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Send Money to Japan with TransferWise (Now, Wise)

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TransferWise (Now, Wise)

Wise has a nice slogan that they most certainly follow through on: “A cheaper, faster way to send money abroad.” Recently, my father used Wise to send me money here in Japan, and it was well… fun. You can read the full Wise review if you want a feel for what it's actually like to send money from the U.S. to Japan.


  • Always get the real exchange rate
  • More affordable transfer fees than banks
  • Lowest possible fees when compared to typical wire transfer services
  • Transfer money without knowing the recipient's bank account number
  • Transfer money to an email address (great for paying remote teams, or accepting payment as a freelancer
  • Transparency of exchange rates and fees

How to use TransferWise Japan

TransferWise Review: The Best Way to Send Money to Japan (New for 2021, and a new name too: Wise.)

TransferWise Transfer Money from Japan, Rate Schedule $500, Nihon Hustle
TransferWise Transfer Money from Japan, Comparison, Rakuten, Shinsei, PayPal, Prestia, Nihon Hustle
TransferWise Transfer Money from Japan, Fees Compared to Sony Bank, and SMBC, Nihon Hustle
  • Send money to 71 countries (as of Jan. 2021)
  • Send money from 47 countries (as of Jan.  2021)
  • Very rapid international money transfers
  • Wise Borderless account in multiple currencies for travelers, expats, and freelancers… anyone, really!
  • A Wise Borderless account lets you add money in: AUD, BGN, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HRK, HUF, JPY, NOK, NZD, PLN, RON, SEK, SGD, TRY and USD.
  • Industry standard safety and trust
I've used Wise to transfer money out of Japan several times over the past few years, an love it. I've used their online and ATM transfers here with SMBC. Hard to go wrong. Wonderfully speedy, and hassle free. I've recommended it to other friends here in the country, and heard similar feedback.


No fees. Transfers in minutes. Customer friendly. Wise international money transfers are often the way to go when sending money to and from Japan.