Japan: Still largely a cash economy

Japan Post clerk’s reply when I tried to use my credit card to pay to send our souvenirs home:

“No. Money.” (said with a smile)

I apologized, walked 20′ to the ATM, got some cash, and paid the man.

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  1. Richard says:

    What’s the most common currency type? Paper bills? Coinage?

    My last trip to the UK, I noticed they used coinage much more frequently then bills thanks to the pound and two pound coins.

    1. Toby says:

      I’d say coins. Japan has ¥100 and ¥500 coins – roughly $1 and $5 USD, respectively. Makes paying for most things pretty easy. Beyond that, probably ¥1000 bills.

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