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Where to get YEN in Japan & Japanese Money Basics

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The best way to get YEN when you are traveling to Japan is from Japanese ATMs. In particular, ATMs from the Japan Post Office, and from 7-11. There are a few things you'll need to know about Japanese ATMS that I share with you, and I go over the basics of Japanese Yen. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/yellowwsub You might enjoy watching some of these other videos: How to ride the Subway in Tokyo: https://youtu.be/s-NyccWXlt4 How to use an Onsen in Japan: https://youtu.be/OWffHzxzJyc Yellow Productions on social media: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/YellowProductionsTravel INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/yellowwproductions/ TWITTER: ChrisRaney GOOGLE+: https://google.com/+yellowwproductions Check out my blog at: http://yelloww.net Yellow Productions Merchandise: https://www.teepublic.com/user/yellowproductions Music: Easy Lemon Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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theturtlepwn (5 days ago)
When you say ATM card, will a debit card be ok as well? Or does it have to be an ATM card?
theturtlepwn (4 days ago)
+Yellow Productions Thank you!!
Yellow Productions (5 days ago)
As long as it's a debit card with a PIN you should be good to go
Geno2733 (9 days ago)
ATM's around here USED to be closed after 10 at night, and usually didn't open until around 9 in the morning. I also usually carry cash when I'm in Canada, and most of the change I get is COINS. My pants fell down one day walking in Walmart because of all these damn coins. It's like Harry Potter money!
ThatBoyBigP (1 month ago)
Great video but you left out that the smallest bill is nearly the equivalent to $10. I didn’t see any bills in yen for U.S $1 or $5. Only coins.
Yellow Productions (1 month ago)
Very true!
Isaac behind a ps4 (1 month ago)
I want to move to Japan and live my adult life there I Love Japan
Avex GD (1 month ago)
how much is ¥343.2
Yellow Productions (1 month ago)
About $3 US
Josephine Lam (1 month ago)
Can I exchange my US$ in a Japanese bank? Thanks!
Daniel Massie (2 months ago)
Do regions cards work at these atm’s?
Yellow Productions (2 months ago)
I'm not sure what a "regions" card is.
Jeremy Williams (2 months ago)
Most informative and useful video on this subject!
Rats React (3 months ago)
I'm sorry 10000 yen
1:03 theres just hunterxhunter stuff on 7 eleven
D fens (4 months ago)
One major thing you didn't discuss was fees for with drawing cash at a ATM vs the exchane rate you will receive when converting your home currency lets say US Dollars to Japanese Yen. Most ATM's in Japan at 7-11 or the Post Office will not charge a fee to withdraw money but most of your home banks usually will charge you a $5.00 dollar fee per every time you visit a ATM. So if you keep taking out money no matter the amount these fees start to add up. Then how do the ATM's in the Japan make any money then if they don't charge you any fee's? Simple they do it on the exchange rate of the day you withdrawl. As of today the exchange rate is about 113 Yen to the dollar but you will never get the actual rate since this is how they make money. Instead the ATM will charge you a 3 percent fee exchange rate so the actual rate you would get is 110 yen to the US Dollar. So if you withdrawl $100.00 USD you would get 110,000 Yen and not the ful 113,000 Yen. So a 10 percent bonus since the US dollar is stronger and not 13 percent. Think of it as getting a 10 percent discount for converting from USD to Yen on everything you buy. What I do in when I land in Japan is at the airport I shop around the various exchange booths and pick the lowest one which is going to be 3 percent. You won't find a better rate than that. I would basically if you can exchange all the money you will need their at one time vs getting dinged 5 dollars every time at the ATM and avoid the hastle of having to look for one. Your local bank in the US will usually charge 6 percent or more for foreign exchange so that is over double what rate you can get in Japan at the airport. Do not exchange at your departing airport or mall those guys charge 12 up to 18 percent and the people who don't do their homework will get ripped off. Also for large purchases try to use your credit card if the merchant accepts them. Most Credit Cards do not charge any fees but will charge the same 3 percent conversion fee. If you get a Travel Credit Card you will get the acutal rate of the day and no fees but it's another card you have to sign up for just to save a measly extra 3 percent.
Geno2733 (9 days ago)
$5 for a withdrawal is a hell of a lot cheaper than the transaction fees and exchange fees. That's what I pay when I pull money out of the bank in Canada. I actually get charged MORE if I use another bank's ATM when I'm at home (Somewhere around $7). Just figure out what you'll need for spending money, and take it out in one go. That's what I do.
yo moms dildo (5 months ago)
My 8th grade World history teacher Mr. husky was in Japan for a few years, some time ago and he actually taught there, and he is fluent in Japanese. I'm not that great BUT he gave me a 500 yen coin just like the one you have in the thumbnail Edit: except I did notice that holes in the zero are hollowed on mine
robin beer (7 months ago)
Thanks for your videos.Good advice. You are a mine of information.
Yellow Productions (6 months ago)
Thanks Robin!
Basil Coriander (7 months ago)
How are the exchange rates comparing with money changers and rates you get outside of Japan? I've read posts saying it's best to get yens outside of Japan.
Yellow Productions (7 months ago)
Your best rate will be using an ATM card in Japan to get Yen.. provided that you are using an ATM card that doesn't charge international transaction fees like the Charles Schwab card
furiouzzzz (7 months ago)
there is no 5e coins:D
mohammad fazal Rahman (8 months ago)
Thank you for your message.
xX RAF Xx (8 months ago)
Roken Ssj3 (9 months ago)
If u bring us money to japan for ex.) 12 usd it is ¥1,317
anime14kurama (1 year ago)
How much are each coin?? I know the bills but not coins help please
Geno2733 (9 days ago)
+Yellow Productions I'm surprised there isn't a 200¥ Coin, given the fact most items in vending machines in Japan are less than 170¥.
Geno2733 (9 days ago)
Think of Yen as PENNIES. Take the price and divide it by 100. You'll get a fairly accurate figure in USD.
anime14kurama (1 year ago)
And that goes for the rest of the other coins?? Im sorry if i am being a pain, im seriously not good with math and just dont want to over spend when I go on my trip there. You are the only person out of multiple people i have messaged and asked for help and I am truely grateful for you.
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+anime14kurama Yes.. 5 yen is about 5 US cents
anime14kurama (1 year ago)
No i mean in the usd dollar? Like how each bill can be explained as a five or hundred dollar bill but i have different people i have watched and researched that the 500 yen coin in $5.00s. I am just trying to understand if the 1yen coin is 1 cent in america, does tha also apply to the 5yen coin beng 5 ecnts or not.
Ashley Valdez (1 year ago)
Thank you for this advice! If you are from the US, do you use your normal ATM card or do you have to request a special card from the bank?
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
I use my normal ATM card from the US.
Esmeralda Rivera (1 year ago)
Can you make a video of how much is a yen and etc.. and is a u.s dollar worth little over there or more and thing about yen and relation to u.s money
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Esmeralda Rivera Hi Esmeralda.. the currency value fluctuates quite a bit.. so I don't know how good that video would be for the long run. But right now 1 US Dollar is 110 Yen.
Alpha Gerudo (1 year ago)
Thanks for taking time to relay tips to us about yen. I am for sure going to tokyo next xmas, and still am very nervous about 3 things..understanding yen fully, the safety of akiabara district like i hear men and women stalk foreigners sometimes, not panhandling because i hear thats illegal, but to be pervy or women trying to follow men to take pictures and show off to thier friends or possibly more..3rd is credit card..Ive never had one and am sooooo lost on which one is best for travel -any suggestions on using credit cards for travel? Maui requires one for car rental so we're hitting that on the way back. And find your videos so helpful now i thought I'd ask -thanks!
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
Thanks Alpha! I think Tokyo is pretty safe... yes, there are some "pervs" around -- but as long as you aren't out in the middle of the night when all the drunks are out, I think you'll be OK :). My favorite travel credit card is the Chase Sapphire Preferred
Ry_Raian (1 year ago)
They also have a rare 2,000 Yen Note. It's still legal tender and not easily obtainable in Japan. I had 5 of them and accidentally spent 3 of them once my friend told me how rare they are.
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Ry_Raian Neat!
Thiagarajan G (1 year ago)
Thank you! I love watching your videos. The most useful coins for me were 100yen and 500yen coins while traveling there :)
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Thiagarajan G Definitely! Thanks!
Scottman895 Travel (1 year ago)
I definitely agree with you about using the ATMs to withdraw foreign money. Although I haven't been to Japan, it is what I do when visiting different countries such as Canada, Germany, the UK, and Croatia. Before I go, I always call my bank to let them know that I will be using it out of the country.
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Scottman895 Travel That's a good tip to give your bank a heads up too.. I know some can be finnicky :)
Seb Ian (1 year ago)
Great advice - thanks.
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Seb Ian My pleasure. Thanks Seb!
h9kh9k (1 year ago)
There is also the rare 2000 yen notes (can't use them in the vending machines so no one wants them), on all my 6 trips to Japan I have only got one of them. But the hard part with Japanese money is to not get overflow in your pockets with 1 yen coins :)
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Ichigo Chan It's a collectors item then! :)
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Ichigo Chan Hah! Interesting.. that is rare!
Ichigo Chan (1 year ago)
When I exchanged money into Yen in the UK, they given 25 x ¥2,000 notes and at the time I never realised how rare they were since it was my first time in Japan. I remember using the ¥2,000 in Liz Lisa in Harajuku and the staff member asked if I had ¥1,000 instead. Also, paying for goods at an airport using the ¥2,000 again, the shop assistant showed the money to his co-workers and I think he asked if he should accept ¥2,000 and his co-worker said yes (I don't understand Japanese, so I could be wrong) Next time when I exchange money, I probably ask for no ¥2,000 despite how rare they are since I still have around 15 left and not all places like accepting ¥2,000
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+h9kh9k Thanks for the note on the rare 2000 yen note.. that must be like a US $2 Bill! :)
Matthew Tasker (1 year ago)
Thanks for all your awesome videos. I recently got back from my first trip to Japan and I went to DisneySea on your recommendation and loved it. Thanks 👍
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+Matthew Tasker Awesome! Thanks Matthew.. I'm glad you enjoyed Disneysea!!!
Tanner Baer (1 year ago)
7-11's limit is 100,000 at a time. I know because I bought a car using the ATM.
Yellow Productions (1 year ago)
+BAER That's an impressive limit! Thanks for the tip!

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