Japan 2017 thread

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

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    Ajmit321

    Ajmit321 Active Member

    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 ?
     
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    mr muddle

    mr muddle New Member

    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
     
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    mr muddle

    mr muddle New Member

    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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    Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    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
     
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    Ajmit321

    Ajmit321 Active Member

    Thanks Mr Muddle no time leave on Wednesday ..

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

    Heinz Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017
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    Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    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.
     
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    travelislife

    travelislife Dedicated Member

    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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    travelislife

    travelislife Dedicated Member

    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.
     
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    travelislife

    travelislife Dedicated Member

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

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    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.
     
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    Wheres Walle

    Wheres Walle New Member

    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..
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    ^^ 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 !!!!
     
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    LMB

    LMB Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    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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    Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Yes, I have heard the nickname "Bank who lives beneath the volcano as a Man" whispered about your parts....
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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

    Kash Active Member

    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 :(
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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

    Kash Active Member

    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.
     
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    travelislife

    travelislife Dedicated Member

    Read again.

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

    winter Well-Known Member 30 Day Pass

     
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    travelislife

    travelislife Dedicated Member

    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!
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    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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    Nozawaman

    Nozawaman Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Offer to pay more or get a babysitter to drop them off .
     
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    Kash

    Kash Active Member

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

    Looks like tag team will have to work!
     
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    mr muddle

    mr muddle New Member

    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?
     
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    Wheres Walle

    Wheres Walle New Member

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

    blowfin Active Member

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

    argento Active Member

    what is the most yen one can withdraw from an ATM in a single transaction?
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Love your work :)
     
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    blowfin

    blowfin Active Member

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

    argento Active Member

    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).
     
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    bluess57

    bluess57 Active Member

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

    DeskRider Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

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

    hotsaki Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    You will need more than 100,000 for our night out in Tokyo Argento!:D
     
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    kaegee

    kaegee Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Don't suppose @Sandy was at aLondon Sports bout 2 ?
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Yes!!!!!!! :D
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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

    [​IMG]
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    LOL so accurate.....

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

    hotsaki Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    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.
     
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    Slowpony

    Slowpony Active Member

    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
     
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    winter

    winter Well-Known Member 30 Day Pass

    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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    kaegee

    kaegee Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Then greetings . +1 D12 and myself outside while you tried on soft shell . Thought 'twas you .
     
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    dbc33

    dbc33 Active Member

    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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    Zimboo

    Zimboo Addicted Member

    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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    winter

    winter Well-Known Member 30 Day Pass

    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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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Ha ha!!!
    Ya shoulda asked.... I see a lot of Aussies who I wouldn't know!!!
     
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    dbc33

    dbc33 Active Member

    @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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    Zimboo

    Zimboo Addicted Member

    What's the total toll costs from Tokyo to Hakuba / return?
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    About 7000-8000