Do you think prices are high in Tokyo? Is your budget tight because of the strong yen?
Don’t worry. You can enjoy Tokyo with a low budget by giving it a twist. We introduce you a tourist route that takes you to Tokyo’s famous and popular tourist attractions while keeping the budget to 10,000 yen.
Tour starts from a Japanese-style inn, ryokan.
Ryokan Katsutaro in Nezu near Ueno offers you a comfortable stay at reasonable room rates; PCs with internet access, free Wi-Fi and free drink service including coffee are available.
Many leaflets in various languages are available.
You will find guest books written in various languages
Liquor shop Mikawaya in front of Katsutaro: You can find something for breakfast here.
Room for 2 persons: 4,200 yen/person
10% discount campaign!
4-16-8, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Budget tip: Accommodation
Japanese Inn Group is a group of Japanese Ryokan with reasonable room rates and Ryokan Katsutaro is one of the members. Japanese Inn Group is currently having “Gambaro Nippon Campaign” and offering discount rates through April 2012.
First, get the Common One-Day Ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway to go around Tokyo. The common ticket can be purchased from ticket vending machines at all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway stations. Fare:1,000yen
Budget tip：Transportation A variety of discount tickets are available to move around Tokyo inexpensively. Please choose the one that suits your plan. For details, click on the link:
Let’s go to see the popular pandas!
Ueno Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Japan, and you can enjoy more than 2,600 animals of 460 species. Among all the animals, the two pandas Lili and Shinshin that came to Japan in March 2011 are very popular.
Admission fee: 600yen for adult, 200 yen for children (Students under primary school age are free)
Opens 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday (closed on Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday)
9-83, Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Set foot in Tsukiji Market, the center of food in Japan
Tsukiji Market is a popular tourist attraction. Especially, the huge fish market that supports the diet of fish-loving Japanese is a must-see. A variety of fish come here from across Japan. At the outside market, there are retail shops where you can purchase souvenirs and fresh fishes.
Have some fresh sushi at Tsukiji if you come to Tokyo!
Many restaurants have reasonably priced special menus for lunch. To enjoy Japanese food inexpensively, lunch is much recommended!
Fashion capital in Japan: Omotesando / Harajuku
After strolling around Omotesando Street where luxury brands from around the world have shops and Cat Street, the center of street fashion; head to Takeshita-dori Street where shops of clothing unique to Japan such as Gothic Lolita and school uniforms are found.
Omotesando has a sophisticated atmosphere.
Takeshita-dori is always very busy.
Try unique clothing.
On Takeshita-dori, there is a huge 100-yen shop Daiso. It has 3 floors above ground and one below, and almost all products are available in 100 yen (there are some exceptions). There are a variety of products including stationaries, toys, dishes, food, tools and goods for daily use. Get souvenirs here.
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
1-19-24, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Leaving the busy Takeshita-dori behind and going to the other side of Harajuku Station, the woods surrounded by peaceful silence appear. It is a very sacred place. Meiji Jingu Shrine is dedicated to deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. If you go through the big shrine gate and walk in the woods for about 15 minutes, you will find the shrine pavilion. Cleanse your hands and mouth before going to the shrine pavilion and follow the traditional “two bows, two hand claps and one bow” worship process. After clapping your hands, say your wish or give thanks silently.
With one’s wish written on them, prayer plaques are hung up.
Write down your wish on a prayer plaque.
Sacred lot written in English
Opening and closing of the door varies from month to month.
1-1, Yoyogi-kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Enjoy Shinjuku, the subcenter of Tokyo
Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi main store has a “game and hobby building” that a whole building is dedicated to toys. There are more than 220 “Gashapon,” toy capsule vending machines and you can get elaborated model figures of anime characters and accessories in 100 – 300 yen.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1-11-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
The Observatories of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building allows you to enjoy the view of Tokyo from 202 meters above the ground. You can see Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree. And if the weather permits, you can see Mount Fuji. The night view of illuminated Tokyo stretching to the horizon is very romantic in the evening and at night.
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
After having a good time at the Observatories, go to the food mall on the basement floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. There are many restaurants with reasonably priced menus. Menu in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean is available. Make a toast over ramen, Gyoza dumplings and beer, “Kampai!”
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
When you get tired from walking around all day, go back to the inn and go to the nearby public bath Rokuryu-kousen. If you soak in a big tub, the day’s fatigue will evaporate away.
Admission fee: 450 yen
3:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
3-4-20, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Today’s Route Map
|Common One-Day Ticket (Subway)||1,000|
|Ueno Zoo Admission||600|
|Sushi (lunch set)||980|
|Meiji Jingu Shrine (Offering)||5|
|JR Harajuku – Shinjuku||130|
|Ramen, Gyoza dumplings and Beer||1,180|