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Convert GBP to JPY at Best Exchange Rates

There are three important types of information that you need to know if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible GBP / JPY rate :

  1. Find the Market GBP to JPY mid-rate - the starting point.
  2. Check your FX provider's transaction costs, these include exchange rate margins plus various types of fees. These margin and fee costs vary for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Review up-to-date Currency News, Research and Forecasts for both currencies.

1. Market GBP/JPY mid-rate

The closer your final exchange rate is to the market GBP/JPY midrate the better deal you are getting.
1 British pound sterling equals
Japanese yen 1GBP=JPY

Right now the GBP/JPY market rate is and represents how many Japanese yen you can get for one British pound sterling.

The GBP/JPY mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. The closer your final exchange rate is to the market GBP/JPY midrate the better deal you are getting. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the currencies were exchanged in a transaction (bought or sold) in the international markets.

GBP to JPY Exchange Rate Calculator

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1 GBP equals
JPY 1GBP=JPY

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British pound sterling to Japanese yen (GBP-JPY) Recent History

WhenExchange RateDate
1 Week ago152.479918 Apr 2018
1 Month ago150.268526 Mar 2018
6 Months ago149.238527 Oct 2017
1 Year ago142.53525 Apr 2017
2 Years ago161.217225 Apr 2016
5 Years ago152.191626 Apr 2013
10 Years ago207.164927 Apr 2008

There are three important types of information that you need to know if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible GBP / JPY rate :

  1. Market GBP to JPY mid-rate - the starting point.
  2. Transaction costs, these include exchange rate margins plus various types of fees. These margin and fee costs vary for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Up-to-date Currency News, Research and Forecasts for British pound sterling and Japanese yen.

1. Market GBP/JPY mid-rate

Right now the GBP/JPY market rate is and represents how many Japanese yen you can get for one British pound sterling.

The GBP/JPY mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the GBP / JPY was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

1 British pound sterling equals
Japanese yen 1=

2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for GBP/JPY Foreign Exchange

The transaction margin from the mid-rate you will be charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees will vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions.

GBP to JPY Foreign Transfer - Costs Compared

You can see a sample of the margins from mid-rate in the table below which shows an example of the costs charged by FX specialist and the average bank rate when sending money transfers from GBP to JPY.

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Sending GBP 5,000 to JPY

 OFX
1GBP=149.9JPY
¥749,500 JPY (1.6%)
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Price Details
Receive: ¥749,500 JPY
Exchange Rate: 149.9
Fees: GBP 0
Total Cost : 1.6% (from mid-rate: 152.3342)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate GBP/JPY=149.9 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Apr 25 2018 14:12:50 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1GBP=144.35JPY
¥719,585 JPY (5.53%)
This is the average GBP to JPY International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

 
Price Details
Receive: ¥719,585 JPY
Exchange Rate: 144.35
Fees: GBP 15
Total Cost : 5.53% (from mid-rate: 152.3342)
Receive JPY ¥29,915 less than with   OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate GBP/JPY=144.35 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 15.

Travel Money GBP to JPY - Costs Compared

The below table shows an example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist versus the average bank, kiosk or post office rate to buy foreign cash.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying JPY Cash with GBP 2,000

 Travelex Online
1GBP=144.7899JPY
¥289,580 JPY (4.95%)
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* Home delivery is free for all orders of £500 or more. For orders below £500 the following charges apply: Up to £299.99 = £3.95. Between £300 and £499.99 = £1.95
Orders paid for via Debit card incur no additional fees, Credit card fee 1.5%
Price Details
Receive: ¥289,580 JPY
Exchange Rate: 144.7899
Fees: GBP 0 *
Total Cost : 4.95% (from mid-rate: 152.3347)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate GBP/JPY=144.7899 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 0 *.
Rate timestamp : Wed Apr 25 2018 15:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1GBP=141.17JPY
¥279,517 JPY (8.26%)
This is the average GBP to JPY Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

 
Price Details
Receive: ¥279,517 JPY
Exchange Rate: 141.17
Fees: GBP 20 (1%)
Total Cost : 8.26% (from mid-rate: 152.3347)
Receive JPY ¥10,063 less than with   Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate GBP/JPY=141.17 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 20 (1%).
Rates snapshot: 04/25/2018

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 comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

Why can't I just get the same GBP/JPY market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

When you look up the current British pound sterling to Japanese yen exchange rate on the web the figure you find quoted on sites like google or mentioned on TV is commonly referred to as the mid-market rate.

GBP to JPY mid-rate on google

GBP to JPY mid-rate on google search

Getting a great GBP to JPY mid-market rate is all about timing, so unless you are able to wait, watch and time the market this is largely beyond your control. This rate will go up and down with varying amounts of volatility depending on the currency pair.

This mid-market rate is really only a reference and is just the starting point for calculating the actual rate you will get for your transaction, luckily we can also use this same rate to determine how good a deal a rate that a provider offers you actually is.

You can use the below GBP to JPY calculator to convert currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates. Then choose your transaction type for specific British pound sterling cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.


3. Currency News, Research and Forecasts for British pound sterling and Japanese yen

Whenever you are interested in an exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies due to the fact that the value of a currency is always determined quoted in comparison to another currency.

So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the GBP vs JPY, you should pay attention to both British pound sterling and Japanese yen news and forecasts.

British pound sterling (GBP) - Market news and forecasts

Like most currencies, the pound was strong against the US dollar in early 2018. By late March, in line with the broader market for dollar pairs, GBP/USD had fallen back from January’s 19-month high of 1.434 to 1.4, but remained up 4% on the year and 17% higher than 2017’s low of 1.2.

Mirroring the standoff between UK and EU Brexit negotiators, the pound-euro exchange rate did little in the six-month period between October ’17 and March ’18. The pound continues to buy roughly 1.14 euros.

Like most other G10 currencies, the pound gained significantly in early 2018 against the Australian dollar and lost out against the yen.

According to a Reuters survey of FX analysts in March, the pound will end the year buying 1.41 US dollars (entering 2018, most analysts predicted rates between 1.3 and 1.35) and 1.12-1.14 euros.

Japanese yen (JPY) - Market news and forecasts

The Japanese yen spent much of 2017 trading up and down between 108 and 115 per US dollar, but has been the best performing G10 currency in early 2018. In the first seven weeks of the year, USD/JPY fell 6% to 106.11, marking the yen’s strongest level against the dollar in fifteen months.

The yen has also made back ground against the euro, strengthening by mid-February to rates in the low 132s; however, the yen remains weak against the euro by recent standards – EUR/JPY had been as low as 109.2 in mid-2016.

The yen’s strength in early 2018 will have surprised analysts at UBS. Entering the new year, the bank predicted that the yen would do worst of all the FX majors this year on the grounds that Shinzo Abe’s re-election in 2017 would likley mean a continuation of extremely loose monetary policy in Japan. UBS believed that the yen would weaken to levels above 115 per dollar.

“Analysts have struggled to explain why the yen is rising,” said the Financial Times in February, especially when the differential between US and Japanese interest rates continues to widen in favour of the dollar.

“I think [the reason for yen strength] is more technical,” said Citi analyst Koichi Kano.

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