- Best Money Transfer Service - TransferWise, as revealed by our extensive research into international money transfers.
- Best Debit Card for Japanese Yen - The TransferWise Debit Card (best NZD:JPY rate, and 0% foreign currency fees if you withdraw up to NZ$350 within a 30-day rolling period (and then a 2% fee of anything above that).
- Best Credit Card for Japanese Yen - The Flight Centre Mastercard outperforms all other cards given its 0% overseas currency conversion fee.
- ATMs Availability and Costs - ATMs are common all over Japan, including train stations, 7-11 shops and airports. Find out what your bank's international debit card and credit card fees here. The maximum you can withdraw in one transaction is JPY 50,000.
- All Travel Money Cards support JPY - our comparison guide highlights which cards offer the best deal.
- Save money when withdrawing or spending Japanese Yen with our foreign exchange guide.
- Japanese Yen come in ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 banknotes.
Suggested money tip when arriving and travelling in Japan:
- Bring around NZD$300 in cash which you can use as a safety net and exchange at most FX kiosks (found all over main Japanese cities).
- Withdraw the amount of JPY you think you will need for your stay.
- Avoid airport money exchange kiosks - they most likely offer the worst exchange rates. ATMs give you the market exchange rate without the greedy commission.
- Leftover JPY? If you have a small amount of Yen remaining, you can use them to settle your hotel bill extras, transfers back to the airport and/or apply them to a duty free purchase on departure (you can pay part cash, part card). Banks back in New Zealand will also buy Japanese Yen notes (but not coins).