Revolut card in Japan?


#1

Hi,

I’m going to Japan next week and there were recent topics about Revolut card not working in Japanese ATMs (those that were confirmed working earlier … 7/11 for example). I’ll have only some $US as a backup money and no time to setup other travel account backup, so I have 2 questions:

  1. Do you have any recent experience with Revolut (Mastercard) in Japanese ATMs? and

  2. Do you have any experience with big emergency withdrawal from Revolut account without ATM? (Like western union?)

Thank you.


#2

I’m just coming back from Japan. No problems with ATMs and my Revolut Mastercard at all.

Avoid “travel banks” like western union. They most likely charge you fees. A very good option is Seven Eleven. They are everywhere, at stations and in most of the Seven Eleven grocery stores. No fees.

(I don’t think over the counter cash services like western union is supported with Revolut.)


#3

As @Frank mentioned, 7/11 works fine, also Family Mart and all Post Offices. Enjoy your travels to Japan, you are going during a peak holiday season (Golden Week), please make sure you book your hotels and trains well in advance.


#4

I went to Japan earlier in the year. I have both a Visa and Mastercard Revolut card, but the Visa was what was in my travel wallet so that’s what I was using for the majority of the time. The ATM at the 7-11 charges you depending on what card you use, 108 Yen for the Visa on a 10,000 Yen withdrawal. It wasn’t until the last few days that I thought to try my Mastercard. The result? No additional charge from the ATM! So if you have a Revolut Mastercard, use that rather than a Visa.


#5

In Japan right now. So far I’ve made two withdrawals. I had trouble, the first time, as I selected “withdrawal” after having selected English, but that option only recognises local cards on many ATMs. I missed that there was also an “International” option which worked fine. Today, the ATM used didn’t have the international option so I tried withdrawal and the next screen had only one option for a foreign card. In short, if you see international as well as withdrawal, then definitely go for the latter.