I'm sure you're wondering if you can use a Visa gift card on Dondashi, or if it's okay to do so. First, let me tell you that Dondashi is not a business where you can spend money without ever seeing a receipt. It is only a restaurant that advertises on TV for dining only. They don't care if you pay with your Visa or MasterCard – they don't care if you pay cash or by check. What they care about is making sure that their restaurant is as good as it can be, and that includes providing excellent service.
As far as Visa and MasterCard are concerned, a gift card can be a great way to get the most value out of the cards that you carry. You can use them at any restaurant that accepts those cards, and many of them will accept debit cards as well, although you generally don't see many establishments that accept credit cards. It would be hard to find a pizza joint or Chinese restaurant that wouldn't give you a credit card to pay for your meal – it's just not common. That being said, if you have a Visa or MasterCard sitting in your wallet, you can use it at any place that accepts it.
A lot of people will go to Dondashi, since that is where most of the restaurants are. The problem is, not everyone has a Visa or MasterCard, so the restaurant may not accept them. However, if you have one of these cards, there are some things that you can do to find out if you can use a Visa gift card on Dondashi:
Go online to the company's website. If you have a credit card, verify that it is an authorized one from the company. You should also find out what type of billing scheme the company has. For example, some establishments charge flat rate fees for their services, while others charge a per-use fee. If you can't find this information online, call the store and find out.
Call the customer service number on the back of your Visa or MasterCard gift card. You can usually find this on the restaurant's website. You should also ask if the restaurant accepts gift cards, since it makes it easier if you have one. When they do accept, you can then look for a restaurant that does not accept your card at all.
Some restaurants won't take Visa or MasterCard, because they aren't members of the program. You need to figure out which ones don't accept your card, since this information is usually listed on the back of the gift card. Another option is to call the restaurant and ask if they can transfer . . . . . . the card. This works if you're traveling from another location, but you'll have to pay an extra fee. Still, if you can't get a straight answer from a person on the phone, or you're unable to transfer your card, you need to try another location.