So in Tokyo we decided we needed to find a bank. We went to Shinjuku main station, got outside, walked down the street, saw a CityBank, went inside and there is the ATM. It has an English option. Card in, cash out. Bingo. Easy save that I would have preferred the ATM in the station where we would put it, but you know - no big deal.
Today we realised we were getting very low on cash again. Time to find a bank. The map has department stores. Where there are stores there are banks I reckoned. True. The main shopping area has lots of them. Only all their (inside) ATMs are in Japanese. In the third bank I ask for help. No, bank ATMs do not take English cards. But the machine in the department store does. But....??? Oh never mind. When in Rome ( or Kyoto) and all that... Off to the department store.
Where the machine rejects my card, twice. The same card I used in Tokyo. It rejects Dennis's too saying both are out of date which they are most definitely not. Now what to do? I try another bank. The security guard points us to the post office at the end of the street. There is no Post Office there. ... It is now getting dangerously close to the time we need to be at the Imperial Palace but I am reluctant to spend on a taxi in case I need our precious cash for food. The inspiration! We have been carrying emergency British Pounds. Those hurriedly exchanged for cash in a Travelex we found, we leaped in a taxi and just caught the tour as it was going around to the second building!