Send Money To Japan

Updated on September 13, 2020
Personal
Business
From
United States Flag
United States
USD
To
Japan Flag
Japan
JPY
1 USD equals
106.152 JPY
09/13/2020 5:19 PM UTC
 
How much to transfer?
$1-1k
$1k-10k
$10k +
Provider
Features
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OFX Logo
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    0.4% margin for new customers referred by iCompareFX
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Online and phone transfers
$
$
$

low

Fees
87
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medium

2-3 days

Less Information
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Transfer Options

  • Bank transfer
  • Debit card (UK only)
  • BPAY (Australia only)
  • Direct debit (U.S. only)

Features

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    0.4% margin for new customers referred by iCompareFX
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Online and phone transfers

Support

  • Phone
Support
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Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
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medium

2-3 days

Best For

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    Pay no fees for personal transfers
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    Get competitive exchange rates
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    Lets you schedule transfers with ease
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    Trading in some currencies possible only over the phone
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    Website access only in English

TorFX Logo
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Forward contracts
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    Limit and stop loss orders
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    Travel money solutions for UK residents
$
$
$

low

Fees
72
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medium

2-3 days

Less Information
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Transfer Options

  • Bank transfer
  • CHAPS (UK only)
  • BACS (UK only)
  • Visa debit card (UK only)

Features

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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Forward contracts
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    Limit and stop loss orders
  • Check Icon
    Travel money solutions for UK residents

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
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medium

2-3 days

Best For

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    Pay no fees for one-off transfers
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    Schedule transfers between £500 and £10,000 per month
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    Use hedging tools to protect yourself against FX fluctuations
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    No multilingual website

XE Money Transfer Logo
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Competitive exchanges rates
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    Limit orders
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    Multilingual website and customer service
$
$
$

low

Fees
74
Speed Icon

medium

2-3 days

Less Information
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Transfer Options

  • Bank Transfer
  • BPAY (Australia)

Features

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    Fee-free transfers
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    Competitive exchanges rates
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    Limit orders
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    Multilingual website and customer service

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
Speed Icon

medium

2-3 days

Best For

  • Circle Check Icon
    No fees for personal transfers
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    Accepts payments in several currencies
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    Target specific rates using limit orders
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    No debit or credit card payments
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    No scheduled transfers

Payoneer Logo
    $
    $
    $

    high

    Fees
    71
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    medium

    2-3 days

    Less Information
    -

    Transfer Options

    • Bank transfer
    • Debit card
    • Credit card
    • Bank debit

    Features

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      high

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Best For


      Currencies Direct Logo
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        Forward contracts and limit orders
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        Scheduled transfers
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        Travel money solutions for residents of the UK
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        Multilingual website
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      84
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Less Information
      -

      Transfer Options

      • Bank transfer
      • Debit card

      Features

      • Check Icon
        Forward contracts and limit orders
      • Check Icon
        Scheduled transfers
      • Check Icon
        Travel money solutions for residents of the UK
      • Check Icon
        Multilingual website

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Best For

      • Circle Check Icon
        Schedule transfers easily
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        Make use of hedging tools
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        Accepts customers from most countries
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        Cannot sign up from all states in the U.S.

      TransferWise Logo
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        Transparent fee structure
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        Send money to email addresses
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        Multicurrency account with debit card
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        Multilingual website & app
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      75
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      fast

      1-2 days

      Less Information
      -

      Transfer Options

      • Bank Transfer
      • Credit Card
      • Debit Card
      • Country specific alternatives

      Features

      • Check Icon
        Transparent fee structure
      • Check Icon
        Send money to email addresses
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        Multicurrency account with debit card
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        Multilingual website & app

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      fast

      1-2 days

      Best For

      • Circle Check Icon
        User friendly mobile app
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        Multi-currency account
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        Travel debit card
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        No scheduled transfers
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        No dedicated account manager

      How to send money to Japan

      How To Step Icon
      Step 1
      Review and compare options, sign up
      Review and compare options, sign up
      Many service providers allow their customers to send money to Japan so review and compare your options.
      Select your choice after addressing your individual requirements.
      Sign up as a personal or business customer by entering all the required information.
      This typically includes details from a valid source of ID.
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      Step 2
      Look at exchange rates, set up your transfer
      Look at exchange rates, set up your transfer
      Look at the recent JPY exchange rate trend. This gives you an indication of when is the right time to send money to Japan. 
      Get a rate quote from your service provider by entering the transfer amount.
      Accept the quote so you lock in the rate. 
      Provide the recipient's Japanese bank account details at this stage.
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      Step 3
      Paying, tracking
      Paying, tracking
      Make your payment. Payment methods may vary depending on the company you select. 
      After your service provider gets your payment, it will send the money to Japan. The processing time may depend on the payment method, the country of the transfer's origin, as well as the recipient's bank.
      Check the progress of your transfer online. Many companies also provide timely notifications.

      Currency Symbol and Swift Codes

      The Japanese yen (JPY) is the official currency of Japan. It is commonly used as a reserve currency, and it is the world’s third most traded currency. The Japanese government’s currency intervention policy has been in place since 1973, which places the yen under a “dirty float” regime.

      When sending money to a Japanese bank account, you will need to provide the receiving bank’s SWIFT code. The table below lists SWIFT codes of some popular financial institutions in Japan.

      BANKBRANCHSWIFT CODE
      Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.TokyoBOTKJPJ2XXX
      Japan Post BankTokyoJPPSJPJ1XXX
      Norinchukin BankTokyoNOCUJPJTXXX
      Chiba BankTokyoCHBAJPJTXXX

       

      Case Study

      Work required Yuki to travel to the U.S. for two years. During his stay in the U.S., he needed to send some money to Japan each month, to cover for his family’s living expenses and existing loan repayments. Upon getting to the U.S., he compared some of the leading banks with the top overseas money transfer companies. The table below shows results of the top alternatives from both realms.

       BANKMONEY TRANSFER SERVICE
      Exchange rate$1 = JPY 104.2421$1 = JPY 106.4611
      Transfer fee$20$0
      Amount received for $2,500JPY 258,520.41JPY 266.152.75
      Transfer time2 to 6 days2 to 3 days
      Transfer optionsBank accountBank account
      Difference of JPY 7,632.34

      Using the money transfer company instead of the bank turned out to be a more cost effective alternative for Yuki. The company he selected let him lock in exchange rates for up to six months, and it also let him schedule transfers ahead of time.

       

      Cash Pickup Locations in Japan

      If the recipient does not have a bank account or if you want to send money to Japan quickly, you may consider using the services of companies such as Western Union, Ria, or MoneyGram.

      WESTERN UNION IN JAPAN 
      Tokyo Travelex Shinjuku Minamiguchi Shop, 2 10 9 Yoyogi 1F Homma Building Shibuya Ku, TokyoDaikokuya Shinjuku Minamiguchi Shop 2 8 5 Yoyogi 1F Shinjuku Minamiguchi Bldg, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo
      Yokohama His Kannai 2 12 Masago Cho Naka Ku 1F Kannai Ekamae Daiichi Bldg Yokohama ShiWang Fujing Yokohama Yamashita Cho 92 3 Naku Ku Yokohama
      WORLDREMIT IN JAPAN 
      Tokyo City Express Japan Shin-Okubo Initial Building 2F 2-10-9 Hiyakunin-Cho TokyoEnremit - Shinjuku B1F Sangenya Building 2-3-23 Hyakunin-Cho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
      RIA IN JAPAN 
      Tokyo Unidos Ltd (IME Malaysia) 169-0073 Tokyo-To, Shinjuku-Ku Hyakunin-Cho 2-4-8 Shinjuku, TokyoUnidos Ltd (IME Malaysia) 169-0073, Tokyo To, Shinjuku Ku Hyakunin 2-9-1 Twi Shinjuku, Tokyo

       

      Safety Tips for Picking Up Cash in Japan

      Crime levels in Japan are typically low, although you should exercise due precautions. Travelling on public transport and walking around at night is typically safe. The entertainment districts of Tokyo such as Kabuki-cho and Roppongi and considered to be high risk areas, especially after dark. There have been reports of foreigners being targeted in different ways such as extortion, drink-spiking, robbery, credit card fraud, and assault.

       

      What Information Do I Need to Transfer Money to Japan?

      When sending money to Japan, the desired mode of transfer has a bearing on the information you need to provide.

      • Bank account. The required information includes the recipient’s complete name, a bank account number, the receiving bank’s name, and the receiving bank’s SWIFT code.
      • Cash pickup center. Other than the recipient’s complete name, you will need to provide the location of a suitable cash pickup center. When collecting the cash, the recipient will need a reference number and a valid form of photo ID.

       

      Regulations When Transferring Money To and From Japan

      The Japanese yen is a completely convertible currency, and there are no restrictions on cross-border money transfers made to or from the country. The Bank of Japan is responsible for overseeing the country’s financial institutions and payment systems, and it also works in preserving price stability. The bank has not interfered in the forex market since 2012.

      While there are no restrictions on moving money in or out of the country, if you plan to invest 10% or more in a sector that has implications surrounding national security or national sovereignty, you will need approval from the country’s Ministry of Finance in advance.

      Convert USD to JPY

      Check out the historical exchange rates for the last thirty days. Learn how much you can save by using a global money transfer company instead of the big banks.
      USD
      JPY
      Sending money online through specialist money transfer companies.

      Expect to receive between YR10509.05 and YR10572.74 when sending money from USD to JPY at today's exchange rate.

      Compare that to sending money overseas through retail banks. Expect to receive approximately YR10084.44, not including additional banking fees. That is an average saving of YR456.45.
      Currency exchange rate in the last 30 days

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