No More Travel Funds for 14 Days Japan Trip
14 days Japan trip has been the first and most ambitious trip that I ever had. If you were aware with my previous post about what happened to my father, my travel fund for Japan was already wiped out. There was hesitation on my part if I should pursue this trip or not. Somehow, my former Canadian client understood my situation and sent $500 on my PayPal account. I challenged myself to travel solo on a low budget with just $500 or PhP 20,000.
7 days in Tokyo, 5 days in Osaka with my Japanese family and 2 nights stranded at Narita airport.
Total expenses for my 14 days trip in Japan cost me less than PhP30,000 including airfare, travel tax, terminal fee and Japan visa. More detailed explanation if you keep on reading.
The photo above shows how I spent the $500 or PhP20,000 given to me by my former client. Everything was spent in Tokyo and Narita airport (got stranded for 2 nights).
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Buy baggage fees in advance.
Do not buy baggage if not shopping.
Terminal fee currently at PhP750
With my Philippine Peso, it is best to exchange to Japanese Yen at Narita airport because it has bigger value compared to the one I exchanged money in Shibuya. It was a big loss.
Get a Suica card the moment you arrived at the airport loaded at least JPY 1000 + JPY 500 deposit fee.
Book Willer Bus ahead of time because it’s cheaper.
Do not ever ride a taxi.
Book accommodation in advance for cheaper deals.
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If stranded in Tokyo, find a 24-hour McDonald’s to stay for a night.
Spend lesser with food buying from 7-11 but splurging with Japanese food is not really a problem.
Activities in Tokyo
You can see that I didn’t spend much during my DIY tour or Do-It-Yourself tour in Japan because there are several things to do that are free in Tokyo.
Download Tokyo Subway on your smartphone
Get a Tokyo Guidemap, it’s a must and it will save your ass and time.
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Activities in 5 Cities
In Osaka, I stayed there for 5 days with my Japanese family and they showed me around Osaka, Kyoto, Kuwana and Nara. In Yokohama, I met this Japanese guy in the club of Roppongi who was very nice to me and invited me for a day trip to his hometown. Will blog more about this on separate articles.
Be friendly with the locals, who knows they can give you a free tour.
Rent a bike in Japan if you got the chance, I find it least expensive than using a train. I haven’t tried it yet but I will do it on my next trip especially in Kyoto.
That’s it. I’m just glad I am now able to create this blog post because this has been long overdue.
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To Kitagawa family who made this Japan trip unexpectedly incredible, to Hide for showing me in Yokohama, to my former Canadian client who was being understanding with the situation and to all the people I’ve met from different parts of the world for looking after me. 😀
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Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.