Best Travel Guide to Japan

japan trip budget and quick guide for first time travelers

japan trip budget and quick guide for first time travelers

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japan visa requirements for filipinos. japan trip budget and quick guide for first time travelers

OK, before I blabber about my Japan adventure and spontaneously spew sakura petals out of my orifices, let’s do this trip planning and budget shiitake once and for all.

AIRFARE

The price war between budget airlines is like a Pokemon match, one will throw flight sale and the other will follow afterwards.

If flying from anywhere in Asia, the cheapest point of entry is usually Kansai Osaka International Airport. I got my return tickets for roughly around P16, 500 (USD370) from Singapore to Osaka with connecting through the bus terminal-like airport of KL.

ACCOMMODATION

With 127.6 Million headcount (robots not included) densely distributed in the cities, space is expected to be expensive. Most rooms are cramped, like those short-time, per hour spaces where couples couldn’t even do spread eagle without bruising a limb. Me being 5 foot 5 inches, it was no big deal, I can even do back flips, somersaults and Michael Martinez’ triple axels inside the balikbayan box-like rooms.

I also stayed in a mixed dorm at ¥2, 800 (P1, 220) in Tokyo and a huge room in a “minshuku” a traditional Japanese style building dating back to late 19th century at ¥8, 000 (P3, 480 full course dinner and breakfast are included in the price).

Here’s the thing, you need to contact the hosts in order to reserve. You will be giving them your credit card details to confirm the reservations.

Claustrophobic in Kyoto J-Hoppers at ¥3, 000 /night

Accommodation in the provinces are spacious, like this traditional room of Magomechaya at ¥8, 000 (Full board with traditional meals and spectacular view of the hillside town)

… and it looks like this from the outside (The Magomechaya Minshuku)

JR PASS

It will be disrespectful to go to Japan without taking the Shinkansen or bullet train. And purchasing the JR pass could be the best decision you will be making in your life next to not voting for Binay.

This is the golden ticket to Japan, I bought the 7-day pass at ¥28, 300 (P12, 330). Expensive, yes! But a one way shinkansen ticket from Osaka to Tokyo is already ¥19, 800 so if you will be moving around often then the JR pass is your best travel gear to glide through turnstiles.

You have to purchase the JR pass exchange order outside of Japan. Check with the travel agency that will be processing your visa.

VISA

Filipinos cannot walk-in to the Japanese Embassy in Manila and apply for the tourist visa, you have to course through an accredited agency to process your application. The visa application is FREE per se, but you will have to pay the agency for the handling or processing of the application (P2, 500).

Recently, rumors came out that Japan might lift the Visa requirements for Philippine passport holders. Sorry to burst your bubble but that’s plain BULLSHIT!

Although they became more lenient and generous in granting tourist visas in an attempt to boost the economy through tourism, it may still take quite a while for a us to follow Thailand’s recent status of “no visa entry” to Japan.

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by pillarite7

I get to be a travel guide for a classmate, he's paying my ticket, I've been to Japan,and Thailand(love it) I'm just wondering if anyone knows any bythe wayside cool places(ryokan onsen...etc... or just good restoraunts.) I know all the touristy stuff already, I'd just like to find maybe a small town, or a best place to view the stars, that kind of thing.

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10 favourite things about Japan  — Vancouver Sun
There is much to like about Japan. After 14-days touring from Tokyo to Takayama, Kanazawa to Kyoto, Osaka to Nara, I am coming away with some lasting impressions and a list of quite a few favourite things.

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