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Japan Budget Guide – 10D Tokyo to Osaka for under S$1.1k using the JR Pass | The Travel Intern

Japan Budget Guide - 10D Tokyo to Osaka for under S$1.1k using the JR Pass | The Travel Intern

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Who says Japan is expensive? Here’s what we did spending less than SGD1.1k for 10 days trip in Japan using the JR Pass. Follow our journey across Tokyo 東京, Yokohama, Kamakura, Nagoya, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka 大板!

Transport isn’t cheap in Japan but with careful planning, it’s definitely possible to exceed the value you pay for the JR Pass — we saved a total of S$114. Check out our 10-day Japan itinerary from Tokyo to Osaka, along with tips at the end on maximising your JR Pass!

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Tokyo 東京
0:19 – Shibuya Crossing
Walk around Japan’s busiest crossing and experience the organised chaos.
0:22 – Harajuku
People watch and eat at one of the hippest districts of Tokyo.
0:26 – Odaiba
Take a soak at an onsen of explore this man-made island with big parks and malls.
0:28 – Senso-Ji Temple
Marvel at the most famous temple in Tokyo and see how locals and tourists blend in together.
0:30 – Tokyo Disneyland/sea
Relive your childhood at the happiest place in Tokyo! Tokyo Disneyland for the big kids, and Tokyo Disneysea for the adventure lovers.

Yokohama
0:37 – Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum
Learn the history of cup noodles in japan and also customise your own cup noodle souvenirs.

Kamakura
0:48 – Kotoku-In
0:52 – Kamakura Daibutsu
Stand in awe at the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Nagoya
0:57 – Nagoya Castle
Entirely reconstructed, but is one of the 3 most famous castles in Japan.
1:06 – Osu Kannon
Iconic buddhist temple in Nagoya that dates back to the 14th century.
1:10 – Osu Shopping District
Next to the temple is the Osu shopping district where you can find cafes, street snacks as well as vintage stores.

Kyoto
1:19 – Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Walk through the thick forest of bamboo stalks which and make a stop at the various gardens around the Arashiyama area.
1:26 – Fushimi Inari Taisha/Shrine
One of the most photographed places in Kyoto. The rows of red torii gates are quite a sight.
1:36 – Cycling around Kyoto
Best way to travel around Kyoto.
1:38 – Kiyomizu-dera Temple
On the list of UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for it’s 13m high wooden stage perched on the hillside.
1:41 – Nishiki Market
Eat till you drop! Have your fill of matcha snacks, grilled skewers and large oysters. Closes at 6pm though.

Nara
1:49 – Nara Deer Park
Buy a stack of biscuits for ¥150 which the deers will bow to you just be be fed which is absolutely adorable.
1:55 – Todai-ji Temple
Houses the a large buddha statue and is possibly one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

Osaka
2:03 – Minoo Park
Gorgeous waterfall away from the city to chill.
2:13 – Dotonbori
Favourite food street in Japan. You can find almost any Japanese street food you can think of here.
2:16 Creo-Ru
Takoyaki to die for.
2:20 – Kinryu Ramen
Cheap and really tasty ramen.
2:22 – Melonpan Food Truck
Hands down the best melonpan in Japan

2:28 – Overnight Sunrise Seto Train from Osaka to Tokyo
Instead of taking the Shinkansen, try the scenic overnight train but a chance at seeing Mount Fuji in the morning! You get to save on accommodation too.
2:33 – Mount Fuji

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