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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
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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®

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

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Easy and efficient Great being able to…

Easy and efficient Great being able to collect money close to home

Esther Linnett

Easy to organise and collect

Easy to organise and collect. A detailed map of the actual pickup location at Melbourne airport would be a huge help.

LC

Easy and convenient

Delivery was on time and an easy process.

Anna Battersby

Easy transaction

Easy transaction. No problems

Martin Charles SCOTSON

Convenience of airport pick-up

Convenience of airport pick-up. Although the rates are not always the most competitive, I guess you pay for the convenience of being able to pick up your currency at the airport rather than having to find an outlet somewhere etc.

KF

roubles

My only problem was being told as I picked up my money that they could not supply the roubles I needed in small denominations and I had to pay more to get the amount I wanted or accept less. I would appreciate being told this in advance.

Kathleen Jennifer Bartlett

Pick up at travelex office is always a…

Pick up at travelex office is always a pleasure, website easy to use

JULIE SAXON

The last mile matters

The last mile matters. Great digital experience, but at the counter, it all goes pear shaped.

Ian Raphael Stokol

Excellent safe service highly recommend

Excellent safe service highly recommend

Margaret Muriel Storrar

Reasonable rate & processed promptly

Reasonable rate & processed promptly

TRAVIS REID

Easy

Easy, fast and efficient.

Stez Stezic

Competitive rates of exchange and…

Competitive rates of exchange and prompt, reliable service. Thankyou

Kenneth Kelvin LEESON

Easy collection

Makes it easier to get our foreign exchange at a fair rate when we can pick it up at the local post office

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Have used this service online before

Have used this service online before, I like its ease of use, great and convenient service

Oscar Cardenas

Excellent service!

Excellent service!! Highly recommend using Travelex

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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.

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.