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Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Nope. This is a money based economy. ATMs are safe only inside the Embassy - Sep 27, 2017
Credit cards are almost never used--an entirely cash economy. Only use ATMs in recommended locations. - Aug 13, 2015
I am a cash-only person, but the embassy has an ATM that is safe to use. - May 29, 2014
use one only at a big hotel, like Mercure, Sarakawa or Ibis. Don't use it anywhere else. Using an ATM is ok, but be careful! Don't let anyone see your pin code! - Mar 27, 2011