Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 May: Japan: Oishii, Kumpai!

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

Friday (night), Saturday:

Family Mart - (Yen)

water (small) - 88

water (big) - 98

bread - 142

noodles - 100
violet rice - 108
lunch (Himeji) - 310
Kobe Beef - 1296
breakfast (Coffee Clever) - 380
snacks & water - 237
lunch (Kyoto) - 770
rice covered with seaweed - 120
breakfast (Coffee Clever) - 380
lunch (Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park) - 400
snacks at Cante Grande City Namba - 750
salad (First Kitchen Restaurant), KIX - 340
dinner (Tully's Coffee), KIX - 490
Total (Food Expenses) - 6009

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