Withdrawing at Lawson
Select Lawson as cash pickup point on your e-wallet and fill in the details. Your transaction summary should show a QR code. Locate a terminal and scan the code. When prompted, just keep pressing the orange button until a receipt is issued. Take it to the cashier for cash.
1 Combined number of stores stand at over 30,000 nationwide, according to company figures and the Nikkei Asian Review.