Japan Itinerary 9 Days Autumn in Tokyo on a Budget for Less Than 20K Pesos

Traveling to Japan should not be expensive. Here’s a Japan Itinerary 9 days Autumn in Tokyo on a budget of less than 20K Philippine Pesos. Yes, you have read it right, just less than US$500.

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I really had no specific itinerary during my second time in Japan. All I wanted is just to see Tokyo again as there are so many things to do around the city. All I had is just PHP 20,000.

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Cebu to Tokyo – PHP 2,500

Tokyo to Manila – PHP 1991.25

Travel Tax – PHP 1,620


Ace Inn Shinjuku – Euro 16.33 for one night, book it here.

Ace Inn Shinjuku
5-2 Katamachi
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Airbnb in Shin-Okubo near a Korean town – Euro 37 for two nights, get your discount with Airbnb using this link.

AS House (Asakusa Smile) – JPY 1700 per night, paid JPY 9680 for 5 nights, book it here.

2-20-10 Higashi Komagata
Sumida-Ku, Tokyo, Japan


I bought a Suica card which I can load at least JPY 1,000.


The food I eat is purely basic and my budget per meal is JPY 500. For breakfast, I’m happy with cup noodles for JPY 250 – 300. If I want authentic ramen, it’s JPY 800. Bowl rice is JPY 400 – 500. One sushi plate is at least JPY 100. I also get a hot chocolate drink from a vending machine since it’s cold in the autumn season.

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Japan Itinerary 9 Days Autumn in Tokyo

Day 0 – November 28, 2015

  • Departure Cebu to Tokyo at 5:55 AM
  • Arrival Narita at 11:20 AM
  • Took the Narita Skyliner to Shinjuku but stopped at Akebonobashi Station
  • Check-in at Ace Inn Shinjuku just a near Akebonobashi Station
  • Dinner
  • Tokyo Winter Illuminations
  • Roppongi Midtown Christmas 2015
  • Caretta Shiodome
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Tokyo One Piece Tower
  • Back to Ace Inn Shinjuku

Day 1 – November 29, 2015

  • Check-out Ace Inn Shinjuku
  • Checked-in to Airbnb Shin-Okubo near Korea town
  • Dinner and walk around Shibuya with the housemates from the Airbnb place

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Day 2 – November 30, 2015

  • Meiji Shrine the whole day having breakfast and dinner
  • Back to Airbnb Shin-Okubo near Korea town

If nightlife is also your thing, you can also add it to your itinerary. I had my nightlife experience in Tokyo and accidentally met Draco Malfoy a.k.a Tom Felton.


Day 3 – December 1, 2015

  • Checked-out Airbnb Shin-Okubo near Korea town
  • Checked-in at AS House Asakusa Smile
  • Roaming around Tokyo, having breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accidentally met Mariko at Asakusa station

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Day 4 – December 2, 2015

  • Breakfast
  • Sensoji Temple with Mariko
  • Shinjuku Park meet up with Akiko
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building with Mariko and Akiko
  • Dinner
  • Shibuya crossing
  • Back to Asakusa Hostel

When you’re interested to visit a city near Tokyo, Yokohama is highly recommended as it is just one hour and thirty minutes away from Tokyo.

Day 5 – December 3, 2015

  • Brunch at Ramen House in Asakusa walking distance from my hostel
  • Wasted my afternoon because I lost and found my passport on Ueno station
  • Meet-up with a friend for sushi dinner after I found my passport

You may want to read my experience with my misadventures in Japan. You might learn a lesson or two.


Day 6 – December 4, 2015

  • Lunch in Urayasu
  • Meiji Shrine with a friend
  • Omotesando Hills
  • Meet-up with a Japanese cousin for dinner

When you want to get out of Tokyo and decide to go to Osaka, take the overnight bus with Willer Express Bus.


Day 7 – December 5, 2015

  • Going to Saitama the whole day
  • Back to Asakusa Hostel

If you’re interested to see the deers, go to Nara for deer feeding.

Day 8 – December 6, 2015

  • Roaming around Ueno and Ueno Zoo
  • Food trip
  • Back to Asakusa Hostel

Day 9 – December 7, 2015

  • Flight to Manila

As you can see, my itinerary is not that complicated as most of the time I go to places that are free. I also never deprive myself of food as I love to eat. I am very relaxed when I travel as I also love to sleep more during the cold weather. Everyone has their own way of traveling. You can actually add more things to do around Tokyo. But I just wanted to see the changing colors of the trees and the illumination night. You can actually splurge in Japan if you like.

Don’t forget to check my other Japan Travel Series on the blog.

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