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Japanese Currency

One of the most common complaints for ESL teachers in Japan is how easy it is to lose high value coins. With the highest coin being worth $5 USD it is an expensive problem to have a hole in your pants. So before even going to describe the notes and coins available, Teaching in Asia strongly suggests that you have a coin purse while teaching in Japan. This will allow you to keep better track of your money, and reduce the risk of losing it.


The Japanese currency is called the Yen. It is a widely traded currency and its value has remained relatively stable against the US dollar for the past few years at roughly 100 Yen to a Dollar. There are four banknotes and six coins in Japan. The banknotes are the 1,000, 2000, 5,000, and 10,000 Yen Banknotes.


The coins in use are the 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 Yen coins. These are your best friend as you navigate Japans public transportation systems. In addition Japan is a country stock full of vending machines. Your coin purse will ensure you have easy access to these.


Teaching in Asia recommends travelers checks when first going over since they are easily exchanged in the banks, sometimes even easier than cash in terms of paperwork. You will find that Japan’s currency is a little more frustrating given the high numbers involved. However with time and practice ESL teachers become fervent Yen loyalists

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