About to jet set to Japan?

Currency is an important part of what you need to organise. The official currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY) and we've shared some tips and tricks on and how to get the best deal on your conversion from AUD to JPY.

This article will cover:

  • What Japanese notes and coins look like
  • Can you use Australian Dollars in Japan?
  • How to buy Japanese Yen before your trip
  • How to buy currency when you get to Japan
Many japanese yen notes

What Japanese Notes and Coins Look Like

A pile of japans yen notes
Japanese yen coins

Notes

Japanese Yen notes are very different to our currency in Australia. They are made up of:

¥1,000, ¥2,000 (very rare), ¥5,000, ¥10,000

Coins

There are quite a few coins in Japanese currency. The coins in circulation in Japan are:

¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50

Can You Use Australian Dollars in Japan?

No, you can't.

You cannot use Australian dollars in Japan. Just like you can't use Yen here! The rest of this article has some information about how you can convert currency for your holiday.

You can find out the exchange rate between the AUD and JPY with our currency converter, here.

Is it Cheaper to Convert Currency in Australia or Japan?

Because exchange rates change so frequently, and every provider offers different rates it's hard to say the cheapest way and place to exchange currency.

When you're travelling to a place like Japan, it can be difficult to exchange Australian cash when you're there. You might find it easier to exchange USD than AUD, but this means that you're converting currency twice.

Both in Australia and in Japan, steer clear of exchanging currency at the airport. On both ends, the rates will be much worse than in the city centres.

To find the best places to buy JPY, you can read our guide here.

How to Buy JPY Before Your Trip

Check Mark  Currency Exchanger

This is the best way to get currency quickly. You will find them in major shopping centres and towns. Our tip, is that the exchange rates are better in your CBD than what you'd find further out. So it can be worth going there if you're exchanging more than $2,000.

Find the best currency exchange in your states CBD here.

Check Mark Online

This is a convenient way to buy currency but you need some time. You can choose where to pick the order up from, and in some instances can get home delivery. When you order with Travelex, you can choose to order cash, a prepaid Travelex Money Card or both!

Use code CURRENCYSHOP to get a better JPY rate with Travelex.

Cross Bank

Most banks do exchange currency. The issue is that they often have high fees, and don't offer very good rates. It's always better to compare rates elsewhere before deciding, but as a standard rule it's best to avoid your bank. Especially for a popular currency like JPY.

Cross Airport

Yes, you can buy currency at the airport. But that doesn't mean you should. While it's convenient, it's also very expensive. If you have run out of time before your trip, it's better to buy currency when you get to Japan, or use your Aussie debit card instead.

 

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How to Buy JPY in Japan

If you decide to buy your currency when you get to Japan, the first thing you'll need to do is make sure you have Australian dollars in cash. This way you can exchange it when you get there.

Similar to in doing it in Australia, it's best to avoid buying currency at the airport and the bank, and better to do it in one of the major city centres.

You can use this link to find Travelex stores in Japan.

Need to know more about travelling to Japan?

Helping You Save Money on Currency

Buying travel money or transferring money overseas can be expensive and confusing. So how do you make the best choice and get the most out of your money?

An easy way is to use a comparison table for either international money transfers or currency exchange. These tables list and compare the banks with other large foreign exchange companies.

We’ve also put together tons of helpful videosguides and reviews that will help you make the right decision. You can work out a cheaper way of converting currency while still keeping your money safe.