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.
It is always eye-catchy to post crazily cheap price (some websites do) that most people can’t follow-through just for the sake of capturing clicks (to earn from ads). However, our satisfaction derived from helping our readers to simplify and achieve their travel planning. You can add in some travel hacks to make it cheaper.
If this is your first time in Tokyo, you will be interested to read:
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)
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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