day two in tokyo - eating tempura soba soup, grilled corn crisps, edemame & funny soft sweet snacks....explored the second hand bookshop area - bought a few bargains....
according to most people in the travel industry, japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world & tokyo the most expensive city. all i can say is that that appears to be totally untrue. it will actually cost you more to stay in grimsby in the cheapest b&b, eating the cheapest poor quality food & taking the bus. in fact i don't know anywhere in the uk for example that anywhere close to the amazing prices & quality here.
i'm staying in a hotel that is regarded as 2 star in japan & it's better than most 3 & 4 star ones in europe. anyway, here are a few comparisons:
tube ticket for a single journey across 2 zones: London £6 upwards I think / tokyo 160yen (just over £1) + the underground here is clean, efficient & friendly.
hotel room: taking a cheap UK chain (traveloadge) - lowest price £19 / tokyo hotel horidome 3400yen (approx £26) - but: what you get - uk: a room with a tv / tokyo: a room with a tv, a fridge, free toothbrush & toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, yukata (robe), box of tissues, hairdryer, umbrella if it's raining, a bath & a shower that works !
a light meal: uk - lets say a dinner of a salad or such: probably around £5-6 at least - or a 'deal' where you get a sandwich, a drink & a snack - £2-£5 / tokyo: a bowl of excellent quality soba noodles with tempura (which will fill you up !) 500yen or less (approx £3.50)
basically what i'm saying is....come to japan ! it's amazing - trains cost more than in europe but they're on time, clean & safe - it's a total bargain to come to this country & be stunned by the sights, the tastes & the way of life here.