Exploring Yanaka

Yanaka is a peaceful neighborhood that is perfect for a morning stroll and that rewards exploration. A straightforward walk from Ueno to Nippori will take you along quiet streets of undamaged pre-war buildings, quiet temples and an eclectic selection of contemporary artist’s studios and galleries. Most notable among them is the Asakura Museum of SculptureContinue reading “Exploring Yanaka”

Enoshima: Island chill out on a budget

Just over an hour away from Shinjuku and nearby to Kamakura at the end of the Odakyu line, is Enoshima, a relaxing day out that has the feel of a seaside holiday. The island of Enoshima is connected to the mainland by a bridge, from which you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day.Continue reading “Enoshima: Island chill out on a budget”

Chinen Marine Leisure Center

Chinen Marine Leisure Center (知念海洋レジャーセンター) is a great place for budget travellers to experience coral reefs cheaply. The area is a great place to go swimming, diving or fishing. 25 minute tours of the coral reef and tropical fish are available on glass bottomed boats (1,400 yen), as well as a boat service to aContinue reading “Chinen Marine Leisure Center”

Cape Manzamo

Cape Manzamo (万座毛) provides one of the best views on the island of Okinawa, and is a great place to enjoy its pleasures for just the cost of a bus ride. Located in Nago Bay, the stunning blue waters and cliffs make for awesome photos. Nearby many beaches, including Manza Beach, are free for touristsContinue reading “Cape Manzamo”

Tropical Dream Center

Tropical Dream Center (熱帯ドリームセンター) is a popular destination in Okinawa, with around 2000 orchids and tropical plants to view. Information Open: 8:30-19:00 (March-September), 8:30-17:30 (October-February) Price: 670 yen How to get there From Naha Bus Terminal, visitors can take a bus here. Book at the terminal at least the day before. Map

Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars

Cheap and simple, everyone likes Soba and Udon. Soba is thin noodles made from buckwheat, while Udon is thick white flour noodles. They sometimes come in soups, or sometimes you dip them into a little pot of soup. Both hot and cold versions are available, so these noodles make for a perfect light meal anyContinue reading “Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars”

Naha Airport

There are ferry services to Okinawa with Marue Ferry, but they are much more expensive and slower than flying. Even standard airlines such as Japan Airlines will be a lot cheaper. Budget airlines service Okinawa from various locations Peach Airlines: Osaka, Fukuoka Jetstar: Tokyo, Osaka Access Take a bus to/from Naha city center (15 mins).

Naha

Central Naha (那覇) is where most people will access Okinawa. The history of the islands and its main city are rather different from the rest of Japan’s, so Naha is a good place to check out something a little different. Budget travel tips Fly here rather than taking a ferry. Check our Naha Airport pageContinue reading “Naha”

Top 20 FREE things to do this summer in Japan

Summer is upon us and Japan has a host of things to do for budget tourists. We have compiled our list of the best free things to do. Enjoy! Tokyo Walk along Todoroki Valley Take a light walk along this hidden away paradise just outside central Tokyo. The water is stunningly luminescent in summer. MoreContinue reading “Top 20 FREE things to do this summer in Japan”