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The Low Down on Japanese Currency

Currency:

Japanese Yen

Currency code:

JPY

Central Bank:

Bank of Japan

Currency symbol:

¥, 円 (yen)

Bank notes:

¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, ¥10,000

Coins:

¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500




No other currency in Asia is more heavily traded than the Japanese Yen and it’s the 3rd most traded currency in the world.



The first minted coins in Japan appeared in 708 but by the 19th century Japan was using Spanish Dollars. The Yen (or “round object”) has been used as the central form of currency since the 1870’s.



The most commonly used bills for Japanese Yen are the ¥1,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 notes. The most commonly used coins are the ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500 but you will also sometimes receive ¥1 and ¥5 as change.



What to spend your Yen on:

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    Sushi meal for 2 people with sake

    400 Yen *

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    Entry to Tokyo Disney

    7400 Yen *

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    Tourist t-shirt

    350 Yen *

  • *

    Postcard and a stamp

    70 Yen *

  • *

    Samurai sword

    30,000 Yen *

How many yen will I need?**

Please select your budget above.


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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
  • * nights


*Recalculate

Must-sees in Japan

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  • Kyoto
  • Travel back in time to Japan’s capital for over 1000 years that’s just a few hours from Tokyo by speed train.
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  • Naoshima
  • This island in the Seto Inland Sea is full of amazing architecture, museums, contemporary art and beautiful nature.
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  • Ōkunoshima
  • If you’re not feeling skittish then make a detour to “Rabbit Island” where there’s hundreds of feral rabbits running around.

Buying Japanese yen is Easy

Order Japanese yen online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Yen Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

Frequently Asked Questions about Money in Japan

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  • Can I use Travellers Cheques in Japan?

    You generally cannot use travellers cheques in Japan, with the exceptions of some larger hotels.

  • Will my Apple Pay work in Japan?

    Suica is the main contactless payment form in Japan. Apple supports using your Suica via Apple Pay - but you’ll have to set it up on your phone before you arrive in Japan.

  • Can I use Other Currencies in Japan like AUD or USD?

    Not usually, which is why when travelling to Japan it’s best to ensure you have plenty of other payment options like the ones we’ve outlined above!

Travelling to Japan in the Future?

Travelling to Japan in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the yen matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your euros for your trip to Japan.

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Japan Travel Guide

Japan Travel Guide

Before you head off, check out our Japan Travel Guide which includes some not-to-miss highlights when you visit the old continent!

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All good except there was only one form…

All good except there was only one form of notes all $100 items. No smaller notes and no option to chose smaller notes

marella harris

No issues

No issues. Good customer service.

Sarah

Sanjin

Sanjin, was excellent and had great customer service and very/extremely friendly

Karlee Elisabeth Sindermann

so easy and efficient

so easy and efficient

KATHRYN ELIZABETH STEWART

Simple and easy

Simple and easy. I was able to organise this out of hours, and have it ready for collection when I was able to get in.

Trevar Alan Chilver

Belmont office even change larger nots…

Belmont office even change larger nots to smaller notes due to her experience of where we are going. Great knowledge.

Ian Lucas

Great site to organize foreign currency

Great site to organize foreign currency

Murray William Turnham

Convenient and competitive rates

Convenient and competitive rates

James Matthew Murray

Nice and easy

Nice, easy online purchase of foreign currency for holiday money. Paid by Bpay, picked up the holiday money a few days later from the local shopfront. Easy!

Fraser

fast and good rate

fast and good rate

Alfred gao

Great service.

Great service.

Kevin Leyden

This is the 3rd time I have used…

This is the 3rd time I have used Travelex. Very easy to use, good exchange rates and easily contactable if you have any trouble. Highly recommend.

L McCLOUD

Staff member Michelle was great

Staff member Michelle was great. Kiosk is in a very noisy area though and it was very difficult to hear her.

CES

Excellent and very fast online and face…

Excellent and very fast online and face to face customer service. Exchange rate better than major banks. Recommended if you need cash and don’t have an international bank account.

Paul M

No problems

Best rate I could find, quick, easy, the staff at pick were lovely and helpful

ERC

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.