Japan Currency


The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100 sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Money can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. The best foreign currency to take to exchange are US dollars. ATMs are common but do not accept all credit and debit cards; only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some major stores will accept foreign cards.

Currency Exchange Rates

Japan JPY 100 JPY 1,000 JPY 10,000 JPY 100,000 JPY 1,000,000
Australia A$ 1.05 A$ 10.46 A$ 104.63 A$ 1,046.28 A$ 10,462.80
Canada C$ 1.06 C$ 10.60 C$ 106.05 C$ 1,060.48 C$ 10,604.78
Ireland € 0.73 € 7.26 € 72.62 € 726.24 € 7,262.40
New Zealand NZ$ 1.15 NZ$ 11.45 NZ$ 114.52 NZ$ 1,145.18 NZ$ 11,451.80
South Africa R 10.40 R 104.03 R 1,040.35 R 10,403.48 R 104,034.78
United Kingdom £ 0.58 £ 5.76 £ 57.56 £ 575.60 £ 5,756.05
United States of America US$ 0.97 US$ 9.72 US$ 97.25 US$ 972.47 US$ 9,724.69

Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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Carey Finn Hails from Cape Town, lives in Tokyo (until further notice). A writer type with a love for languages, tea and cherry blossom trees, she headed to Japan to teach English “for a year or two”, and for some reason is still there five years later. After spending some time in laid-back Osaka, she moved up to the crazy capital that is Tokyo, where she tries to hold onto as much of her sanity, and yen, as possible. You can find her cheapo travel advice at www.tokyocheapo.com, where she helps people make the most of the city on a shoestring budget.

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