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Japan Tips?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by SophiaII, Jan 12, 2018.

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    I’ve made it to Japan with basically no questions asked by immigration, with a budget of about $200/mo ($600/88days). I’ve booked myself 1-2 hostel stays per week after the first week or so is over. Any tips when it comes to Tokyo?
     
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    This seems incredibly unrealistic to me. I was traveling pretty cheap when I was there but I probably spent $40-50 a day in Tokyo. Granted, I was staying a hostel every night (which was around $20 a night) but food costs and train tickets add up.

    On a low budget, you'll probably be eating at convenience stores for all your meals. That's not a big deal because they have lots of good prepared foods but you'll still be spending $7-10 a meal.

    Do you have camping gear? I've heard wild-camping is possible there so do some research about it. Hitching is always possible but it takes some strategy so read up on Hitchwiki.

    My advice is to shorten your stay so you won't be totally miserable trying to pinch pennies before going broke and being in a really shitty situation.
     
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    I don’t have enough money to shorten my stay, as the paradox goes...

    I’ll post anything I learn though.
     
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    When i went to Tokyo i couchsurfed with someone i hosted for their trip here to the US for a fest. This allowed for free housing and about half the meals for free from my host. Sadly this may require you to be active on couchsurfing and have already hosted someone im not 100 percent, you MIGHT be able to sign up and get someone to host you without having hosted first.

    tokyocheapo.com was one of the most helpful sites for me but i did a fair amount of research before showing up. I will go thru my bookmarks and try to find specific articles and lists i saved. try searching their site for "free" and "cheap" in the meantime as thats how i found some amazing free places. I went to a fair amount of museums and parks for free.

    Depachikas, the vendors have ready to eat food cheaper than the convenience stores and many have free samples, these can be found in the underground areas of train stations and department stores, basically they are food court / market spaces. I cant recall any of the cheaper spots in particular as i had a local host / fixer to hold my hand and show me around but im sure tokyocheapo or other websites might have a list. Some of the Depachikas are on the high end with fine dining so i wouldnt go off randomly looking for the cheap spots. Do a bit of research before wandering those markets, they can get a bit crowded at times.

    oh yea gotokyo.org lists local events etc, i downloaded some maps n guides from there, they have handy infos.
     
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