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Foreign Exchange Guide to Japan

This currency guide to Japan helps you choose the best way to save money on JPY transfers and travel money.    [USD/JPY=107.9375]

 
Japan
Country Code:
JP
Domestic Currency:
Japanese Yen
Symbol - Code:
¥ JPY
Telephone Prefix:
+81

This is a foreign exchange guide to Japan, the Japanese Yen currency plus sending JPY transfers and travel tips.


In this Japan currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Japanese Yen info - general info about the Japanese Yen
  2. Japanese Yen in the markets - recent JPY moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Japan - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Japanese Yen cash online - travel money for Japan
  5. Sending money to Japan - save on Japanese Yen bank transfers to Japan
  6. Japanese Yen exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. JPY News - the latest Japanese Yen related articles from our blog.

Japanese Yen (JPY) general currency information


What is the Japanese Yen currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Japanese Yen is JPY and the symbol is ¥.


Which countries use the Japanese Yen?

It is the domestic currency in Japan.

According to the Bank for International Settlements, in 2016, trading in the Japanese yen (ISO: JPY) contributed to 22% of total foreign exchange market turnover, making the yen the world’s third most traded currency.

Like government bonds and gold, the Japanese yen is considered a safe haven asset – it is the premier safe haven of the currency world. This means that the yen is likely to increase in value against other currencies during periods of economic uncertainty or when global geopolitical risk is elevated, or during bouts of high market volatility.

Since 1995, against the US dollar, the yen’s lowest valuation came in August 1998 when USD/JPY reached 147.67 (¥100 cost a little less than $0.68). Its post-1995 high came in October 2011 when USD/JPY traded at just 75.56 (¥100 cost $1.32).

The Japanese yen is a crucial part of the ‘carry trade’ – a popular strategy among foreign exchange traders in which they borrow in a currency with a low interest rate and use those funds to invest in currencies paying a higher rate. In recent decades, the most popular way to fund the carry trade has been to borrow (sell) yen due to Japan’s consistently low interest rates (since 1996 Japanese rates have averaged less than 0.5%).


Japanese Yen (JPY) in the markets

The yen was the star performer in the weeks leading up to this report (May-17), with appreciation driven by a flight to safety following a serious escalation in the US-China trade war. The benchmark yen rate, USD/JPY, was down in the mid-109s, having been as high as 112.4 in late April. Relatively speaking, against their April highs, other yen rates had fallen even more (NZD/JPY was down from 76 to 71.6).

In May, HSBC warned against thinking that yen-supporting safe-haven flows would soon stop, implying that the yen could have more upside potential in the near term. The bank highlighted the “desolation and destruction” (an exaggeration) present in many major economies and currencies. “You can never get too high,” the bank’s chief analyst said.

For more details read the full article Japanese Yen Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to JPY exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Japan

 

Though very expensive, Japan is one of the most amazing, beautiful, and friendly countries in the world. Japan is a high-tech world mixed with the politeness and respect of their past. It has all the benefits of a high tech country mixed with a lovely sense of the old. Japan has fantastic food, beautiful temples and shrines, zen gardens, national parks, and a culture with a long and rich history. It’s a wonderful place and, while it may be an expensive country to visit.

Most people can speak English and are willing to do so. Accommodation can be expensive, especially in Tokyo, but with a little looking around on the internet you can find some amazing deals. Food options cater to all, you can both go expensive or cheap, and neither is hard to find.

The easiest way to travel in Japan is by train, bullet trains can be expensive but are astoundingly fast and comfortable. Most of the city metro tickets cost 125-250 JPY for a single journey. In most major cities, you can buy a day pass, which gives you unlimited travel for 24 hours for around 1,000 JPY on select trains. Inter-city bus tickets cost around 2,500 JPY. For budget travelers the bus is an option, they are far cheaper but can take up to five times the amount of time to get to your destination.

Most temples and museums are free to enter, although some popular attractions cost around 1,250 JPY. The temples in Kyoto can cost up to 620 JPY. Many of the city’s parks are free, so take advantage when you can and spend the day there. The same for Tokyo, don't be afraid to get a decent map and wander around.

 

Travel money for Japan

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Japanese Yen online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the JPY cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Japanese Yen otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
Travel Money ProvidersAmount JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
101,020 JPY
Compare
101.0206.4%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
100,010 JPY
1,010 JPY
101.02$107.33%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
99,000 JPY
2,020 JPY
101.02$208.27%
Travelex Online US logo
96,271 JPY
4,749 JPY
96.27130^10.8%
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→JPY
From Amount:1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:101.02 (6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount:101,020 JPY
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:6:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money USD→JPY
From Amount:1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:94.43 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount:100,010 JPY
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→JPY
From Amount:1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:101.02 (6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount:99,000 JPY
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:6:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Travelex Online US logo

Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→JPY
From Amount:1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:96.2713 (10.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount:96,271 JPY
Total Cost:10.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Thu Sep 19 2019 06:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 09/19/2019 - See full table
 

Japan Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare JPY travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Japan
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Japan

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Japan you need to start with finding out the latest Japanese Yen foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Japan

When sending money to Japan it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Japanese Yen amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted JPY amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Japan.

Use our Send to JPY calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Japanese Yen deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

USD to JPY International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
1,060,000 JPY
Best Overall
1060^1.78%
XE logo
1,065,700 JPY
5,700 JPY
106.5701.25%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
1,036,930 JPY
23,070 JPY
103.88183.92%
HSBC logo
1,036,243 JPY
23,757 JPY
103.78$153.98%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
1,029,876 JPY
30,124 JPY
103.59154.57%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
1,023,165 JPY
36,835 JPY
103.35$1005.19%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
1,023,165 JPY
36,835 JPY
103.35$1005.19%
 

OFX logo

OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:106 (1.78% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,060,000 JPY
Total Cost:1.78%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Thu Sep 19 2019 05:02:42 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

XE logo

XE: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:
Exchange Rate:106.57 (1.25% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,065,700 JPY
Total Cost:1.25%
Difference:
5,700 JPY more than using OFX
Time:6:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:103.88 (3.75% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,036,930 JPY
Total Cost:3.92%
Difference:
23,070 JPY less than using OFX
Time:6:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:103.78 (3.84% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,036,243 JPY
Total Cost:3.98%
Difference:
23,757 JPY less than using OFX
Time:6:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:103.14 (4.43% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,029,876 JPY
Total Cost:4.57%
Difference:
30,124 JPY less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Bank of America logo

Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:103.35 (4.24% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,023,165 JPY
Total Cost:5.19%
Difference:
36,835 JPY less than using OFX
Time:6:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→JPY
From Amount:10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:103.35 (4.24% from mid-rate)
To Amount:1,023,165 JPY
Total Cost:5.19%
Difference:
36,835 JPY less than using OFX
Time:6:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 09/19/2019 - See full table
 

JPY/USD - Japanese Yen to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodJPY/USDDate
1 Day0.00928015 Sep 2019
7 Day0.00931609 Sep 2019
30 Day0.00940117 Aug 2019
3 Month0.00921018 Jun 2019
1 Year0.00892716 Sep 2018
5 Year0.00923817 Sep 2014
10 Year0.011018 Sep 2009

JPY/EUR - Japanese Yen to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodJPY/EURDate
1 Day0.00837215 Sep 2019
7 Day0.00843309 Sep 2019
30 Day0.00847317 Aug 2019
3 Month0.00822418 Jun 2019
1 Year0.00768016 Sep 2018
5 Year0.00719317 Sep 2014
10 Year0.00744418 Sep 2009

JPY/GBP - Japanese Yen to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodJPY/GBPDate
1 Day0.00742615 Sep 2019
7 Day0.00754609 Sep 2019
30 Day0.00773717 Aug 2019
3 Month0.00732918 Jun 2019
1 Year0.00682916 Sep 2018
5 Year0.00568317 Sep 2014
10 Year0.00672218 Sep 2009

JPY/AUD - Japanese Yen to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodJPY/AUDDate
1 Day0.013515 Sep 2019
7 Day0.013609 Sep 2019
30 Day0.013917 Aug 2019
3 Month0.013418 Jun 2019
1 Year0.012516 Sep 2018
5 Year0.010317 Sep 2014
10 Year0.012618 Sep 2009

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