Japan – 7 Days for Less Than 25k

Did you know you can go to Japan by saving 1k per PAYday? Save it for a year and boom you’ll find yourself in a plane flying to Japan. Let’s tour Japan do-it-yourself style.

Expenses Philippine Peso Japanese Yen
Airfare 4000.0
Icoca Card 896.9 2000
Haruka Express RT Ticket 986.5 2200
Osaka Amazing Pass 1345.3 3000
Universal Studios Japan 3318.4 7400
Accommodation for 7D6N at Peace House Abeno 6N 6726.5 15000
Transpo, Food, Pasalubong – Tips Here 7623.3 17000
Total 24896.9 46600

Below is our itinerary.  We were a very relaxed group and really took time in each of these spots. You know that feeling of not wanting to leave an area because everything is just so magical and you just wanna absorb all it has to offer. Everything is picture perfect and the good thing is that most of them won’t cost you.

Day 1 – Touchdown Japan!
Arrival in Kansai International Airport

We arrived late night in Japan. Bought Icoca Card and Haruka Express Card and went to Tennoji to find our guest house, Peace House Abeno.

Day 2 – Foodies and Sights!
Mio Mall
Abeno Q

Yumiko-san (the guest-house owner) invited us to join in their buffet lunch. We then strolled the neighboring areas.

Day 3 – Amazing Osaka Day!
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle Park
HEP Five Ferris Wheel

We bought 2-day Amazing Osaka Pass. Loved the autumn feels!

Day 4 – Amazing Osaka Day!
Tennoji Zoo
TenShiba Park
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Captain Line Cruise

Last day of Amazing Osaka Pass. My first time at the zoo and mini-cruising day. You can add a lot to these and maximize the Osaka Amazing Pass.

Day 5 – The LQ Day!
Universal Studios Japan

The LQ day. Me versus my girlfriend. I told her it’s so expensive and we’d rather go to the Ocean Park. I lost. The power of woman’s tears.

Day 6 – Lazy Rainy Day!
Shitennoji Temple
Abeno Market

Supposedly, we’re heading for Kyoto however it was raining and we’re all drained from Universal Studios Japan. We just went on the neighboring area and went shopping for pasalubong. Tipid day.

Day 7 – Anime and Gadgets and Parting Time
Nipponbashi – Denden Town

Anime and gadget day! And of course, final stretch of pasalubong shopping.


SAMSUNG CSCLots of chocolates of course and some noodles.


My girlfriend managed to buy herself a brand new boots and kimono. She also has her set of chocolates. This is inclusive of her own 25k all in budget 😉

For myself, I got JPOP CDs, earphones, a new jacket, hand puppet for my nephew and niece, and lastly, wooden cooking utensils for my mother.

PASALUBONG TIPS I suggest buying at pharmacy stores. We bought at Sugi Pharmacy and you’ll get discounts when you buy 5k worth of products and just present your passport. Take advantage of tax-free stores. Also there are 300 yen stores and you’ll be surprised of what they can offer for 300yen.



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