Japan? Japan!

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  1. Arctic_Silver08

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    Ugh... if I wasnt trying to haul ass on a home deposit I'd have bought these already.

    Kind of glad Japan sales are frequent though.
     
  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Yeah relatively frequently yep, and very well priced.
     
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    ATM usage in Japan is normally free. In case of 7 Eleven withdrawing is free from 07:00 to 19:00. Over night it's 108 JPY .I guess you use an Australian credit card, and in that case your credit company will charge you though a fee for overseas usage. If not, they will have their cut by applying a very unfavourable FX rate.
     
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    Thanks I followed this advice, I passed up the opportunity to change some money while transiting in Singapore which was a slightly better rate despite the conversion AUD -> SGD -> THB, it was something like 23.15 vs 22.95 at the Superrich in the Airport. I of course didn't know it was a better rate at the time but it's something to be aware of, the money changers inside Singapore airport seem to be very good.

    Thanks for the info, I use a Citibank Plus Debit card which doesn't have a fee for overseas withdrawals and has a pretty good exchange rate as far as I know.
     
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    AUD sucks atm, we were wondering why our recent trip felt so much more expensive.
     
  6. Zee

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    Yup, the few days I'm in the US at the moment feel like spiked gloves up the rectum...

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  7. Zee

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    Actually, I may do a quick comparison, I'm headed back to the US in a couple of weeks, and may be worth doing $AU-$SG-$US.

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    We are offering now a very attractive car rental program for longer staying tourists who want to explore the country by car. The best offer is 1 month with the new Discovery for 324,000 JPY, including insurances and tax. A Lexus RX (which is smaller) cost you almost twice as much. And even a lowly Toyota Harrier would cost you 450,000 JPY per month.

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  9. TheWedgie

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    Yep. The Citibank daily rate is usually a poofteenth better than most of the standard travel cards. Obvious catch is if the ass continues to fall out of the AUD, you lose value.

    I've recently opened up a HSBC Everyday Global Account as it has the best of both worlds - on the day rates from the AUD component, but if you transfer over to other currency "wallets" (like some stored value travel cards) then the value stays as it was on the day you transferred it.

    Will probably not use Citibank for this next trip and ditch it if the HSBC one works well. I'm also able to get the other half as a joint account holder so we get a card each, which was a bit of a problem with the Citibank one.
     
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    Long shot perhaps, but anyone had any experiences with babysitting in Nagano area? Thinking specifically for half-days during ski season. Loads on google but looking for experiences, and wanting to know if they are commonly Japanese or western, before I start spamming them with info requests.
     
  11. timsarg

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    just had 11 days in japan with wife and two girls 5 & 7 . 4 days in tokyo which was ok going to disneyland etc , then 5 days in kyoto . Holy shitballs i love that city . So much to do and explore . then rest and recover in ito for 2 days staying at a family owned ryokan . Simply amazing . days spent in the onsens soothing my aching body from all the walking . Lack of bins was the biggest shock as a foreigner . Will be going back for cherry blossom . Food from train stations was sensational and bullet train was awesome . I'm over temples though hahaha , so many in kyoto . Train museum in kyoto is amazing .
     
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    Keen to see some pics when you find time.........keep the family snaps out of it and maintain your privacy.

    Sadly we only had a day at Kyoto but saw some of the main attractions and got some awesome pics, above are a couple of my favs.
     
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    The Harrier is better no? Even the low end ones really shit on our local lexus nx/rx.
     
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    I am not disagreeing. I would take a Harrier any time over a RX. The "lowly" was more meant for the lower price level and the (unwarranted) prestige some people might feel when drive a RX instead of a Harrier.
     
  15. Zee

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    got a one night rate for the Jag, Chainy?

    Waiting for my flight to HND, with 24hrs to kill...

    I kid about the rental.

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    The food from even 7-11 is amazing in Japan. Really looking forward to my food fest in Tokyo tonight. Going to go mad...

    Damn plane delayed 30 mins. Eating up valuable yakitori and beer time!

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  17. Bold Eagle

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    I agree the 7/11 food is of a far better standard than Australia but you can hit saturation point if traveling for to long and having if for days in a row.........
     
  18. Arctic_Silver08

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    My friends wouldn't stop eating the fried chicken you could get from the convenience stores. Damn delicious!
     
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  19. Bold Eagle

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    I loved being able to buy Asahi Strong 500ml for ~2AUD (at that time), and the mixers they had at any time of day.
     
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    Hahaah, true, hardly going to say i’d live off 7-11, but it’s a pretty good option when on the go at train stations and the like, amd you have no other options.

    On the bus now, my stomach is anticiptating the the food fest.

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