ATM / Currency Exchange Machines / Japanese Currency
ATM (Automated Teller Machine)
As of March 2016, foreign-issued bank / credit cards are accepted in the following ATMs within Okinawa.
The logos of usable cards are displayed on the ATMs or the installed places, so it can be used there. For ATM locations and how to use them, please check the websites of each company or the device.
Currency Exchange Machines
Currency Exchange Machines allow travelers to exchange the local currency (bills) of 8 countries / regions into Japanese yen.
As of September of 2015, these machines are currently placed in 26 locations around Okinawa.
These machines can also be used on weekends and holidays, and outside of regular bank hours (9 AM – 3 PM, Mon. – Fri.).
In order to use these machines, please follow the onscreen guidance. There is no need to fill out an exchange request form!
Supported currency (bills only): American Dollars, Euro, Chinese Yuan Renminbi, Korean Won, Taiwanese Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars, Australian Dollars, English Pounds.
The currency unit in Japan is yen, and “¥” (円, en) is the symbol used to indicate it. The currency is comprised of bills and coins with four bills, 10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 2,000 yen, and 1,000 yen, and six coins in circulation, 500 yen, 100 yen, 50 yen, 10 yen, 5 yen, and 1 yen.
2,000 yen (very rare)
Architecture representative of Okinawa has been featured on paper money!
Designs of plants, architecture, and prominent figures representative of Japan are featured on the front and back of coins and bills. On the 2,000-yen bill, there is an image of an Okinawan architectural piece with significant historical value, the Shurei Gate within the Shuri Castle Park in Naha.
The 2,000-yen bill was first issued on July 19, 2000 to coincide with the 26th G8 Summit held in Okinawa, which was also during the year that brought in the new millennium. The new bill drew a great deal of attention at the time. Okinawa sees a higher rate of circulation for the 2,000-yen bill compared to other prefectures due to its popularity at home.