The Weakening Yen – the Right Time to Visit Japan? | Prepaid365

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2 April 2014
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The Japanese Yen, one of the world’s leading currencies has fallen in value in recent days, meaning those considering a visit to the country could stand to make real savings.

Similar levels for the currency were last seen in January, while its current stock market value is low enough to entice travellers to the country.

Typically, weaker currencies enhance tourism opportunities, so what exactly does Japan have to offer someone considering a trip to the Far East?

Why visit Japan?

With 16 World Heritage Sites, there is plenty to see across the four main islands of Japan, with the Historic Monuments of Kyoto attracting millions of visitors every year.

From the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and its abundance of high rise buildings to the spectacular Fujigoku lakes at the base of Mount Fuji, there is always something to see.

There’s even the option to go skiing on the slopes at Niseko in Hokkaido while another former capital, Nara, is home to a whole host of religious art and architecture.

The country is steeped in history and culture and it is why an incredible mix of old and modern architecture can be found at every turn.

Not forgetting the past

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years and is home to a fantastic array of temples, places and gardens, as well as some truly delicious cuisine.

Himeji Castle dates back to the 1330s and is widely regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, providing the option to relieve the days of the Samurai.

History is not forgotten in Hiroshima either, as visitors can pay their respects at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, a poignant reminder of Japan’s darker days at the end of World War II.

Wherever a traveller visits in Japan there is sure to be something to excite and amaze them, from mind-blowing architecture to culinary perfection.

The advantages of taking a prepaid card

Travelling with a prepaid travel card can provide money to spend without the need to carry lots of travellers’ cheques or foreign currency.

With a prepaid card you can only spend the amount which is on it at any given time, making budget management possible, although it can be topped up if you so wish.

Additional security exists on these cards, while the exchange rate seen will be the one when the original transaction took place – providing protection should the exchange rate vary dramatically during a trip.

Expert Comment: Thinking of Japan tends to fill our minds with all sorts of images of ancient traditions, beautiful landscapes and fascinating culture. Japan has undoubtedly got a rich history but today’s Japan is just as fascinating with cutting edge technology and wonderful architecture interlinked to its rich tradition and history.

There are a few prepaid card providers in the UK that provide prepaid travel cards in Japanese Yen which would be ideal for carrying funds  securely on a visit to Japan. Visitors to Japan should consider options such as the Moneycorp Explorer Prepaid Card or the Net+ Prepaid Card!– Amit Sharma 

Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma is the CEO and Founder of and a senior prepaid industry consultant. You can follow him on LinkedIn.


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