The Low Down on Japanese Currency
Bank of Japan
¥, 円 (yen)
¥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:
Sushi meal for 2 people with sake
Entry to Tokyo Disney
Postcard and a stamp
Must-sees in Japan
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®
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!
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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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