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The Japan Government has a web site for Visitor Visa extensions.
To extend their period for staying in Japan, many visitors travel from Japan to some relevant country and return after a few days. However, it is illegal and the Immigration Officers sometimes refuse re-entry. To avoid this risky way, try to apply for your visa extension (biza enchou,ビザ延長) to the immigration office. It may be possible to extend your visa for additional 2 or 3 weeks. Confirm this with the immigration office.
Japan offers Visa Exemption Arrangements with 62 countries (as of May 2009), which include many of European and American countries (3 months or 90days)
I regret to say that most Asian nationalsstill have to apply for visas.
Please check before your departure.
As Roy Sinclair said the above, Japanese Postal Office (Yubinkyoku, 郵便局) must be very convenient for travellers. They are everywhere in Japan, even in the less populated villages, and you can cash common credit/debit/cash cards or traveler's checks. See the web sites below for detail;
Japan is still a cash society compared with western countries. But credit cards have increased in popularity here in recent years. Now you can pay by credit card at many family restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and train stations.
『CYCLING JAPAN: 10 of the Best Rides - Vol. 1』 by Takashi Niwa
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