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The Ultimate Guide: How to Travel to Tokyo from Manila on a Budget

Tokyo is definitely a top place to visit for tourists. No one can deny its charm. But, there are many buts. What if it’s too expensive? So much “what ifs”. Today is a great day to debunk all those Japan myths and start planning about this dream already.

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1. Making Your Itinerary / Where to go? What to do?

We’ve made a couple of ready-to-print itineraries here at OurKawaii.Tokyo that you can just follow, alter or use as an itinerary inspiration.  (Click here)

You may also check the blog of our friend Raisa for her “DIY Tokyo, Japan 5 Days/ 4 Nights Tour for less than 30,000 Php” informative entry.

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How to Travel Around Tokyo with SUICA Card

To be honest, we can’t imagine traveling in Tokyo without a Suica Card. Suica means “watermelon” in Japanese. Yes, it’s also the Japanese version of Hong Kong’s Octopus Card and London’s Oyster Card.  Why isn’t it named after a sea creature? We don’t know. What we know is Suica card is a must while traveling in Tokyo – or actually all around Japan!

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The Suica is a prepaid e-money card for moving around and shopping. There is no more need to buy a ticket from a vending machine. Just touch your Suica to the ticket gate and the fare is automatically deducted from your Suica. The Suica can be used not only for JR East trains, but subways and buses as well.

The Suica can also be used to pay for things with e-money. Buy soft drinks and coffee from vending machines and on the train. Even buy a newspaper at the station kiosk without fiddling for coins. For traveling in Japan, the Suica makes a more pleasant trip. (Source)

 

suica-card.jpg Why do we prefer getting a Suica card than a one day pass?

  1. We get automatic discounts when using it on trains and buses
  2. No hassle when transferring from different lines for example from JR Line to Odakyu Line in Shinjuku Station – there is a special entrance for transferring passengers but only when you have a Suica (or other brand of pass).
  3. It’s very convenient to use on buses as well
  4. You can also shop with it at Japanese malls (example at Lumine Shinjuku)
  5. When you’re done using your Suica card, you can get ¥500 rebate

How to use your Suica card?

Simply touch the Suica card to the reader at the ticket gate when out and about. There is no need to purchase a ticket from a vending machine.

The fare is automatically calculated at the station where you get off.

When you get off the train, the fare will be calculated at that station. If the balance is insufficient, however, you will need to add more money to your Suica.

Note:
Additional tickets must be purchased to use the Suica for travel on a limited express, express or Green Car. The Suica cannot be used for travel on the Shinkansen. (Source)

 

How To Travel Between Tokyo and Osaka

Konnichiwa kawaii travellers! This is Ashley and now I’m in Osaka staying with my family. Perfect timing for those who were asking about “how to travel between Tokyo and Osaka”. I’m not a picky traveler at all, I’ve tried different kinds of transportation while going around Japan -local trains, express trains, bullet trains, buses, night buses, ferries, airplanes, etc. In this post, you’ll not only know how to travel between Tokyo and Osaka but you’ll learn how to get from point A to point B in Japan.

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(But first, here’s a photo of me in a local train station in Hyogo prefecture)

Question: “I’m on a tight budget. What’s the cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka?

There are actually a hundred ways to do this! I’m going to tell you how I did it..

1. Day Bus – I usually use WILLER EXPRESS to reserve tickets because they offer English language in their website which is very convenient for kawaii travellers like us. Most of the time I travel from Shinjuku to Umeda. Or Kawasaki to Umeda. Just pick the cheapest result. Umeda by the way, is Central Osaka. It’s in Osaka, I repeat. Haha! The day bus I’ve tried from Kawasaki was scheduled to leave from 9:30am with the arrival time of 5:00pm in Umeda, if I remember correctly. You’ll receive a trip reminder from WILLER EXPRESS an hour before your trip. Be careful and  be on time! Sometimes, WILLER EXPRESS bus stops are not close to the main station.

  Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 12.28.05 PM 2. Night Bus. Enter your point of origin and destination, departure date, number of passengers (for female, they have designated places for you in case you don’t want to be seated next to a guy) and click search.

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