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Costs/money in Japan

General costs in Japan

Most   people   have   an   image   of   Japan   being   an   expensive   place   in which   to   travel.   This   used   to   be   the   case,   but   no   longer   is.   Of course,   there   are   still   items   and   places   that   are   expensive   such   as hard   to   get   fruit   like   mangoes,   or   coffee   shops   in   the   centre   of Tokyo.   However,   Japan   has   been   in   deflation   for   2   decades   now,   and this   has   resulted   in   Japan   being   a   much   more   affordable   place, cheaper    to    travel    in    than    say    Australia    or    New    Zealand.    For example,   ski   lift   tickets   are   usually   less   than   ¥5,000,   a   lunch   at   a ski   resort   restaurant   will   set   you   back   between   ¥800   and   ¥1,500   , and   rental   equipment   between   ¥3,000   and   ¥5,000   a   day.   You   can   do it   even   cheaper   by   buying   "Bento   boxes"   at   convenience   shops   or supermarkets   which   is   usually   a   variety   of   cooked   food   (such   as rice/salmon/vegetables)     inside     a     microwaveable     box     for     for anywhere   between   ¥300   and   ¥1,000.   Groceries   are   the   same   or cheaper than most western countries overall.

Exchanging/withdrawing money in Japan

The   best   option   is   to   have   an   international   credit   cards   of   the   type seen   in   the   picture   below   right. These   can   be   used   at   Japanese   7/11 convenience   shops   and   also   at   post   offices   throughout   Japan   to withdraw   cash   and   this   is   a   far   better   solution   than   taking   travellers cheques   or   carrying   around   large   wads   of   cash.   Be   aware   though, that   postal   ATM   machines   are   not   open   24/7,   and   that   many   places do   not   accept   credit   cards,   so   do   not   rely   on   it   other   than   to withdraw   cash   from   the ATMs.   Travellers   cheques   can   be   exchanged at most banks.


Tipping is not normal and Japan, and if you wish to show gratitude for extra special service you are better to give them a small gift such as a souvenir from your home country, or something such as a yummy looking cake from a bakery.
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