A lot of people have been asking me whether Japan is really as expensive as they all think it is. When we were there we were really surprised at how affordable it actually turned out to be. For us the prices were comparable to European prices for many things. Eating out in Japan was actually even cheaper than eating out in Italy and the museums and entrance fees to temples and shrines were also reasonably priced.
The things that do cost a lot in Japan are the accomodation and transportation. If traveling to Japan I would definitsly recommend buying a rail pass (only available for non residents of Japan and it must be purchased beforehand) and looking into renting a house instead of staying in hotels. In Japan you pay per person and not per room in most cases. So for us, a family of five, staying in a hotel became very very pricey.
I thought I’d do another post with some of my favourite purchases from our trip (see previous post here). I bought some of these souvenirs at the 100 yen shop (equivalent to the $1 shop). It’s a great place to pick up little gifts and keepsakes to take home with you.
I couldn’t go to Japan and not buy a little Japanese lunch box. This one has two little compartments inside to store different foods. It’s lovely but absolutely too tiny to carry enough food for this family of five. It might soon become a place to store all my sewing needles and seam rippers.I bought these not knowing what they were but merely because I loved the packaging. For all I knew these tiny boxes could have been filled with anything from shower caps to thumbtacks.While taking these photos I decided to open one up and it turns out that they are delicious soft caramels. What a nice surprise! And I’m so glad it wasn’t anything illegal.These rice crackers come from a specialty shop located near some of the famous temples of Kyoto. Everything in this shop is painfully spicy. While in the shop you can taste any of their products and we all tasted these crackers not expecting the burning fire of pain that our poor taste buds had to endure. Luckily there was a lady waiting with a tray of cold matcha tea to ease the pain. We still haven’t had the guts to open this pack and give them a try.
I have been collecting Japanese stationary for almost two decades now. So when I actually got to go to Japan and buy some for myself I was ecstatic. Surprisingly enough I got these ones above at the 100 yen shop. They come with a stack of writing paper, envelopes and a sheet of stickers to match.I bought this little iphone case at the same shop my daughters bought their prized purses. It’s by Wabisuke and Made in Japan (which I love). Once again, I’m in love with this fabric.Another 100 yen shop purchase are these little paper gift bags. Oh how I love Japanese packaging!I was surprised to see that in every gift shop you go to in Japan there is always a selection of miniature towels and handkerchiefs to buy. Apparently it’s one of the number one souvenirs that are purchased and people use them to dry their hands after washing them in the shrines and temples. My daughter picked out this little one above and it’s made from linen and cotton and is so soft and dainty.