Bank account in Tokyo

I wanted to open a bank account when I first moved to Tokyo. It turned out to be quite difficult: most banks required evidence of a long stay in Japan, such as a working visa or at least an alien card. I had high hopes for Shinsei Bank, since they were the most modern of the big banks and even had an English Internet banking service. Sadly, even they needed to see a valid visa before opening an account.

I was going to wait until my work visa arrived before trying to open an account. But then somebody suggested I go to Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank in Roppongi. Easy! I opened up a regular passbook account, and all they needed to see was my passport. I even had the option of a Pooh Bear ATM card.

I already had my alien card by that time, so I could probably have opened an account elsewhere anyway. But it was good to have the account at Tokyo Mitsubishi, especially since there are branches everywhere.

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6 comments on “Bank account in Tokyo”

  1. 1
    Frank said (12 December 2006 at 4:42 am)

    I lived in Japan for years, and I have a bunch of old Japanese bank accounts. I want to see if these still work. Some are 15 years old and used in the last 24 months and others are 25 years old and not used in 25 years. They all have small amounts of money in them, about 200 yen to 12,000 yen. Basically, I want to have a Japanese bank account/s for 1) stashing a few hunderd dollars away incase I need an alternative to a credit card 2. I want to dump small amounts into the account in the airport – coins and small bills 3) I want to be able to accept small payments and make small payments electronically. This is really about hotel frequent use cards, and other stuff like this. My whole needs are all

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    Diana said (24 April 2008 at 3:43 am)

    I don’t know why you would want to open am account in a Japanese bank (those with japanese names). Interest rate is WAY too low… 0.25% was it? And, it is such a hassle because you wont be able to retrieve your money anywhere else but Japan. Plus, you CAN’T transfer money. My suggestion is to open a Citibank account. you can get your money out from any ATM in the world and transfer money too.

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    Diana said (24 April 2008 at 3:43 am)

    I don’t know why you would want to open an account in a Japanese bank (those with japanese names). Interest rate is WAY too low… 0.25% was it? And, it is such a hassle because you wont be able to retrieve your money anywhere else but Japan. Plus, you CAN’T transfer money. My suggestion is to open a Citibank account. you can get your money out from any ATM in the world and transfer money too.

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    maria said (21 October 2009 at 9:54 pm)

    This message is for DIANA,who seems to know about bank accounts in Japan,see if she could answer my query.Im spanish but bein living in the u.k for 10 years now,8 years ago i travelled all over and lived in Japan for 6 months reason why i opened a bank acc. with Mitsubishi bank.I returned to the u.k with the intention of going back but never did.I dont have any card or details of my account but several times try to contact them and i gave up.I wonder if my account is still opened and if there is anyway i could have my money back from here.If still opened,how could i check my balance and will i need to go there to ge it?.
    Thanks in advance.

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    notTrue said (6 February 2017 at 3:53 pm)

    I went to that branch with my passport and a 90 day tourist visa and NO. Even the japanese bank agent spoke perfect english and said she could not speak it. Liar

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