Friday, May 25, 2012

My Visit To Japan - Free & Easy Way

 
Note: Ms Elaine From JB - Please re send your email to me as I accidentally deleted it from my system. My apologies!

 Konichiwa! I just got back from Japan 2 weeks' ago. It took me 2 days to tune my head's frequency back to my slow paced Malaysian mode. It was truly a packed and hectic trip of 8 days in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara with my entourage of 10 persons in total. We had so much fun and laughter everyday with over 2000 photos in total. I will need time to post some photos in my coming blogs but I assure you that I will not post 10 blogs talking about Japan only. I will limit it to maximum 4 posts okay.

The downtown Osaka is a crowded city with almost 18 million people living in this region. It was madness for me to see so many well dressed and polite people all over the shopping districts and subways which come in several levels with hundreds of train lines!


The streets were crowded


The Spring weather was perfect and lovely with average daily temperature at 15 degrees and lowest was about 10 degrees! It was very chilly and cold to me in Nara with strong winds. Osaka has the longest shopping street in the whole of Japan which will appease any hardcore shoppers. All of us increased our luggage allowances for our return trip as we bought so much souvenirs and food stuffs!

Many people asked me if food and shopping was expensive? I would say I had to allocate a budget of RM70 daily for 3 simple meals without any raw sushi or sashimi meals. A small bottle of mineral water costs RM4.00! So I filled drinkable water from the hotel's tap into few bottles and carried them whole day. Yes, I had to be stingy in order to be able to shop and shop till I dropped. The items sold were both cheap and extremely expensive, depending on the choices.

If you wish to visit Japan, it is better to go on your own if you are brave and prepared to walk for miles everyday instead of joining an expensive tour which does not allow you to see much of the palaces or castles as claimed by other friends. I saw everything including taking naps in the beautiful gardens outside the ancient Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

My own tips:

1) Purchase your ticket (via Air Asia or Japan Airlines when they are at lowest) 
2) Google out your daily 'Places to Visit' itinerary into a list and book the hotels.
3) Deposit RM10,000 into your bank account (Borrow or share among your friends) and photostat the updated book showing RM10,000 inside.
4) Photostat your company's Employment letter with salary showing.
5) Apply for Travel Visa from Japan Embassy ( Bring items 1, 2, 3 & 4) with your passport. You can apply for Visa a month or latest a week before departure. If successful, you will be issued Visa within an hour. You need all the items above to convince them that you will not work illegally in Japan.
6) You are ready to fly





29 comments:

  1. Been to Japan many many years ago - squeaky clean and very disciplined people. Nice place but ultra-expensive. Wouldn't mind not going there every again.

    P.S. When you switch off the lights before going to bed at night, do you glow in the dark? I hear they have not resolved the radiation woes yet after last year's tsunami?

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  2. suituapui - Muahahahaha! LOL.. I didn't glow. I heard some did but news are blacked out in the media.

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  3. i miss japan!

    currently posting my travel tales phase by phase...please start yours! hahaha!

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  4. I hv cancelled my trip to Japan..will be going somewhere instead.

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  5. Hi, Sounds like an incredible trip... Thanks so much. Hope you continue to share lots and lots of those photos with us. I will probably never get to Japan --so I will enjoy it through you and your photos.
    Betsy

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  6. took Anay 2 days to tune back the mind, and 2 weeks to come out with this post!!

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  7. wow, Anay went so many places!! Osaka, Kyoto and Nara in 8 days, sure the itinerary was very very packed!!

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  8. hahaha, good that Anay limit yourself with just 4 posts on your japan trip.. so do you imply that each post is 5000 word long and with 100 photos each?? hahahaha~~

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  9. so is this considered as one of the 4 posts?? i think this is more of an introductory post right?? Thambee hasn't been to Japan before, want to see more photos..

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  10. RM70 for 3 meals is not that expensive lah Anay.. or that RM70 for 3 meals is only enough for Anay to buy some bread?? hahaha..

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  11. Hello SK Thambee... Yes I think this intro post is one of the 4 posts. The other 3 will talk about places visited in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. I won't wanna bore you to death. I got a souvenir for you SK!!!!

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  12. of course now people are going for free and easy trips rather than those packed packaged tour.. we want to see more and have our own time, and do not want to cut down the time to visit tourists spots and then put those time in those "tourist shops" right??

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  13. hahaha, i think if we are not bored Anay also dunno what's more the blog about the same trip right?? hehehe, we are not Panda Foong who can write 10 posts for just one tourist spot, and comes out with 100 for a trip, hahaha!! :p

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  14. 4 posts only?? I object!

    Please post as initially planned - 10 posts~

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  15. Do feel free to make me looking green by posting 100+ photos of all those lovely places, handsome guys and kawaii girls in Japan

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  16. Er, that RM10K tips.... does it really work? *awe*

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  17. Will there be a special post on your visit to Hokuoukan? ;)

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  18. After you come back, we can be the "glow in the dark" buddies since we exposed ourselves to insane amount of radiation there. xD

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  19. Japan is nice, but too expensive to go as the cost of living there is too high. Right now, Japan is still not on my list to travel yet. May be in the future...

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  20. japan now is quite cheap - must be the inflation in mly!!! tics, hotel, food, transport - can do kyoto-osaka-kobe, nara for under 3k

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  21. I miss Japan a lot..
    Last time I worked in a Jap company and I got few chances to travel to Japan...

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  22. I guess the weather now is superb nice .. 15 degree and Malaysia is so hot...

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  23. Must jot down the tips you have listed..eehehhe

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  24. thanks for the tips but i don't think i've the courage to travel to Japan or Korea on my own due to language barriers. thanks for sharing your memories. i enjoyed your Japan posts very much, keep them coming.

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  25. RM 10k to have 1 month Visa eh? abit mafan lol :D

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