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I just got back to Japan for the first time in five years.

I seem to recall that that some ATMs here don't accept foreign cards, some do but charge a fee, and some do and charge no fee.

I'm 100% aware of the fees my bank at home charges me to use ATMs overseas, I'm not asking about that.

I believe it used to be that the Post Office ATMs and the ones at 7-Eleven didn't charge fees. But when I used my first 7-Eleven one this trip it did charge a fee. Googling, I have found that Post Office ATMs now charge a fee but since results were still saying 7-Eleven doesn't charge a fee I can see such pages are not up-to-date.

Does anybody know which, if any, ATMs in Japan still don't have a fee?

  • @John: Well I suppose it's possible that I forgot about the fees in five years, especially since they're very low compared to many countries. But I think I remember right and when I Googled, the out-of-date threads I found did indeed seem to include discussion of which ATMs charge, what the fees are, and when the fees were introduces. – hippietrail Apr 17 at 6:10
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    Fair enough. I was just trying to be helpful in case it was a mistake. Most ATMs charge fees for using other banks' cards that were issued within Japan, so I imagine most will do the same for international cards. I'm interested to see if there are any though. – John Apr 17 at 6:12
  • Here's one from last year talking about 7-Eleven's introduction of fees: ozbargain.com.au/node/359796 Also, I've just noticed some threads seem to suggest that whether there is a fee might also depend on what time you use certain ATMs! Japan did always have a very complicated ATM system. – hippietrail Apr 17 at 6:14
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    Yeah, that's Japan for you (complicated). For example, at 7-11 if I withdraw from my Post Office cash card in the morning/afternoon weekdays I think I get charged 108 yen, but then if I do so in the evening, on a national holiday, or at a weekend, it's 216 yen. The Seven Eleven ATMs will show you this as a graph before you complete a withdrawal. – John Apr 17 at 6:17
  • @John Yes I noticed that some charge different amounts depending how much you withdraw, I think 108 per 10000. Looks like I have part of an answer though ... No! I was working on an answer that it's free between 7 and 7, but that doesn't apply to overseas cards after all )-: – hippietrail Apr 17 at 6:28

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