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Martinez, California
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I would like to exchange a few dollars for yen here in US before traveling to Japan.

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11 replies to this topic
Destination Expert
for Chicago, Illinois
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56,833 posts
67 reviews
1. Re: Yen

Don’t bother. You’ll get a lousy exchange rate. You’re better off pulling yen from an atm at your arrival airport in Japan.

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4,259 posts
9 reviews
2. Re: Yen

I think it's wiser to change at the arrival airport, not in USA.

Tokyo and California
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for Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Shinjuku, Japan
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28,388 posts
69 reviews
3. Re: Yen

If you want to get a small amount before arriving to Japan, just go to your bank and get yen. Some banks may not have yen cash at hand but will order it for you. Don't worry about the poor exchange rate in the US, you'll only lose 2-3 dollars at most if you're exchanging a small amount.

San Diego
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for San Diego
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67,726 posts
71 reviews
4. Re: Yen

IF you have an account with Wells Fargo ask which of the branches has foreign currency and get it there. They usually have yen on hand or you can order it.

I always like to have currency before I arrive and the difference for me between getting it from Wells Fargo and getting it at an ATM in Japan is a small number.

Melbourne, Australia
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187 posts
5. Re: Yen

If it helps at all, If you're arriving at Narita, there are about 5 ATMs that you will walk past before there's anything yo walk past that you can spend money on, so technically there's no need to have money in your pocket before you arrive.

Harlingen, TX
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914 posts
45 reviews
6. Re: Yen

@dscottref -

I received 20,000 yen for about $196 US through my bank in the United States. Once I landed in Tokyo, I exchanged US currency for yen at Travelex in Tokyo Station.

San Francisco...
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5,259 posts
24 reviews
7. Re: Yen

Get the word out to your friends--maybe they know someone who's just returned from Japan and will sell you some leftover yen at the prevailing exchange rate.

San Francisco...
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127 posts
8. Re: Yen

I usually get a minimal ($25) amount of Yen before I leave. I use the Wells Fargo Marina or Financial District branches. Then I use my ATM card at 7-11 cash machines while I'm in Japan. Exchange rates at banks and currency exchanges are not good.

Toronto, Canada
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12,002 posts
25 reviews
9. Re: Yen

Travelex has about the worst rates you can find. Avoid them.

Houston, Texas
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659 reviews
10. Re: Yen

Change it in Tokyo or use your ATM card.

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