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    How did you guys do it? I'll have a good chunk saved up that I wanna bring over. Travelers check? Bank transfer after I open up an account there? Just bring a huge wad of cash? I don't know how any of this stuff works haha. I've heard Visa debit/credit cards from home work most of the time to start with the transition, right?

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    From what I've heard, visas work but not everywhere as there's places that don't deal with credit cards.

    I've been somewhat curious about this as well. I just figured I'd deal with it when the time comes.

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    I'd bring a substantial amount of cash, although you can take money out of your home bank account at international atms (easy to find in Tokyo and big cities).

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    What's a good chunk?
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    I just brought it all in cash.
    Possibly not the best idea, but Japan is pretty safe and I didn't feel like dealing with ATMs and crap (plus my bank account back home doesn't let me use the debit card internationally).

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    I just brought my debit card. I hadta call 'em to let 'em know I was gonna be in Japan for a while. The exchange rate is favorable right now and if you have a decent bank (USAA--I cannot recommend them highly enough; you don't have to be military), they don't charge any kind of fee to pull money out in a different currency. I can use it any place that accepts credit cards (definitely not everywhere in Japan).

    That all said, bringing cash is probably fine, too, as long as it's not enough to get customs feeling antsy, and as long as you aren't the sort of person who is prone to losing large amounts of cash.
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    I brought ~1000 dollars worth of yen (10 man), but I didn't have to pay key money or anything (was an exchange student so had cheap dorming). I'd bring more if you have a super rural placement. But yeah it's pretty easy to get money from home unless you are really in the boonies.

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    Taking money out of a Yubin ATM (the post office) is also a nice option. They don't charge you a fee but your bank may. I usually carry around about $300 on me, (never been robbed or anything, dropped my wallet in Tokyo once and all the money came back to me) and you could always then take out more as needed.

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    7-11 ATMs will accept your debit card. They're in basically every city.
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    7-11 ATMs will accept your debit card. They're in basically every CITY.
    that's the important bit.

    PO ATMs are more widespread, but terrible hours.
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    Does anyone know what the withdrawal fees on the 7-11 ATMs are?

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    I brought about 1 Man. The rest of the money I kept in my Canadian account if I needed it. I didn't end up needing it at all.
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    I brought about 1 Man. The rest of the money I kept in my Canadian account if I needed it. I didn't end up needing it at all.
    I would venture to guess that your experience is rather atypical amongst JETs.
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    ????? 1man? I spent a good chunk of change just at Tokyo orientation. Bring a wallet full of cash and a credit card.
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    I come from a working class family. I needed to economize.
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    How ghastly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by word View Post
    I would venture to guess that your experience is rather atypical amongst JETs.
    Shit, I'm brain dead. I meant 10 man.

    I spent 1 man over the first two nights on drinks.
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    Oh LOL that makes a bit moar sense. Still, I'd say you're lucky amongst incoming JETs. I brought over 25man and spend most of it pretty quickly. I'm not the most thrifty dude to come down the pike, but I'm not bankin', either. If I'd only brought over a thousand bucks, I'd probably have been hurtin'.
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    yeah, because who needs free flowing drugs and alcohol fueling adventorous sex with taut, lithe young bodies when you could wander around a dying town in the freezing cold with a can of asahi super dry in your hand while some toothless old farmer shouts at you.

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