This morning I went to open a checking account at Citibank for the trip. "And why?", You may be wondering. Basically for comfort and "just in case." The good thing about Citibank is that its customers are automatically worldwide. That means you can get money from any of its ATMs in any country without being charged commission. In addition, you can pay with your credit or debit cards abroad without any commission. Last year I signed up for an account to go to Canada and NY, but I did it with little margin in advance and the credit card came home when I had already left. When I arrived in Barcelona, oh surprise! Caixa Catalunya had charged me a 1% commission on all my purchases abroad. In addition, they do not charge you any commission for anything (no account maintenance, no card, no na!)
All this my friend Charlie told me and the truth is that it is very practical, especially when you have to spend long periods away from home.
I have looked at the Citibank website and I have seen that there are several branches in Tokyo and Kyoto, so we will be taking money from there and surely we will also have a better currency exchange than if we did it here.
Map of Citibank's location in Shinjuku, where I went with Charlie, Mo and Azuki after visiting Kinokuniya.