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    To all those saying take travellers checks rather than cash...with no due respect whatsoever, WTF?

    You have to change them in Tokyo, which is annoying, difficult and carries a charge.

    You are doing this because why? You think there is a reasonable chance that your cash will be stolen between your house and the airport? (actual chance 0.00001%)

    You think you will lose it at the airport or on the plane or during the bussed door-to-door airport transfer? (if this happens, you are an idiot and no amount of travellers checks will save you)

    You think it will be stolen in Tokyo in the 2 days that you are there? (actual chance 0.0001%)

    Take cash. Have an ATM card as backup. Have a credit card as backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dululu View Post
    You think it will be stolen in Tokyo in the 2 days that you are there? (actual chance 0.0001%).
    Well, you ARE sharing a room with two randos.

    Keep your cash on you and don't go to Kabuki-cho and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    Well, you ARE sharing a room with two randos.

    Keep your cash on you and don't go to Kabuki-cho and you'll be fine.
    Yeah, pretty much this. I only brought 10 man though and I did just fine.
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    Take an ATM card and stop worrying about anything.
    EDIT: It's 2015. There's no reason to take your life savings in cash. In the crazy event that you lose your wallet or get it stolen, at least your ATM card is replaceable and you can pay back the people from whom you have to borrow money. Taking thousands of dollars in cash is 100% pointless.

    100%
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    You are sharing a room with 2 randos, certainly.

    It takes a pretty ballsy new JET to steal it from your room safe when they are know full well they are gonna be one of the only 2 people that could have stolen it and therefore almost certain to be a) caught and b) sent home.

    Or keep it with you if you don't agree with the above but for the love of all that is holy, don't start faffing around with Travellers Checks.

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    or take an ATM card

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    Quote Originally Posted by BifCarbet View Post
    EDIT: It's 2015.
    Not in Japan. It is H 27.
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    Traveler's checks are those things from 1977, right?

    Good catch, UTIL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BifCarbet View Post
    Traveler's checks are those things from 1977, right?

    Good catch, UTIL.
    No, 1977 is how many yen you get back for $100 after the various fees and charges are applied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dululu View Post
    No, 1977 is how many yen you get back for $100 after the various fees and charges are applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BifCarbet View Post
    I have no idea what this means

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    Quote Originally Posted by BifCarbet View Post
    Take an ATM card and stop worrying about anything.
    EDIT: It's 2015. There's no reason to take your life savings in cash. In the crazy event that you lose your wallet or get it stolen, at least your ATM card is replaceable and you can pay back the people from whom you have to borrow money. Taking thousands of dollars in cash is 100% pointless.

    100%
    YES.
    Despite Japan being behind the times, I've been assured that they actually have ATMS and they have ones that will take your foreign card. *gasp*
    Last edited by singinglupines; May 30th, 2015 at 06:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dululu View Post
    You are sharing a room with 2 randos, certainly.
    Well, not totally random. Unless things have changed from last year, you should be placed with two other people of the same sex from your consulate. In my case it was also just done alphabetically by last name as well. But yeah, your cash should be fine.
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    Getting travelers checks changed is a PITA. If you're lucky, you'll find a place that can do them for you pretty easily - but everywhere I've been has taken 1h+ and 2-3 forms in Japanese to get them changed. Why? Because my family members seem stuck in the mid-1990s. Even when you tell them "No, don't bring them, I won't take the time to stop and get them changed for you," they still bring them. And now they take them right back to the US.

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    Yep. ATM card.
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