Currency in Japan

Before you go in for your Japan trip, you need to get a good insight into the local currency. The currency in Japan is called as Yen. Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations.

Japan is a cash-based society, but trends have gradually been changing, and increasingly other payment methods are being accepted. Cash is still preferred, especially for small amounts. Credit cards might not be accepted in small cities and towns, so it is advisable to keep cash when visiting there.

There is an increased acceptance of credit and debit cards, especially in big cities. Most hotels accept payment by credit cards nowadays, as do most department stores, mid to high-end restaurants, outlet malls, large retail shops, train stations, convenience stores and supermarkets.

In Japan, currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found at international airports. It is always better to exchange currency at your home airport before leaving for a better value rate. Many ATMs in Japan do not accept international cards. Many ATMs in Japan are out of service during the night, and some are unavailable on weekends. Traveller's Checks get a better exchange, but it can be a bit problematic to find out where to get it exchanged in Japan,

Get in touch with SOTC so you can make necessary arrangements before you begin your Japan holiday.

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