Donki staff are doing it too! 4 tips to keep your Tokyo travels affordable

Want to know how to make the most out of your Tokyo travel plans? In this article, I will introduce the best Tokyo discounts and free activities for travelling on a budget

Where to Stay

With the high costs in Tokyo, choosing a place to stay can be difficult. Many Japanese hotels have relatively shocking prices, and they are only suitable for those who are considered well off. But don’t worry, there are still other options for travelers with limited financial resources.

Capsule Hotels

A room in a capsule hotel

Capsule hotels are an exciting and cost-effective option. Each guest receives their own separate compartment with a surprising amount of facilities. You can usually find a living room, bathroom and kitchen as a part of the shared areas. Capsule hotels provide both the necessary privacy, and commons space for you to get to know and interact with other travelers.

Guest Houses

Staying at Guest houses is also a good choice if you want to save money. They usually have a smaller and cozier space. Most of them provide two options: single rooms and dormitory rooms with bunk beds. Many guest houses look similar to traditional Japanese houses so it is also an opportunity to experience the culture here.

Where to Eat

Convenience stores

Onigiri (Japanese rice balls)

If you want to save money, take a look at convenience stores like Family Mart, Lawson, 7Eleven etc. You can find various flavors of Onigiri (Japanese rice balls), bento boxes, snacks and drinks there. Prices range from 200-500 yen per serving.

Cheap restaurants

You can also eat at cheap restaurants. In Tokyo, there are many restaurants serving traditional Japanese dishes at affordable prices. In particular, restaurants often have lunch sets with an average price of 700-1300 yen. The cheap sushi trains are also a favorite destination, even for many Japanese. Here you can enjoy sushi for around 100 yen per plate. This is certainly a memorable experience to have in Japan.

Where to Visit

Tokyo has many beautiful parks.

If you only have a limited budget for a Tokyo trip, the attractions with high entrance fees may not be the right choice for you. Fortunately, Tokyo also has a lot of beautiful attractions that are either free or very cheap for you to explore: Ueno Park, Akihabara, Ginza, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Odaiba, Tsukiji Fish Market, the Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Meiji Temple, Tokyo TV, Disneyland, etc. are just a few that come to mind!

Where to Shop

100 Yen Stores

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One kind of store you definitely shouldn’t miss when visiting Japan are the 100 yen stores. They sell a variety of goods, ranging from souvenirs and stationery, all the way to daily necessities to food. There are many interesting items which would make perfect gifts for friends and family. Famous 100 yen stores in Japan include Daiso, Can Do, Seria, etc.

Don Quijote

Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho Store

Don Quijote is a popular discount store in Japan. It is one of the favorite destinations for both Japanese and foreign tourists. Thousands of items are gathered here, including daily necessities, clothing, toys, souvenirs, confectionery, cosmetics, and what’s more, most of them can be found here at a lower price than anywhere else.

Many Don Quijote stores are open 24/7, so you are able to enjoy your shopping even during the evening hours after a long day discovering Tokyo city. Tax-free purchasing is also available across all stores, so don’t forget to bring your passport!

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Tokyo is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, if you take the time to research carefully before your trip, you can still enjoy a trip to this beautiful city at a reasonable price. If you love Japan and Tokyo, don’t hesitate. Pack your bags and get ready for a trip here after the pandemic is over!

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