Minna saikou, arigato… K-k-k-kawaii!
First of all, I don’t speak Japanese and I only know the phrase thanks to Avril Lavigne with her song Hello Kitty. I’ve figured what that means, thanks to Google…
But then yes, thanks everyone who has contributed for this feature so far and the reason why I started this post with Japanese is as this time, Thais from World Trip Diaries will give us some insights about how to spend your $10 in one of the most expensive cities in the world: Tokyo.
Yup! I think this city is known with how high the living cost is there. I mean, as someone who has dated someone who lived in Tokyo, I’m quite familiar with it. Who would have though that you could actually do cheap travel in Japan?
So, how far could you get with $10 in the land of rising sun?
But anyway, over to you Thais! 😉
Some Alternative Activities You Can Do with $10, for Anime or Non-Anime Lover in Tokyo!
Even though Tokyo is always being ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, I’d have to disagree.
Well, accommodation, electricity, water, they are pricey. But as a tourist, you’d only have to worry about the first one. There are many activities and meals for less than $10 in Tokyo, and I’m gonna list a few below.
To start, visit the Ghibli Museum. Sitting at ¥1000 (around $9.5 USD), it’s the maximum, but it’s one great day out for anime lovers.
If you’re not into anime, well then, a visit to Shinjuku Gyoen costs ¥200 (around $1.8 USD) per adult. It’s an enormous park in Tokyo, and it’s stunning!
It’s full of cherry and plum trees – it’s absolutely gorgeous when they bloom! For ¥700 (around $6.5 USD), you can also try a wagashi (Japanese sweet) and a green tea in one of their tea houses, so that’s another day for less than $10!
Also, for ¥820 (around $7.8 USD), you can get a one day pass for the Yurikagome. Yurikagome is the driverless tram that goes from many places in Tokyo to many places in Odaiba.
You can then enjoy the day around the many sights in Odaiba, like the giant Gundam robot, the beach, the Statue of Liberty (yes, there IS one!!!). Odaiba is stunning and definitely deserves a day. 🙂
If you skip the Yurikagome, you could also go to Odaiba with the regular trains or the city bikes and visit Miraikan for less than $10. Miraikan is a pretty cool Technology Museum full of the things you’ll only find in Japan.
There’s always the option to walk around any neighborhood (yes, ANY!) to see Tokyo as it is and grabbing one of the delicious crepes or any of the other street food you find. They’re mostly good, I promise!
And then, if all else fails, you could just eat. It won’t go wrong!
In most restaurants, an adult can easily eat for less than $10. One of my favorite is the ramen shops (do try Ikkei Ramen behind Odakyuu in Shinjuku, they’re the best!), they’re often between ¥500 and ¥900 (around $6.5-8.5 USD). Hence, one delicious and cheap meal!
And for those wanting to try a Japanese homestyle meal, I highly recommend Ootoya. It’s so good, I could live there! 😛
Rice, soup, vegetable, pickles, a main dish, and even green tea. You could probably add a dessert there and it’d still be under $10. I hope you’ll enjoy your budget trip to Tokyo, because it’s absolutely doable! 😀
Contributor: Thais from World Trip Diaries
Thais is a mom of 4, traveling the world with her family for the last 2 years. Besides the family, she loves to eat, the beach, and to watch movies. Introvert by nature, travel lover, and wanna-be photographer on the free time. She can be found at World Trip Diaries.