Dean and Sue Zemke

Sapporo, Hokkaido JAPAN

Current Yen Exchange Rates

Japanese Money

The Yen
Japan's main unit of currency is the yen (or en) (symbol: ¥). The sen, a former monetary unit, was worth 1/100 of a yen. ("Yen" originally referred to a round coin, while "sen" referred to a copper coin. The plural of "yen" is "yen.")

Coin Denominations
The low denominations are represented by coins: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, and ¥500. Coins increase in size and weight with value. The kanji "Nihon Koku" (aka "Nippon Koku") means Country of Japan.

Banknote Denominations
¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, ¥10,000
"Nippon Ginko" means Bank of Japan.

Bank of Japan Notes and Coins Currently Issued

Valid Bank of Japan Notes

Fun Facts and Trivia about Japanese Money

Japan's redesigned banknotes (2024)

Banknotes and Coins in Use:

These banknotes are scheduled to be introduced in the first half of fiscal 2024 (April-September 2024):