NRT currency question


Jan 5th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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NRT currency question

I have a feeling this may be a slightly silly question, but here goes -

I am traveling to BKK connecting through NRT next week. I will not be leaving the secured areas of the terminal, and am wondering if I need to exchange some US currency for yen when I get to NRT if I want to make small purchases, such as something to eat (probably at a counter service type of place) or a bottle of water, magazine, etc.

I will have a credit card, but I figure not everywhere will take credit cards and/or for smaller amounts.

Obviously it would be much easier if I didn't have to exchange currency when I'm only transiting through Japan, but I'm figuring the answer is that I will need to exchange dollars for yen. Having never been to NRT, are there exchange booths in the secured areas of the United terminal?

Thanks for any help.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 10:46 AM
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Most of the shops there take credit cards and dollars. The exchange rate if you use dollar bills isn't great, but on a $10 or $15 purchase it's a only a tiny surcharge. Another option is to use an ATM.

PS:I don't have any at the moment, but I've always got friends eager to buy my surplus Yen when I come back from Japan. Do you know anyone who went recently? They may have a couple of 1000 yen notes they'll sell you.

call HT...he and Linda are practically citizens of japan these days!
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Jan 5th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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I've made purchases inside Narita airport, always with a credit card. I've never bothered to change money there.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 11:50 AM
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I don't have any either but as everyone says you won't need it. If you feel you must have some yen the FHB Waikiki branch always has lots of yen at a very good rate as I am sure the other major Waikiki banks do for their loyal kamaaina customers.

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Jan 5th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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Good to know that I probably won't have to change money - I'll try using my credit card first. My sister was in Japan not too long ago but I don't think she has any surplus yen. I'll have to ask her.

I'm looking forward to my layover in NRT on the way home - I'm on a mission to find those boxes of individually wrapped mochi dusted with kinako that come with the little bottles of syrup that you drizzle over. That, and the bottles of scotch I plan to get from duty free.

This is the first time in a number of years that I've had a direct international flight to HNL and on past trips I didn't want to hassle with repacking liquor bottles in my suitcase for the domestic flight home - so it will be fun looking in the duty free shop.
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