fuck off to Japan?

  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    Considering, this summer to get a working holiday visa (as I am Canadian and applicable) and hitting up Japan.

    Found some guest houses to stay in, got some friends there. Was going to apply to American School in Japan Summer program to work as a counselor or dance teacher I suppose.

    Maybe workd on an organic farm for a bit, or maybe even at a guest house, as they all seem to be hiring ahaha.

    If not I might just hit shit up for a month, Been a couple years since I been there. Finally be legal ahah.

    here is what Im thinking to spend

    Flight – 1500-2100
    Hotel 22-35 a night (guesthouses) (650 – 1050)
    Food – 30 a day (30x30= 900)
    Transit – 400
    Incidentals - 1300

    4750 - 5750

    see anything drastically wrong with my numbers?

    Anything to say?

    Thing its a terrible idea? great idea?

    If I can stay for a bit, I wanna travel around, do some blogs.

    hit up some TEA mannn ahaha. and temples. My major is in East Asian Studies.
  • swimmerdude52...

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    Nov 29, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    I love the idea! If you want to go out and see the world now is the time to do it. I am packing my bags and moving the minute I graduate college- my options
    1) peace corps
    2) State Dept in Australia
    3) staff in D.C.

    Have Fun! and post pics
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    Nov 29, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Japan is expensive as fuck. It is consistently ranked as the most expensive country in the world to live in or visit. Try SE Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) if you want to spend about half your projected budget.

    If you're deadset on Japan but interested in saving a little cash, check this out:
    http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/11-08/five-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-countries-and-how-to-visit-them-on-the-cheap.html
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Nov 29, 2011 3:00 PM GMT

    Sounds GREAT and I hope you go for it icon_biggrin.gif

    The only thing I see that is a bit off is 30Y a day for food may be wildly optimistic. I dont eat allot when I work trips to Narita because the time zone flip really messes by body up...but I spend more than that just grazing on my 28 hour layovers. Food prices in Japan have skyrocketed since Fukushima fouled allot of northern agri and fishing areas.
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    Sounds like an awful lot for 1 month. If you can raise that amount of money you could travel a dozen other countries in SE/E Asia for 4 months.

    I'd reconsider - Japan is one of those countries that isn't going anywhere. Places like Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam etc are all rapidly developing and will be very different 20 years from now.
  • trl_

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    Nov 29, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    where do you get this kind of money lol
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    Your budget for food and hotel cost seems pretty low, given its Japan. Sent my son there last summer and it was pretty pricey. Good luck though. Where abouts in Japan are you staying?
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    ncujock saidJapan is expensive as fuck. It is consistently ranked as the most expensive country in the world to live in or visit. Try SE Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) if you want to spend about half your projected budget.


    Agree. If you tried Vietnam, would be eager to help around.

    Still, Japan is so wonderful, if you can afford it that much then you should go for it because it will be worth it.
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Ahah wellthe hotels are al Khaosan guest houses in Tokyo, which average 2200-3000 yen a day so 29-40 bucks canadian.

    30 canadian a day, realsitically, unless I'm eting inr estaurants should be fine, there are days wher I have spent less on food in Japan, particularly outside of tokyo.


    I might also be working at a day camp, this inceasing length and supplementing my travels. Or works on WWOOF, which is like organic farming, so you get room and board for a bit at various places all over Japan.


    And I know, I could spend all summer in south East Asia for 5 grand, but to be honest Right now I don't want to. I'm just about to turn 21 and I'm a small guy, I don't really wanna go off by myself for a few months

    In Japan at least I have less language barriers, Less culture shock.


    And as for affording it, I have my ways, for all thats I'm a good for nothing 20 year old icon_razz.gif
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidYour budget for food and hotel cost seems pretty low, given its Japan. Sent my son there last summer and it was pretty pricey. Good luck though. Where abouts in Japan are you staying?
    Tokyo in Guest hosues.

    I have friends in Kyoto and Tokyo.

    I plan to do some couch surfing, now that I've hosted people.


    Plus I'm really Gunning for a Job working at the camp at that school.

    I'm in third year at a good university, one of my Majors is East Asian studies, I have years as a gmynastics/trampoline coach and camp instructor before.
  • jock_1

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    Just put it on your credit card and dont pay the bill. it seems like thats the way to go now
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    jock_1 saidJust put it on your credit card and dont pay the bill. it seems like thats the way to go now


    The only credit card I own is prepaid. I'm not into debt. And I am very good with money.

    I would never dream of doing something like that. I pay for everythign debit or cash. No school loans, no debt.
  • jock_1

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    you obviously dont live in the US then. We have become a nation of moochers
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    Nov 29, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    mizu5 said
    jock_1 saidJust put it on your credit card and dont pay the bill. it seems like thats the way to go now


    The only credit card I own is prepaid. I'm not into debt. And I am very good with money.

    I would never dream of doing something like that. I pay for everythign debit or cash. No school loans, no debt.

    I think he's just kidding you. Besides, that advice would only work in the US. You incur a huge debt from an institution that trusts you, decide not to pay, join an occupy movement to protest the corruption in the institution that trusted you. But not to get political..... Just explaining the advice.
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:58 PM GMT


    Canada good sir.


    Thisis kinda like making a childhood dream come true, going to Japan alone for a a month or two as a young person.

    Hopefully I can hit a bit more than 5500 and hit up some more places
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    mizu5 said
    jock_1 saidJust put it on your credit card and dont pay the bill. it seems like thats the way to go now


    The only credit card I own is prepaid. I'm not into debt. And I am very good with money.

    I would never dream of doing something like that. I pay for everythign debit or cash. No school loans, no debt.

    I think he's just kidding you. Besides, that advice would only work in the US. You incur a huge debt from an institution that trusts you, decide not to pay, join an occupy movement to protest the corruption in the institution that trusted you. But not to get political..... Just explaining the advice.
    Ahaha thank you.
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    Nov 29, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Just a couple of ideas:

    -Regarding the debit/credit card, specially if it's mastercard, make sure to check out on their Japanese website where are the international ATMs, as you cannot use it in Japanese-only ATMs.

    -And about food, I think $30/day is a good estimation: in Japan you can find food from $2/meal to hundreds of dollars: you choose.
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    Nov 29, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    I didn't see a radiation suit nor geiger counter on your list . Maybe a hard hat too in case something falls on your head or is that all in your "incidentals" icon_rolleyes.gif
  • johndubuque

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    Nov 29, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    My brother's lived in Kyoto for several years and loves it. He makes extra money translating, since a lot of researches publish in English.
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidI didn't see a radiation suit nor geiger counter on your list . Maybe a hard hat too in case something falls on your head or is that all in your "incidentals" icon_rolleyes.gif


    Luckily Tokyo was barely hit, adn msotly repaired by now.

    And actually I might be going up there to help with an organic farm to do some testing.
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    Nov 29, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    Don't forget to factor in health insurance!
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    Nov 29, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Love japanese people, japan is a whole different story. I hated it very much. Not many places I hate but Tokyo was no fun. Maybe because I went alone or maybe because I hate NYC and naturally would hate a city like Tokyo even more given the language barrier.
  • mizu5

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    Nov 29, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidLove japanese people, japan is a whole different story. I hated it very much. Not many places I hate but Tokyo was no fun. Maybe because I went alone or maybe because I hate NYC and naturally would hate a city like Tokyo even more given the language barrier.
    AHah I have lvoed Tokyo given the time I've spent there.

    Why didn't you like going alone?

    I'll be alone unles I make friends at the geusthosue, or am with my japanese friends, so It;s good to know icon_razz.gif



    And I have healthcare coverage already for travel <3
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    Nov 29, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43729279/The_World_s_Most_Expensive_Places_To_Live_2011?slide=1

    Most expensive places to live


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    Nov 29, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    So you can be the RJ ambassador to Japan. What inspired you to learn Japanese (you indicated in an earlier post it was not a language barrier)? And how long have you been studying the language?