How should I pay in Japan? And where should I change my money?
Japan is still very much a cash-based society and it is not unusual to have thousands of yen on one’s person. Some shops and services in Japan do not accept credit or debit cards, although card services are becoming more popular.
We strongly recommend delegates exchange their cash into yen at a bank in their home country before departure to ensure a smooth transaction and the best rate possible. Our second recommendation is to exchange in an international airport (Note: Hagi-Iwami is NOT an international airport).
We do NOT suggest waiting to exchange money in Hamada. Hamada banks do not offer currency exchange. Additionally, foreign credit and debit cards are occasionally not compatible with Japanese ATMs.