Quick and Easy Way to Convert from Japanese Yen to U.S. Dollars

Jeffrey Goodman
13 min readJun 29, 2022

If you’re from the U.S. and you’ve ever been to Japan, you’re probably familiar with needing to convert yen prices into dollars. I’ve got an easy method for converting yen to dollars that will work across a range of exchange rates, and I’m going to teach it to you today!

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Japan will re-open for tourism at some point. I suspect it will be sometime toward early fall of 2022, but we will see in the coming months.

When Japan does re-open and tourists start traveling visiting the country again, visitors are in for a treat if they’re coming from the U.S.

That’s because the exchange rate has moved strongly in favor of the U.S. over the last few months — the dollar is now worth over 17% more in Japanese yen in late June 2022 than it was only 4 months ago in early March 2022.

That is a big jump in exchange rates in a short period of time.

When converting prices, many people using a calculator or calculator app on their phone to convert prices because the yen prices get so large in terms of number of digits.

I’ve got a quick and easy approach for converting prices from yen to dollars that will work across a range of exchange rates. It will almost always get you to within 1 or 2% of the exact price…

Jeffrey Goodman

Navigating facts and numbers to help people. Strong opinions on climate change and healthcare. Objective, not neutral. MIT engineer, Wharton MBA.