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Money Frequently Asked Questions

First day in Japan

General (Exchange Rate)

How much Yen should I bring?

How much Yen can I bring to Japan?

Tips in Japan

Bills in Japan

Coins in Japan

Tax in Japan

Receipt in Japan

Airport Tax

Money Sense

For Money Savers



First Day in Japan

Wherever you arrive in Japan, you need to prepare Japanese money at least 5000 Yen. You are comfortable in your mind if you have more than

  10,000 - 20,000 Yen. JR train and Taxi were unable to accept any credit cards in past. The process of credit card handling takes time. You may want to say I will pay in cash. If you don't have any Japanese money you can't get out the airport.

The airport has banks (at least one) to exchange the foreign currencies to Japanese Yen. But it may be tough for an Airport Stranger to find out the such facility at unfamiliar airport taking your heavy luggage.

It is much easier for you to prepare Japanese Yen in your country at your local bank or departing airport using your language!!!!!

If You forget to get Japanese Yen, following facility is available at airport.
Narita International Airport
Hanada Airport (International Terminal)
Kansai International Airport

Chubu (Nagoya) International Airport

Fukuoka Airport (Fukuoka, Fukuoka)

New Chitose Airport (Sapporo, Hokkaido)


Yen is used in Japan.
The actual exchange rate from each currency to Yen is worse than this chart.

Foreign Currency

Yen Value

1 US Dollar

US$ 101.18 Yen

1 Canada Dollar

Can$ 70.09 Yen

1 Euro

Eur 109.76 Yen

1 UK




1 Swiss

Sfr 99.94 Yen

1 Denmark

Dkr 12.99 Yen

1 Norway

Nkr 10.41 Yen

1 Sweden

SKr 9.33 Yen

1 Australia

A$ 69.79 Yen

1 New Zealand




1 Singapore




1 Hong Kong



1 Thai THB 2.51 Yen
1 Korea KRW 7.73 Yen


As of October 21th, 2016

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How to exchange your currency to Japanese Yen in Japan?


You can get Yen at any international airports in Japan.

There are offices of Banks.

You can exchange back your Yen to your currency at airports banks..

Currency shop

Daikokuya and other shops welcome you.
Please check the office hour in advance.

Travelex is famous  exchange store in the world.
There are  around 50 offices of Travelex in Japan.

picture of Travelex where you can buy Japanese Yen also sell it.


Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ  (MUFG) is No. 1 bank about dealing foreign money.

It might be good place to exchange your money there.
But their business hour is limited.
  9 am - 3 pm

Other Japanese banks are so doing the foreign exchange service.

How much yen should I bring to Japan?

How much yen do I need a day?

These are the real questions everyone wants to know before any action.
It is really tough to find the right budget in general. Are you on business or pleasure? Trip on business may needs much money.
Here are several information of food/item/service and it will help you to understand how much yen you need in Japan.

Money Sense

Here is a price table of various items. (excluding Consumption TAX))
You can get some idea about the prices in Japan.
These prices is just reference and there is no limit of price on the most expensive item.

Various Price Description Yen

Train Fare

Tokyo - Kyoto
One way by Shinkansen*

Train Fare

Narita Express
Narita - Tokyo One way*

Train Fare

Keisei Skyliner
Narita - Nippori - Tokyo One way*
Bus Fare Airport Limousine Tokyo one way 3,100
Train Fare Chubu Airport
Airport - Nagoya station*
Tokyo Metro
JR Train
Minimum* 140
Taxi Minimum* 730
Taxi From Narita Airport to Tokyo* 18,500 - 25,000


Hamburger McDonald*


Food Filet-O-Fish McDonald* 310




Food Lunch Sushi 1,000-2,000
Food Yoshinoya Beef Bawl* 380
Food Ramen 600-1000
Food Denny's daily special lunch 780
Food Price of Bento(lunch box) 500-1000
Food Dinner?? 1000 - 10,000
Food Dinner Sushi 3000-10.000
Drink Cola Vending machine 100 - 150
Cola At convenience store 130 - 140
Mineral Water At convenience store 100 - 140
Coffee McDonalds 100
Coffee Convenience Store 100 - 120
Beer Canned Beer 350ml 250 - 300
Cigarette Tobacco 1 package 20 units 400 - 500


Hotel Imperial Single Bed / Single person 24,000
Hotel Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Single room

What can I buy with 100 Yen?

McDonald hamburger (Quater pounder) is 100 Yen.
Also coffee at McDonald is 100 Yen almost same as Premium Roast Coffee small..
You can imagine other items with this reference.
So 100 Yen is very similar to 1 US Dollar.

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Withdraw Japanese Yen at convenience store?

You can withdraw your money in Japanese Yen at Seven Eleven convenience stores.

Seven Eleven and Seven Bank

- Maximum 100,000 Japanese Yen

- Service hour 0:00 - 24:00

- Location 17500 stores.

picture of seven eleven bank

Seven bank is one of the banks which have started the bank business from retailer business.They have over 20,000 ATMs  at 17,500  Seven Eleven stores.

You can withdraw Japanese Yen using these ATMs. 

Variety of Credit cards (including bank card) : 

VISA, Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, AMERICA EXPRESS, JCB, UnionPay, Discover, Dinners Club

Service hour is almost 24 hours.

It would be really helpful and reliable in some case.

You can withdraw maximum 100,000 Yen at the store.  Some cards can pay 200,000 Japanese Yen.

The service charge might be applied by your credit card company.

The key is whether your credit card is ready for the international use. Do you remember 4 digit secret numbers(PIN, Personal Identification Number)?

If you don't have the PIN number on your credit card, it is good to set the number before your trip.

Check your credit company first of all whether your card is ready for an usage in foreign countries..

Seven Eleven is also a good place for Free Wifi spot.

Why don't you enjoy sipping a cup of coofee with 100 Yen at Seven Eleven shop using free Wifi.

For more dtail information for free Wifi at Seven Eleven

How much Yen can I bring to Japan?

If you want to bring one million Japanese Yen or more than it to Japan with you, you need to declare at custom office.
This regulation is applied to the total amount of cash (total amount of any currencies), traveler's check, gold and etc.

Less than this amount you don't need any process.

If you have an idea to buy an expensive stuff in Japan, it is better to think to use your credit card.
It is better to check the credit limit and raise the maximum limit before departure.

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Tipping in Japan

You don't need any tipping for any services.

No tipping for a doorman.
No tipping for a bell captain.
No tipping for a porter.
No tipping for a waiter and a waitress in a restaurant.
No tipping for a taxi.
No tipping for anybody

You are free of warring Tipping in Japan.

Some of the finest restaurant/hotel require service fee
but in this case the service fee is already included in your bill.

Hotel bell person never accept your offer of tipping.

In special occasion, you may give some money for the best hospitality for taxi driver or Ryokan maid.

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Bills and Coins in Japan

Money unit in Japan is "Yen" and there is no substantial unit fro daily life.


1000 Yen
picture of 1000Yen Bill1,000 Yen

5,000 Yen
picture of 50000Yen Bill5,000 Yen
Right side and left side on top of bill, you can see "5000"

10,000 Yen
picture of 10000Yen Bill10,000 Yen
Right side and left side on top of bill, you can see "10000"

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picture of coins in Japan There are 6 types of coins in Japan.

500 Ye:n The Largest coin in silver color
100 Yen: Silver color
50 Yen: Silver color with a hole
10 Yen: Copper color
5 Yen:  Yellow color with a hole
The coin with a hole is really rare in the world. It is good souvenier for you.
The coin doesn't have any numerical number on it.

1 Yen Aluminum color.

All vending machines accept conins except 1yen and 5 yen.

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Consumption Tax (Sale Tax) is 8 %.
Many expressions of price are allowed.
A price shows real price without tax and sales tax with small tex besides.
So you need to pay 8 % more than the price tag.

Some shops include this tax in their list price.
It is be really complicated for visitors.

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Airport Tax

It is called as PSFC (Passenger Service Facilities Charge).

For Narita Airport Passenger
This charge is included to your air ticket now for passengers for Narita Airport.
You don't need to worry about this.

For Kansai Kuko Passenger
You need to pay 2600 Yen at Kansai KukoAirport when you fly out.

For Chubu Centrair International Airport
You need to pay 2500 Yen at Chubu Centreir when you fly out.
It is included already in your flight ticket.

If you have spent all your Japanese Yen, you can pay it with your credit card.
AMEX, VISA, Master, Diners Club

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Some of receipts are printed in Japanese.
So you had better to write the memo on it as soon as you receive it.

Receipt sample in Japanese, You need to convert Heisei to Anno Domini year.

This is an example of Japanese type receipt.

As soon as you receive it, you had better to write the item of this receipt.
Otherwise you will have big problem to find out which receipt is
personal and business.
You can read the numeric numbers so it can help but time consuming.
Some nicer Japanese restaurants will give you old fashion receipt.
In this case, all information will be written in Japanese "Kanji"
even numeric number and date.
You had better to write down the total amount on it.
Or keep your Credit Card receipt.

Another Tips is "date".
Above receipt shows the date as 9/5/23.
You can't find it is issued on May 23 in XXXX.
We use Anno Domini year and Japanese one both in Japan.
If you find the strange date on your receipt, you need to correct the date to your style and write it down.

Conversion Chart

Heisei Era (Japanese way)

Anno Domini year





(This year)

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For money savers

Following are the tips for lower budget travelers.


Convenience stores are the best place to buy breakfast and lunch to save money.
There are many stores within 5 minutes walk when you are in big cities.
If you can't find it, ask young people "Where is Convenience?".
"Convini" in Japanese is the shorten word and much popular than "Convenience Store".

Muffin, Sandwich, Pastry, Onigiri, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea, Snack, Fruits, Cup noodle, etc.
They supply hot water for your cup noodle.
Also a microwave oven is available to use for customers.

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Seven Eleven

picture of Lawson


picture of MiniStop

Mini Stop

picture of CircleK

Circle K

picture of Sunkus SUNKUS

picture of ThreeF

Three F

picture of FamilyMart

Family mart


For long distance travel, Shinkansen is fast and convenient but expensive.

1. Use local train, not express

2. Use red-eye bus for long distance travel

3. Use JR Pass

4. Shinkansen / Super Express

For short distance,

1. Walking

0 Yen

picture of Shoes

2. Use subway efficiently

160 - 200 Yen

3. Use bus

170 - 230 Yen

4. Use local train

140 - ??? Yen

JR Seishun Juhachi Kipu (Seishun 18 Kippu)
This tickets are valid for JR local trains only and only one day.
5 tickets costs you 11850Yen.
5 people can use one day or one can use 5 days.
You can use all local trains from a.m. 00 o'clock to midnight.
There are overnight trains operating by JR and they are very useful for you to use.
Consult with the JR timetable, you can go to Kyushu from Tokyo with 2370 Yen.
The selling period is limited;

Selling date Valid date
2016 02/20 - 03/31 2016 03/01 -04/10
2016 07/01 - 08/31 2016 07/20 - 09/10
2016 12/01 - 12/31 2016 12/10 - 2017 01/10

It is another option to purchase JR Rail Pass.


1. Youth hostels

From around 3000 Yen (no meal)
From around 4500 Yen (Dinner & Breakfast)

2. Inexpensive Japanese inn

There is no bed. You can experience the Japanese Futon mattress.
The employees may not speak English but will welcome you with warm heartfelt hospitality.
You can enjoy the different world from hotel life.
Here are some inns;

Hotel Judo

From 3200 Yen

Sawanoya Ryokan

From 4700 Yen

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