Visiting somewhere in Japan? We have you covered.
If you're planning a trip to Japan, it's important to have the right currency before you go. The official currency of Japan is the Japanese yen (JPY), and while some places may accept US dollars, it's generally best to have JPY on hand as many places in Japan are still very cash orientated.
At Ramsdens, we can help you change your money to the right currency before you go. Our currency exchange service offers competitive rates and we stock a wide range of currencies, including the Japanese yen. You can order your currency online or in-store and pick it up at a time that's convenient for you. So, if you're heading to Japan, make sure you're prepared with the right currency, and let Ramsdens help you make the most of your trip.
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How far will my money go throughout Japan?
The cost of living in Japan varies depending on the city and region you are in, but generally speaking, Japan is known for being a relatively expensive country to live in. However, with careful budgeting and planning, your money can still go a long way.
Accommodation: Accommodation in Japan can be quite expensive, especially in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka. A budget hotel or hostel can cost anywhere from ¥3,000 to ¥7,000 per night, while a mid-range hotel can cost anywhere from ¥10,000 to ¥20,000 per night. If you are looking to rent an apartment, prices will vary depending on the location, but you can expect to pay anywhere from ¥50,000 to ¥150,000 per month for a small apartment.
Transportation: Public transportation in Japan is very efficient, but it can also be quite expensive. A single train ride in Tokyo can cost anywhere from ¥200 to ¥400, depending on the distance travelled. If you plan on using public transportation frequently, you may want to consider purchasing a prepaid transportation card, such as a Suica or Pasmo card, which can help you save money on fares.
Food and drink: Japan is known for its delicious cuisine, but dining out can be quite pricey. A meal at a mid-range restaurant can cost anywhere from ¥1,500 to ¥3,000 per person, while a meal at a high-end restaurant can cost ¥10,000 or more. If you are on a budget, you can save money by eating at convenience stores or fast food restaurants, which offer affordable options.
Entertainment: There is no shortage of things to do in Japan, but entertainment can also be quite expensive. A movie ticket can cost anywhere from ¥1,500 to ¥2,000, while admission to a theme park can cost ¥5,000 or more. If you are on a budget, there are plenty of free activities to enjoy in Japan, such as visiting parks and museums.
Overall, Japan can be an expensive country to visit or live in, but with careful planning and budgeting, your money can go a long way. It's important to research prices ahead of time and to take advantage of discounts and deals when possible.
The Japanese yen (JPY) has the following denominations:
Coins - 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen, 500 yen
Banknotes - 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen
Things to do when in Japan
Japan is a fascinating destination for any traveler, offering a mix of traditional culture and modern innovation. One of the top things to do in Japan is to explore its vibrant capital city, Tokyo. Tokyo is home to some of the world's best food, shopping, and entertainment. Take a stroll through the streets of Shibuya to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, or visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market to see the freshest seafood and sushi. Another must-see attraction is the iconic Tokyo Tower, which offers stunning views of the city skyline.
For those interested in Japan's ancient traditions, a trip to Kyoto is a must. Kyoto is known for its traditional temples and shrines, such as the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where visitors can walk through thousands of torii gates. Another popular destination is the Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, which is a Zen Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf. Kyoto is also famous for its geisha culture, and visitors can see geisha performances or even attend a tea ceremony.
A trip to Japan wouldn't be complete without experiencing its famous hot springs, or onsen. There are many onsen resorts throughout the country, including in the town of Hakone, which is easily accessible from Tokyo. Hakone is also home to the stunning Lake Ashi and the Hakone Shrine, which is nestled in the forest at the foot of Mount Hakone. For those looking for outdoor adventures, a trip to Hokkaido in the north of Japan offers opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as hiking and wildlife viewing in the summer.
Overall, Japan offers a wide variety of experiences for any traveler. With its mix of ancient traditions and modern innovation, it's a destination that will leave a lasting impression.
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