I will be studying abroad in Japan from April to August. My school is Sophia University (上智大学) in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, but I will be living in Warabi City, Saitama. Long commute.
My family and I need some advice. I've never really been out of the States, let alone Japan.
1. What should I do about banks/atm cards? I have Bank of America, which has a horrible withdrawal fee ($5) and unreliable service. If I get a Japanese bank account, will my parents be able to transfer money into it from the states? Will I be able to get a Japanese credit or debit card?
2. Contact with my parents. My cell phone won't work, and I don't really want to rent one just to call my parents every few weeks. I got Skype, but I still need to figure it out completely (and my parents are bad with computers). Suggestions?
3. What's the best way to get yen? I definitely need some cash on me almost immediately after I arrive. I heard it's better to wait till you get there to do it though... But how?
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. :)