Fear and an SOS

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It’s all a little daunting.

I’m not afraid to admit, I have some fear. I have never booked any kind of trip like this before, especially to a foreign country. And with the possibility of traveling solo, I have legit fear so I felt it was necessary to put my thoughts into a blog and express what is running through my mind. Continue reading

What are food costs in Japan?

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(Image: japan-guide.com)

This quick blog is more of a question to those who have traveled to Japan than an actual update post. I am trying to prepare a budget and want to get an estimate of food costs in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, and possibly Kyoto). The trip will be 9 days in total, which includes the travel days, so I am estimating 27 meals (9 days, 3 meals a day). Of course there will be vending machine grabs for a quick snack of drink, etc. that will be extra, but I think 27 meals is a good starting point.

As for the amount per meal? Well this is where I did some help. I am estimating $15 per meal, bringing the food budget for the trip to $405 (27 * 15) and pushing it towards $450 to be overly prepared in case something costs extra or I want to buy something else. I want to be overly prepared so I don’t run out of money and come up short!

So my question is to those who have traveled to Japan, are the numbers good estimates? I know some meals will be cheaper than $15, but again, I’m trying to be overly prepared and want to price everything high and not come up short.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

First Japan Flight Matrix

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Ah, finally some travel stuff! Here is the first flight matrix that I have put together in regards to the price of flying to Japan (round trip). The totals are based on a November 9th to November 19th model that would create a 10-day trip. The prices are right from the three airlines websites, Delta, American Airlines, and United Airlines. The prices are based on this year’s prices, so I know things will change, but the prices for each flight have been rounded up just a bit to get some even numbers. Sorry you have to open a new link to get it to work!

Click here for the matrix!

So, I learned a few things with this first flight matrix (note that hotels have not been added because that’s the next stage of the trip). I learned that Delta flights to Osaka are simply insane and most of the flights (no matter which airport you fly out of) to Osaka are fairly steep when compared to Tokyo. Some of the cheaper flights from United Airlines are misleading because it would take 3 days (!!) to get to Japan. So, there is a fine line between costs and time it takes to get there. The next matrix is going to be a lot more intense when comparing the travel sites together and what they offer.


Kamogawa River, Japan

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I haven’t talked travel on here in some time after my declaration for Japan in 2017. Well, that doesn’t mean I’m not working behind the scenes. I am working on a massive price comparing spreadsheet for airfare and its time consuming. I will put together a blog soon to explain that process. For now, let’s enjoy this gorgeous picture of Kamogawa River in Kyoto.