Going to Japan in about a week, and I'm looking for ways to buy Japanese yen.
In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate of the currency
If you take it from an ATM whilst you're there, they'll take an additional 2.5% plus $5 for every ATM transaction! That ends up being 8-9% of your trip cost in bank fees.
Even the travel cards charge 5% over the mid rate of the currency.
Is this just Australia? Is there any way around this?