|small packet||kogata hosobuttsu|
|How much will it cost by airmail?||Kokubin de ikura desu ka?|
|I'd like to insure this package.||(Kono kozutsumi/ Kore) hoken o kaketai.|
Uninsured packages to the US under 2K/4.4 lbs and within certain sizes should cost 1080Y, unless they've upped the price.
Small packets require a green customs form only.
Small packet, books only packages require no customs form, but if they ask you to, just use it.
For insured items, you should fill out a white form; it has English instructions.
Be sure you pay for the insurance and get a little red sticker which says as much on your copy of the form.
Packages which are too big or heavy to be a small packet also use the white form.
For customs puropses, remember to stay under $400 per package.
Never put a letter inside a package, because they'll ask you if you have, and, if you have, you'll have to pay letter rate (read: an arm and a leg).
|foreign exchange||gaikoku kawase|
|Is there a foreign exchange (in this bank)?||Gaikoku kawase ga arimasu ka?*|
|I'd like to change dollars into yen.||Doru o en ni kaeshitai/shitai.|
Most foreign exchange clerks speak rudimentary English.
Once the forms are filled out, you might have to wait up to 30 minutes.
Banks are usually open from 8 or 9 until 3, weekdays only; be sure you won't be needing a bank over a weekend or a holiday.
* Phrases which would be more polite if begun with 'Sumimasen'.