Electronic payment systems have mushroomed all around the globe in recent years. Ultra-modern Japan is, however, still lagging behind, but has made strides to catch up since last year. Here is an overview of the most common and useful cashless pay apps in Japan and how it all works.
Japan is a cash-based society
Traditionally, Japan has been a cash-based society. Even nowadays you will come across many restaurants, cafes or local shops that have “cash only” signs clearly displayed at the register. Here, currency is seen as real, immediate and safe. So while we recommend that you always carry some yen around with you, there are few e-pay apps that may come in handy during your time in Japan.
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