go.5 wrote:Good morning, fellow Singaporeans!
Does anyone intend to drive in Japan? I have a driver's licence and my preference is suburban. I'm looking to rely more on public transport and my leg muscles (what little I have lol). Still, I think I would like to have my licence handy just in case.
Will an international licence suffice? I know it will only be valid for a certain period though. Is it then more advisable to go for the full licence conversion in Japan?
rinforest wrote:is it strange that i'm amused we're still talking about milo?
in any case, i think it's the milk you're going to have to get used to. japanese milk tastes very different from australian milk (which we drink more of) in my opinion.
in other news, placements seem to be coming. does anyone know if tina usually call or email?
shortsmallsweet wrote:I'm not a milk drinker, but I think Japanese milk is おいしくない！
You should be hearing about your placements by email.
Tomereader wrote:Milo is available, definitely, even in a semi-inaka area like mine (Nabari-shi, Mie-ken).
Have been trying to get my license converted (failed twice already!!) boohoo. They're really strict here - just make sure you do all the stuff you did in SG when you passed - AND MORE. Do full 360 degree check like the mata is waiting for you. I failed on that. ALONE. Go figure. Heh. Most people say that they are sticter with foreigners, so we just have to try harder. Japanese people don't take the same test we do - they can take it at driving schools - and they pay a lot of money for lessons and tests.
Here, each test is 2400 yen - still cheaper than in SG I guess. So that's no so bad. There are many rental car stores around Japan. For me, BUDGET is the cheapest option. Including insurance, it costs 4410 yen to rent a Nissan March or Honda Fitt for 24 hours. Find your own parking, though.
Get an IDP cos it's fun to drive and when you travel in Japan, it is easier to visit the ulu places by driving. Like when you go camping in Kirishima or wanna try the black sand onsen in Ibusuki (both places in Kagoshima-ken although some people say Kirishima is in Miyazaki-ken). There are many websites detailing what you have to do when you wanna convert your license - just search online when it's time.
There are second hand cars here that cost 65000 yen (about 1000 sgd) but there's shaken (complusory mechanic check) and insurance that can get you to spend about 800,000 yen a year on your car. Not including parking and petrol. Parking at your own apartment's carpark is about 5000 yen a month. Petrol is about 150 yen per litre, and you use up quite a lot here cos the terrain is hilly. Full tank can cost 8000 yen. If you are posted to inaka areas, you will usually need a car - but your supervisor or school should help you with the procedures. SHOULD. ESID. Heh.
From what I've read about COE prices, owning a car here is still cheaper than in Singapore! Haha! Oh, some JETs aren't allowed to drive during office hours - something about insurance etc if you get into accidents (touch wood) so please discuss with your school. On the other hand, I have a friend who insisted on driving herself to school and out during lunch or to different schools (she has to teach at many schools) and they allowed her to, so ESID again, ok?
The milk here is super oishii!! The butter is yummy too and my baked goods somehow taste so much better here. So I concluded it must be the butter and milk in Japan. Maybe radiated (kidding) but it does taste good.
You will have so much fun here!!
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