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Old 13-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #211
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It looks like master's CIRRUS and MAESTRO will have problem in Japan:
ATMs in Japan
imo, not only in japan.

but worldwide, VISA and PLUS are more recognized
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Old 13-07-2013, 07:37 PM   #212
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you want to buy from SG side no problem.

buy from japan side problem.

i drew out all my cash needed and brought to japan.

even hotel i brought cash incase they didnt accept debit card.(they say credit can).

and i had a small emergency and needed to draw extra $$$.

surcharge was 5 bucks for 10000 yen
If debit visa also cannot ah? Woah like that sianz
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Old 13-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #213
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If debit visa also cannot ah? Woah like that sianz
just carry cash ba...

alot of japanese do that
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just carry cash ba...

alot of japanese do that
Can can thanks a lot. Anywhere to travel in Tokyo? Going for 8 days
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Old 14-07-2013, 08:32 PM   #215
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Accomodation in tokyo

i will be in tokyo beginning of december with wife and 2 kids age 12 + 13. I understand the room there are small, and i worry they won't allow us to stay together in one room. Anyone had encounter this before
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Old 14-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #216
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i will be in tokyo beginning of december with wife and 2 kids age 12 + 13. I understand the room there are small, and i worry they won't allow us to stay together in one room. Anyone had encounter this before
hi, i think u might need to get 2 rooms.
Very seldom, Japan hotels allow you to have 4 persons in 1 room.
They count by person, not by room....
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i will be in tokyo beginning of december with wife and 2 kids age 12 + 13. I understand the room there are small, and i worry they won't allow us to stay together in one room. Anyone had encounter this before
From my limited experience, it seems like Japanese hotel/hostel are pax based. If you book a twin room even though they are spacious and with big beds, you are still not allowed to check in with 4 pax. My information may not be correct. Do wait for other to feedback.
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May I suggest getting something like this for your family of 4?
KABUKI:RATES ? Khaosan Tokyo Guest House Hostel (for folks that must stay close to their kids)
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i will be in tokyo beginning of december with wife and 2 kids age 12 + 13. I understand the room there are small, and i worry they won't allow us to stay together in one room. Anyone had encounter this before
Hotel in Japan is very strict about the total number of person allowed in one room. Unless it is specified that they allowed 2 chds (which is very rare), it may be best for you to get 2 rooms.

BTW, what is you budget? I was in Japan last Dec and I spent about S$200/night for my family of 4 (2 adult and 2 child). The place come with a small kitchen and washing machine. But no daily room cleaning service. We got the whole place to our self and it is very clean. Walking distance (10 mins) to train station.
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Hotel in Japan is very strict about the total number of person allowed in one room. Unless it is specified that they allowed 2 chds (which is very rare), it may be best for you to get 2 rooms.

BTW, what is you budget? I was in Japan last Dec and I spent about S$200/night for my family of 4 (2 adult and 2 child). The place come with a small kitchen and washing machine. But no daily room cleaning service. We got the whole place to our self and it is very clean. Walking distance (10 mins) to train station.
So where can i book this place...
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Old 15-07-2013, 07:41 AM   #221
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just carry cash ba...

alot of japanese do that
So far based on experience best bet is to use Citibank atm card to withdraw cash. Not that the rates is fantastic, but sure can use as long as you use Citibank atm machines. Longtime ago when I first started going Japan you can easily use POSB or DBS atm card in many of Japan's atm machines, especially those in 7-11 or family marts, but that seems to stop a few years back when I tried.

For credit cards, best rate IMO is to use the UOB JCB card, rates are much better, and makes a difference esp when you use for big ticket items.

And of course, cash is king, anywhere you go
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Old 15-07-2013, 08:55 AM   #222
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I used my DBS VISA debit card (the black colour one) to withdraw frm the 7-11 ATM in kyoto. No problem though, just need to activate it (overseas withdrawal) from Ibanking.
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Old 15-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #223
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Just bring more cash, u don't wanna spoilt your trip because the ATM doesn't work for u. Japan is relatively safe, u don't have to bring out all of your cash if u r worried
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Old 15-07-2013, 10:05 AM   #224
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Serious or not? I don't even have credit card but I'm wanna buy ticket to Japan. How?

I'm afraid its true bro. This is why debit cards are not popular worldwide.

If you're buying air tickets from JAL or ANA, you can either pop by their local offices or buy via travel agencies that does ticketing. You can then use any mode of payment you desire

For JR and bus tickets in Hokkaido, they accept cash at their respective ticketing booth, so its no issue at all.

The only problem is if you want to book a hotel online or rent a car. booking.com and hotel.com both accepts credit cards payment only.

I cannot be sure but if you want cash payment, you may have to book via respective hotels URL and then pay cash at the counter upon arrival.

Maybe you can check with other bros here who may have more detailed information for you.
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Old 15-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #225
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Just bring more cash, u don't wanna spoilt your trip because the ATM doesn't work for u. Japan is relatively safe, u don't have to bring out all of your cash if u r worried
Fully agreed.. and Hokkaido is even safer than Tokyo la Imagine I could leave my entire luggage lot in my rental Honda Freed for almost the whole day. And I left documents and travel guides on the front passenger seats. No problems at all

I dare not do such things in SG...
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