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Foreign Exchange Guide to Japan

Read this currency guide to Japan with HKD money transfer and travel tips.   [HKD/JPY=13.56]

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This is a foreign exchange guide to Japan, the Japanese Yen currency plus HKD to 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 HKD 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.


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!


HKD to JPY International Money Transfers


Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee HKDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
660,000 JPY13.20 for BER users (normally $15)2.65%
DBS Bank logo
653,346 JPY13.08503.64%
Banks - Average Rate
DBS Bank logo Citibank logo HSBC logo
646,386 JPY12.94554.66%
HSBC logo
644,467 JPY12.91$804.95%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
641,346 JPY12.83125.41%
OFX: Foreign Transfer HKD→JPY
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:0 for BER users (normally $15)
Exchange Rate:13.2 (2.65% from mid-rate)
JPY amount:660,000 JPY
Total Cost:2.65%
Rate Fetched: Sun Aug 18 2019 00:16:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
: 4.8/5.0

DBS Bank logoDBS Bank

DBS Bank: Foreign Transfer HKD→JPY
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:13.08 (3.54% from mid-rate)
JPY amount:653,346 JPY
Total Cost:3.64%
6,654 JPY less than using OFX
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer HKD→JPY
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:12.97 (4.35% from mid-rate)
JPY amount:646,386 JPY
Total Cost:4.66%
13,614 JPY less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers


HSBC: Foreign Transfer HKD→JPY
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:$80 HKD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:12.91 (4.79% from mid-rate)
JPY amount:644,467 JPY
Total Cost:4.95%
15,533 JPY less than using OFX
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Foreign Transfer HKD→JPY
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:12.83 (5.38% from mid-rate)
JPY amount:641,346 JPY
Total Cost:5.41%
18,654 JPY less than using OFX
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0
Snapshot 08/18/2019 - See full table

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

1 Day0.00948911 Aug 2019
1 Week0.00946905 Aug 2019
1 Month0.00926713 Jul 2019
6 Months0.00901413 Feb 2019
1 Year0.00903912 Aug 2018
5 Years0.00976613 Aug 2014
10 Years0.010514 Aug 2009

JPY/EUR - Japanese Yen to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00846611 Aug 2019
1 Week0.00842305 Aug 2019
1 Month0.00821413 Jul 2019
6 Months0.00800213 Feb 2019
1 Year0.00793312 Aug 2018
5 Years0.00730813 Aug 2014
10 Years0.00742414 Aug 2009

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

1 Day0.00789311 Aug 2019
1 Week0.00778905 Aug 2019
1 Month0.00737113 Jul 2019
6 Months0.00701213 Feb 2019
1 Year0.00708412 Aug 2018
5 Years0.00585113 Aug 2014
10 Years0.00637514 Aug 2009

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

1 Day0.014011 Aug 2019
1 Week0.014005 Aug 2019
1 Month0.013213 Jul 2019
6 Months0.012713 Feb 2019
1 Year0.012412 Aug 2018
5 Years0.010513 Aug 2014
10 Years0.012614 Aug 2009

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