Last November, me and my colleagues flew to Tokyo and stayed there for 6days & 5nights. For me, it was the best travel I had this year. I‘ll share in a separate post the actual experiences we had but for now I‘ll show you the “behind-the-scenes” preparation of this trip.
Breakdown of Expenses
Plane Fare = P3358 per person (Cebu to Tokyo to Cebu) w/ shared returned baggage allowance of 20kg
I booked our flight last April 6, 2015. When I saw the seat sale from Cebu Pacific, I immediately tried to go over the booking process and the end amount was only around P3000 pesos. I grabbed it with no hesitation. Why travel on November? Because autumn and bonus. HAHA 😉
Accommodation = P3085 per person for 5 nights or P617 per night
Hotels or even hostels are expensive in Tokyo that’s why I choose to look for cheap space rental at Airbnb for our accommodation.
What is Airbnb?
Is it safe?
It’s cheaper. We save a good portion of our budget! And we were able to meet new Korean friends. Just imagine different nationalities staying in one apartment.
When choosing your accommodation in AIRBNB, be sure to scrutinize the pictures and the amenities describe in the listing and please please please read the reviews of the people who previously occupied the place so you know what you are getting into. Be sure to contact the host before booking the place and ask the necessary information that you will need. By the way, every host has its own rules that you need to follow because after all, it’s their place. Like in our case, it’s prohibited to talk outside the door because the neighbors upstairs don’t like it.
How did I decide to book the apartment in Arakawa-ku, Tokyo:
- it’s so cheap. The budget portion I allocated for accommodation is P5000 per person but the apartment we got was only around P3000 per person. I won!
- it’s a 10-minute walk from Nippori Station
- it has free wi-fi
- The host’s profile pic in Airbnb is Porco Rosso and I automatically like him. I just had a good feeling. Don’t ask.
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Pocket Money = P20000 per person or JPY 50,000
This includes food, transpo, entrance fees and pasalubong/souvenirs. The exchange rate during our time is .38 yen per 1 peso. We bought our yen in a Money Changer inside Ayala Center Cebu, near LBC. Personally, I have JPY4000 left upon returning home.
Laagan Kaayo will not be liable for any damage or untoward incident that may happen upon using this itinerary:
Visa Fee = P1200 per person (tourist visa)
Travel Tax = P1620 per person
International Terminal Fee = P750 per person as of November 2015 at Mactan Int’l Airport
Disney Sea Ticket = P2645 per person or JPY 6900
We bought our ticket online in advance because I hate lining up. You can buy in advance too. Just please take note below photo.
Or you can make it P35000 to cover misc expenses along the way.