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Cash in Japan

In Japan there are both notes and coins, all of which are known as Yen. The currency is easily distinguishable for people with vision impairments, which also serves the dual purpose of being easier for foreigners to use. When I Japan you should carry around a change purse, as coins in Japan have significantly more value than those in the west with the exception of Europe.


There are 10,000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 Yen banknotes. With the basic guide of 100 Yen to 1 US dollar you can roughly assume that they are 100, 50, 20, and 10 dollar bills. The coins are denominated by 1,5,10, 50, 100, 500 amounts. So a 500 Yen coin is worth roughly $5 USD. Not a coin to lose.


Exchanging money is a bit more difficult in Japan then a lot of other countries. You usually need to fill out some paperwork and this is best done at airports or at a bank. The currency exchange centers that are widely available in many other countries are strangely absent in Japan. When first arriving it is best to get Travelers Checks since these are easily exchanged and safest to carry

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