Oh, I'll give you an example of how bad the rates and fees are at the airport.
You probably know all about my Japan trip a few years ago. Anyways, upon arrival at BWI (Washington DC) I had ¥2700 left in cash and decided I'd exchange back to US$ (I was broke and hungry lol) and I somehow ended up with $3.50 and couldn't even buy a meal at the airport. At the time, the ¥2700 was equivalent to around $27 so somehow I lost $23.50 in the process.... I didn't even bother questioning the teller as I didn't want to argue and miss my coach. Damn it pissed me off. I was better off starving and keeping the yen as a souvenir or saving it for the next time I head to Japan.
NantesFC: Yeah the arguments are getting to be ... mehhh ... If you ask a "stupid" or "obvious" question, it's over. LOL.
That's crazy about the airport conversions! You lost 24$ that's crazy. I guess it's good to keep some US cash for the flight there and back if you want food on layovers & stuff. Do you have to pay for the food on the planes? ... I thought it was included but I don't want to be mistaken, Lol.
As far as I know standard meals are included in the price of any flight from the US to Japan. Are you purchasing an e-ticket online or a paper ticket? Either way, when you get the reciept/itinerary printout you'll see your meal listings. It'll tell you what kind of meal (dinner) and what time it's served (military time usually). I've flown to Asia and back about a dozen times and each in each flight I've gotten a lunch and a dinner so I'm assuming you'll probably get the same. If the attendants make you pay for them, they're obviously pocketing the cash once they disappear behind the curtains
There are menus available if you want to buy other drinks/snacks but you should have enough with what's included in the flight. If you take All Nippon the seaweed/nuts/other stuff mix is absolutely amazing. Instead of peanuts, that's what you get and it's unlimited as well. Well.....maybe not, I probably had 10 packets lol, just had to throw that in there