On this blog entry, I’m gonna share how I got to Tokyo from Osaka. There are actually 5 ways to travel between Osaka and Tokyo, and these are the following:
Duration: 8 hours
Price: Regular bus costs 3,520 (P1,550) while Premium bus costs 10,000 yen (P4,400)
Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Price: 6,000 to 20,000 yen (P2,500 to P9,000) There are more than 60 flights per day operated by multiple airlines. It’s recommended to book months ahead to avail cheaper fares.
Duration: 6 hours
Price: Expressway toll costs 10,000 to 12,000 yen (P4,400 to P5,300).
By local train
Duration: 9 to 10 hours, 4 transfers
Price: 3,000 to 9,000 yen (P1,300 to P3,900)
By Shinkansen (Bullet train)
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Price: 13,620 yen (P6,000) for a non-reserved seat and 14,200 to 14,500 yen (P6,300 to P6,400) for a reserved seat on a Nozomi train. You can also try Hikari and Kodama trains if you are using a Japan Rail Pass.
We took the bullet train because it’s one of the things we’ve been wanting to try in Japan. It’s also the most expensive one though! HUHU More expensive than our plane ticket. HAHA
But before heading to Namba station, we had our first meal at Pepper Lunch. This one below costs 780 yen (P350).
The Shinkansen’s gateway to Osaka is Shin-Osaka station. From Namba to Shin-Osaka, the fare costs 280 yen (P125). The picture below is my bullet train ticket. It’s a non-reserved seat via Nozomi train.
Our AirBnb in Tokyo is quite far from the center so I don’t really recommend it. But Niki, the owner, is really nice and friendly. Her space is also clean and very secured. The security lock for the locker was a bit challenging. HAHA For more details about her room, check my Japan Travel Guide here.
We arrived in Itabashi-ku (AirBnb address) at 4pm and decided to leave for Tokyo Skytree at 6. The nearest station from our accommodation is Kotake-mukaihara. And the nearest station to Skytree is Oshiage.
Kotake-mukaihara -> Ikebukuro -> Otemachi -> Oshiage for 240 yen (P105)
You can actually use Google to look for the best or fastest route. Just type “origin station to destination station”. See pictures below.
Choose the train option and it will give you different routes with duration and total fare.
Click your chosen route and it will show you the number of transfers and the stations.
Skytree is the tallest building in Japan which gives you a breathtaking view of Tokyo. The highlight of this tower is its two observation decks located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively. We paid an observatory admission fee of 3,000 yen (P1,300) each for Tembo Deck (Floor 350). For more details about Tokyo Skytree and ticket prices, you may check their website here.
Our last stop for Day 4 was the famous Shibuya crossing. From Oshiage to Shibuya, the fare was 240 yen (P105). And from Shibuya station to Shibuya crossing, you still need to walk for 7 to 10 minutes. Shibuya is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo which has a lot of department and fashion stores, nightclubs and restaurants.
I mentioned in my previous post that Japan is expensive. Thus, the pizza above was my only dinner for Day 4. HAHAHA In fairness, it was already enough. Wasn’t even able to consume it all. But the price? Shall I still mention it? Haaay. Alright. I paid 740 yen (P330) for that small pizza. HUHUHU
We enjoyed walking around Shibuya, jumping from one store to another without minding the time. That was why we forgot that the last trip for the train leaves at 11pm. 😥 We had no choice but to ride a cab and paid the most expensive taxi fare we’ve ever had – 5,680 yen (P2,500)!!! That time I really wished I have wings! HAHAHA
To sum it up, DAY 4 is the most expensive day of our Japan trip. HUHUHU It’s actually breaking my heart while writing this post and remembering how expensive this day was. HAHAHA
I hope this will make you realize to save a lot of money before going to Japan for you to really enjoy the country and every amazing thing there! 😀
Domo arigato! :*