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  • Buy Japanese yen online at Post Office
  • Check the pounds GBP to Japanese yen JPY exchange rate for the best deal
  • Order your Japanese yen online and pick it up next working day in branch
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Jetting to Japan? Get your travel money here

If a trip to Japan is in your sights, you'll need some yen to spend when you're there. It's easy to order travel money online with Post Office, buy in our branches or even on a Travel Money Card.

We offer competitive rates and 0% commission. You can get a better rate if you buy currency online, and the rates get even better the more you buy.

Use our click and collect service to order your Japanese yen before 3pm and you can pick your cash up in a branch of your choice the next working day. Or we can deliver your currency to your home.

If you want to sell us back any spare currency, we won't charge a penny in commission. Should your trip get cancelled, we'll also refund your holiday money within 28 days of you buying it. And you can buy your travel insurance at Post Office, too.

Get our best rates online. The more you buy the better the rate.

Get your Japanese currency from us

A few reasons to get your holiday money from Post Office:

  • Voted 'Best Foreign Exchange / Travel Money Retailer' at the British Travel Awards 2022

  • 0% commission and competitive rates on over 60 foreign currencies

  • Get a better rate for your Japanese yen the more you buy

  • Have your cash delivered to your home or collect it at one of 11,500 Post Office branches

  • Free home delivery on online orders of £500 or more (or £4.99 delivery if it’s under £500)

  • We’ll buy back leftover yen banknotes commission-free if you bring your receipt

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Get your holiday money fast. Pick it up from the dedicated travel money counter at your nearest Post Office  

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Want your cash delivered tomorrow? Order by 3pm today for delivery to your home. 

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Travel smart in Japan

Take Japanese yen with you easily and securely on our Travel Money Card. Top up before you go. It is accepted anywhere you see the Mastercard® symbol. 

What do things cost in Japan?

Our Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report shows a few costs for common holiday items around the world, allowing you to compare and budget for your trip.

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How far will my Japanese yen go?

  • For a budget visit to Japan, hostel dormitories in major cities such as Tokyo will set you back around £20 a night

  • For mid-range travellers, budget business hotels won’t break the bank. You can travel economically by train or domestic airline. And for lunch and dinner, cheaper Japanese restaurants are a good way of eating well for less

  • At the pricier end, there are Western-style 4- and 5-star hotels, plus ryokans – traditional inns – that include 2 meals

  • The nicest sushi restaurants in town are more expensive, and with a high budget you can take high-speed trains all around the country

  • Fast food restaurants and supermarkets are an inexpensive way of eating

  • Look for 100-yen vending machines – some charge 150 yen for drinks but the cheaper ones are emblazoned with a 100-yen sign across the front

  • Avoid Kyoto on weekends – accommodation prices are higher so try to visit Monday to Friday. We’ve plenty more information on visiting Japan, including why to get travel insurance

Some common questions

  • It’s the official currency of Japan, issued by Bank Japan. Its abbreviation is JPY and its symbol is ¥ (international) or 円 (in Japan).

    The Japanese yen is the third most-traded currency in the world. To get some for your trip, pop into a participating Post Office branch or buy your travel money online.

  • Japan is the only country to officially use the Japanese yen. The currency is also used unofficially in the neighbouring Myanmar and Vietnam.

  • You can buy Japanese yen from the Post Office online or in any of our thousands of participating branches around the UK. Find your nearest with our branch finder.

    Order online and you could get a better rate than in branch. You can also choose to collect in branch or get it delivered to your door (both the next working day if you order before 3pm).

    The more currency you buy the better the rate. And buying when the exchange rate shows the pound to be strong will save you some money too.

    If you prefer to use plastic, Travel Money Card is a prepaid Mastercard® you can load before going away. It operates in 22 currencies, including the yen, and can be used for chip & PIN and contactless payment. It’s also compatible with Apple Pay and Google Pay, and you can use it to withdraw cash.

  • The highest denomination banknote in the Japanese currency is the 10,000 yen note. It’s also one of the most frequently used. At the time of writing it’s worth around 70 GBP pounds. Other commonly used notes are the 1,000 and 5,000 yen. There is also a 2,000 yen note.

    The lowest value coins in the Japanese currency are the 1 and 5 yen. They’re not used often due to their low value, but you may receive them in your change. The coins used most often are the 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen.

  • To learn about more local laws, travel restrictions and alerts for any country across the world check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice pages – including its dedicated page for Japan.

  • Read all travel money FAQs

Post Office Travel Money Card is an electronic money product issued by First Rate Exchange Services Ltd pursuant to license by Mastercard International. First Rate Exchange Services Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with number 4287490 whose registered office is Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, TW8 9DF, (Financial Services Register No. 900412). Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.