Omurice – family-friendly cheap food

Omurice is a family favourite all over Japan, and has spread to become popular in countries such as Korea and Taiwan. It’s a funny example of western inspired Japanese cuisine, being an omelette (omu) covering flavoured rice (raisu)! It may sound a bit unappetising or odd, but Omurice is a simple dish with a host of sauces andContinue reading “Omurice – family-friendly cheap food”

Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an around one thousand yen, internet cafes are a super cheap way to stay in the city.  Probably much more comfortable than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great if you haveContinue reading “Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Osaka Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great if you have missed your last train. Staying the night at an internet cafe is easy.  Pictures menus show what is available and there is usually an English translation to help. Prices may varyContinue reading “Osaka Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market is a fascinating market in central Osaka.  There seems to be an endless supply of strange and interesting stalls for tourists to have a look and and maybe purchase something. No chain stores here, just locals selling their goods. Budget travel tips Get here in the morning if you can, it gets very lively! Don’t bring anyContinue reading “Kuromon Market”

Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!

Shakey’s is a chain of all you can eat pizza restaurants in Japan.  The menus are far from orthodox, and will feature  all sorts of crazy flavours and toppings.  Past favourites include marshmallow, strawberry and green tea flavour pizzas.  But if this doesn’t sounds too good, they also have plenty of more normal pizzas. AllContinue reading “Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!”

Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an unbelievable 750 yen, internet cafes are a great way to stay a night or two in a central area.  Probably much comfier than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great ifContinue reading “Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Capsule Hotel Experience

Capsule hotels are one the most interesting, if not strange, experiences you can have in Japan. Usually costing from 2000 to 3500 yen, depending on spa facilities and location, they offer a great way to stay the night in the city center. Most customers are usually business men who have missed their last train, soContinue reading “Capsule Hotel Experience”

Kappabashi-dori

Kappabashi-dori (かっぱばし/合羽橋) is a fascinating street for restaurant and cafe owners to buy specialist goods.  There are many plastic food model shops, with everything from plastic sushi to plastic beer! Budget travel tips As this is an area for restaurant owners, the prices for items such as cutlery can be very cheap. The plastic foodContinue reading “Kappabashi-dori”