How to use a prepaid (E saifu) Visa card in Japan

By on March 4, 2014

A payment option for online purchases that has become increasingly popular in Japan for those without credit cards is E-Saifu Visa card.

What is E-saifu?

E saifu is a virtual prepaid card that works like a credit card with a 10-digit number and
security code. The card is sold at Circle K and Sunkus convenience stores or at the e-saifu site for 3,300 (green), 5,300 (blue) and 10,400 (red) yen. It is widely accepted at local and global shopping sites that honour Visa credit cards. The only caveat is that E-saifu can not be used to pay for recurring bills such as utility, phone bills, web hosting, and etc.

Who is it for? 

It was designed for people who want to shop but do not have or do not want to use credit cards.

How does it work?

Register online ( to validate the cards by providing your name, email address, login name, password, date of birth, tel no, your prepaid card number, and a security question. Shortly, you will receive an email verification to complete the process. Once validated, an account name will be assigned to you to login. Your balance will appear on
your control panel and as you click “issue me a number”,  your 10-digit Visa number including a 3-digit security code appear. You are allowed to load additional yen onto your account but each transaction is limited to 29,000 yen.


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