So happy that I can finally write this budget travel guide! I’ve been wanting to write this a long time ago but I’ve never really experienced budget traveling in Japan before so I don’t feel that I could legitimately talk about it. I initially booked this trip with Sachi thru a Cebu Pacific promo for only around Php8,000. It’s the cheapest airline ticket (no check-in luggage, no meal included) I’ve ever bought! When I flew via PAL last year (going to Haneda), it costed me Php18,000 one way and around Php10,000 going back to Manila. I really think it’s a bargain but if you could book a year ahead, I bet you can get even cheaper flights.
I guess your next question is about getting a visa? Here’s my previous post about getting a Japan Visa. For tourists, it costs around Php900 right now. At the airport, you would only need Php1,620 for travel tax since terminal fee (Php550) has already been waived.
Next, we stayed in an airbnb place located at Shin Osaka. It was about ¥5,000 per night (around Php2,350 with the exchange rate of .47). Since we were 2 in the room, it will only cost about Php1,175 per person each night. That’s Php3,525 for 3 nights. A total of Php 14,045 for all the basic expenses.
Anyway, I took some photos of our airbnb room. It has a double bed with extra beddings, toilet and shower (no bath) and a kitchen (ref and micro). Below, I’ll write about transportation expenses and other entertainment.
From Kansai Airport to Shin-Osaka, prepare around ¥1,690 (Php794) if you would want to take Limited Express Haruka to Shin-Osaka for only 51 minutes. For a cheaper option (¥920), you could also take Nankai Airport Express to Namba and take the necessary subway transfers for 77 minutes. You can search about routes via Hyperdia.com. For 3 days/ 3 nights, I spent approximately ¥5,000 (Php2,350)for transpo.
TIP: Get a ICOCA card for ¥2,000. It has an initial load of ¥1500 and ¥500 is refundable once you return the card. You can reload it an any train station but you could only buy a new one at a JR Station.
Since this is a budget trip, I limited myself to eating less at restaurants and more to random fast food chains and local food! I believe that you could even spare ¥5,000 for 3 days in Osaka and you’re good. Osaka is known for cheap and good-tasting food anyway. My top recommendation is that kushikatsu place at Lucua 10th floor. I always forget it’s name but never the taste of their food!
For the usual, you can go to Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi for Glicoman and Dotonbori, Umeda for Lucua, Hep5, etc., Namba for food and shopping at Namba Parks. You can go to these places for free (and by just paying for transpo) or spend more bucks. Definitely up to you! For me, taking photos and creating new memories are more important so I didn’t really spend anything here except for Starbuck’s White Mocha (it’s my fave!)
TIP: Universal Studios Japan tickets are sold for ¥7,200 and if you want to make sure that you could enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, get a VIP Pass 5!
For side trips (near Osaka), I’ve written about Things To Do in Kansai here. In total, I’ve spent Php18,745 for 3 days / 3 nights in Osaka.
Disclaimer: I’m actually staying in Japan for a month since my family also live here. These experiences are combined first hand and my friend’s (Sachi). Hope it’s useful anyway!
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