Japan 2017 thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Donza, May 9, 2016.

  1. Ajmit321

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    Cheers guys , don't have time to apply what to do ? Thinking of withdrawing $1,000 or more of yen and taking it over there ?
     
  2. mr muddle

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    I concur. Extremely happy CBA customer who goes no where near any of thier products outside Australia. Citi Plus/28 degrees for me all the way
     
  3. mr muddle

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    how long do you have? I got 28 dgerees with in 8 days of applying. Citi card was almost as quick but you need to do the docs in branch for them to be quicker.
     
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  4. Budgiesmuggler

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    Probably your best option

    Then maybe take some AUD cash to change if need more, that way you avoid the exchange fee on the credit card
     
  5. Ajmit321

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    Thanks Mr Muddle no time leave on Wednesday ..

    Thanks Budgiesmuggler that is a really good idea too ! Problem solved !
     
  6. Heinz

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    Don't think that is such a good option. Exchange rate for AUD cash is quite poor in Japan. @Sandy has often said this.
    Better off getting some JPY cash before you leave.
     
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  7. Budgiesmuggler

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    Better to get a bit of jpy and take AUD - if get more jpy then needed then screwed twice - AUD to jpy and jpy back to AUD at end of trip.

    Ares not brilliant for AUD to jpy cash but better than card rates.
     
  8. travelislife

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    DO NOT DO THIS! You are better to use your CBA card at an ATM than you are to change AUD in Japan. You will lose 10%+ doing this. Much better to get Yen cash outside Japan if doing cash exchange.
     
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  9. travelislife

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    Really? I don't know of a major Aus bank that doesn't apply a minimum 3% spread on the exchange rate. On a $5000 spend that's a couple of hundred dollars I would prefer to have than the bank. Add in any ATM fee they have (often $5 or so) and it can add up pretty quickly. Love being able to get equivalent of $50 out with my Citibank card towards end of trip with no worries.
     
  10. travelislife

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    True if you change cash in Australia at somewhere like KVB. Not true for changing AUD in Japan.
     
  11. M_G

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    Depends where you are heading. There is NOWHERE in Myoko to change AUD. 70% Aussie visitors and the local bank only exchanges USD. Go figure.

    I've sometimes changed some money for my guests as I can always use the A$ on my next visit home but none of the local hotels would do that.
     
  12. Wheres Walle

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    Just did a little bit of reading on the Citibank Plus.. apparently a 2.5% intl. transaction fee is coming in place effective March 2017..
     
  13. Sandy

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    ^^ This
    Current rate about 85yen/AUD.
    Narita Airport (today): 75.22yen/AUD

    Yesterday someone I know exchanged AUD for yen at a money changer at Nozawa Onsen and got 71yen/AUD !!!!
     
  14. LMB

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    Holy cow!
    I was going to change a few hundred as I was in a Travelex for my Goddaughter to do a transaction a few days ago. My response to 78 was mmmm...maybe not! At 71 you'd have to end up feeling very worked over.
     
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    Yes, I have heard the nickname "Bank who lives beneath the volcano as a Man" whispered about your parts....
     
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  16. M_G

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    LOL ROFL Going to put that on my business card!
     
  17. Kash

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    We've just booked our kids in for evergreen ski school (Hakuba) next week, and they've confirmed that we can't drop them off till 10. Anyone faced this issue before? Suck it up, or are there other options?

    I'm acknowledging the need to make sacrifices as a parent, but missing the first 1-2hrs of every day (being the best bit)? Guess I'm just used to thredboland where we can leave them at 8.30! Wife isn't as much of a powder hound but it will make it very difficult to visit resorts other than happo :(
     
  18. Tanuki

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    wow, seems strange. Places we used child care in Japan opened 8.30
     
  19. Kash

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    Which resort? This is ski school not really day care. I've heard evergreen is the best in hakuba but having never been there I'm not sure of others. Definitely seems strange though doesn't it.
     
  20. travelislife

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    Read again.

    You will note the Plus product is exempt. As it has always been. They do make it confusing though.
     
  21. winter

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  22. travelislife

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    Read page 2 of this link:

    https://www.citibank.com.au/global_docs/pdf/Feesandcharges.pdf

    You will note it is still exempt. No changes. Nothing to worry about!
     
  23. M_G

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    Same here in Myoko with Myoko Snowsports. Parents have to get the kids there at 9.45.

    Our previous experience with our kids in Japanese ski schools is a little the same. Except they have a 10-12 session and an either 1-3 or 2-4 session. So you have to pick the kids up, give them lunch and take them back.

    So I'm guessing you'll either have to look into child minding or tag team skiing.
     
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    Offer to pay more or get a babysitter to drop them off .
     
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  25. Kash

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    Yeah agreed, and thanks all. Sounds commonplace for the big japan resorts.

    Looks like tag team will have to work!
     
  26. mr muddle

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    Did you make a request for early dropoff? Their website says they will do early dropoff on request. or is that what you did and they said "yeah we just say that but don't really?"

    The website also says to have them there by 0930 for registration. Or is that not correct either?
     
  27. Wheres Walle

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    Glad to hear.. just saw a few blog posts / comments from existing customers not stoked, good to see it's still going!
     
  28. blowfin

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    All lifts running today at Zao, all gravy from here @Froff Life :thumbs:
     
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  29. argento

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    what is the most yen one can withdraw from an ATM in a single transaction?
     
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    Love your work :)
     
  31. blowfin

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    From memory you're limited by your AUD withdrawal limit, $1000 AUD for most folks. Could be wrong though.
     
  32. argento

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    this can, however, be increased to 3,000 or even more.
    I thought the Japanese ATMs were the ones that set a limit for what is a single transaction and what can be withdrawn in any one day (i.e. a number of single transactions).
     
  33. bluess57

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    Post office atm ¥50,000 (Feb 2016)
     
  34. DeskRider

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    Pulled ¥100,000 out of a 7/11 atm on the last trip (also Feb '16).
     
  35. hotsaki

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    You will need more than 100,000 for our night out in Tokyo Argento!:D
     
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    Don't suppose @Sandy was at aLondon Sports bout 2 ?
     
  37. Sandy

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    Yes!!!!!!! :D
     
  38. M_G

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    I pity the poor fools booking Niseko... ;)

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  39. Sandy

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    LOL so accurate.....

    (is that one day or one week? ;) )
     
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  40. hotsaki

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    Question :Me and my mob get into Nagano too late to get the bus to Shiga Kogen so I have booked a hotel for the night.But was thinking last night is it feasable to get a cab up to Ichinose?Assuming we can get accomodation at the Villa for that night.
     
  41. Slowpony

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    www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Charter_Small.aspx
    There was others I looked at a couple of years ago but doesn't look like I saved the links.
    Maybe contact your accom ask them if they can or know any options, there was a couple of people there last time that organised for there accommodation to pick them up for a fee
     
  42. winter

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    We are flying into Haneda at 5am on Saturday morning. This is our 6th trip, 1st hiring a car.
    I have not read about any snow predicted for Tokyo.
    In anyone's experience what extra time should we allow after heavy snow are the roads generally ok?
    We will be travelling to Hakuba, stopping by Nagano for some supplies.
    Thanks
     
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    Then greetings . +1 D12 and myself outside while you tried on soft shell . Thought 'twas you .
     
  44. dbc33

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    Not sure if this helps @winter but wouldn't it be better to train or bus it to nagano then hire car from there? Driving in Tokyo doesn't look like that much fun.
     
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    And please make sure the car is equiped with snow tyres if hiring from Tokyo. All cars in Nagano have them in winter, not the case in Tokyo.
     
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    It was more cost effective to hire from Haneda and return to there. I researched all options.
    We have a Toyota Wish equipped with snow tyres and etc/wifi package.
     
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    Ha ha!!!
    Ya shoulda asked.... I see a lot of Aussies who I wouldn't know!!!
     
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    @winter really it's more cost effective, damn maybe I've made a mistake. But big ups to you driving through Tokyo I lose my s@/*+ in Sydney traffic lol
     
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    What's the total toll costs from Tokyo to Hakuba / return?
     
  50. Sandy

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    About 7000-8000