Osaka Currency Guide
Osaka uses the Japanese Yen.
There are some international ATMs in Osaka, but you’ll need to keep a look out for Citibank Japan ATMs, 7-11 ATMs or postal ATMs if you want to use your Aussie bankcard in Osaka. These are the only cash machines that are hooked up to the international network.
It’s a good idea to keep a little cash handy for street food, vending machines and public transport in Osaka. You won’t need to leave a cash tip though – tips are not expected in Japan. Japanese Yen are available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz before you fly, minus fees and commissions on cash. You can also change your Aussie dollars in Osaka at post offices, banks and in discount ticket shops at major train stations.
If you’d like the security that a credit card offers without the risk of racking up debt on your travels, consider purchasing a prepaid travel money card. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ allows you to load your money onto the card in the form of Japanese Yen and other popular currencies. Your money can then be accessed at ATMs like a debit card or used wherever MasterCard® is accepted. The Multi-currency Cash Passport card has both a security pin and a signature required for safe spending.