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link627 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 5:12 pm
i was thinking of the same thing as well. should i bring canadian over or usd?
your debit card
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Hyphy wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 12:25 am
your debit card
wouldnt i be getting the bank's exchange rate and not japan's rate?
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It follows the bank's exchange.. if you have an all-inclusive account there is also no additional charge aside from the regular 2.5% forex fee.
I did an exchange of a batch of yen before-hand just cause I'm paranoid of my debit card not working there... so depends what you are comfortable with. I anticipate I'll need to use the machines once I run out anyways (the amount I exchange probably won't last the whole trip), but just in case there's any issues!
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I'd like to book a 2 week trip for next year April. What do you think the prospects are of ANA/Air Canada/JAL running a sale for flights for that time of year? Right now I can get a round trip flight for about 1000 CAD. Bit better than 1200 but having seen ~700 I'm not sure if I should hold out. Thoughts?
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jng5000 wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 3:56 pm
I'd like to book a 2 week trip for next year April. What do you think the prospects are of ANA/Air Canada/JAL running a sale for flights for that time of year? Right now I can get a round trip flight for about 1000 CAD. Bit better than 1200 but having seen ~700 I'm not sure if I should hold out. Thoughts?
Don't buy at 1K, there will be a sale at 700-800$ guaranteed. Keep checking Nextdeparture.com
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link627 wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 12:35 am
wouldnt i be getting the bank's exchange rate and not japan's rate?
Which bank's rate? You'll be pulling money from your Canadian(?) account and it will be converted at the ATM according to current rates in Japan.
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link627 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 5:12 pm
i was thinking of the same thing as well. should i bring canadian over or usd?
Not sure if it is too late, USD cash since the USD to Yen exchange rate over there is better than CAD to Yen.
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I'm planning to go to Japan for 3 weeks in April/May for the cherry blossoms and touring around. I will be going with the wife and kids (5 and under). Any recommendations for using guided/independent tours?
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lemieux035 wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 9:07 pm
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/ ... -olympics/

Apa hotels won’t remove books that deny 1937 Rape of Nanking for Olympics

A Japanese hotelier who denies the 1937 massacre by the Imperial Japanese Army in the Chinese city known today as Nanjing ever took place has “no intention” of removing books with his revisionist views from his hotel rooms during the 2020 Summer Olympics.
And according to Wikipedia, this...
In 2007, several APA hotels were discovered to have faked their earthquake safety data with some buildings having only 70 percent of the legally required structural strength.[4] This greatly reduced construction costs but put customers at risk as Japan is amongst the world's most earthquake prone countries.[5]
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Heading to Japan for third time next spring. Any recommendations for place to see Sakuras outside of the Kyoto-Tokyo corridor?
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foreigncontent wrote:
Oct 24th, 2017 1:01 pm
Heading to Japan for third time next spring. Any recommendations for place to see Sakuras outside of the Kyoto-Tokyo corridor?
Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Hakone are worth going
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Thuva4 wrote:
Oct 24th, 2017 9:23 pm
Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Hakone are worth going
thanks. that's too bad, i was hoping it was more spread through the country.
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Is there scam in japan ? I ate Kobe beef on dontobori for 70$ and Its was very underwhelming. Had one « mega rare prime cut » sashimi (20$) and «special part of the day» steak (50$). both A5 grade.It was a street kiosk...
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Oct 25th, 2017 5:03 am
Is there scam in japan ? I ate Kobe beef on dontobori for 70$ and Its was very underwhelming. Had one « mega rare prime cut » sashimi (20$) and «special part of the day» steak (50$). both A5 grade.It was a street kiosk...
Did they have a certificate saying they are authorized to sell and cook Kobe beef? Also, how big were the pieces?

To my knowledge, all the big beefs in Japan are all regulated and have certification.

Kobe beef http://www.kobe-niku.jp/shop/?lang=1
Hida beef http://www.hidagyu-gifu.com/eng/shop.php
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futurCEO wrote:
Oct 25th, 2017 5:03 am
Is there scam in japan ? I ate Kobe beef on dontobori for 70$ and Its was very underwhelming. Had one « mega rare prime cut » sashimi (20$) and «special part of the day» steak (50$). both A5 grade.It was a street kiosk...
Was it WAGYU kobe beef?

A lot of people make the mistake of having JUST kobe beef.

Your really looking for wagyu A5 kobe beef - this combination of words

A5 is the grade of cut

Kobe is the place where the beef is from

Wagyu is the breed of cow (thats the special one that everyone raves about)

Article: http://www.buedelmeatup.com/2012/12/04/ ... agyu-beef/

It is also entirely possible that maybe the vendor you eat from "just isnt good".

I have eaten steak at Michaels (place in downtown Toronto) that was supposedly a really good steakhouse, but I found it under whelming and actually rather have spent money at the keg.

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