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.
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
depending on where u are going, u can group those places that require metro and get a metro pass for those days. for the other days, u can just get single tickets. rides on yamanote line is relatively cheap at 130-190yen, so it is uneccessary to get passes
If you only need to travel on the metro lines, then buy the 2 days metro pass (to be used on consecutive days). It is great value at 980yen for adult. It must be bought at the airport and only for visitors from aboard. A one-day metro pass when bought in the city cost 710 yen.
One day pass only make sense for days when you plan to take more than 3 train rides per day.
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