Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!

The new Super Cheap Japan book is the ultimate guidebook for those traveling to Japan on a budget. Available across the world at retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository, it is a painstakingly researched book aimed at those who worry about spending too much money in the Land of the RisingContinue reading “Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!”

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Are you into beer? Want to try out some famous Japanese beer? The Museum of Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール記念館) is the place for you! The museum features a good number of displays on the history of Yebisu Beer, as well as Japanese beer in general. The Tasting Salon is the highlight here, and the shops featuresContinue reading “Museum of Yebisu Beer”

Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is a wonderful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Not far from Shibuya, it offers lush forests and occasionally luminously blue waters. Not sure why this place isn’t on more tourist maps! Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.2km Time: 30 mins How to get there From Shibuya station, take the TokyuContinue reading “Todoroki Valley”

Meguro Parasitological Museum

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a truly ‘only in Japan’ experience! This free museum is dedicated to bugs, parasites and other creepy crawlies. It claims to be the only such museum in the world, and the experience is definitely not a standard tourist one. Be prepared to be both shocked and amazed! Especially at theContinue reading “Meguro Parasitological Museum”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Yoyogi Park

A nice open park, great for playing games and sunbathing. One of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing areas. Budget travel tips Check out the dog park for some cute dogs! Come on Sunday for the Elvis dancers! Cultural events and markets often take place here on the weekends in the summer. How to getContinue reading “Yoyogi Park”

Harajuku

Harajuku (はらじゅく/原宿), between Shinjuku and Shibuya, is a heartland of youth fashion and activity.  It will provide plenty of splendid culture shock for an visitor, young or old. Budget travel tips Be sure to explore the smaller streets, full of fashion shops and nice cafes.  See the map for a recommended route, but it’s aContinue reading “Harajuku”

Shinjuku

Shinjuku (しんじゅく/新宿) is the business, entertainment and shopping mecca of Tokyo.  A must visit for anyone traveling or living in Japan. Budget travel tips Avoid eating at the expensive department store restaurants, the restaurants elsewhere are much cheaper and offer a better experience. If Shinjuku is a bit hectic, try heading to Koenji or Shimo-Kitazawa.Continue reading “Shinjuku”

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden

Usually a must see for any visitor to Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large but pretty park right next to Shinjuku station.  But people on a budget looking for a more traditionally Japanesy park may want to consider Korakoen park, Kiyosumi park or Rikugen park. Budget travel tips Walk to the park fromContinue reading “Shinjuku Gyoen Garden”

Tokyo Metropolitan Observation Decks

The free Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office offers great views of the city during daytime and evening, plus on clear days you can even see Mount Fuji.  You can also buy your name in Japanese characters in the gift shop at the top. A tourist information center is found on the 1st floor (help in EnglishContinue reading “Tokyo Metropolitan Observation Decks”

Shimo Kitazawa

Shimo Kitazawa (しもきたざわ/下北沢) is a trendy place town with plenty of second-hand shops, bars, record shops, interesting fashions and nice cafes and restaurants.  It’s where all the cool, young people hang out! Budget travel tips The best way to experience Shimo Kitazawa is to walk around randomly and just soak it in.  The streets areContinue reading “Shimo Kitazawa”

Shibuya

Shibuya (しぶや/渋谷) is a busy area in Tokyo famous for youth fashion and the busiest road crossing you will ever see.  It’s one of the main clubbing, shopping and entertainment areas in Tokyo. Budget travel tips If you are tight on time, combine Shibuya with an interesting walk to Harajuku station.  There are plenty ofContinue reading “Shibuya”