ceemee wrote:Just FYI,
My brother now lives in Japan (has for the past 3 years) and he says that most people do not use credit cards there. Usually only the rich. Most of the transactions are in cash so you might not want to bother, if you're sole purpose for this card is to travel to Japan.
He recently visited (a couple weeks ago) and he even purchased his plane ticket with cash.
Yes, Japan is a cash economy. To be fair, I did say that I had been advised that it would be wise to bring a credit card for emergency/backup use, but to be clear, I do not plan on relying on it for day-to-day. I am planning on bringing travelers checks, and cashing them at the airport on arrival (again, per advice from a seasoned visitor, who is and will be acting as my guide).
You are quite right about the convenience stores, as well. They are much more versatile, and far more commonly used for all sorts of transactions.
On another note, it turns out my credit isn't quite as great as I thought, but I'll be posting more on that in the "General Talk" forum. I'll link it once it's up, in case you're interested.
Again, thank you very much for the feedback. It has been most helpful!