Japan has been overrated as an expensive destination, but we have discovered some ways you can maximize the value of each buck without compromising too much.
Read this entry on how you can pull off a 9D/8N cheap travel to Tokyo. Since we published this post, people have asked how a budget of less than Php 16,000 for 9 days is possible in Tokyo. The key, as every budget traveler knows, is to plan ahead and prioritize.
Each of us spent Php 15,964 in basic expenses in Tokyo, covering food, transport, tours (packaged transport and river cruise), and DisneySea. Since I didn’t return my Suica card, I spent Y500 more. See the breakdown below:
|Expenses during the trip||In Php*|
|Packaged transportation to Hakone and Fuji Five Lakes, and Tokyo Cruise||4,377.6|
Less: Suica card (Y500)
Beforehand, we spent Php 10,790 for our roundtrip airfare, accommodation (Airbnb), Philippine travel tax, and visa processing fee. This expense can skyrocket depending on your hotel and airline; we were lucky to chance upon a promo price nine months prior. See the breakdown of our other expenses:
|Expenses before the trip||In Php*|
|Roundtrip airfare (promo)||2,700|
|Airbnb accommodation (8 nights)||5,670|
|Philippine Travel Tax||1,620|
|Visa processing fee||800|
This means that with planning and a sprinkle of luck, a budget of Php 26,944 (excluding shopping) is really possible for a 9D/8N trip in Tokyo!
Of course, shopping is a different thing. I’ve learned that Filipinos usually allot 25% of their budget on shopping. There are also unexpected expenses you need to consider. To be sure, you can then base your total budget here.
*Note: Y1.00 = P0.38