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  1. Expon

    Expon Intern

    Jun 3, 2006
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    Hi I am new to this place so be nice :)

    I have booked return tickets Melbourne - Tokyo leaving on June 9 and I have noticed my seat allocation is on the Qantas site. I have been allocated Seats 26a/25k. Im guessing thats 26a Mel/Tokyo and 25k Tokyo/Mel. The Flights are QF180 and QF179 respective.

    Could anyone tell me if these seats are any good or should get ready to break my knees on a 10hr flight?



    On another note, I've heard many stories of Japan been cash society and it is difficult to find atm's that accept Visa/Amex/MC issued outside of Japan. Is this true and how would you recommend me bringing funds over to Japan?

    Much help appreciated

    Thanks
    Expon
     

  2. JonnoP

    JonnoP Junior Member

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    Check out your seats on www.seatguru.com

    Just ensure you select the right Qantas Jet..

    Regards,

    JonnoP
     
  3. shillard

    shillard Guest

    ATMs are plentiful in Japan, I've certainly never had a problem using them to withdraw funds via Amex express cash (charge card linked to a cheque account).

    For cash, buy @ Travelex before departure and flash your QF card to get points for the transaction. Hopefully your transfer from NRT to wherever you're staying in Tokyo (assuming that is the case) is already organised via "limousine bus" or similar. A taxi will cost you enough to buy a small African nation.


    Lots of small notes will be handy, as if you're not into Bento Boxes most edible stuff comes from vending machines, or newsagents at the train stations. If you've got a fetish for used schoolgirl panties, the vending machines will satisfy that too.....


    If you get the chance to hit the markets in the Tokyo Temple area, you MUST try the 'thunderbiscuits'. I would up buying 8 bags of these things on my last trip and munching on them for the duration. Just ask around or follow your nose.


    If you crave fruit and truly suffer withdrawals (as I do), hit the Dimaru store at Tokyo central station, lower ground level - it will cost an arm and a leg (almost as expensive as a divorce for Paul McCartney - boom boom!) but you'll find some of the best fresh fruit in Japan.


    Your seats are fine if you like a window.

    Which hotel/ area are you staying in?
     
  4. Expon

    Expon Intern

    Jun 3, 2006
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    Wow, that was fast. Thanks for the informative replies.

    For cash, buy @ Travelex before departure and flash your QF card to get points for the transaction.


    I'll definately do this, I looked on the travel site to order in advance, but I don't see how to claim the FF points, I ring them to confirm. I heard my work gets comission free over the counter purchases at Melbourne airport, but I don't want to take my ID if I don't need it, less chance of losing it I guess.

    Which hotel/ area are you staying in?

    I'm actually staying with a friend in western Tokyo, about 60mins from the city. I don't know the name of the place but I wrote it down to show immigration where I'm staying, don't want to be stuck there for hours on end.

    Oh does anyone know the laws about bringing in medication to Japan? I have some Panadein Forte which is great for hangovers. It's a prescription drug so I don't want any trouble.....
     
  5. NM

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    Carry it in its original packaging with all the original information including your name, doctor's name, drug details, issuing pharmacy etc. Any prescriptions issued in Australia will have those details on the label attached by the issuing pharmacy.
     
  6. Ashton

    Ashton Junior Member

    May 12, 2006
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    On a similar pattern:

    As previously mentioned in an earlier thread, my wife & I are flying to London in July. We have been pre-assigned seats 40 G,H,K & 47 K.

    Question 1) Why have 4 seats been assigned? Is it 2 on the way and 2 for the way back? Which is which? Also none of these seats are beside each other except G & H (aisle separated) and we would like to be seated together.

    Question 2) As advised, I checked out seatguru and it mentions that there is an entertainment unit under seats C,D,G & H. Do I then assume that this unit is not under A,B,E,F,J & K? If yes, is it advisible/suggested to call now and try to change to these seats or wait until check in on the day?

    Question 3) On 2 previous similar trips we were lucky enough to get emergency exit seats. I intend to be at check in early and hope to get them again if I’m fortunate. At check in should I request specific exit row seats ie B,C or H,J (seat guru advice) or will I look like a wanker to the check in staff and be sent down the back of the plane for my sins? Also if answer to question 2 is to call and request other seats, should I mention specific rows & seat numbers?

    All help/suggestion greatly appreciated.
     
  7. shillard

    shillard Guest

    What's your FF Status?

    If Platinum, you can reserve the emergency exit seats prior to the day of departure.
     
  8. Skyring

    Skyring Established Member

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    In addition to this, using Australian debit cards (on the Cirrus network) is a bit tricky - you need to use the ATMs at Post Offices, though I was able to get cash from ATMs at KIX. For all practical purposes, one Yen is one Aussie cent, so a 1000 Yen note is essentially worth $10.

    This is worth knowing, because when I was faced with the problem of how much money to withdraw I wasn't sure if 5 000 Yen was going to drain my account or not be enough for a packet of Crunky.
     
  9. Amerrican

    Amerrican Junior Member

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    Years ago, getting ATM's to recognize foreign cards was problematic - I had an account at Sanwa Bank in the USA and Sanwa Japan STILL wouldn't give me cash, either from the machine nor over the counter!

    All the Post Offices now have ATM's that operate in English (small "ENGLISH" button on the touch screen when you start) that seem to take all the cards without difficulty.

    I recently used the new Wizard (GE) card in Japan - I got the Wizard card because of their advertising of no extra exchange charges overseas, and it worked great.
     
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