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Understanding The Japanese Yen: Bills And Coins

Understanding The Japanese Yen: Bills And Coins

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This article contains information about the Japanese yen: bills and coins in circulation, how much they value, and other helpful facts about Japanese money.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by MATCHA

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You will need to use Japanese currency when traveling in Japan. This article will provide visitors with some basic information regarding the Japanese yen: denominations currently in use, typical exchange rates, and more.

The Types of Money Used in Japan


Japan uses the Japanese yen, with the international symbol being ¥. Currently, there are 1000 yen, 2000 yen, 5000 yen and 10,000 yen banknotes in circulation. Coins come in one-yen, five-yen, 10-yen, 50-yen, 100-yen and 500-yen denominations.

Yen Exchange Rates

How much is your country's currency worth in yen?

In July 2017:

1 US dollar = roughly 112 Japanese yen
1 Taiwanese dollar = roughly 3.7 Japanese yen
1 Chinese yuan = roughly 17 Japanese yen
100 Korean won = roughly 10 Japanese yen


A must for railway users! Introducing a convenient spot right in the station where you can get your hands on some Japanese yen.
There are seven foreign currency exchange counters and ten ATMs at JR East Japan stations in the greater Tokyo area (as of March 2018).
For more information, please visit this page.

Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In Japan

Distinguishing Features of the Yen

Japanese banknotes and coins come with various distinct markings, so we have compiled a brief overview here for your reference.

The 10,000 Yen Bill


The front of the 10,000 yen bill is adorned by an image of the samurai Yukichi Fukuzawa, who was also an intellectual and an educator.

A 10,000 yen bill in your wallet will give you peace of mind during your trip. At most restaurants, this budget will comfortably let you eat and drink your fill. Tours administered by Hato Bus, popular with Japanese tourists and foreign visitors alike, can be joined for 10,000 yen per person and have support for multiple languages.

Next PageRead about the features of the 5000 yen, 2000 yen and 1000 yen bills on the next page!
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