New Japanese Banknotes Unveiled: A Fresh Look and Enhanced Security

Today, July 3rd, 2024, marks the official release of Japan’s redesigned 10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, and 1,000 yen banknotes. These new bills boast a refreshed design with enhanced security features to combat counterfeiting.

Key Changes:

  • Larger Denomination Numerals: The new bills feature larger, more prominent denomination numbers, making it easier for both locals and international visitors to distinguish between them.
  • Enhanced Security: The notes incorporate cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting technology, including a watermark, microprinting, and holographic elements.
  • New Portraits: Each bill features a new portrait of a prominent historical figure: Eiichi Shibusawa on the 10,000 yen note, Umeko Tsuda on the 5,000 yen note, and Shibasaburo Kitasato on the 1,000 yen note.

A Note for Travelers:

While most businesses and machines will accept the new bills immediately, some older vending machines or ticket machines may not be updated right away. Be sure to carry a mix of old and new bills, or use a credit card if you encounter any issues.

Transition Timeline:

This is the first major redesign of Japan’s banknotes in approximately 20 years, and it’s expected to take roughly a year for the new bills to replace around 60% of the circulating currency.

We at Tokyo Walking Tours are excited about these new banknotes and believe they will make navigating the city’s cash transactions even easier for our international visitors.