Impossible! Just SGD 1200 for 10 days in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto?!

Impossible! Just SGD 1200 for 10 days in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto?!

Plane tickets INCLUDED. 1 Girl. 3 Cities. 10 Days. JAPAN.

“Okay, so you’re finally going to go on a solo trip. Check your email, there’s your airticket.”

 I was like “What!? Are you serious?” And yes, it was true.

“The Bald Guy” had been pestering me to take a solo trip for a while now. I mean yes, I love travelling. But alone? I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. Like most Singaporeans, I had this nagging feeling that it might be boring or dangerous. But with the tickets booked, and with all expenses paid (provided I didn’t exceed 900 SGD in spending money), plus Japan being a relatively safe country, I agreed.

Also read: 13 Experiences Every Traveller must have in Japan

Cities Travelled

1. Osaka

2. Kyoto

​3. Tokyo

Also Read: How to Travel Tokyo on a Budget

Flight tickets and Transport: SGD 650

Airfare: SGD 280

SIN-Narita return flight tickets on Scoot: SGD 280

There was a UOB credit card promotion at that time, thus the cheap SGD 280. Because there are usually credit card promotions of some sort, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a return ticket to Tokyo between SGD 450-500.

Transport: SGD 370

JR Pass 7 days: 28,300 JPY (SGD 310)

 The JR Pass settles your transport for 7 days including the Shinkansen for Tokyo – Kyoto –  Osaka – Tokyo and transport within the Tokyo subway also to JR Nara Station, BUT NOT for travelling within Kyoto/ Osaka.

Miscellaneous public transport: SGD 60

For travelling within the individual cities (those not covered by JR), it’s advisable to buy a Day Trip Pass (around 500 JPY each) for unlimited rides unless your route is well planned out. (But whats the point of being so rigid? There’s no fun travelling this way)

Getting there

Well, getting to Tokyo is pretty straightforward, so I won’t have to elaborate on that. From Narita Airport, there are trains going to Kyoto & Osaka. You’ll have to first take the train to JR Tokyo Station and change to the Shinkansen there though.

Food, drinks and ‘happy spending’: SGD 233

Japanese Restaurant in Ikebukuro, a suupposedly cheaper part of Tokyo. The truth is, you can find Ramen for 500–650 JPY EVEN in Shinjuku or Ginza.

No, I didn’t live on a diet of onigiri and cup noodles

“Wah, you going Japan? Expensive leh. How much you spending?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that statement.

 To be honest, Japan probably isn’t the cheapest place, but expensive? Well, it’s probably because you either can’t be bothered to search for a cheaper restaurant, or you’re a typical Singaporean who eats according to”recommendations” by food bloggers or because “so & so” said so.

I love my sashimi’s, sushi’s and yakitori’s as much as the next Singaporean girl. But surely there isn’t a need to have them for EVERY SINGLE MEAL? Just in case the picture (above) is too small, you can find Soba for AS LOW AS 280 JPY (SGD 3.10), ramen or Don’s as low as 450 JPY (SGD 5).

It costs me 50 JPY (SGD 0.55) for each Tamago, and 100 JPY (SGD 1.10) for an Ebi Sushi. I can’t remember the exact prices for every dish, but yeah, you get the idea.

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A Girl & A Bald Traveller
A Girl & A Bald Traveller

A Girl & A Bald Traveller is about the adventures of a Singaporean couple who attempt to travel the world without breaking the bank or quitting their jobs. They believe in "Exotic Travel" & hope to goad Singaporeans out of their "Herd Mentality" to see more than just the New York's and Milan's of the world.


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