How to invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the UK

Find out the cheapest way to buy shares on Asia's largest stock exchange.

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Originally founded in 1878, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE/TYO) is home to some of the world’s biggest companies, and in 1990, accounted for more than 60% of all stock market capitalisation. It is currently the world’s third-largest stock exchange by market capitalisation, with over 3,700 listed companies valued at more than $5.6 trillion.

Can I invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the UK?

Yes, you can invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the UK, and many Japanese stocks are available to buy on foreign stock exchanges like the NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange. While you’ll need to be a Japanese citizen or permanent resident to directly trade stocks on the TSE, many trading platforms and brokers list stocks from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which means they can be bought using your UK account.

How to invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange

  1. Choose a broker or trading platform. When choosing a trading platform, consider things like usability and cost. If you’re looking to invest in specific TSE stocks, you should also check that that specific platform or broker lists the stocks you’re interested in buying.
  2. Open a share-trading account. Once you’ve selected a broker or platform, you’ll need to open a trading account so you can start investing in Japanese stocks.
  3. Deposit funds. In order to begin trading, you’ll need to deposit money into your account. Depending on which platform you use, your money may automatically be converted from pounds into Japanese yen, US dollars, or another currency, and you may need to pay a foreign exchange fee.
  4. Buy TSE stocks. Once your account is funded, you’ll be able to buy and sell shares. Use the platform or broker’s search function to find the specific Japanese stock you want to buy.

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

How much does it cost to invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange?

The cost of investing will vary based on the platform you use, as well as the type of trades or investment you make. Different brokers and platforms have their own fee structures, and this can have a big impact on how much it costs to invest. Traditional brokers may charge a fee for every single trade, while digital platforms often offer “fee-free” trading.

If you’re instead looking to buy a TSE-based index fund, you’ll probably be charged a small percentage fee.

Broker trading fees

Below is a breakdown of the basic fees you’ll pay when making a single trade using each broker:

  • eToro. No commission
  • IG. No commission
  • Degiro. £1.75 + 0.022% (max £5)
  • Saxo Markets. £8
  • Hargreaves Lansdown. £11.95

Tokyo Stock Exchange ETFs

You can also indirectly invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange via exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which are index funds that track the performance of certain stocks on the TSE. They are often based on popular stock market indices, such as the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX), or Nikkei 225 and Nikkei 400, which track the top 225 and 400 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, respectively.

ETFs are a low cost way to invest in a certain subsection of stocks, and can also help you diversify your portfolio without having to buy multiple individual stocks. Some of the most popular Japanese ETFs include:

  • iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 (JPXN)
  • iShares Nikkei 225
  • Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF
  • WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund
  • SPDR Solactive Japan ETF
  • JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF
  • Franklin FTSE Japan ETF

Why should I invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE/TYO)?

As the world’s third largest stock exchange, and Asia’s largest, the Tokyo Stock Exchange offers investors the ability to buy shares in some of the most important and successful companies in the world, such as Toyota and Sony. Many of these stocks are also available to buy via international brokers and digital trading platforms, which means they’re often just as easy to buy as British stocks.

Which stocks are on the Tokyo Stock Exchange?

The Tokyo Stock Exchange lists many of Japan’s largest and most famous companies, including:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • SoftBank Group Corp
  • Sony Corporation
  • Keyence Corporation
  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
  • NTT Docomo
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Honda Motor
  • Nintendo
  • Hitachi
  • Daikin Industries
  • Canon

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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