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The most convenient currency exchanges in Tokyo and Osaka

last update: March 27, 2019
On this page you will find a list of the best currency exchange offices in Japan, that is, those that offer the most competitive exchange rates.
MUFJ currency shop in Japan

World Currency Shop

Where: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka A chain of currency exchanges owned by MUFG Bank, the largest Japanese banking group.
You can find it in several Japanese cities and in particular in Tokyo there are about thirty shops in all the main districts of the city.
On their website you can find the map of all their shops (and opening hours), and the exchange rates, updated daily.
The first "CASH" column indicates the yen purchase price (ie if you have yen and you want to exchange them for a foreign currency) while the second "CASH" column indicates the yen sell rate (ie if you arrive in Japan and want to exchange your currency for yen).
The "T/C" column, with better rates, is the exchange rate if you want to exchange travel checks.
As for the goodness of their exchange rates, they offer a quite honest rate to exchange euros and dollars for yen. If you have other currencies, it could be really expensive.
Tourex currency shop in Japan

Tourex Currency Exchange

Where: Tokyo, Osaka Small chain of currency exchanges with four branches in Osaka and one in Tokyo. Exchange rates are generally excellent and almost always cheaper than those applied by the World Currency Shops. Furthermore, if you need to exchange more than 500,000 yen you can take advantage of even cheaper rates.
On their website you can find the shop list with addresses and opening hours, and the exchange rates, updated daily.
Sakura currency shop in Japan

Sakura Exchange

Where: Tokyo, Yokosuka, Kawasaki, Osaka, Oita, Fukuoka, Okinawa Another chain of currency exchange stores, located in many Japanese cities and in particular in Tokyo.
On their website you can find the shop list with addresses and opening hours, but not the exchange rate of the day, which is generally very cheap, cheaper than both the World Currency Shop and the Tourex Currency Exchange.
They have recently started publishing every morning the exchange rates for that day on their facebook page.
Mchanger currency shop in Japan

Mchanger

Where: Tokyo The best currency exchange in Tokyo for euros, US dollars, HK dollars, Korean won and Chinese yuan. As for euros and US dollars the spread with the officail rates is around 1-2%.
This currency exchange has only one office, in Tokyo, in the Marunouchi district (not far from Tokyo station).
On their website you can check their exchange rates, updated daily. This currency exchange suggests a reservation, but if you have to exchange money for yen you shouldn't have big problems even without a reservation. The only drawback is that once on site priority will be given to reservations so you may have to wait quite a while. You can also make a reservation on their website, but the website is only in Japanese.
General information on where and how to exchange foreign currency for Japanese yen

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

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How to use Govoyagin

Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
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