We have traveled Japan few times and received many questions on traveling Japan from friends. So here’s a guide on how to plan your Tokyo trip reasonably.
Why not cheaply? I can blog how we traveled Tokyo for less than RM1k (my flight is bout RM350 & we can get free accommodation) but how many people could achieve it?
However by writing a guide that most people can achieve, it would help readers & friends in their travel planning. Also you can add in some travel hacks to make it cheaper.
1. How many days in Tokyo?
For traveling 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 road without having time to really explore.
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 airport namely Haneda Airport & Narita International Airport. Haneda Airport is much closer to Tokyo compared to Narita International Airport. (Like Subang Airport & KLIA)
MAS, Jetstar, Flyscoot flies to Narita Airport while AirAsia X, SIA & Cathay flies to both airport. We always prefer 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. Try to get accommodation near any Tokyo Metro & Toei Line stations to allow you convenience 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
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5. Traveling around Tokyo
Traveling around Tokyo is even cheaper since our first trip. As travelers, MUST BUY the unlimited traveling 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!
Only available in very limited places : Haneda Airport (International Terminal Tourist Info Counter), Narita Airport, BIC Camera. So do buy the pass at the airport when arriving Tokyo.
JR pass is NOT NEEDED for traveling 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)
For More Info & Exact Locations to buy this Pass : CLICK HERE
6. How much to budget for Food
Who doesnt 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 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 Restaurant 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 average cost per meal 3 times daily and one sushi meal. Of course you can play the figure yourself and eat brunch instead breakfast & lunch to increase your budget per meal.
Note : Most Japanese restaurant and some shops doesnt accept credit card as Japanese always pay by cash. So having more cash is safer when traveling 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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