Japan Currency and Travel Guide

Exchanging Japanese Yen & Travel Tips with WeXchange

Getting to Know the Japanese Yen

Planning a holiday to Japan? Wondering about the best way to handle your travel money? As a trusted currency exchange company based in Melbourne, Australia, WeXchange is here to guide you. We’ll help you understand Japan’s currency, share tips on where to get your yen, and even suggest some must-visit spots in Japan.

The Japanese Yen, symbolised as ¥ or 円, is the official currency of Japan. Here’s what you need to know about the denominations:

  • Notes come in ¥1,000, ¥2,000 (quite rare), ¥5,000, and ¥10,000.
  • Coins are available in ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, and ¥500.
Japanese Yen Notes and Coins

It is recommended to exchange to Japanese Yen Cash before you leave Australia, so you can arrive stress-free and enjoy Japan as soon as you arrive.

The Cash vs. Card Conundrum in Japan

Don’t be fooled by Japan’s high-tech facade – cash is still king! A surprising number of small businesses, including quaint eateries, souvenir shops, and local attractions, accept only cash. Even large denominations like the ¥10,000 note are readily taken, no matter how small the purchase.

To sidestep those pesky cash withdrawal fees and ensure you’re ready for any adventure, WeXchange recommends swapping your AUD for JPY before you head to Japan. Especially during the Cherry Blossom Season, demand for yen spikes, so don’t forget to order your yen online and pick it up from our store.

Where to Get Your Japanese Yen?

You can exchange your AUD for JPY either in Australia or when you land in Japan. But why wait? We at WeXchange suggest planning ahead to lock in the best exchange rates and sidestep the steep fees that can come with last-minute currency exchanges in Japan. Then once you land, you can start enjoying your adventure the moment you arrive in Japan.

At WeXchange, you can order your yen online anytime, day or night, and pick up from our store, all without any hidden fees. Get today’s best rates here!

Must-Visit Spots in Japan and Handy Money Tips

With a culture that beautifully marries tradition and modernity, delicious cuisine, and vibrant pop culture, Japan is a hot favourite among Aussie travellers. Here’s a snapshot of must-visit locations and some handy money tips:

1. Tokyo

Tokyo: From the towering Tokyo Skytree to the bustling markets of Tsukiji, Tokyo pulses with energy. Just remember, those unique trinkets and tasty street food treats require cash, so have your yen ready.

Kabukicho in Tokyo at Night
Mt. Fuji next to a beautiful red pagoda

2. Mt Fuji

Mt. Fuji: Whether you’re tackling the climb or just admiring the views from the Bullet Train, remember to carry small denomination yen for refreshments along the way.

3. Osaka

Osaka: As Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka is a food lover’s paradise. Don’t leave without trying Okonomiyaki and taking a photo in front of Guriko! And remember – cash is key!

Dōtonbori in Osaka, with Glico Man in the background
Fushimi Inari red gates in Kyoto

4. Kyoto

Step back in time in Kyoto, the heart of traditional Japan. From temples like Kinkakuji and Fushimi Inari Shrine to the unique matcha-flavoured snacks and geisha performances, Kyoto has it all. A fun fact – the Byōdōin Temple is featured on the back of the ¥10 coin!

5. Hiroshima

Known for its poignant history and delectable Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima offers a blend of experiences. Don’t forget to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki

Your Travel Money Sorted with WeXchange

WeXchange makes it simple for you to exchange your AUD for JPY, giving you more time to enjoy your Japanese adventure. We’re accessible online 24/7, and our Melbourne store is ready to serve you. Let us handle your currency exchange needs and give you the peace of mind you need to start your trip right. Exchange Japanese Yen in-store or order online today.

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