Important Info for Overseas Applicants
If you are applying to GenkiJACS from overseas (i.e. outside Japan), there are some important points that you should keep in mind:
As we are a short-term language study school, most students will study with us on visa waivers. A visa waiver (automatically received for nationalities of many countries) or tourist visa is sufficient to enter the country and study with us for up to 3 or 6 months. Please note that a tourist visa will not allow you to work in Japan.
It is the applicant's responsibility to apply for and receive the required visa. More information on visas is here.
Japan is still largely a cash-based society. Many smaller shops and even a few of the larger ones in Japan do not accept credit cards. In addition, bank checks are not used or accepted, and only specified ATMs allow withdrawals from a foreign account.
Travellers checks are a safe option. However, even these are only accepted at the largest department stores. If you are worried about theft, one good option is to convert your money to travellers checks in your home country, and then exchange them for yen at a bank in Japan as needed. Of course, doing so means you will pay bank fees twice, once for each conversion.
3. Payment Methods
Detailed information about the payment methods we accept is available on our Payment Methods page.