How Much Cash to Exchange for Japan

Thinking of travelling to Japan? Prepare yourself for captivating ancient traditions fused with modern life, giving you a beautiful blend of rich culture you won’t want to leave. And don’t get us started on the food journey you’ll embark on- the fresh authentic sushi, and flavoursome ramen is enough to make you throw out your return ticket. But just how much is your Japanese journey going to cost? Glad you asked.

Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a Japan travel cash guide, helping you map out your costs before you jet- making it easier for you to know just how much Japanese Yen ¥ (JPY) to exchange. Along with this handy advice, if you exchange with First Eastern FX, you’ll get bank-beating rates! That means more money for those salmon nigiri you’ve been fantasising about.

Important to note: Though incredibly technologically advanced, Japan is still very much cash dependant. This means it’s in your best interests to exchange cash before you set foot on the plane. Why not do so at a great exchange rate with First Eastern FX? You can pick up your Japanese Yen ¥ (JPY) straight away from our nationwide branches or get it delivered to you. We’ve really got your best interests at heart.

Why Cash is King in Japan

  • No fees. No hidden transaction fees (ATMs, eftpos payments etc.) when you already have cash in your pocket.
  • Peace of mind. Some ATMs do not accept foreign credit, debit or travel cards, meaning you won’t get caught without access to your funds.
  • Accessible. Markets, major stations, street vendors and some small businesses are not equipped to accept card payments.
  • Useful. For small payments and tipping.
  • Efficient. No time wasted searching for ATMs or loading new foreign currencies onto your card, it’s right in your pocket.
  • Bargaining power. Ability to negotiate prices when paying with cash.
  • Certainty. Purchasing cash means you have fixed exchange rates and don’t experience fluctuations in the market, thus avoiding bad currency exchange rates and unfavourable commission rates.
  • Confidentiality. There is no risk of identity theft or fraud.

Now that we’ve listed a few reasons why cash is king in Japan, we can get down to what that inspiring trip to the Imperial Palace will set you back, and how much your scrumptious meals will cost daily.

BUDGET MID-RANGE LUXURY
AVERAGE DAILY COST ¥5,147 ¥12,906 ¥31,937
WEEKLY (Per Person) ¥36,029 ¥90,342 ¥223,559
MONTHLY (Per Person) ¥144,116 ¥361,368 ¥894,236
WEEKLY (Couple) ¥72,058 ¥180,684 ¥447,118
MONTHLY (Couple) ¥288,232 ¥722,736 ¥1,788,472
ACCOMODATION
(Hotels/hostels per person)
¥2,465 ¥6,128 ¥14,850
ACCOMODATION
(Double Occupancy Room)
¥4,931 ¥12,256 ¥29,700
FOOD (Meals for one day) ¥1,310 ¥3,112 ¥6,693
WATER ¥63 ¥63 ¥63
LOCAL TRANSPORT
(taxis, local buses etc.)
¥800 ¥2,131 ¥5,999
INTERCITY TRANSPORTATION
(Travel between cities)
¥2,688 ¥7,140 ¥19,995
TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE ENTRY FREE! FREE! FREE!
MOUNT FUJI CLIMB FREE! FREE! FREE!
HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL ENTRY ¥200 ¥200 ¥200
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK ENTRY ¥800 ¥800 ¥800
OSAKA CASTLE ENTRY ¥600 ¥600 ¥600

Now you know just how much to exchange, pack those bags, exchange that travel cash and get excited for your Japanese adventure! To make your life easier, exchange travel cash with First Eastern FX- simply order online and we’ll deliver to your door, or you can pick it up in one of our conveniently located stores around Australia. It’s that simple!

*This data is derived from the travel budgets of real travellers. The average daily costs are determined from the travel budgets submitted by travellers on forums, relevant accommodation booking websites and historical monument booking sites. Only those costs that fall within a reasonable range of the median are included, eliminating outliers.