Tokyo is definitely my favorite city in the World so far. Being a 30 year old single girl, going to Tokyo solo gave me the opportunity to branch out and engage with a whole new world of people. The culture is what amazes me the most. I didn’t find it to be as expensive as everyone says though. It really depends what you want to do. Most of your money will be spent on transportation.
Places to Go
- Shinjuku: Skyscrapers area, Bars/Brothels/Love Hotels, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, and where Lost In Translation was filmed
- Shibuya: Largest pedestrian crossing in the world and one of the liveliest places in Japan
- Harajuku: Takeshita Dori street to see people in costumes and collectors items, Omotesando Avenue for shopping, and Meiji Jingu Shrine
- Asakusa: Tokyo’s most traditional district with Buddhist Temple, shopping, and souvenirs
- Akihabara: Geek town famous for electronic stores, Manga, anime, figurines, and owl cafe’s
- Ginza: High end shopping district also famous for coffee shops and sushi restaurants
- Tsukiji (skee-jee) Fish Market: Biggest wholesale fish market in the world
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- Accommodation: Hotel rooms cost on average 20,000 JPY per night. Hostels will charge between 2,500-4,000 JPY per night for a shared room. Capsule hotels cost between 3,000-5,000 JPY for a tiny little room. A double room at a budget hotel is closer to 8,500 JPY per night.
- Transportation: Transportation in Japan is where most of your money will be spent. Japan’s bullet trains are the fastest but will be the most expensive way to travel. A train ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto can cost around 13,000 JPY. A majority of the city metro tickets will cost around 125-250 JPY for a single journey. Bus tickets cost around 2,500 JPY.
- Food: Most of the cheaper options to eat will be the ramen shops. You will run into some really good ramen and some really bad ramen. These food options range from 250-1,250 JPY. Restaurant meals cost around 2,000 JPY depending on where you go. Mid-price restaurants can cost around 4,350 JPY. Definitely check out conveyor belt sushi spots which cost between 125-620 JPY per piece. Fast food is around 700 JPY.
- Activities: You will find most temples and museums are free to enter, although some places will cost around 1,250 JPY. Many of the city’s parks are free, and I highly recommend checking out the Tokyo Imperial Palace.
- Buy the JR pass for $235 which will allow you to travel throughout the country. Must be bought before entering Japan.
- Do NOT go to Sushi Dai at Tsukiji Fish Market. It is a tourist trap and you will wait in line for hours. There are other places just as good. Everything comes from the same place…
- Do NOT go to Jiro Dreams of Sushi; it is a tourist trap. Check out Sushi Bar Yasuda which is half the price and better. Anthony Bourdain highly recommends this place.
- Eat at 7-11. There are some really great Pork Buns that are super cheap.
- Download the Tokyo Subway App here before you land. LIFE SAVER.