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Banks

Opening an Account



・Bank accounts can be registered at bank branch offices on weekdays between the hours of 9:00-15:00.


・Resident Card and Student ID card are necessary to open a bank account. (You may also need to submit other certificates from school.)


・Japanese banks (including Japan Post Banks) accounts cannot be closed from abroad. Please close your account before you leave Japan.


*For international students receiving financial support from the MEXT Scholarship, it is necessary to open a "Japan Post Bank (Yu-u Cho Ginkou)" account.

Support Service for Opening a Bank Account on campus

On-campus bank account opening service available in the beginning of Spring semester and Fall semester on Hongo Campus.

(Update: 2019/9/6)
You can open an account with MUFG Bank (Mitsubishi UFJ Bank) and SMBC (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) as follows. Good opportunity for new international students to open a bank account on Hongo Campus. You can receive your bankbook on campus.

-Date/Time/Bank:
・September 17 (Tue) 9:30-13:00 MUFG *USTEP and PEAK program students only.
・September 19 (Thu) 10:00-13:00 SMBC
・September 24 (Tue) 9:30-13:00 MUFG
・October 9 (Wed) 9:30-13:00 MUFG
-Place: Go Global Center (1F, Faculty of Science Bldg. 1 [East], Hongo Campus)
-Map: Bldg. #99 (green square) http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400020145.pdf
-Who to attend: International students (*Researchers/Staff/Faculty members are not eligible for the service.)
-Inquiries: International Support Group < rsupport.adm[at-mark]gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp >

[Notes upon application/Necessary documents]
Please see here for details.

Credit Cards

To have a credit card in Japan, you need to obtain the approval from a credit card company. Please note that the eligibility for credit cards vary from company-to-company. International students often encounter issues when they apply for credit cards just after arriving in Japan, so we advise you to bring your credit card from your country of residence.
Ex.) University Co-op Tuo credit card http://tuo.univcoop.or.jp/ (*Guidelines in English, Chinese, and Korean are available.)
*Tuo Credit Card will be expired upon your graduation. In case your expected graduation is extended, please inform the credit card issuer of your extention by the expiry date so that you can maintain your membership until you graduate. For details, please ask directly to the card issuer.