Trivia: What is the purpose of money trays?

Jul 19, 2021


When you go to stores in Japan, you’ll notice they all have money trays at the register. What is the purpose of money trays?

a. to make counting money easy

b. to transfer money easily to the register

c. to avoid dropping coins

d. all of the above


The answer is d) all of the above! The money tray is for the cashier to easily count and transport the coins to register. So when you are paying at the convenience store or at a restaurant, make sure to put all your cash on the money tray. Typically, cashiers should be trained to give you your change back before adding your payment into the register. Generally, the change will be given back directly to your hand, to be polite.

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