We’ve reached the end my money saving tips for Tokyo series. This time, I will share with you how to save on accommodation and sightseeing so you can see more and do more in the capital.[My previous tips include how to save on transportation as well as food and drink.]
Saving on accommodation
Cheap hotels in bad locations
Hotel Maruchu where I spent a night wasn’t in the most convenient locations of Tokyo. But I had a private room and the chance to participate in the ritual public bath.
My single room with shared bathroom facilities was 3,500 yen (US$44.5) while the price of a dorm bed at Sakura Hostel is 2,940 yen (US$$37.3).
I’ve stayed in a twin bed room at another budget business hotel Weekly Mansion Kameido before. It was 5,300yen for two with a private bathroom. But the location wasn’t the best.
What’s good about these two places is that they are still considered to be within Tokyo city, unlike some AirBnb rooms which are quite far from the city.
Overnight at onsen theme park
This option combines sightseeing, fun and accommodation at the price of one.
I stayed overnight at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari using the evening package which was cheaper than the day package.
While there wasn’t a bed and I was kept up at night by a snoring neighbor, it was plenty of fun since I got to soak in hot springs and participate in Gintama Land games.
Saving on sightseeing
Buy discounted tickets at 7-11
If you read Japanese, you can go to 7-11 to see if they sell discounted entrance tickets to places you want to visit.
There is a touchscreen machine in the store selling these discounted tickets. I had to poke around a bit before I found the tickets for Ooedo Onsen Monogatari (180 yen cheaper than buying at the door).
I believe there are discounted tickets for Skytree and other sites.
Sites with no entrance fees
Even if you are not a Japanophile, Japan is just bursting with so many amazing things to see.
Shrines are free to visit but it’s not free from capitalism.
I bought a charm for safe travels at Meiji Jingu and had my love fortune told in a slip of paper at Dai Jingu
(Fortune: I am supposed to really want love for it to come to me. Libra and Taurus are good choices, so is B bloodtyped folks but avoid Pieces people.)
I visited Hanazona Shrine quite accidentally and loved the peacefulness.
Tokyo’s infamous “red light” district Kabuki-cho looked very different in the day and at night.
For the fashion conscious, Shibuya and Harajuku are places to go. Anime fans, you know where to go to! (If you don’t please visit Akihabara.)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building allows visitors to head up for an eagle eyes view of the city. One of the tower closes at 11pm.
Japanese children are probably the cutest human babies around. They usually look very packages as their parents dress them in adorable children clothing.
Japanese’s fashion sense is quite forward so even just walking down the street felt like I was at a fashion show (with me dressing down).
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