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The Low Down on Japanese Currency


Japanese Yen

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of Japan

Currency symbol:

¥, 円 (yen)

Bank notes:

¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, ¥10,000


¥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 *

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    Postcard and a stamp

    70 Yen *

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    Samurai sword

    30,000 Yen *

How many yen will I need?**

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Must-sees in Japan

  • Kyoto
  • Travel back in time to Japan’s capital for over 1000 years that’s just a few hours from Tokyo by speed train.
  • Naoshima
  • This island in the Seto Inland Sea is full of amazing architecture, museums, contemporary art and beautiful nature.
  • 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?

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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 yens 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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*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.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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