It's my hope to get to Japan next month, and I have another question about using ATM machines.
My present situation is I have a Visa debit card for my checking account, and I have a plain ATM card for my savings acount.
The two accounts are not linked.
With being in Japan, is it best to have the accounts linked? In other words, is there a potential problem with accessing savings account funds with a savings account ATM card in Japan? Or, is it as simple as pressing withdrawl and just entering the pin number for that account?
At the time I made these arrangements, I felt it was best for each acount to have its own card and not be linked since my checking account is a Visa Debit which could be used by someone to make purchases if it was lost or happened to be stolen.
Whereas, the savings acccount card is strictly an ATM card and can not be used for purchases.
I don't think you'll have a problem. It's always best to check with your bank/card company beforehand if you're worried. Also, it's always good to inform your bank and credit card company when and where you are travelling so they wont accidentally shut down your account when they see withdrawals suddenly showing up in Japan.
If it puts your mind and ease, last time I travelled to Japan I didn't take a yen of Japanese money with me. I found an ATM machine at the airport (all the international airports will have one you should be able to use), and withdrew enough cash for a few days. After that, I was always able to find ATMs at a 7-11 or a post office that I could use. It was very easy
Last edited by KingDog on February 15th, 2014 10:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.