Currency Exchange


Japanese Yen ¥


The official legal currency of Japan is the Yen (¥ )


Money Exchange (Cash)


In Tokyo one can exchange currency at the Airport, Banks, Post office, some big hotels, or at a handful Currency Exchange counters. In Japan, many Currency exchange counters only deals with selected foreign currencies like USD, Euro or GBP.

Most bank counters at the Narita Airport are closed by 10-11pm; however, Currency exchange machines are available at Terminal 3 in Narita. At Haneda Airpor, a few banks currency exchange counters are open 24x7.

In the city, currency exchange can be done at banks or post office or at a few counters in major tourist areas. Check around for the best rate.

Business hours in Tokyo for currency exchange:
- Bank : 9:00 am - 3:00 pm except Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, a few are open till 4pm


Credit Cards


Your credit card provides you with absolute best exchange rate for purchases in the Tokyo. Please check beforehand with your bank for additional fees before you decide to use you credit card. Major credit cards including Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Tokyo area establishments.




ATM machines in Citibank, Japan Post Bank, many 7-11 convenience stores, at Airport, and few Subway Stations allow cash withdrawal in local Japanese Yen ¥ using international credits cards like Visa/Plus and Mastercard/Cirrus, however most places charges surcharge for cash withdrawal (usually a 400 yen surcharge per withdrawal). Please check with your bank for any additional fees for using your ATM card in a foreign country before you decide to use you ATM card.


Traveller's Cheques


Traveller's cheques are accepted by hotels, banks and currency exchange counters in the Japan. Traveller cheques may be subject to a fee.




Japan is still a cash society. Many places including small shops and restaurants in Japan requires payment in Cash only. Please keep cash (local currency) on hand all times.