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GBP to 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.

 

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1 GBP = 142.63 JPY

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GBP to JPY - Trading Range (90 Day)
90-DAY HIGH (1d)1-DAY ▲ 1% (2d)
90-DAY TREND: At 142.65 GBP/JPY is trading 4.1% above the average 137.06 with a range 128.01 to 143.13. There are no current alerts.
Update: 06-Dec 16:01-EST 21:01-GMT 08:01-AEDT(+1D)

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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. If you want to calculate equivalent amounts in foreign currencies or rate margins then use our GBP/JPY Quick Calculator.

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.

 
  

GBP to JPY International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive JPY(¥)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
WorldFirst logo
¥709,600
Best Overall
141.9200.5%
TorFX logo
¥697,450
¥12,150 less
139.4902.2%
OFX logo
¥698,150
¥11,450 less
139.63£0^2.1%
HSBC logo
¥683,523
¥26,077 less
136.91£7.54.16%
Natwest Bank logo
¥679,705
¥29,895 less
136.35154.69%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
¥676,622
¥32,978 less
135.65125.12%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo HSBC logo
¥676,511
¥33,089 less
135.71155.14%
Santander International Money Transfers
Santander logo
¥672,748
¥36,852 less
135.09205.67%
Lloyds TSB logo
¥669,959
¥39,641 less
134.53206.06%
 

WorldFirst logo

WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:141.92 (0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥709,600
Total Cost:0.5%
Time:6:02 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 

TorFX logo

TorFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:139.49 (2.2% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥697,450
Total Cost:2.2%
Difference:
¥12,150 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 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 (GBP)£5,000
Fee:£0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally 7GBP for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:139.63 (2.1% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥698,150
Total Cost:2.1%
Difference:
¥11,450 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 07 2019 05:07:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:£7.5 GBP (.15%)
Exchange Rate:136.91 (4.01% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥683,523
Total Cost:4.16%
Difference:
¥26,077 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 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 (GBP)£5,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:136.35 (4.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥679,705
Total Cost:4.69%
Difference:
¥29,895 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 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 (GBP)£5,000
Fee:12
Exchange Rate:135.65 (4.9% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥676,622
Total Cost:5.12%
Difference:
¥32,978 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:134.67 (5.58% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥676,511
Total Cost:5.14%
Difference:
¥33,089 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Santander logo

Santander: Foreign Transfer GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:135.09 (5.29% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥672,748
Total Cost:5.67%
Difference:
¥36,852 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 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 (GBP)£5,000
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:134.53 (5.68% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥669,959
Total Cost:6.06%
Difference:
¥39,641 JPY less than using WorldFirst
Time:6:02 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 12/07/2019 - 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
¥136,680
Best Overall
136.6804.17%
Travelex Online UK logo
¥136,038
¥642 less
136.0379£0^4.62%
Citibank Foreign Currency
Citibank logo
¥134,224
¥2,456 less
135.58£105.89%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo
¥133,032
¥3,648 less
134.55£106.73%
Lloyds TSB logo
¥132,858
¥3,822 less
134.2£106.85%
Santander Foreign Currency
Santander logo
¥132,858
¥3,822 less
134.2£106.85%
Natwest Bank logo
¥132,187
¥4,493 less
134.2£157.32%
 

Post Office Money logo

Post Office Money: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:136.68 (4.17% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥136,680
Total Cost:4.17%
Time:6:02 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 (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:136.0379 (4.62% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥136,038
Total Cost:4.62%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 07 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:
 

Citibank logo

Citibank: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:135.58 (4.94% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥134,224
Total Cost:5.89%
Time:6:02 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:134.2 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥133,032
Total Cost:6.73%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Lloyds TSB logo

Lloyds TSB: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:134.2 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥132,858
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:6:02 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Santander logo

Santander: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:134.2 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥132,858
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:6:02 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logo

Natwest Bank: Travel Money GBP→JPY
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£15 GBP (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:134.2 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (JPY) ¥132,187
Total Cost:7.32%
Time:6:02 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 12/07/2019 - See full table

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)

Sterling has climbed more than 5 per cent in October since Boris Johnson announced a new Brexit agreement with Brussels that has reduced the possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal. Pound valuations will continue to fluctuate based on Brexit No-deal, Deal and Remain probabilities. Currency strategists predict that gains in the pound would remain limited for now while parties prepared their election campaigns.

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.

Earlier in the year the pound was the worst-performing major currency by some margin. 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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