PayPay - App payments in Japan

Despite Japan being an evolved country, when it comes to banks, the country offers few digital options. In this article, we are going to talk about one of these options that has been quite successful in Japan, the famous PayPay [ペイペイ].

PayPay is a payment service using a smartphone operated by “PayPay Co., Ltd.”, established by SoftBank and Yahoo. In stores that support the app, you can pay with your smartphone instead of using cash.

Unlike Suica Mobile, PayPay does not require that the smartphone terminal supports the Osaifu-Keitai function and uses the QR code and barcode displayed in the application installed on the smartphone to make payments, making it easy for anyone to use.

It is very reminiscent of the payment system through the Free Market and others that has emerged in Brazil. Works in the same way as scanning codes Line QR available in several Japanese businesses, I realized this a lot in onsen.

PS: Be careful not to confuse the Japan PayPay App with the payment solutions site

Paypay - app for payments in japan
Cachless Payments

What are the benefits of PayPay?

In addition to making payments, paypay allows you to send money between family and friends who also use the application. Perfect for sharing your bills after enjoying a restaurant or karaoke with several people.

You can even send yen units. It can be used in the same way as bank transfers or remittances. These functions are attractive because there is no charge for transactions, no limit on times.

Paypay also allows you to accumulate points in the T Point Card [T ポイントカード], in addition to offering some cashback and other offers to bring many benefits to the user and increase the use of the application.

There are some similar services, but paypay is more convenient because there are many stores that accept the application. This is a payment service recommended for daily use. What are you waiting for to download the app?

Paypay - app for payments in japan
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How to use PayPay?

See how simple it is to use Pay Pay!

  • 1- Download the app “Paypay”Which is available for iOS and Android;
  • 2- Open the app and make your registration by entering your cell phone and a password;
  • 3- When you do this, you will receive a message with a confirmation code;
  • 4- Place the code for confirmation;
  • 5- Your barcode will appear on the screen, and you can now use the application;

You can also register with the application using Yahoo! JAPAN ID, just click on “New registration with Yahoo!” at the bottom of the screen to proceed to the Yahoo! JAPAN ID.

To deposit money on PayPay you can register your credit card, recharge with prepaid credit using ATM Seven Bank, and using your bank account registered in the Yahoo virtual wallet (Yahoo! Wallet).

PayPay requires 500 yen to operate. So, if you top up a small amount, you can use it immediately. To make transfers and payments, all you have to do is enter the amount and read the other party's barcode.

There are two ways to make a transaction with the app, depending on the location. You can scan the QR code at the cash register, enter the payment amount and ask the employee to confirm. Or, you should display the barcode for an employee to read it.

When carrying out the transaction you can choose to use the application balance, money from Yahoo! or credit card. What are you waiting for to use this application in Japan?

If you are a tourist, you may need to have a local phone number. If you get such a phone, you still need to know Japanese language to use the app.

Paypay - app for payments in japan
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Where to use PayPay?

To find a store that uses the app, simply click on the “List of stores across the country” on the app's home screen. Then, the stores where PayPay can be used are displayed as icons on the map surrounding the current location.

You can use in all konbinis famous as Seven Eleven, Family Mart, Lawson and MiniStop. Stores that accept the application have the “PayPay” brand. They are usually:

  • Convenience Stores - Konbini;
  • Supermarket;
  • Drugstore;
  • Book store;
  • Clothing;
  • Department stores;
  • General stores;
  • Leisure facilities;
  • Hotels, travel sites;
  • Restaurant;
  • Delivery, home delivery service;
  • Izakaya;
  • Appliance stores;

Anyone can make use of the app available at your store. For this reason there are always many stores in the city that you can use PayPay. You can see a complete list of stores on the website

Paypay - app for payments in japan
Stores that accept Paypay

Other popular alternatives in Japan are R Pay and Line Pay. Both have good usage range, option to link with card and many other perks. Who knows, we may not discuss these options in detail in the future?

Have you had a chance to use this application? What is your experience with the app? If you liked the article don't forget to share and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time! Finally, I will leave some videos that talk more about the subject:

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