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No More Leftover Yen! Convert Cash To Electronic Money With Pocket Change
Looking for a way to use unwanted yen at the end of a trip? Convert leftover bills and coins with Pocket Change, a simple service that allows users to exchange currencies into electronic money, like Apple and Amazon gift cards. Read to learn how to use Pocket Change and change the way you spend yen.
Pocket Change - Exchange Extra Yen for Amazon, Apple, and Useful Electronic Cash
Have you ever wandered around at the airport before a flight buying extra snacks and souvenirs to use up unwanted currency? Fortunately, there is a smarter way to use any leftover currency instead of shopping last-minute: Pocket Change currency exchange.
Pocket Change is a service that converts bills and coins into electronic money. At Pocket Change kiosks, users can exchange cash into vouchers for Amazon, Apple, Uber, and IC cards like Suica and PASMO with a few simple steps.
How to Use Pocket Change
Pocket Change kiosks are simple to use and will change the way you spend money in Japan. Below is an introduction to how to use this convenient service. It takes minutes to complete the entire process, and no registration or inputting of personal information is required.
First, select the country and electronic money you want to exchange your currency for. Pocket Change accepts ten currencies (current as of October 2019), such as Japanese yen, United States dollars, New Taiwan dollars, and Euros.*
For those leaving Japan, first, select your home country or next destination. Next, insert any unwanted Japanese bills and coins into the machine. After you have finished inserting your currency, you are done! Take the receipt for the voucher to use your electronic money.
Alternatively, you can use this machine to exchange other currencies into vouchers for Japanese services, like IC cards, nanaco (prepaid cards usable at Seven-Eleven convenience stores and other retailers in Japan), the Japanese Apple Store, and Japanese Amazon.
You can also use your unwanted currency to donate to charities.
*Accepted currencies are Japanese yen, United States dollar, Euro, New Taiwan dollar, Thai baht, Hong Kong dollar, Vietnamese dong, Singapore dollar, South Korean won, and Renminbi. Please note that some currencies' coins are not accepted at machines. Refer to the official website to confirm.
Where to Find Pocket Change Kiosks
Pocket Change kiosks are located in convenient areas for travelers, like airports, travel information centers, and major shopping centers throughout Japan. Their bright green appearance is easy-to-spot.
In the Tokyo area, Pocket Change machines can be found at Narita International Airport (Terminals 1 and 2), four locations at Haneda International Airport, and one location at Tokyo Station. Certain large stores, like Don Quijote in Shibuya, also have machines. For those in the Osaka and Kyoto areas, there are four locations at Kansai International Airport.
See the official website for a complete list of Japan-wide kiosks, addresses, and machine operating hours.
Official Pocket Kiosk Website: https://www.pocket-change.jp/en/