This post used to be a well-rounded discussion about personal preference when using cash or card on holiday.
It used to outline how to get yourself a cash passport and what a convenient and useful product that would be. Now that we’ve finished our holiday in Japan and have been back on AU soil for a few months I’m changing this post.
Take cash to Japan. Anything else will be a massive pain in the ass!
And particularly: don’t trap your cash on a Mastercard – they’re not commonly accepted in Japan.
For half of our trip we could withdraw money from our Mastercard Cash Passport from the 7/11 only. Then on the 19th of April they change their policy and now only accept Visa. If you insist on using a card then choose Visa, it seems to be marginally more accepted than Mastercard.
But honestly you should just take cash. Forget your personal preferences and just get Traveler’s Cheques, exchange them at the airport, bury that money in your luggage and work with notes and coin.
It’ll be much, much easier.
Until next time,
Kally & Mon.
[Feature Image Credit: Cash Passport AU]
Have you been to Japan? What was your experience using money? Cash or card? Easy or nightmarish? Leave a comment!