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Convert USD to JPY at Best Exchange Rates

Use this two-way calculator and chart to calculate amounts in either U.S. dollar or 1000 using the real-time USD/JPY market mid-rate. Then choose your transaction type Foreign Transfer Travel Money to see the available exchange rates and reviews for our leading foreign exchange providers.

USD to JPY mid-rate calculator

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

  1. Market USD 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 U.S. dollar and Japanese yen.

1. Market USD/JPY mid-rate

Right now the USD/JPY market rate is and represents how many Japanese yen you can get for one U.S. dollar.

You can calculate with the current mid-rate using our USD to JPY calculator below but note the rate will most likely be quite different by the time you make you currency exchange.

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The mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks 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 USD / JPY was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.


2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for USD/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.

USD 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 USD to JPY.

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Sending USD 10,000 to JPY

 OFX (prev. USForex)
1USD=105.24JPY
¥1,052,400 JPY (2.27%)
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Price Details
Receive: ¥1,052,400 JPY
Exchange Rate: 105.24
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 2.27% (from mid-rate: 107.6850)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/JPY=105.24 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Sat Apr 21 2018 01:03:36 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1USD=102.4JPY
¥1,022,464 JPY (5.05%)
This is the average USD 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: ¥1,022,464 JPY
Exchange Rate: 102.4
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 5.05% (from mid-rate: 107.6850)
Receive JPY ¥29,936 less than with   OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/JPY=102.4 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Travel Money USD 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 USD 1,000

 Travelex Online
1USD=95.7818JPY
¥95,782 JPY (11.05%)
Free Home Delivery when you Buy Online Travel Money & Cards with $0 commission and great exchange rates only available from Travelex Online. Zero cost for Home Delivery or pickup your foreign cash at your local Travelex store or at the airport on departure day. * Home deliveries can only be made to the registered billing address of your chosen payment method.
Price Details
Receive: ¥95,782 JPY
Exchange Rate: 95.7818
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 11.05% (from mid-rate: 107.6850)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/JPY=95.7818 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Sat Apr 21 2018 01:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1USD=94.22JPY
¥93,278 JPY (13.38%)
This is the average USD 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: ¥93,278 JPY
Exchange Rate: 94.22
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 107.6850)
Receive JPY ¥2,504 less than with   Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/JPY=94.22 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).
Rates snapshot: 04/21/2018

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 USD/JPY market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

When you look up the current U.S. dollar 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.

USD to JPY mid-rate on google

USD to JPY mid-rate on google search

Getting a great USD 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 USD to JPY calculator to convert currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates. Then choose your transaction type for specific U.S. dollar cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.


3. Currency News, Research and Forecasts for U.S. dollar 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 USD vs JPY, you should pay attention to both U.S. dollar and Japanese yen news and forecasts.

U.S. dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts

Against a basket of currencies, the U.S. dollar held steady in February and March – a welcome change considering the currency’s 15% fall in the preceding 13 months. However, any boost the greenback might receive from higher U.S. interest rates (the Fed hiked again in March) is likely to be offset by the longer-term consequences of U.S. trade tariffs, thinks a growing number of FX analysts. The latest round of tariffs include those on steel and aluminium imports and on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, all aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturers.

The question of whether China in particular would take retaliatory steps on trade was a hot topic approaching the end of March. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BK Asset Management and Lloyds all said that the dollar would weaken on any escalation of trade tensions. In March, Lloyds reduced its dollar-euro year-end forecast to 0.8 (EUR/USD 1.25), from 0.82.

With trade on everyone’s lips and with traders uninspired by U.S. economic prospects, it is not surprising that the dollar’s trajectory has decoupled in 2018 from that of U.S. interest rate expectations. Despite yields climbing steadily this year, the dollar has sunk.

“It’s easy to see the weak-dollar story persisting,” said ING in February. The bank has forecast dollar-euro at just 0.77 at year-end (EUR/USD 1.3).

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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