This article will provide a guide on how to plan your Tokyo trip. This is definitely not the cheapest ever however it will be practical for most people.
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1. How many days in Tokyo?
For travelling only in Tokyo, we would recommend at least 5 to 7 days to allow ample time for sightseeing & exploring. Add in 1 or 2 days for Mount Fuji & 1 more day for Yokohama
DO NOT cram Tokyo with Osaka, Kyoto & Nara if you have only 1 week like travel agents always offer. That is the worst travel planning ever in my opinion. You will end up wasting time on the road without having time to really explore. Most readers thank us for this advice after their trip.
2. Booking Air Ticket – How much to pay?
The lowest price we paid for KL to Tokyo was RM350 return. Though rarely nowadays, AirAsia X do offer such low price during certain promotions.
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Buy Immediately Price: Below RM500 / S$200
Cheap Price: RM500 – RM800 / S$200 – S$300
Reasonable Price: RM800 – RM1200 / S$300 – S$480
Air Ticket Budget: RM900 / S$380 per pax
3. Which airport to fly to? Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita
Tokyo has 2 international airports namely Haneda Airport & Narita International Airport. Haneda Airport is closer to Tokyo compared to Narita International Airport. (Like Subang Airport & KLIA)
We prefer to fly to Tokyo Haneda as it saves us more time & cheaper airport transfer as well.
4. Where to stay in Tokyo & How much to budget
RM380/SGD125 per night will get you a basic hotel or better choices on Airbnb. Most first time travellers will prefer to stay in Shinjuku, Shibuya or Ueno.
Our advice is to stay in accommodation near any Tokyo Metro & Toei Line stations as it is more convenient for getting around Tokyo.
And of course, accommodation lower than RM380/SGD125 per night is also available.
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7 Days 6 Nights trip : (MYR2,280/SGD750) /2 person sharing = RM1,140/S$375
5. Travelling around Tokyo
Travelling around Tokyo is even cheaper since our first trip. As travellers MUST BUY the unlimited travelling pass with Tokyo Metro & Toei Line.
Tokyo Subway 1-Day Ticket – Adult: 800 yen, Child: 400 yen
Tokyo Subway 2-Day Ticket – Adult: 1,200 yen, Child: 600 yen
Tokyo Subway 3-Day Ticket – Adult: 1,500 yen, Child: 750 yen
With this pass, you can travel unlimited on all Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway Line. This pass is much cheaper than the normal day pass available at metro stations. That day pass cost 1000 yen per day while 1500 yen gets you the same thing but for 3 days!
Where to buy: Haneda Airport (International Terminal Tourist Info Counter), Narita Airport, BIC Camera. So do buy the pass at the airport when arriving in Tokyo.
For More Info & Exact Locations to buy this Pass : CLICK HERE
JR pass is NOT NEEDED for travelling in Tokyo as Tokyo Metro & Toei Line will get you to all attractions and is much cheaper.
7 Days Trip Transportation : 2 X 3 Days Pass + 1 X 1 Day Pass = 3800 yen (RM140/S$47)
6. How much to budget for Food
Who doesn’t love Japanese food? The never-ending list of food to try in Tokyo is one main reason we keep coming back. Tokyo has a wide range of choices from cheap eats (ok not so cheap for Penangnites) to expensive Michelin Star fine dine. Here’s the guideline
500 yen & below: Most Japanese fast-food chain & convenience shop like 7 Eleven do offer meals below 500 yen & they are available throughout Tokyo. (Penang term: Economy Fried Bee Hoon)
Related Read: Tokyo On Budget – 5 Cheap & Delicious Food under 500 yen!
500 to 800 yen: Will get you the basic level of most food available in most restaurant. A bowl of Ichiran Tonkotsu Ramen cost 790 yen in Japan. (Penang term: Common food like Chicken Rice, Hokkien Mee, Laksa)
801 to 1100 yen: This amount will allow a wider choice of food with extra toppings. (Above food Geh Liao!)
Sushi: Around 4,000 yen per person per meal.
Sushi is considered an expensive meal even for Japanese and is not eaten frequently. In reality, sushi is more famous in overseas than in Japan. Kaiten Belt Sushi Restaurants are normally cheaper than Custom Order Sushi Restaurant.
Tips: For some restaurants especially higher ends (with Michelin Star), lunch is typically much cheaper & offer more value to diners so do double-check both lunch & dinner price.
7 Days 20 Meals + 1 Sushi – 900 yen X 18 + 4000 yen = 20,200 yen (RM780/S$255) per pax
We will be using 900 yen as the average cost per meal 3 times daily and one sushi meal. Of course, you can play the figure yourself and eat brunch instead of breakfast & lunch to increase your budget per meal.
Note : Most Japanese restaurant and some shops doesn’t accept credit card as Japanese always pay by cash. So having more cash is safer when travelling in Japan.
7. How much to budget for Sightseeing & Souvenirs
Most attractions in Tokyo are free except theme parks and maybe observatory decks which is optional. So Ill just budget for Disneyland & some souvenirs.
Sightseeing Budget: 10,000 yen per pax (RM390/S$130)
Related Reads: 15 Must Visit Tokyo Attractions & Travel Guide
8. Total Budget Per Person
|No||Info||Budget (RM)||Budget (SGD)|
|3||Transportation in Tokyo||140||47|
|5||Sightseeing & Souvenir||390||130|
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BIC camera. Not “big” camera
Thx for pointing it out. Appreciate it
Use Airbnb and you’ll get awesome accommodation, near station with portable wifi, for below RM200 a night. I planned my 11 days in Japan including 4 different cities and theme park tickets to Universal Studios and Disney Sea for a total budget of around RM5K.
Wow..can us share ur plan? How much and where u plan to stay and go.. ??
Hi, you can check my other tokyo post where to visit for attractions
Here’s a link to my itinerary 🙂 I also shared my lodging information on my blog.
Hi there.im planning to go on 2016 October.like you said tokyo and fuji. since i barely know any japanese language, is it suitable for me to travel alone?or should i travel with someone who know japanese well.because i know english(so called international language) doesnt work well in japan. looking forward for your reply.
I’m not sure if this question is meant for me or the original author of this post. Haha! But based on my experience, the Japanese know basic English. I travelled with my family and none of us could speak Japanese, but we got around just fine 🙂
Hi Kung, we dont speak japanese as well, but the people are friendly to help out. Train station staff usually have 1 or 2 who speaks english. Also hotel staffs are good way to ask around as well.
What is the different between JR pass & Tokyo Metor & Teoi Subway Lone pass?
In Tokyo there are many private company railways, unlike one company handles all. So JR is another company more on long distance train while Tokyo Metro is another company & Toei Subway is another company.
Do you mean get either Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway pass. Any idea how should travel from osaka to tokyo more economically without travelling by the bullet train.
Hi May, yes both line can be use under 3 Days Tourist Pass. Bus is cheapest but longest hour
can buy 3 tickets together for next 7 days? 3 days + 3days + 1 day ticket
Hi, we are able to buy multiple ticket at Bic Camera when we show our passport.
My experience as journey backpacker with my friend im visit Japan from Kagoshima to Wakkanai in 7days. yes i spend below RM3500 but need to study the train schedule completely. and i made it on April 2014 after make some paperwork itinerary.. as i say it is a backpacker journey..that why we made it..
Need ur opinion, should i change myr to yen in malaysia or in Tokyo? I checked the exchange rate in Japan, the rate much more cheaper than in Malaysia.
Hi Lea, is better to change in Malaysia, as most japanese normal store doesnt accept credit card. Unless u know where to change and able to change without hassle then u can change over there. However since MYR isnt a common note, not all exchange money companies will accept MYR
Any good offers for JP Disneyland?
Hi you can check the price here http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/ticket/
I’ve always wanted to travel to japan but maybe a bit worried about the forex rate. Skeptical as it may sound, that is how i think about travelling abroad. Nevertheless, after reading ur post I am tad relieved. Thanx for sharing…
Hi Tommy, thanks for sharing! However I’d like to ask:
1. How much for the transfer from Haneda airport to Tokyo (JR Yamanote station)?
2. What’s the difference between Suica card (it’s like the EZ Link card in Singapore) and the mentioned Tokyo Metro + Toei subway pass? I’m considering between the 2 passes for transport. I believe using Suica card is cheaper compared to the normal one-way fares.
Thanks in advance for answering my questions! Am planning a solo trip and I’ve never been to Tokyo before and the transport really baffles me.
Tokyo Metro & Toei pass grants unlimited train rides while Suica or Pasmo is just prepaid card that offers discount on train rides.
I have yet to try but there is Tokyo Metro to Haneda airport therefore it might be usable with the metro pass
Hi tommi, do you have any idea to get from narita to the bullet train as im travelling to osaka by that.
Hi Ester, check this website for train schedule http://www.hyperdia.com
Wow i spend at least 2k plus for my 7 day trip to osaka and tokyo it only include the flight and hotel 🙁
Hi Sally, do you mind to share your itinerary with me?
I planned to do OSAKA/KYOTO for ten days on budget travel this coming August. I wiould very much appreciate you could share some useful tip as well.
Hi Lye, glad to hear that, if you have extra day, you can visit Nara as well
hi, I would suggest that u need to have a portable wifi during for free and easy trip…
u can search the wifi that you would like to hire, the price will show in this website, u can booking online and collect it at airport post office…..http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/
i am using this 3 app in my trip:
1) google map app is very useful for you…
2) hyperdia.com (Website) is for you to check the train schedule or plan or your too….
3) Tripomatic app
use airbnb to book the home stay, it will be cheaper then normal hotel, but also depend on which home stay you choose for it….
still have a lot to share…
Would appreciate that if have a similar write up for Kyoto trip! Many thanks!
I planned to travel to osaka in October, how shall I go about it,.Ist 3 days is Osaka outskirts
i.e. Universal studios & any others you can recommend?…..Tq..
Was wondering where i can get good exchange rate for RM to Japanese Yen.
Hi normally i exchange at Pavilion or midvalley in KL and cantonment road or Prangin mall in Penang
hi Tommy, i ll travelling to Japan at the end of Nov. the first day i ll go around tokyo and will meet friends who will reach tokyo on the second day. then together to hokaido. what type of pass should We buy? jr 7 days pass or others？
Hi, you can check flight to Hokkaido approx RM1200 return.
Thanks for the comprehensive Tokyo travel guide. However, I have some question regarding the Tokyo Subway Ticket.
1. If we buy the the 3 days ticket, when is the activation period? The day when we buy it, or the first day when we use it for riding the Tokyo Metro?
2. Is it working by 3×24 hours? or just stop working at the midnight of your third day like the JR pass?
U can activate it anytime..the ticket will automatically print the date when you start using it. It doesn’t have to be the day you buy the ticket.. And the activation works 3×24 hours..
I understand that Airasia flight from Malaysia to Haneda arrives at 2230. Is the Tokyo Subway Pass still available at that time?
Hi Ben, the info counter might still open at that time. If they have closed, you can buy from BIC Camera.
Hi tom,can I have proposal on Osaka Japan budget travel abot rm 3500 per pax in sept 15 ??
Hi Winnie, yes it is possible, fb message us if you need help. Thanks
need ur nelp too.. ‘plz.. planning to go to osaka in oct. for 5 days. hoping that to visit tokyo as well. tq
Hi, fb message us for any question on planning
Hi Tommy, i plan to visit Ghibli Museum which seems only accessible via JR line. I’ve been researching and I can’t seem to find any information about a return trip ticket. Same for the trip from Haneda airport to rhe city. Any thoughts or tips?
Hi Abellyn, to be honest you are too rush in Busan, why not just move that day to Jeju or Seoul? It will be more relaxing. Jeju u can book 1 night in Seogwipo and the other in Jeju City. You can either rent car or hire a driver
Hi Justine, you can use this http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ to check train schedule & price
Great review Tommy. Just a tip if using AA, flight will arrive around 1030pm, u might be able to catch the last train. Just make sure u dont get stopped by the smartly dressed with fluent english police for a chit chat. Just walk fast to the station, dont act like a first timer n if u happen to walk past them, just ignore n walk away.
Thanks Faizal for the tip! Unless there is a delay by AA normally passengers will get to catch the train or last bus to tokyo
Christina here. I would like to seek for your advice. I will be traveling with my buddy to Japan this coming November for 14 days. It will be our first time going to Japan. I just can’t the sense out of the JR pass.
Our planned itinerary are as follows :
12 Nov – KL/KIX
12 Nov – Osaka
13 Nov – Osaka/Hiroshima
14 Nov – Osaka
15 Nov – Osaka/Kobe
16 Nov – Osaka/Kyoto
17 Nov – Kyoto
18 Nov – Kyoto/Nara
19 Nov – Kyoto
20 Nov – Kyoto/Tokyo
21 Nov – Tokyo
22 Nov – Tokyo
23 Nov – Tokyo
24 Nov – Tokyo
25 Nov – Haneda/KL
Our starting point will be from Osaka and ending point at Tokyo. Would getting a JR pass worth it ?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Christina, hmm normally we dont encourage to travel multi city in a trip especially tokyo & osaka. JR pass if not mistaken is only useful if u cram many intercities in a short period. So the only thing u can do is the compare price of one way ticket and jr pass price to find out which is more worth it
My family and I will be travelling to Tokyo end of this year and I’ll be their tour guide ^^
I’ve been there once before and I stayed in a ryokan with my friends but this time we will be staying in an apartment listed in Airbnb, it’s wayyy cheaper =)
I used Pasmo card to travel last time so I did not know much about Tokyo Metro & Teoi Subway Pass. May I know if we can use Tokyo Metro Pass to travel from Narita Airport to Asakusa? Or do we have to buy N’EX tickets like I did last time?
Hi Aegean, yes Airbnb is one of the great option for accommodation. Unfortunately you should not be able to use it as it is not under Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway line
Hi tommy, thanks for the great review. I’ll be staying at an airbnb near shinsen station on the keio line which is a stop away from shibuya. Will the unlimited pass mentioned in ur article work? If not, what would be a good alternative? Thanks!
Hi, you would have to pay 1 station to shibuya and continue with the unlimited pass from shibuya.
Hi Tommy, I will be going to JP for 9 days. I have booked 5 days in a Tokyo hotel, would you recommend another 2/3 days in Kyoto or any other surrounding places? Thanks.
Hi Manniya, kyoto will be quite far away from tokyo, maybe you should visit Mount Fuji & Yokohama?
We plan to buy Tokyo Metro & Toei Line pass when reach haneda airport, but our flight to reach there is at night time around 10.30 pm. not sure the International Terminal Visitor Information Centre still operate that hour?
Hi Ks4ever, yes it should be open, our advise is upon arrival quickly pass the immigration to ensure u can catch the last train in time.
Hi Tammy, thanks for your helpful guide! Very much appreciated plus the penang people as ref! ❤?
Hi Angel, you are most welcome. Hope it helps. Happy Traveling!
Hi Tommy, I have check the metro website and notice then term were stated that the ticket is not sold separately and we have to purchase their service ie accommodation, travel package. Is this true?
Hi SK, for which do you mean? If tourist pass it is sold separately as we didnt buy additional service or accommodation.
Ok. Will do. Thanks ya 🙂
Wow extensive review of a 7 day trip Thanks for that. Of course as a Muslim, I need to look for Halal Food. I found 1 guide from:
And I already planning according to what you share, also gathering more info on hotel. because I found some Tatami mat hotel offers quite attractive price and good for my wife and son. after all sleeping will be the least thing we do~
Do you have any info for Halal food maybe I miss? Thanks~
Owh found another good 1~
Great info, if we get a chance to try halal food in tokyo in future, maybe we can write a post as well. Have fun!
Hi ! I’m planning to go Japan this coming November , Osaka 5 days n Tokyo 5 days . If I buy unlimited traveling pass is cheaper ? But if I buy unlimited pass some of the train I also can’t take right ? Very limited ..
Hi Soon, the tourist pass is for tokyo so you can use in tokyo. It is for all Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway line in tokyo excluding JR Line & Private railways. Anyhow both Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway is already 90% covering tokyo
Thanks from reply. How about Osaka ? Do any traveling pass can use ?
Hi Soon, though we visited Osaka we pay by per ride and maybe if you notice any tourist pass do inform us when you are there
Hi tommy, at tokyo which place is more convinience to stay for 3 nite, reason behind is bring small kid during winter i think is tough. Pls advice
Hi Ker Sing, stay in hotels nearby either Tokyo metro or Toei Subway stations, easier to get around.
The Subway pass can only be used on Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway, not on private line like the Disney and Skytree lines? So on top of the subway pass, we still should get the Suica or Pasmo cards, correct?
Thanks for advice.
Hi May, yes purely on Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway. You can reach skytree with the pass stopping at Oshiage Station. Disney is just one stop away with the pass at Shin Kiba. You can get Suica for convenience or buy 1 way ticket
Thanks for your reply. Need further help. I will be staying around the Shimbashi JR line and will be going to Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc which are along the JR Yamanote Line. Which is easier/cheaper – JR Yamanote or subways or a combination? Or if we just want to take the next available JR/subway to reach our destination, how do we know whether to go to the JR or metro station? Is there also a JR Yamanote day pass?
Hi May, tokyo metro & toei subway is more convenient to get around Tokyo than JR. You can use this website to check routes http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Hi There, Thanks for the information.. I would like to check if w could purchase the unlimited train tickets in advance on the first day of arrival? Because me n my wife will be there for 6 days there. on the 6 day we will depart. How do we purchase the next 3 following days?
Hi Faiz, yes we did buy 10 days of travel pass in one shot as we were in tokyo for 14 days
Hi Tommy, thanks for thr prompt reply.. So which means to say that I can purchase the 2 x 3 days pass on the day of arrival, for both me mand my wife? So means to say that after the first 3 says is up. I will just need to activate the second pass for the next day?
Hi Faiz, yes that is what we did, if they doubt just show them your air ticket return date to justify. The card activates once u insert into the machine.
Hi tommy, just wondering if u can explain to me the differences between jr pass and other train pass for osaka and tokyo? What the benefits if I using jr pass all the way?
Hi, JR pass is only for JR train, is like monorail ticket is for monorail and cant use for KTM
I would like to go mt fuji 5 station, how to go there ?
Hi, by bus will be the most convenient
Hi Tommy, great tips you’re providing here. I will be travelling to Japan with my husband and a 4 year old son this coming Feb. We’ll be touching Osaka Kansai airport (0650am) and will be heading straight to Kyoto (downtown) for 5D4N before we head to Tokyo for 7D6N where we will be departing at Narita airport.
Appreciate if you can help to share on whether it’ll be worth it to get the JR Pass for 7 days (Osaka – Kyoto – Tokyo) and the remaining days in Tokyo using Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway? If it’s worth to get the 7 days pass, then we might be considering day trip to Osaka again or Nara during our stay in Kyoto.
Hi Eileen, normally we dont recommend to squeeze 2 places tokyo & osaka in a trip, so we ourselves have never buy JR pass. What we can advise is the calculate the price and compare. But do note you will very rush if you visit Osaka and will miss out many stuff there
Hi Tommy, Can I check that how do I get from Narita Airport to the main area of Tokyo or Asakusa station. Will the unlimited subway pass you introduced under the cover of my mentioning route as well?
Hi Leon, the tourist pass does not cover the train from Narita to Tokyo. However once arriving tokyo, you can start using it
Hi Tommy, then any good suggestion which is less complicated and cheaper way to do so from Narita Airtport to Asakusa?
Hi Leon, you can use this website to check train routes & schedule http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ Alternatively bus is more straightforward way but not the cheapest way
If you live in Australia (cost up to $1300 extra to get to Singapore return), have school kids age, can you get these prices traveling only on high seasons? It doesn’t work unfortunately…
Hi yeah it is more for travelers from malaysia & singapore
But apart from Air tickets, the rest can be beneficial when traveling to Tokyo
How do you travel from narita airport to your hotel if airasia x arrived in tokyo at 2230 (2330 in tokyo)?
Hi you can take a bus to town or last train. However AirasiaX doesnt fly to Narita anymore. So make sure it is the correct airport you will land
Hi! your post really helped me alot in planning my next Japan trip. I just need to clarify something about the Tokyo Subway Ticket. Do we have to present a visa when buying the tickets at the Airport because from what i know, Singaporeans do not have to get a visa when travelling to Japan for a short visit?
Hi! Do you have a one week plan for Osaka? Thanks!
Hi you check our Osaka attractions places – http://www.tommyooi.com/osaka-attractions
if i wanted to travel from tokyo to kyoto and osaka and places around them then back to tokyo for 3 weeks . Should i get a JR pass ?
Hi Fan, the downside of JR pass it is restricted by days. Do check if they have flexible dates to use instead of continuation
I am gtg on jan 21 – jan 26
Can help to plan itinerary
Hi Bel, you can refer to our Tokyo Attraction page – http://www.tommyooi.com/tokyo-attractions/ If you need us to plan for you there will be USD15 charge for private travel planning. Have fun!
Your post actually inspired me to travel Japan on a budget because I thought that IT IS REALLY THAT EXPENSIVE. But you proved me wrong 🙂 I wrote my experience here and I would love to share it to you 🙂
Hi Tommy, I have read thru your post is very informative. I have book my ticket to Tokyo via Narita Airport and is 10D9N. Planning to stay at Tokyo few days and go to Mt Fuji, Hakone from here to Osaka than back to Tokyo. I plan to stay at Shinjuku. May i know
1)should i remain stay in shinjuku and visit Mt Fuji & Hakone or should i break it
2)with my plan going to Osaka is it too rush?
3)From Airport i should take JR Narita Express return trip right. Than buy the 7 days pass ticket separately
4)if of Nara will be too rush ?
thank for your patient.
Hi Swister, yes personally I feel it will be too rush and would recommend to break to 2 trips for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara & Kobe.. You can stay in Hakone for 2 nights and even visit Yokohama which is nearby Tokyo
Hi Tommy, I would like to seek for your advice. I will be going to Tokyo + Hakone next Monday with few friends. I have only purchased my flights. Accommodation wise we have booked ryokan in Tokyo and homestay in Hakone area but not paid yet. I have changed about JPY110,000. I am planning to go Disneyland too. Do you think its good enough for 8 days?
Hi, if it is normal spending, yes should be enough 110,000 jpy for one person for 8 days.
I want internet only in my I phone , 3G 4 g , may I get this from airport of Tokyo
Hi Farhana, you can rent a portable wifi so u can keep your own no and surf the net. Most metro station now has free wifi
Thank you for all of this ! It will be very helpful for my stay in Tokyo soon !
Hi Marcus, you are most welcome. Enjoy your trip!
hi tommy, Im 1st time go to Tokyo . We plan to travel 8 days in Tokyo this time. Mind to recommend which budget hotel to stay and near by any MRT station? Thanks
Hi Wong, normally we use https://www.hotelscombined.com/?a_aid=145012 to search for hotels or http://www.airbnb.com/c/chuentheango (save RM60)
hi Tommy.. great blog u have there. so much info,,, Just a few questions to clarify some things… We are planning to travel to Tokyo in November 2016 for 8 days 7 nights.
1. which date in November will be best to travel as we want to experience Autumn in Tokyo
2. Will it be very cold in November? do we need winter jacket etc..
3. we want to do sightseeing in Tokyo (all the main attraction), Disney sea, mount fuji and lake Ashi. will the Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway card cover all this places or do i still need to purchase the JR or Suica/Pasmo card?
HI Nimmy, early Nov should be good. Yes you will need jacket depending how resistent to cold. Normally autumn they will wear the sleeveless winter jacket. The weather should be cooling but wind makes it cold. But is good to bring extra warm and take them off rather than shivering in coldness. Suica/Pasmo is like our touch n go. Mount Fuji u can take bus or by JR. Disney Sea u can use the Tokyo Metro& Toei Subway pass to last station and buy one or 2 station to Disney Sea
Hi, is Tokyo subway pass cover to Yokohama too?
Hi Berny, nope as it is different city
I will be travelling to Japan (Tokyo & Sapporo) in January 2017. My itinerary will be 18Jan-20Jan (Tokyo) and 20Jan-23Jan (Sapporo)
I’m still deciding whether should I just travel to Sapporo only. Forget abt Tokyo. But I want to visit the Tokyo Disneyland. Also, I’m contemplating whether should i take domestic flight or bullet train from Tokyo to Sapporo.
I need your input for below enquiries
1) Is it advisable to travel to both Sapporo & Tokyo within that period?
2) Will taking bullet train from Tokyo to Sapporo a convenient way to travel?
3) How much does a bullet train ticket cost?
4) Which area/district should i book my hotel at for both Tokyo & Sapporo (convenient, accessible and cheap)?
Would appreciate if you could share with me your input
Hi Iera, we do advise to choose either one, as you dont have enough days for either place as well. Yes do visit Hokkaido and do a self drive trip, you can visit few cities in Hokkaido, but preferably extend your stay to 10 days min
Tommy, would you say a trip to Japan or Korea is more expensive?
Hi Samantha, Japan is 20% more expensive than Korea
Well, thanks for share. I have a plan to japan for two weeks.
Hi Ndundupan, hope it helps!
I planned to visit Tokyo + Hokkaido on Dec.
Below is my itinerary for Tokyo.
Appreciate if you could help to advise which are the ‘MUST Go’ place that i have missed out?
For the transport, do you think SUICA or 3 days day pass is more worth?
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Mount Fuji Trip (Hakone day pass)
Hi, we do have an article on Must Visit Attraction in Tokyo you can refer to. 3day tourist pass is definitely worth better but i dont suggest to do hokkaido together as hokkaido itself takes 10 to 14 days
How I can buy Tokyo subway pass when I arrive haneda airport about 1100pm???
Hi Hafizullah, quickly rush out and pass immigration upon arrival, then go tourist information counter to buy, if closed then buy at Bic camera shops
HI Tommy. We will be travelling to Tokyo next year Mar for 2a+2c. Which transportation is convenient to us from Narita to JR Gotanda. Thank you
Hi Juinne, train will be the best option, alternatively check bus routes as well
Hi Juinne, train should be best bet
Hi Tommy, other then Toyko, is there other like Nara, Shirakawa and Hokkaido in your plan.
Hi, yes we do have Nara & Hokkaido in our travel guide
Hi..can i ask about rm6k must in acc..???how is tat about??is it compulsory to hav rm6k??
Hi Shim, why do you need 6k in your account? They dont check now
Is the late bus still available?
Hi Heldy, unless changes the late bus is still ongoing
if im travellin in tokyo for 5 days. can i buy the 3 days ticket + 2 days ticket? will the 2 days ticket expire before i use it?
HI, yes possible as the date & time start upon first use of the ticket, as long you didnt insert the ticket, it is consider brand new
Hi, refer to the Red Planet hotel, i cannot book any room for Nov 2017 since last week. Any other recommended hotels nearby? I plan to bring my boy to Tokyo+Yokohama (7D6N)
This is my first time traveling, so excuse me if it sounds stupid, do I need a visa to visit Japan for tour / sightseeing (not work / study)
Hi Thomas, if you are a Malaysian or Singaporean, you dont need visa for 30 days travel in Japan
Me and my friend are planning to travel to Tokyo from Narita airport.This is our first Japan trip.As
such since we are on a budget and only have 7 days of sight seeing, what would you recommend? I mean we do want to experience the Onsen spa, Mt Fuji, the theme parks,the bullet train and see a bit of tokyo skyscappers, what kind of iteranry would you recommend. We are planning to lodge in shibuya directly form Narita. It was a unanimous decision. How should we go about the itirnary so we dont loose too much time.? Thanks for your help in advance!
Hi Roksy, we do have a Tokyo attraction blog for your convenience 🙂
Hi Tommy Ooi.. My first time to tokyo. Plan to visit 5D4N. Location staying Shibuya Excel Hotel or Cerulean Tower. Occupy with 2 Adult and a 5yrs old kid. I have not ideal how to plan my visit ltinerary. Here i am hoping your expertise could recommended me places to visit by breaking down days. Importantly must have a day on disneyland and disneysea.
How much should i bring to Tokyo (Spending only excluded from hotel fees)?
What is different Suica card and Tokyo Metro & Toei Line? Staying at Shibuya. An 5D4N trips. No uban visit. Travel with wife and a 5 Years old son. 2 days spending at Disneysea and Disneyland.
Which card do you most recommend on transport?
Hi David, Suica is exactly Touch n go in malaysia or Octopus card in hk. Is a prepaid touch card while the other is a unlimited train pass
HI bro.. actually what I concern is will it be too cold to bring a one year old baby to Tokyo in December? And what is the cheapest way to transfer from airport to City. Thanks.
Hi William, though as long as well equipped with winter wear is fine, but 1 year old baby will depends on parents judgement whether the baby could withstand the cold.
Hi Tommy, I’m planning a 8 days trip to Tokyo. Can you suggest a nearby city to visit for a 2/3 days trip? Thanks.
Hi Jon, perhaps Mount Fuji or Yokohama?
Hi Tommy, if I have 15 days in total, after Osaka Kyoto and Nara; can I cover tokyo as well? Is distance the main reason for not doing both?
Hi Vipul, is not bout the distance but more on short of time to cover both regions. You can do that if you have 15 days but most people do it in 7 days. Also one region is better cos u can enjoy more by focusing your spending in one region. Example if you were to visit Universal Studio Osaka and Disneyland Tokyo in same trip, you will spend lesser in other stuff.
Love this guide! Was just in Japan recently and have recommendations for souvenirs for those on a tight budget!
For something uniquely Japan, get a miniature Shuriken (Japanese knife), or katana (Japanese sword)! Alternatively you can also get charms from temples (Japan is full of these), or toys from gashapon (think sailormoon, pokemon and cat/dog-related toys)
Food-wise you can also buy instant ramen from Ichiran for your ramen-loving friends 🙂 7-11 and Daiso also has many interesting snacks your friends will wipe out in record time (speaking from personal experience here..), not to mention a variety of matcha-flavored things! Tiny bottles of Choya are also handy gifts.
If you are very practical – Japan has disposable heated eye masks. I quite like using them tbh!
Tokyo looks so fun! Great tips. Thanks for the share.
Hi, I plan going to Japan coming end of July with my friend .Was panning go USJ , Disney Sea , Mount Fuji .. Shinjuku. 8/ 10days is it enough n wher should I go 1st ? Fly from singapore . Any suggestion ? N I should fly to Tokyo then bk from Osaka ? Please advice . Thanks Lot n much appreciate it .
Hi Ivy, surely not enough you will need 14 days to complete it or missing out much places. I do recommend to split to 2 trips
Hi Tommy, AirAsia usually fly to Haneda airport at 2230. Is it cheaper to checkin those capsules hotel to rest overnight before travel to Tokyo next day? Any suggestions?
Hi Edmund, we usually go direct to city center upon arriving haneda
may i know how to reach Mount Fuji from Tokyo?
Hi, you can use bus or train to reach Mount Fuji
The last time we made a trip to Japan, we had a problem trying to get a sim card for our mobile phones. Because of this we were not able to use the google map unless we were at our hotel using the wifi.
Any tips on how to be in contact while in Japan?
Hi Benjamin, is better to rent a wifi router from Malaysia although now most tokyo metro stations have free wifi
I’m travelling to Japan end Nov and this is my 1st trip there. i’ll be there for 8D7N and my itinerary is 4 day in Tokyo, 2 separate day trips to Mt. Fuji and Kamakura, 1 day at Disneysea. I would like to know for transportation, it will be cost effective to buy the Subway Day Passes, Pasmo or Suica.
Hi! May you share with me which hotel u stay? I can’t find any hotel that less than RM500 per night.
Hi Joey, hotel prices in Tokyo fluctuate according to seasons. Airbnb offers a much cheaper alternative. Get RM110 discount on Airbnb when u sign up new account with this link http://www.airbnb.com/c/chuentheango
Air Asia flight reaches Haneda quite late at night. Would we be able to purchase the subway pass?
Is it puchased at self service kiosk?
Hi yes most of time you will be able to buy the last train or bus. Just move quickly towards immigration
Great & very helpful post. I am planning for a trip with my friends to Tokyo sometime around Nov this year. So would just like to check with you, you mentioned that you got flights for RM350 return before – does that include baggage or just the flight ticket?
Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!
Hi Jen, that was just flight without luggage. Now it is no longer that cheap so dont target that price.
Hi, can i know which hotel u recommend stay and more convenient as im looking for a walking distance to mall, shoping place etc. Thanks advice.
Hi, you can check Airbnb nearby Shinjuku
Hi Tommy, I am planning to go on January, I realized the people commenting mostly from 2015 and 2016 but I saw that this post has been recently updated (2018), can the prices reflected still be used for reference?
Hi Rizal, yes the amendment was made to reflect every year.
Hi Tommy…. i was planning to get JR Rail pass and i’m planning going to Hokkaido so my doubt is could i use my JR Rail pass in Hokkaido and Tokyo ? thanks in advance .
Hi it depends what pass you bought. All pass doesnt allow you to use the city metro and subway just JR lines
Thanks Tommy, your effort is very much appreciated by us nooby travelers!! 😀
Hi Rizal, you are most welcome. Hope it helps!
Many thanks, It’s really awesome! Can suggest budget stay?
I am going Japan (Tokyo) for the first time with my boyfriend in August. Planning 8-9 days, I need to include nature (boyfriend preference : only think of Fuji mountain), shopping & must see / do in Tokyo.
Most important not too rush so we can enjoy the max
Hi you can do mount fuji, yokohama. Tokyo more city shopping and eating
Just to check with you,as I have the ICOCA card with me here, should i still buy the unlimited day pass ticket in Tokyo,the card with me as i was visit Osaka few months back,so still quite of confuse should get the unlimited pass or stay with the ICOCA card
Hi yes as it is 2 different thing, one is prepaid and the other is unlimited pass
Hi Tommy, Well done and many thanks for your write-up which I will use to plan my 3rd trip to Tokyo, Has been a while since I last visited. By the way, while it is good of other readers to share their comments, I do not think others should promote their itinerary here and hijack Tommy’s site.