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GBP/JPY - Rate Guide

British Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen exchange rates aren't all the same.

The total cost you are charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of a margin from the interbank mid-rate plus fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.

 

GBP/JPY Exchange Rates and Providers Compared

This guide to the British Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen exchange rate with 90-day chart & alerts, historic rates, forecasts and GBP to JPY comparison tables for foreign transfers and travel money rates and fees on offer by banks and foreign exchange providers. Calculate amounts and rate margins with the GBP/JPY Calculator.

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GBP/JPY - 90 Day Rate Alerts

1 GBP = 133.5787 JPY

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GBP/JPY over the last 90 days

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Exchange rates can vary significantly depending on the transaction type (transfer, cash or card), currency pair and amount. The below table shows an example of total costs charged by FX specialists and banks for GBP/JPY International Money Transfers. Costs are calculated against the current interbank mid-rate.

 
Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
TorFX logo
656,100 JPY
Best Overall
131.2201.77%
OFX logo
656,750 JPY
650 JPY
131.35£0^1.67%
WorldFirst logo
664,550 JPY
8,450 JPY
132.9100.5%
HSBC logo
642,984 JPY
13,116 JPY
128.79£7.53.73%
Natwest Bank logo
639,376 JPY
16,724 JPY
128.26154.27%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
636,519 JPY
19,581 JPY
127.61124.7%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo HSBC logo
636,391 JPY
19,709 JPY
127.66154.72%
Santander International Money Transfers
Santander logo
632,858 JPY
23,242 JPY
127.08205.25%
Lloyds TSB logo
630,219 JPY
25,881 JPY
126.55205.64%
 

TorFX logo

TorFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:
Exchange Rate:131.22 (1.77% from mid-rate)
To Amount:656,100 JPY
Total Cost:1.77%
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 4.7/5.0
Reviews:
 

OFX logo

OFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:£0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally 7GBP for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:131.35 (1.67% from mid-rate)
To Amount:656,750 JPY
Total Cost:1.67%
Difference:
650 JPY more than using TorFX
Time:
Rate Fetched: Mon Sep 23 2019 16:09:43 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

WorldFirst logo

WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:
Exchange Rate:132.91 (0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount:664,550 JPY
Total Cost:0.5%
Difference:
8,450 JPY more than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:£7.5 GBP (.15%)
Exchange Rate:128.79 (3.59% from mid-rate)
To Amount:642,984 JPY
Total Cost:3.73%
Difference:
13,116 JPY less than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logo

Natwest Bank: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:128.26 (3.98% from mid-rate)
To Amount:639,376 JPY
Total Cost:4.27%
Difference:
16,724 JPY less than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logo

Citibank: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:12
Exchange Rate:127.61 (4.47% from mid-rate)
To Amount:636,519 JPY
Total Cost:4.7%
Difference:
19,581 JPY less than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:126.68 (5.17% from mid-rate)
To Amount:636,391 JPY
Total Cost:4.72%
Difference:
19,709 JPY less than using TorFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Santander logo

Santander: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:127.08 (4.87% from mid-rate)
To Amount:632,858 JPY
Total Cost:5.25%
Difference:
23,242 JPY less than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Lloyds TSB logo

Lloyds TSB: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount:5,000 GBP
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:126.55 (5.26% from mid-rate)
To Amount:630,219 JPY
Total Cost:5.64%
Difference:
25,881 JPY less than using TorFX
Time:16:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 09/23/2019 - See full table

Example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist rather than in-person from banks and currency kiosks.

Travel Money ProvidersAmount JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
Post Office Money Foreign Currency
Post Office Money logo
128,000 JPY
Best Overall
12804.18%
Travelex Online UK logo
127,690 JPY
310 JPY
127.6898£0^4.41%
Citibank Foreign Currency
Citibank logo
125,700 JPY
2,300 JPY
126.97£105.9%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo
124,585 JPY
3,415 JPY
126£106.73%
Lloyds TSB logo
124,423 JPY
3,577 JPY
125.68£106.86%
Santander Foreign Currency
Santander logo
124,423 JPY
3,577 JPY
125.68£106.86%
Natwest Bank logo
123,795 JPY
4,205 JPY
125.68£157.33%
 

Post Office Money logo

Post Office Money: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:128 (4.18% from mid-rate)
To Amount:128,000 JPY
Total Cost:4.18%
Time:16:20 Local
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Travelex Online UK logo

Travelex Online UK: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:127.6898 (4.41% from mid-rate)
To Amount:127,690 JPY
Total Cost:4.41%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Mon Sep 23 2019 16:15:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logo

Citibank: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:126.97 (4.95% from mid-rate)
To Amount:125,700 JPY
Total Cost:5.9%
Time:16:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:125.68 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount:124,585 JPY
Total Cost:6.73%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Lloyds TSB logo

Lloyds TSB: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:125.68 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount:124,423 JPY
Total Cost:6.86%
Time:16:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Santander logo

Santander: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:125.68 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount:124,423 JPY
Total Cost:6.86%
Time:16:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logo

Natwest Bank: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount:1,000 GBP
Fee:£15 GBP (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:125.68 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount:123,795 JPY
Total Cost:7.33%
Time:16:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 09/23/2019 - See full table

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British Pound Sterling

Japanese Yen

1 GBP 133.58 JPY
5 GBP 667.89 JPY
10 GBP 1,335.79 JPY
20 GBP 2,671.57 JPY
50 GBP 6,678.94 JPY
100 GBP 13,357.87 JPY
250 GBP 33,394.68 JPY
500 GBP 66,789.35 JPY
1,000 GBP 133,578.70 JPY
2,000 GBP 267,157.40 JPY
5,000 GBP 667,893.50 JPY
10,000 GBP 1,335,787.00 JPY
50,000 GBP 6,678,935.00 JPY
100,000 GBP 13,357,870.00 JPY
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British Pound Sterling

Japanese Yen

0.0075 GBP 1 JPY
0.0374 GBP 5 JPY
0.0749 GBP 10 JPY
0.1497 GBP 20 JPY
0.3743 GBP 50 JPY
0.7486 GBP 100 JPY
1.8715 GBP 250 JPY
3.7430 GBP 500 JPY
7.4860 GBP 1,000 JPY
14.97 GBP 2,000 JPY
37.43 GBP 5,000 JPY
74.86 GBP 10,000 JPY
374.30 GBP 50,000 JPY
748.60 GBP 100,000 JPY
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GBP/JPY - Historical Trends

This table shows historic rates and trends of British Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen over periods upto 10 years.

PeriodChange*GBP/JPYDate
1 Day-0.9%135.334219 Sep 2019
7 Day-0.8%135.160713 Sep 2019
30 Day+3.7%129.309821 Aug 2019
3 Month-1.9%136.741122 Jun 2019
1 Year-10.1%149.276720 Sep 2018
5 Year-24.5%177.652921 Sep 2014
10 Year-10.1%149.247522 Sep 2009

*For period to 20-Sep 21UTC when GBP/JPY was 134.1399

You can use our GBP interactive charts to check GBPJPY historic trends.

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GBP and JPY in the Markets

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the GBP vs JPY, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

 

British Pound Sterling (GBP)

Pound valuations will continue to fluctuate based on Brexit No-deal, Deal and Remain probabilities. No-deal prospects may increase if, as is widely expected, ardent Brexiteer Boris Johnson becomes the UK’s next prime minister. However, some banks argue that Johnson’s appointment would make little difference to no-deal or remain probabilities.

The pound is unlikely to receive much in the way of meaningful respite until November, analysts say, when hopefully the UK-EU Brexit arrangement, or lack thereof, is known (Boris Johnson insists that the UK will not seek any further Article 50 extensions beyond the October-31 deadline).

The pound would be doing far worse if it weren't receiving some support from the Bank of England which, surprisingly, is the only major central bank still considering higher interest rates in 2019.

By some margin, the pound was the worst-performing major currency in the second quarter. It slipped in late June to multi-month lows against a number of important currencies, including the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, euro, Canadian dollar and Swiss franc.

Read more in the article GBP Forecasts.

 

Japanese Yen (JPY)

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.

Read more in the article JPY Forecasts.

Why can't I just get the GBP/JPY market rate I see online or in the media?

The mid-rate is the rate you will see quoted online or the news. It is actually just the half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the GBP / JPY was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate). Some providers such as Transferwise will quote you the mid-rate (or close to) and charge a separate percentage fee.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

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