Traveling on a Budget
Many people have the misconception that Japan is an expensive place to travel, especially Tokyo which is notorious for its high cost of living. But although it has its fair share of luxury goods and services, Japan also offers many budget-friendly alternatives. Most travelers end up being surprised at how easy it is to enjoy a budget trip here.

In fact, with a bit of planning and a bit of know-how, this country is actually very affordable and on par with places in Europe--and sometimes even cheaper! So, stop worrying about your wallet and start planning your trip! Not sure where to start? Odigo's got you covered! On this page, we will introduce you to low-priced capsule hotels, take you to affordable college bars and show you other low-cost options for the perfect budget trip to Japan!

My Japan is... Cheap

Backpackers making their way through Asia tend to skip out on Japan. They consider the Land of the Rising Sun way out of their price range.  They imagine the yen being drained out of them as they lay their weary heads to rest on bamboo pillows in lavish ryoka

How to... Capsule Hotel

What is a Capsule Hotel?Capsule hotels are Japan’s compact solution to a need for budget accommodation. Emphasis on the compact. A capsule hotel is made up of rooms filled with several individual pods. Each pod is a functional mini-hotel room, with a bed, ligh

Have You Heard of the Seishun 18?

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way! - Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!Japan invented the shinkansen (bullet train), so it is no surprise the country is famous for its trains.  Ask any local expert: when visiting Japan, trave

These 5 Japan Fall Views Will Take Your Breath Away

As summer comes to a close, we look ahead to the upcoming autumn season. Along with the (much welcomed) cooler temps, the fall season blankets all of Japan with vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Known as koyo in Japanese, the colorful foliage first appears i

Eat a Delicious Bowl of Michelin Ramen For Only 900 Yen in Tokyo!

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Budget Travel: Sleep on the Cheap

Two of my favorite things to do are save money and sleep. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do both at the same time while traveling around Japan? You can! Japanese cities and towns offer some really affordable ways to get some shuteye; you just have to know w

Hostel & Cafe East57 Asakusabashi Annex

Asakusa is one of the most well-known spots in Tokyo, so naturally you are offered an abundance of choices when it comes to accommodation.  However, how do you distinguish the good ones from the really awesome ones?  The really awesome ones have a stylish ca

How to eat well in Tokyo for under ¥2000 a day

It adds up. Spending US$20 on a single meal out may not seem like much in your home country but what travellers realize soon enough is that the money exchanged at the airport disappear pretty quickly when you need to eat out for every single meal for the dura

5 Easy Tips to Help you Stay on Budget at Japan’s Game Centers

Japan’s game centers (arcades) are the best of the best: an endless selection of games, great prizes, and a super fun time! I will say though that for some, these game centers are notorious money eaters! With 100 yen (roughly $1) being a coin instead of paper,