Budget Travel Ideas in TokyoEdit This
Depending on what country you are traveling from, Japan, Tokyo in particular, can be an expensive city even for the most savvy budget traveler. A good option for accommodation that won't break the bank, and is an experience in and of itself is the innovative Pod Hotel. The Pod hotel is a no frills, budget accommodation designed for Japanese commuters who either don't have the time or the money to travel in and out of Tokyo each day. A good option is the Asakusa Capsule Hotel Riverside (http://www.asakusa-capsule.jp/english/). One of Tokyo's main tourist attractions lie right around this corner from this hotel, the Asakusa Temple, which is free. The long corridor, filled with vendor stalls, lines the path to the 7th century temple - one stop shopping for souvenirs, sushi, candy, dry goods, and silk. The Asakusa Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, and a must see.
Once you have taken in the marvels of the Temple, take a stroll along the river and watch the hustle and bustle of the locals. Head to the metro station in Asakusa (there is an information desk located at the entrance of The Asakusa Temple if you need direction), and take a few minutes to get acquainted with the metro map, don't panic, just breathe! If you follow the green line you are almost certain to find that all the major tourist destinations have stops along this line. The metro is very efficient and almost always on time. Head to Akihabara, or better known as Electric city. It is best to head to Akihabara in the late afternoon to evening time to a get a true feel of Electric city. Electric city is the Japanese version of Times Square, but it mostly just consists of gadgets and electronic shops. If you are in the market to upgrade your camera, ipod, video camera, etc this is the place to do it, although it will make a dent in your wallet. For the budget traveler this area is a great place to window shop, people watch, and get colorful photos.
Shinjuku Station is a good stop to make if you are interested in immersing yourself in the skyscrapers of Tokyo. Neon galore, this is a business and shopping district, and good spot to find some budget eats. Not a good idea to hit Shinjuku during rush hour, if you are trying to avoid crowds. It is estimated that approximately 2 million people pass through Shinjuku station each day!