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Budget Tokyo

by /bio/travel-rob »

 

Tokyo has a lot of great sights and most of the tourist sights are covered pretty well in the guide books.I'll try  to add my recommendations and also add some budget tricks that  I didn't find listed in the guidebooks.   The National Museum,Tsukiji Fish Market and Auction,the Metroploitan Government Building are big tourist sights ,but still well worth seeing.The auction is still great with the tour.I walked there in the morning. A Frommers pick,The Rikugien Garden is also very nice.I noticed most sights  had very reasonable admission prices.The Government building is free and I got a clear view of Mt. Fuji from it one day.   I have a recommendation that is not in the guidebooks, but well worth an afternoon.Tokyo Race Course,a horse track right off the Monorail line makes for a fun day.They sell some pretty good food there as well.The entrance fee is 100 yen and minimum bets are also  a hundred yen. I asked people to help me with some of the betting slips and had some great conversations and met some great people. I found  the track crowded with people of all ages. Horse racing is very popular in Japan,unlike most of the US. The fields are large.I saw 15 horses in most races.I really found it a great place to interact with local people.   I couldn't of been happier with booking.com.I stayed at one hotel room in Tokyo with a bathroom ,that was $42.00 a night  which included taxes.They also gave out free ramen soup in the evenings.   For me the metro day passes worked the best.I used the metro a lot and if I went outside the area ,there was only a slight fare adjustment.   My favorite food site,bento.com was great.I found some neat places with good fixed price meals. Their reviews were great and the menu prices they gave were accurate.   I also noticed that Seiyu (The Japan walmart) and Costco were very popular  in Japanand had  a lot of inexpensive food choices.They are a good place to buy drinks and other food that you normally might get at the 7-11 or Lawson,  but at a good savings.   What I was really impressed with was the Japanese Cake and Candy stores within the department stores.I am normally not a cake eater ,but I enjoyed looking at the great presentations at the different booths.   One  thing that I learned the hard way is to bring Advil from home.I had a tooth ache on my plane ride over and forgot Advil at home.When I arrived ,I asked where I could purchase some.I found out that only pharmacies sell pain medications,so I was out of luck until the next morning.   The 7-11s still work great for atm withdrawls.Pay phones are all over the place and actually work.The accept 10 yen coins if you have to make local calls.   I found Tokyo really inexpensive with a little planning ,even with the horrible exchange rate.   And March is a great time to go,although I hope thats the last of the big earthquakes for me.I saw some of the Cherry blossoms beginning and the weather was clear and only a little chilly
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RE: Budget Tokyo

by /bio/travel-rob »

Mt. Fuji

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by /bio/caroline »

TravelRob is right, Japan is wonderful.  My family was there about 6  years ago  and we just loved it. Sounds like you had fun too.   We loved the Mt. Fuji area, but we also enjoyed the Kyoto area very much.   One of the things we enjoyed was the weddings.   The hotel where we stayed had a lot of wedding parties who came for the receptions and we very much enjoyed seeing the attire.   One was the traditional Japanese attire and the next would be western attire.  It wasn't just the bride, but the groom too who was interesting to see in the different wedding attire.    

 

Then, we took the bullet train and went to Hiroshima and visited the WWII epicenter and memorial site.   That was awesome.  One of our very favorite things was our visit to,  We really enjoyed that and it was just so peaceful and still there were a lot of people there.   It was fun. 

The one thing we did learn is how very kind the people are.   We were there during a National Flood.  The trains and basically the whole island was shut down.   While we saw the rain and knew they were talking about it on TV, we didn't know that it was a national flood.   We went to the train station for our scheduled train trip, and the English speaking hostess filled us in.  She was so very kind and kept an eye out for us and as soon as a train was allowed through she made sure she found us and got us on the first one.   It was actually a faster train than we had booked, but the conductor was so wonderful and understanding that he didn't charge us extra.   They really were very kind and caring.  

We also learned that everything that's green isn't mint.   One day it was quite hot and we saw everyone eating some ice cream and decided to join in.   We bought what we thought was mint ice cream, but it turned out to be Green Tea ice cream.  It wasn't sweet as we thought either, so we didn't buy anymore.   There was also Green Tea Cake and just about anything else that can be eaten had a little green tea.   We enjoyed the culture and particularly loved the decor.   It was a great trip and I'd love to go there again.  

 

 

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RE: Budget Tokyo

by /bio/travel-rob »

Thanks Caroline, glad to see you back posting! It sounds like you  had a wonderful trip

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by /bio/caroline »

Thanks.  Glad you're back on line too.  

 

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Thanks Caroline, glad to see you back posting! It sounds like you  had a wonderful trip


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harryjohn579

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by harryjohn579 »

Excelent information in Tokyo destination. Thanks for sharing this article.

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RE: Budget Tokyo

by /bio/travel-rob »

Thanks Harry,

Of course it's even cheaper now with the more favorable exchange rate to the dollar.

On my next visit I'll try to put some updates for budget choices for other things like cell phones etc.

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yostwl

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by yostwl »

Agree that the Japanese are really kind and helpful.  A couple of times when we went into a shop to ask directions, the owner actually closed the shop for a few minutes and walked us to where he could point out our destination.

I found the diversity in coffee shops to be very interesting--some even look like chemistry labs with water a coffee being routed through all sorts of windy tubes, retorts, etc.

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RE: Budget Tokyo

by /bio/ozobsessed »

Hi ,

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0X4SL5

 

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