Where is the Best Place to Exchange Money in Shibuya
As one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist spots, Shibuya is packed with currency exchange facilities, including banks, foreign exchange counters and money exchange machines. It’s one of the best places to exchange currency in Japan, with favorable exchange rates for Yen to Dollar, as well as a variety of other global currencies.
If you’re looking to exchange money in Shibuya, this guide will introduce you to some of the major exchange offices and machines in the area and their opening hours, as well as which offer the best rates.
NB: This information is current as of February 2019.
Situated in front of Hachiko Square and the famous green train of the Blue Frog Information Centre, this Smart Exchange machine is close to Shibuya Station and easy to find. It accepts a variety of currencies and offers instructions in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. Simply feed your notes into the machine and you will instantly receive your Japanese Yen.
There are 12 currencies that are accepted at Smart Exchange machine, including US Dollars, British Pounds, New Taiwan Dollars, European Euros, Thai Baht, Chinese Yuan Renminbi, Hong Kong Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Indonesian Rupiah, Malaysian Ringgit, South Korean Won and Australian Dollars.
Blue Frog Information Centre
Blue Frog Information Centre
While the rate is not the best in Shibuya, the machine does allow you to exchange money even at midnight or during the early hours of the morning when some other currency exchange facilities are closed. There are also additional Smart Exchange machines in Shibuya at Tsutaya (open 10 am to 2 am), the Shibuya Granbell Hotel (24 hours) and the Shibuya REI Hotel (24 hours).
Money Exchange: Magnet by Shibuya 109
Situated just across the Shibuya Scramble from Shibuya Station, Magnet by Shibuya 109 is a popular fashion mall that also has a mechanical exchange machine. It’s located on the 1st floor and easy to find, with the shopping mall open from 11 am to 11 pm.
As with most currency exchange machines, you can select your language of choice, then just feed the notes in that you want to change into Japanese Yen. But as with other currency exchange machines, the rate is not so good. It’s a convenient spot to exchange money if you’re shopping at Magnet by Shibuya 109 or dining in the fancy food court “Mag 7” on the seventh floor. Just don’t get it mixed up with the famous Shibuya 109 shopping mall!
Magnet by Shibuya 109
Air Trip Exchange: Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street
Air Trip Exchange is a currency exchange counter that’s located conveniently on Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street and relatively easy to find. It’s open from 11 am to 11 pm, so you can exchange money late at night, although the rate is not the best you can find in Shibuya.
On the plus side, they do exchange a lot of different currencies and are planning on offering Bitcoin exchange services and online currency exchange in the future. In addition to US Dollars, Euros and Chinese Yuan, you can also exchange Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Singapore Dollars and Great British Pounds. Hong Kong Dollars, New Taiwan Dollars, Thai Baht, Korean Won and Philippine Pesos are also accepted here.
Air Trip Exchange
Sakura Exchange: Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street
Sakura Exchange: Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street
Another place you can exchange money on Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street is Sakura Exchange, which is easily identified by its bright yellow signboard. It’s situated in a multi-tenant building and strives to set itself apart by offering the most reasonably priced exchange services around. As a result, Sakura Exchange has some of the best rates you’ll probably find in Shibuya, with long opening hours from 11 am to 11 pm so you can exchange money when it suits you.
Sakura Exchange accepts similar currencies to Air Trip Exchange, with the addition of Swedish Kroner and Indonesian Rupees. Their friendly staff are also happy to offer tourist information and there’s an on-site luggage storage service if you want to leave your suitcase while exploring Shibuya.
Samurai Exchange: Shibuya Center-gai shop
Samurai Exchange is hidden down a small alleyway off Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street, with a large signboard indicating the way. While it’s not in the most convenient location (and you have to be aware when looking for it), Samurai Exchange offers some of the most favorable exchange rates in Shibuya, with 12 currencies and Bitcoin exchanged.
Another advantage of changing your money here is that you can also leave your luggage while sightseeing and shopping in Shibuya. Need some tourist information? Their friendly staff are always willing to help with recommendations on what to do and can book restaurant reservations if needed.
This large pawnshop on Shibuya Center-gai Shopping Street has a currency exchange counter location on 2F near the street entrance. They accept 11 different currencies and offer competitive exchange rates, making it one of the best places to visit if you want to get the most for your money.
In addition to currency exchange services, they also sell a range of cheap tickets to events across Tokyo and a variety of branded goods and electronics items. Daikokuya is just a short walk from Shibuya Station and open from 11 am to 7 pm daily.
World Currency: Shibuya branch
If you’re looking for the security of a bank-style currency exchange facility, head to World Currency on the 7th floor of the Daigai Building. It’s easily accessed from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station and just a short walk across the pedestrian crossing outside.
World Currency is one of the most famous networks of foreign exchange facilities in Japan and operated by a subsidiary of the Bank of Tokyo. While it supports a lot of currencies (19 at the time of writing), the rates are not as good as you can find elsewhere and you will need to bring your passport with you. Their opening hours are also limited, from 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and from 11 am to 5 pm on weekends and public holidays.
Travelex: Shibuya store at Miyamasuzaka Resona Bank
Another secure option is the Travelex counter inside the Resona Bank on Miyamasuzaka Street, which is accessed from the northeast corner of Shibuya Station. Simply cross the street and you’ll end up on Miyamasuzaka.
While their rates are not as good as other foreign currency exchange shops in Shibuya, they do support a wide variety of currencies and also traveler's cheques. If you’re part of the Travelex Rewards Program, then it’s also worth heading here.
Keep in mind that their business hours are limited, with the bank open from 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.
San Ticket: Shibuya Ekimae shop
Just a three-minute walk from Shibuya Station, San Ticket foreign exchange branch offers competitive rates on a variety of different currencies. Simply walk towards Shibuya 109 and turn left at the Yoshinoya, then look for San Ticket’s bright yellow sign. Their rate is not the best in Shibuya but it’s not the worst either.
In addition to currency exchange services, the shop sells cheap tickets to a variety of events around Japan, as well as gift cards and JR train tickets. You can also store your luggage here if you want to explore the area. San Ticket is open from 11 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends.
Although it’s not technically a currency exchange house, the MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya Honten will accept payment in some foreign currencies and you’ll receive your change in Japanese Yen. It’s important to remember that you can only use the service if you’re making a purchase, with the maximum amount equivalent to 100,000 JPY.
The MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya Honten will only accept notes (no coins) but the service is available 24 hours a day. You can check the current exchange rates at the register before your purchase, with US Dollars, Euros, Hong Kong Dollars, Chinese Yuan, New Taiwan Dollars, Korean Won and Thai Baht currently accepted.
MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya Honten
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