How to get your Japanese Yen


How many Japanese Yen do I need? 

Since banks will charge you a fee for overseas transactions, it's best to bring a good amount of cash away with you. If you have Yen leftover, you can always exchange them back into Pounds when you get home with our buy back service. 

Although Japan is famed for it's technology, it's still a very heavily cash-based society and cards might not be accepted everywhere.

Prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Here's how much you can expect to pay for things in Tokyo:

  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: 5,500.00¥ (£42.82)
  • Capuccino: 400.83¥ (£3.12) 
  • Bottle of water: 107.12¥ (£0.83)
  • Bottle of domestic beer: 400¥ (3.11)
  • One-way public transport ticket: 195.00¥ (£1.52)
  • Taxi: 410.0¥/km (£3.19) 
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Paying for things in Japan

Cash or card?

Many shops and restaurants in Japan are cash-only, particularly as you venture outside of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, so you'll definitely need some cash. 

The best places to withdraw cash are postal ATMs and 7-Bank ATMs in 7-11 convenient stores, which are 24 hours. You'll often be charged a fee to withdraw cash, so it's a good idea to withdraw one large amount in one go, or to have a decent amount of cash on you when you arrive. 


Tipping isn't customary in Japan, although high-end restaurants and hotels often add a 10% service fee to the bill. 


Useful information about Japanese Yen

Exchange Rate

£1 will get you around 130 Japanese Yen (¥). However, this will go up and down depending on the market. Click here for the latest rates. 


Notes: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen

Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen 

Buy Back

Leftover Japanese Yen?

No problem. We'll buy back any Japanese Yen notes you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 


Need a different currency?

Whether you'd like your cash home delivered, or prefer to collect it in-store, we have more than 40 currencies on offer.

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