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Foreign exchange and money matters

Is there a foreign exchange bureau in or around Tenjin?
You can exchange money at Fukuoka airport, the international terminal of Hakata port and the main banks around Hakata Station and the Tenjin area. Basically, exchange service at the main banks is available from 9:00 to 15:00 on weekdays. But at the foreign exchange shop at the Tenjin branch of Fukuoka bank, the service is available from 9:00 to 17:00. There is also a satellite office of Fukuoka bank at the international terminal of Fukuoka airport and the service is available from 8:00 to 21:00. These facilities offer the service also on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also go to major hotels in the center of the city and Daikokuya shops (discount ticket and coupon store) for currency exchange service.
Are there any ATMs where I can withdraw money from my credit card?
Please note that some ATM machines do not accept usage of credit card issued in overseas due to the reason of its partnership. However, ATM machines at Seven Bank and the post office let you withdraw some cash with foreign credit cards.

Business hours

What are the business hours of stores and other facilities?
Weekdays Sat. Sun. & National Holidays
Banks: Open Monday-Friday 09:00-15:00 Closed weekends & holidays.
Post Offices: Open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 Closed weekends & holidays. Some main post offices are open seven days a week.
Department Stores and shops: Open every day 10:00-20:00. Most department stores are closed for two to three weekdays per month.
Museums: Open every day 10:00-17:00. Most museums are closed on Mondays.


What is the climate in Tenjin and Fukuoka, and what kind of clothing should I bring?
Fukuoka prefecture, where Tenjin is located, has a relatively warm climate among other places in Japan.
Visiting Fukuoka can be enjoyable in every season of the year.
Spring, from March to May, is the most pleasant season. You can enjoy the cherry blossoms in March and April. In June comes a rainy season, which is known as Tsuyu in Japanese and lasts for a few weeks. It is recommended to carry a foldable umbrella in this season. In July and August, it gets quite hot and humid but most commercial facilities have air conditioners and they become pleasant shelters. In autumn, from September to November, as there is a considerable temperature gap between day and night, it is recommended to carry a thick outer wear. The changing leaves are exquisite. In winter, from December to February, it becomes cold enough for snowfall and you need a thick coat.


What are the smoking laws?
Smoking is prohibited in most facilities nowadays. When you smoke, you must go to a designated smoking area and use an ashtray.
In Fukuoka city, it is against the law to smoke while walking or riding a bicycle.
Crowded areas such as Tenjin and the vicinity of Hakata Station are non-smoking areas and smoking while walking or riding a bicycle is prohibited. People caught smoking could face a fine of up to ¥20,000.
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