not sure if you ever had this problem . . . but i had!
before my trips to japan, i always "underestimate" the amount of cash (local currency) i may need -- that is a form of self-deception i know! but give me some credit - - i am trying to control my budget!!
anywayz - many a times my Yen is running low, it's the weekend, banks are closed, i look for an ATM and it's sickening but the ATMs i am able to find usually only accept locally-issued cards ! panic. panic. atm after atm, whether its located in a mall, or outside a branch, i couldn't access.
i am sure there are ATMs that accept international credit/debit cards in japan -- how can not be ?? - i juz need to know where!!!!!!!?????
to save you the grief next time you are in this same situation as me in Japan -- look for the General Post Office -- there's usually one located next to major train stations. ATMs accepting international credit/debit cards are located WITHIN the Post Office.
i was so glad i "knew" the trick during my last trip to kyoto and osaka -- cos we really ran out of cash on our 2nd day there.... hahahaha . . . . .