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Currency and Money Exchange

The currency of Japan is written "円". Its currency sign is "¥" and is written "Yen" or "JPY" in foreign characters. Consumption tax in Japan is 8%. Currently, whether indicated prices are tax-included or not is up to the store. Please ask the staff if the prices include tax or not before making your purchase if you would like to know how much you must spend.

The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen. The smallest form of currency is the 1 yen coin, and the largest form of currency is the 10,000 yen bill. The 5 yen coin and 50 yen coin are rare worldwide in that they have holes in the middle of them. Please note that the values of all coins and bills excluding the 5 yen coin are written in Arabic numerals. Only the 5 yen coin has no Arabic numerals on it.
The 1,000 yen bill and 100 yen coin are used often. In addition to being accepted by many vending machines, the 1,000 yen bill makes your shopping go smoothly at the cash register. In addition, the 100 yen coin is the most widely-used coin in areas with automated installments such as coin-operated lockers and washing machines.

Japanese Notes
Japanese Coins

There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country then you must complete a customs declaration.

You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours. The exchange rate fluctuates daily depending on the money market.
World Currency Shop [MONEY EXCHANGE]

Travelers Checks

Travelers Checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities.

Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cards

Credit, debit and prepaid cards of International brands are acceptable at wide variety of merchants. There will be instances where merchants may not display the card acceptance marks so do not hesitate to ask the salesperson if your card is accepted. You can use cards for Narita Express (JR) and Shinkansen (JR) fares; however, may not use them to pay for most of short distance train/subway fares. You can withdraw cash nationwide at ATMs in Japan Post Bank and in Seven Bank.
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