Answer: PHP 70, 571.86 / USD 1,586.32 / JPY 196, 201.52 (ALL IN EXPENSES)
10 Day Itinerary:
Day 1 – Tokyo (Ueno Park + Tokyo Tower)
Day 2 – Kawaguchiko
Day 3 – Osaka (Osaka Castle + Namba)
Day 4 – Nara
Day 5 – Kyoto (Arashiyama – Kinakaku-ji – Fushimi Inari – Kiyozumi-dera)
Day 6 – Osaka (Universal Studios)
Day 7 – Osaka (Dotonburi)
Day 8 – Tokyo (Odaiba)
Day 9 – Tokyo (Shinjuku – Shibuya – Akihabara)
Day 10 – Flight going back to Manila
Details for said expenses:
And here is an estimate breakdown of where my pocket money went:
That is a rough estimate because there were items that I forgot to list down which amounts to PHP 6,366.45. I have a feeling most of it went on food 🙂
Conversion: 1 JPY : 0.364 PHP
I’ll try to put details per category, so here it goes.
- Train Fares
- Majority of the train fares went to Tokyo because our flights are both at Narita Airport. Train fares to and from the airport are pricey (4000 JPY). Also, tourist spots are located almost everywhere in Tokyo so changing train stations is inevitable aka very expensive. But the thing I love about trains at Tokyo are the Tokunai Pass and Metro Pass which I blogged here. Unlimited train rides anyone? 🙂
- Spent little at Osaka because itinerary included Universal Studios Japan (720 JPY) + Osaka Castle (280 JPY) + Dotonburi/Namba which is a walking distance from the hostel.
- We could have saved on train fares within Kyoto if we chose the bus pass but this will take a lot of time since there are long lines for the bus (waited for an hour for the bus going back to Kyoto station from Kiyozumi-dera aka RIP feet) + traffic.
- Food and Drinks
- Average price for the food? Hmmm based on experience 800 JPY for Japanese restaurants. Sometimes around 1500 JPY for seafood restaurants and Italian restaurants . Yoshinoya is cheap (average 400 JPY), which is waaaaaaay waaaaaay better than the Yoshinoya here at the Philippines.
- Love to hoard drinks at 7/11 or Family Mart, enter coffee shops to pass time or to warm up and also buy desserts aka Hokkaido ice cream and almost every pudding I can set my eyes on which is why I’m sure the unaccounted money went to food hehe
- Entrance Fees + Activities
- Bulk went to Universal Studios (7200 JPY). But relatively pretty cheap because most of the parks we went to don’t have any entrance fees. Activities included 2 bike rides (1 in Kyoto and 1 in Nara) + temple activities.
- Bus Fares
- Shibuya – Kawaguchiko – Shinjuku + bus pass within Kawaguchiko.
- JAPAN IS A GOOD PLACE TO GO IF YOU WANT TO SHOP. Don’t plan on going to Japan if you have no extra money to shop cos I tell you, you’ll regret it. Hehe. Bags, shoes, clothes, perfumes, toys, watches, electronics ARE CHEAP — especially the clothessss. Lots of sale everywheeeere. From H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy and my most favorite clothing store which I will not mention in this blog lol
- Here are the things I remembered buying: 4 pairs of pants, 6 tops, 2 skirts, 2 scarves, 1 shorts, 2 Nike rubber shoes, 3 bags, 1 Lanvin perfume, 8 pieces of Casio watch, 3 Instax films, 2 iPhone cases lol, Royce chocolates, Kit Kats and lots and lots of food + other things for pasalubong. I had a hard time packing since I cannot fit it all in my luggage! Whew. Seriously, I regret nothing!!! Hehehe kidding but yes, did not expect i’ll be able to shop in Japan.
Since the budget I posted included shopping, and if I were to subtract it from the total expenses, the basic money you need for a 10 day trip to cover Tokyo – Osaka – Nara – Kyoto would be PHP 47,757.07.
I believe a 47k all in trip to Japan (including four prefectures) for 10 days is cheap. Do you agree or disagree? But since i’m considering it cheap for a 10 day trip, here are the things to remember to cut down on expenses:
1. Book in advance aka take advantage of the piso seat sale of Cebu Pacific. Jet Star sale prices are not bad too.
2. Stay in hostels. If you can’t, prepare to spend 60% more (estimate of 1500 PHP per night per person) on what we spent on accommodations.
3. Use the overnight bus for Tokyo – Osaka (or vice versa). Not only will it help you cut down on transportation expenses, it will also lessen the expenses on accommodations. We were able to save more on accommodations since we did not book any hostel for 2 nights 😛
4. Plan your itinerary well. Stay at accommodations near the major train stations to save on train fares and to utilise the available unlimited passes for the trains (in Tokyo).
Hope this blog post helped you in having the courage to book that round trip seat sale to Japan! 🙂