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You need to at least 200,000 yen to settle in Tokyo for the first one month.
Japan is very much still a cash-based society. We recommend you to exchange money at Narita or Haneda airport in Japan or in your country before departure.
It is also recommended that you bring an ATM card from your country which can be used overseas. There are many ATMs you can withdraw money with an ATM card from overseas.
Credit card can be useful also for paying utility and cell phone bills, online shopping, etc.
It is recommended that you open a bank account in Japan. It can be used for paying rent and various bills, and it can also be used to receive scholarship, part-time job salary, etc.
SIM cards allow you to use your own mobile phones in Japan, provided the phones are unlocked and workable on the Japanese network. Please click here to see more information.