Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 May: Japan: Oishi (Delicious), Itadakimasu! (Let's eat!)

Your Japan trip can be inexpensive if you know where to find an affordable meal.  It is a balance between being thrifty and having the Japanese experience. 

Convenience stores - Bento boxed meals or rice covered with seaweed are available in Mini Mart, 7/11, Family Mart, etc.  

Supermarket - Few minutes before closing, supermarkets would offer dimsum or suchi for half of its price.  You could also buy cheaper drinks and omiyage in supermarkets. [Read more tips]


Street Food – Try toasted dumplings.  Just like Kenshin.


TOEI Kyoto Studio Park



Coffee Shops - Less number in Osaka (compared to Seoul), but this is a cheaper option to have your breakfast than pay the buffet offered by the hotel.


Ramen Noodle Shops - From in-flight magazine Smile, to have an affordable meal "follow the locals, follow where the office guys go". 
noodles (Himeji) - 310

Restaurants with reasonable prices.  Make sure to understand first what are you ordering and for much you'll be paying. [Lesson]


Just like the Kobe Beef experience, it is known to be one of the most expensive beef. I may be able to pay for one meal, but with my built, I can't finish the meal.  As a solo traveler, I don't want to waste food and money for nothing.  Good thing, I found this Kobe Beef restaurant in Yamate Kansen Highway from my long walk in Kitano area.
Kobe Beef - 1296 yen


Before my one hour trip to the airport, cool to find this semi-Indian restaurant in Namba City B1, Cante Grande.
snacks at Cante Grande City Namba - 750 yen
Food Expenses:


Friday (night)
JPY
PHP
Family Mart


water (small)
88.00
44.00
water (big)
98.00
49.00
bread
142.00
71.00
noodles
100.00
50.00
violet rice
108.00
54.00
Saturday:


lunch (Himeji)
310.00
155.00
Kobe Beef
1296.00
648.00
Sunday: 


breakfast (Coffee Clever)
380.00
190.00
snacks & water
237.00
118.50
lunch (Kyoto)
770.00
385.00
rice covered with seaweed
120.00
60.00
Monday: 


breakfast (Coffee Clever)
380.00
190.00
lunch (Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park)
400.00
200.00
snacks at Cante Grande City Namba
750.00
375.00
salad (First Kitchen Restaurant), KIX
340.00
170.00
dinner (Tully's Coffee), KIX
490.00
245.00
Total (Food Expenses)
6009.00
3004.50


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Summary of 3 days itinerary in 2014 Spring Osaka, Okayama, Kobe, Kyoto, Trip:

Day
Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Go to Okayama by train
Wake Wisteria Park, Wake Folk Museum
Go to Kobe by train
Western-style buildings in Kitano area
Walk along Flower Road
Day 2
Go to Kyoto by train
Mimuroto-ji Temple (Azalea)
Kawaramachi Catholic Church
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
Return to Osaka by train
Namba Parks
Hotel IL Cuore Namba
Day 3
In Osaka, visit Nakanoshima Park (Roses)
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Clever Coffee
Cante Grande
First Kitchen Restaurant
Tully's Coffee
Hotel IL Cuore Namba

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