Japan always had the reputation of being an expensive country. I think that seems fair. After all, taxis in Japan have one of the highest flagdown rates all over the world (at a whooping 700 JPY). However, combining the effects of a cheap yen, and a strong (for now) Philippine peso, a Japan trip doesn’t have to incinerate one’s bank account.
I’ll make a blog containing budget suggestions for Food and Accommodation soon. I’ll just include here the total amount that I’ve spent, broken down into categories. Note that this does not include shopping (though, I didn’t regret my shopping, and I’ll also make a blog for shopping ideas in Japan). Without further ado, here is my liquidation report (“rounded off” to hundreds for simplicity):
|Expense||Cost (in PHP)|
Airfare (promo fare),taxes and VISA*
|Food (splurge and snacks)||1400|
As of the time of writing, 1 USD = 44.12 PHP
*Overnight bus to Kyoto included here.
**Bought a Kyoto pass, while point-to-point tickets only for Tokyo.
*** Sight entrance fees, onsen, museum fees
Here is my itinerary:
Arrival at Narita Int’l Airport
Ueno Park and Tokyo National Museum
Akihabara (maid cafe, arcade and electronics shopping)
Asakusa (Sensoji Temple and Nakamise)
Hana Rikyu gardens
Tsukiji fish market
Overnight bus to Kyoto
Trip to Nara
Nara walk (get it here)
Returned to Kyoto
Arashiyama (Tenryu-ji, bamboo forest, and Arashiyama monkey park)
Dinner and night out to Osaka, returned ASAP
Overnight bus to Tokyo
Trip to airport
Back to the Philippines
So that wraps up my liquidation report. I hope I inspired you in some way to visit Japan.