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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. The process of credit card 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 an bank to exchange the foreign currencies to Japanese Yen. But it will be tough 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)
 Kagoshima Airport


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

Foreign Currency Unit

Yen Value

1 US Dollar US$ 111.34 Yen
1 Canada Dollar Can$ 82.59 Yen
1 Euro Eur 126.45 Yen
1 UK Stg 144.35 Yen
1 Swiss Sfr 120.13 Yen
1 Denmark Dkr 15.23 Yen
1 Norway Nkr 10.73 Yen
1 Sweden SKr 10.27 Yen
1 Australia A$ 72.75 Yen
1 New Zealand NZ$ 69.09 Yen
1 Singapore S$ 78.97 Yen
1 Hong Kong HK$ 12.25 Yen
1 Thai THB 2.97 Yen
1 Korea KRW 8.11 Yen

Cash buying base  ( reference rate when you buy Japanese Yen. )

Actual buying rates vary at dealers.

As of January 17th, 2022

To get current rate, please refer to the latest conversion your currency and yen.
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How much yen should I bring to Japan?

How much yen do I need a day?

This is the question everyone wants to know before any action.

It is really tough to find the right budget at a general level.

Are you on business or pleasure? Trip on business may needs much money.

Here are several information about money 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*
Train Fare Chubu Airport
Airport - Nagoya station*
JR Train
Minimum (Ticket) 140
JR Train
(IC ard, Suica,Pasmo )
Tokyo Metro
Bus Fare Airport Limousine Tokyo one way 3,100
Taxi  Minimum (Tokyo)  410
Taxi Minimum* 730
Taxi From Narita Airport to Tokyo
including highway
Advanced reservation required
19,000 - 26,000
Food Hamburger McDonald*


Food Filet-O-Fish McDonald* 310
Food Lunch


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
Cola Vending machine 100 - 150
Cola At convenience store 130 - 140
Mineral Water At convenience store 100 - 140
Coffee McDonalds 100
Coffee Convenience Store(7-Eleven) 100 - 120
Coffee  Starbucks (short) 280
Beer Canned Beer 350ml 250 - 300
Tobacco 1 package 20 units (Sevenstar) 460 - 500


Imperial Hotel Single Bed / Single person Single Bed / Single person 24,000
Hotel Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Single room
Hotel APA Hotel  5,000-10,000 
Hotel  Nine Hours Shinjuku(Capsule hotel) 4,900 -  

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 SevenBank,You can withdraw Japanese Yen at the convenience stores.

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 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 numbers before your departure.

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

Withdraw Japanese Yen at post office?

a picture of ATM at Family mart. You can withdraw Japanese Yen at Family Mart. It is very convenient when you buy drink, snack and something at store. The machine is operated by Japan Post Office. 

You can withdraw your money in Japanese Yen at Post offices and Family Marts (convenience stores).

Post office

- Maximum 100,000 Japanese Yen

- Service hour 0:05 - 23:55
(Sunday: 0:05 - 21:00)

- Location 24,000 stores & 27,300 ATMs.

Family Mart

- Maximum 100,000 Japanese Yen

- Service hour 0:05 - 23:55

- Location 500 stores & 27,300 ATMs.

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), travelers check, gold and etc.

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


You don't need any tips for special services.

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

You are free of warring about Tips in Japan.

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

Hotel bell person never accept your offer of tip.

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

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1000 Yen
1,000 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
10,000 Yen
Right side and left side on top of bill, you can see each value of "1000", "5000" and "10000"

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500 Yen The Largest coin in silver color

Some vending machine doesn't accept 500 yen coin because of counterfeit 500 coming.
100 Yen Silver color
50 Yen Silver color with a hole
10 Yen Copper color
5 Yen Yellow color with a hole
1 Yen Aluminum color

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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.

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
You can read the numeric numbers so it can help you
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.

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

Another Tips is "date".
Above receipt shows the date as 9/5/23.
It doesn't make sense of May 23 in ????.
We use Anno Domini yearand Japanese one both.
If you find the strange date on your receipt,
you need to correct the date to your style.

Conversion Chart
Heisei Era (Japanese way) Anno Domini year





Heisei 29
(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".

Some stores have the space for eating.
You can buy "Oden" there.
Muffin, Sandwich, Onigiri, Juice, Milk, Coffee, etc.

Seven Eleven
Mini Stop
Circle K
Three F
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

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)
(Currently not available and no information for this year)

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
2018 02/20 - 03/31 2018 03/01 -04/10
2018 07/01 - 08/31 2018 07/20 - 09/10
2018 12/01 - 12/31 2018 12/10 - 2019 01/10

It is another option to purchase JR Rail Pass.


Use Youth hostels

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

Use 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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