Japan Currency Guide
Japan uses the Japanese Yen.
You’ll find ATMs all over the cities in Japan and to a lesser extent in the countryside. You’ll need to look out for postal and 7-11 ATMs or Citibank Japan ATMs if you want to withdraw money as only these machines are hooked up to the international Plus and Cirrus networks. Postal ATMs are in all post offices, even in tiny villages, but they’re only open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to midday on Saturday. Large post offices are open longer though. There are international ATMs in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
Before you travel, it’s a good idea to convert some of your Australian Dollars into Japanese Yen to have with you when you arrive – hello, vending machines. Japanese Yen are available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz before you fly minus fees and commissions on cash. If you need to change your Aussie Dollars into Yen in Japan, shoot for post offices, banks and discount ticket shops (in major train stations).
If you’d like the security that a credit card offers without the risk of racking up debt on your travels, consider purchasing a prepaid travel money card. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ allows you to load your money onto the card in the form of Japanese Yen and other popular currencies. Your money can then be accessed at ATMs like a debit card or used wherever MasterCard® is accepted. The Multi-currency Cash Passport card has both a security pin and a signature required for safe spending.