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Avoid running out your JPY


When you travel abroad, you must always be worried about money. If you run out of Japanese currency in the middle of your trip in Kyoto, what would you do? Many shops don’t allow you to use credit card. This article gives you many tips about where you can exchange and when you have to pay by cash.


Bank, Post bank, and hotel


Bank, Post office and well-known hotels has been dealing with money – exchange. But be careful, you should always remember that :

Bank and Post bank open only on weekdays. And mostly they will be closed from 15pm.

If you need to exchange your money to JPY, you should go to the following places.

:World currency shop (Mon to Fri, 11:00-17:00)

:Japan Post Bank Kyoto (Mon to Fri, 9:00-18:00)

:Bank of Kyoto (Mon to Fri, 11:00-15:00)

:Kyoto Central Trust Bank (Mon to Fri, 11:30-15:00)

:Travelex Tis Kyoto (Daily, 10:30-18:30, Closed14:00-15:00)

:Daimaru 7F Exchange counter (Daily, 11:00-20:00)




You can also take advantage of ATMs. There are two types of ATM in Kyoto where you can use for JYP. If you have credit card or debit/ cash card made in your county, Japan post bank ATM and Seven-eleven bank ATM allow you to withdraw your money as Japanese yen. Japan post bank is marked green and white color.  Seven-eleven banks are set in every single Seven-eleven convenience stores.


-JPY Tips-

Have you ever been interested about your own currency in your wallet and under the couch ? Every single sort of coin and note are differentiated by a design such as the Queen Elizabeth on UK pound note.  Now, do me favor and focus on Japanese currency. It must be different from other countries ones.

One yen coin


One yen coin is designed to represent an immature tree. Amongst the 2,581 proposals this design was chosen to model Japan’s one yen coin. With the one yen and the young tree illustrated, it is natural that it symbolizes the healthy growth of Japan.


Five yen coin


You might start to love this coin, when you are aware of the brilliant meaning  the design conveys on both sides of the coin. On the left hand side (in picture), there is an ear of rice,  gear and water on beneath. These models apparently indicate agriculture, manufacturing and marine industries. On the right hand side, you can see two young leafs describing  developing Japanese democracy.


Ten yen coin


As you can see, the sophisticated temple is called Byodo-in temple. Ten yen coin minted between in 1951 to 1958 and was called “Giza-ju”, because the side of the coin has jagged lines. Next time when you see the coin in your wallet,  carefully notice this difference.




Fifty yen coin


“Kiku” which means crysanthemum is printed on this coin. This currency has  a hole in the middle of coin and jabbed lines on side. These feature help visually impaired people distinguish coins. By the way, the 50’s font is different from other coins, but the same as 100 yen’s.


One hundred yen coin






There is Japanese typical famous flower, cherry blossom, on the front side. This coin also has jabbed lines. In the past this was made of silver. But after declining domestic possession rate of silver, the coin’s material was shifted to copper-nickel clad coin.


Five hundreds yen coin







There are two sort of Five hundred yen coin. One is silver coin which designed past before. Another one is gold color coin which is the new version. In terms of design, the right side of the coin in the picture has thug. Opposite side has mandarine orange and bamboo leaf.

In addition, the new coin has a secret design against counterfeits. As you see into the  “0” in the coin on a straight angle, the number of “500”  will appear in “0”. And the 6 letters “NIPPON” has hidden on each sides which is not visual letters, significantly tiny.


One thousand yen note



The portrait of Hideo Noguchi, a world-wide famous microbiologist, is printed on this note. On the back of this note, the up-side-down Mt.Fuji is based on the photographer Koyo Okada’s work “kohan no haru”. The old version of Five thousands yen note has a pine tree with up-side-down Mt.Fuji. Now the one thousand yen notes has cherry blossom with it.


Two thousand yen note



This Japanese yen note is not as much as others and made as an anniversary of 2000-year millennium and G8 Okinawa summit. If you get this one, you might feel lucky. On the front side, there is “Shureimon” which is a gate built in 16th century. And on the left side in the back, there are drawing and poetry of “Suzumushi” from “Gengi-monogatari scroll”. On the lower right space, Murasaki Shikibu is designed.


Five thousands yen note

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One of Japanese well-known novelist, Ichiyo Higuchi, is been printed on this note. “Irise screen” created by Korin Ogata is on the back side as a design.


Ten thousands yen note

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Yukichi Fukuzawa was an early Japanese civil rights activist, liberal ideologist, author, teacher and was selected as a model of this note. Phenix statue of Byodo-in was drawn on the back side. By the way, the old version of the ten thousands yen note has two pheasants instead of a Phoenix statue.


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