In two days, my boyfriend is arriving in Tokyo! I was so excited to show him around that I went a little overboard on making the itinerary. I made an excel sheet complete with all the possible expenses, train times, activities, ticket information… You get the drift. I wanted to summarize the travel plan for anyone who would want to visit Japan. Granted, this trip is tailored to us and how we travel so you might also want to check out other itineraries online.
I am definitely writing detailed posts after our trip but for now, enjoy this information! I hope it helps you discover new places to add to your own Japan itinerary! Feel free to ask me any questions. I’m happy to help!
All in all, I expect, we will be paying around $1,300 each. See breakdown below:
Narita Express (roundtrip) – $50
Shinkansen (Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Tokyo) – $250
Other trains and buses – $100
While $400 is a good estimation on the transportation costs, I recommend checking Hyperdia or Google Maps to get detailed breakdown as well as train and bus times.
With the exception of Kyoto and Osaka, we will be staying in our apartment in Tokyo so there’s no need to pay for hotel accommodations. I booked our hotel through Expedia, and I managed to find deals. We are spending a total of $165 for 2 nights.
First, you need a lot of research to determine where to eat. Here’s a couple of websites to help with your search:
When I finally chose the restaurants to visit, I tried to find their menu online to determine how much we might spend on each. Try to avoid popular places unless you absolutely have to try them! Japanese people are notorious for lining up, and you might end up waiting for 2 hours just to have lunch. Also, if you’re on a tight budget, don’t disregard convenience store bento boxes. They’re pretty yummy with a decent size helping for around five bucks.
Most of the popular temples will have fees, usually around three bucks. Museums will be around ten bucks. The most expensive cost would be any amusement park ticket, such as Disneysea or Universal Studios. You can expect to pay around 60 to 100 bucks each.
WHERE ARE WE EATING?
I wanted to make sure my boyfriend tries authentic Japanese dishes, from sushi to okonomiyaki. However, we didn’t want to pay $300 for a meal (which is what you’ll pay for popular sushi restaurants like Sukibayashi Jiro). Therefore, I endeavored to find affordable and unique restaurants that have great reviews, and is not hard on the wallet.
• Nakamura-An (Kamakura) – Soba
• Mos Burger (Nerima) – Fast Food Burger
• Gundam Café (Akihabara) – Themed Restaurant
• Daihachi Toko Hana Maru (Harajuku) – Takoyaki
• Shibuya Cheese Stand (Shibuya) – Cheeses & Sandwiches
• Miraikan 5F Café (Odaiba) – Pasta & Sandwiches
• Kimukatsu (Odaiba) – Tonkatsu
• Imozen (Kawagoe) – Unagi
• Café Ogurayama – Pasta & Sandwiches
• Gyoza Stadium (Ikebukuro) – Gyoza
• Ice Cream World (Ikebukuro) – Ice Cream (Weird Flavors)
• Tempura Shinjuku Tsunahachi (Asakusa) – Tempura
• Fukuzushi (Roppongi) – Sushi
• Ninja Akasaka (Chiyoda) – Themed Restaurant
For other meals, we decided on trying out ramen shops that we see around the area. We also haven’t decided where to eat in Kyoto and Osaka. I definitely want him to try okonomiyaki, udon and yakiniku. We might attempt to drink some Japanese craft beers and whiskey too!
If you think I missed a place or restaurant that we should try or if you have any questions, please let me know by leaving a comment below!