How to Use a Japanese ATM (The Basics): Part 2

By Donald Ash | Articles


Hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of “How to Use a Japanese ATM” as it shows the essential kanji we’ll be dealing with when using the ATM.  Now, I will show how to do each of the procedures step by step.  First, let’s examine how to do a basic withdrawal:


When withdrawing money, please mind your zeroes.  I had a friend who accidentally withdrew most of the money that he had in his account, because he added an extra zero by mistake.  (Please see the    article if you’re a little confused about US Dollar to Yen Equivalents…don’t worry…I try to keep things simple).

Next let’s do a basic deposit together:


With deposits, some machines do actually have slots to deposit coins, which is quite convenient.  It’s makes sense, though, because whereas we would use a five-dollar bill in the U.S., Japan has a 500-yen coin.

And now, let’s check our balance together,


And now for the transfer,


The transfer video idea comes from the “How to Send Money Home From Japan (Part 2)” article that I did a while back. I feel this is probably one of the most important ATM details, so I put a little more effort and time into it.  If you have time, please take a look at that article before trying to send money home.  You might find it informative.

Lastly, we’ll take a look at how to update your bankbook or passbook as they say here in Japan.


I hope you found today’s videos useful.  If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thanks for watching,

Donald Ash

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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
  • Awesome post man.. I extremely loved it but I have a question for everybody, are you having issues seeing images?

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    • Donald Ash

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback. You have no idea how much it encourages me to hear that people are enjoying, and getting something out of what I’m writing. I’m trying to start adding more and more to this blog, because I too believe that I can offer people some useful information and ideas. Cheers!!

  • John

    Just successfully transferred some money by myself! Thanks a lot. That video was so awesome

    • Donald Ash

      You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear you say that! I’m so glad you found the video useful. Thank you for the feedback, John.

  • Messan

    Hi Donald, Thanks for your blog… It opened my eyes. I am just concern about how you choose the bank name or branch. Let me know, coz I need to send money to Rakutan bank in Japan and my personal bank is Japan Post Bank. Let me know. Thanks

    • Donald Ash

      I think any bank you choose should do just fine. I haven’t been able to do overseas remittances through my Japan post account so as of now I have two accounts. The main Japanese branches should all be good though, good customer service is pretty standard at all of them.

  • ben

    Wow! I just had a problem transferring some money to another bank account in Japan. I think this video may have solved the problem. I will try it out and let you know. Great video and detail! Keep up the good work.

  • dan

    thank you so much, brother! you don’t know how much of a help your website is to me!

    • Donald Ash

      I’m really glad to hear it, Dan. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • karen

    Thank you so much for the videos! You explained everything so thoroughly and clearly and helped me lots!

    • Donald Ash

      Truly my pleasure, Karen!

  • Jasumine

    Seems like the last comments were a year ago.. Anyway, I can’t explain how much this helped me and how much stress that was lifted of my shoulders! Thank you my friend, your awesome! <3

  • Sandeep Shakya

    Can you please teach me how to deposit coins in atm machine

  • k west

    You are awesome this is the third time your blog has saved my bacon so to speak! Thank you

  • And

    I can’t find the videos

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