Tokunai Pass….Traveler Pass in Tokyo, Japan

I successfully moved from Narita International Airport to downtown by cheapest mode of transportation i.e Keisei Expressway Bus for 1,000 Yen (USD 10).

Didn’t happy, because next question appeared i.e “How did I frugally explore city? “

The answer was easy. I must immediately get Tokunai Pass (Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass).

After I got off from airport bus, I rushed into Tokyo station to got it. Of course, I had to went to Automatic Ticketing Machine. Initially, I was confused to looked for Tokunai Pass menu on the machine. After all buttons were punched. Evidently, Tokunai Pass menu was located in “Discount Card” directory. Easy to used it because there were multi language choice that could be used (of course I used English).

Ticketing Tokyo n Shibuya Gate

 

Left: Automatic ticketing machine in Tokyo Station where I bought Tokunai Pass

Right: Gate in Shibuya Station, one of many stations where Tokunai Pass could be used as entry access to train platform.

Tokunai Pass fare was 750 Yen and could be used until 24:00. So to maximize its benefits, You better buy it on the morning and use it to visit Tokyo’s attractions fullday. In fact, I bought it at 13:00 and used it until 21:00.

Tokunai Pass

 

Left: Tokunai Pass
Right: Tokunai Pass receipt

How did I frugally use Tokunai Pass? It was the calculation:

 

If I bought regular tickets towards several attractions below:

  1. Towards Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano. From Station Tokyo – Nakano Station for 220 Yen
  2. Towards Hachiko Statue and Shibuya Crossing. From Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano Station to Shibuya Station for 200 Yen
  3. Towards Ameyoko Market. From Shibuya Station to Ueno Station for 190 Yen
  4. Toward Akihabara electronic market. From Ueno Station to Akihabara Station for 160 Yen
  5. Towards Harajuku Street. From Akihabara Station to Harajuku Station for 170 Yen
  6. Back to guesthouse. From Harajuku Station to Nakano Station for 220 Yen 
    Total Overall were 1160 Yen 

Because I bought a Tokunai Pass for 750 Yen so I had saved for 410 Yen.

It was only  an 8 hours journey, If you arrive on early morning, it will be able to visit many attractions and can save budget more.

While using Tokunai Pass, I used only two lines of JR-East Train i.e Yamanote Line (Tokyo Circle Line) which is the busiest line in Tokyo and Chuo Line that connects downtown and Otsuki about 90 km west of Tokyo.

Tokunai Pass can be purchased at automated ticketing machines at all JR-East Line stations in Tokyo. And it can be used for all local JR-East Train Line (in Tokyo) whose rail is located above ground. The train is similar to Jakarta’s Commuter (in Jakarta-Indonesia).

Good luck for using Tokunai Pass when you visit Tokyo…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap Food for Backpacker at Japan.

Japan had been set by me to be my top destination in East Asia after visited Hong Kong, Macao and Shenzen a year earlier.

For a backpacker who concerns with a budget like me, Japan becomes an expensive place that needs some tricks to spend minimal budget for 4 days exploring its magnetism. Japan magnetism has made every traveler are impressed to Japan.

For minimizing hotel budget, I got a free overnight stay at Kansai International Airport and also got a cheap dormitory at Yadoya Guesthouse (in Nakano area) and Kaga Hotel (in Osaka city).

Transportation budget was also helped by Tokunai Pass in Tokyo and One Day Pass in Osaka.

Well, I will tell how I chose some ways to got cheap food in Japan for saved budget. I did it because I has to save a lot of money for visiting another countries in the world to realize my long backpacker mission.

Lunch

When arrived at Narita International Airport on 11:15 then lunch was something that couldn’t be delayed anymore. It wasn’t possible to waited for lunch in Tokyo downtown. After searched it around Narita’s Arrival Hall, I just found some expensive price at food court, I finally pushed  my steps into Lawson. Indeed many cheap onigiris, but single onigiri certainly wasn’t enough for lunch. Finally it was the best option that I took for my menu:Lunch at Narita

Two onigiris with some companion menu for 248 Yen made me enough satisfied.

Dinner 

My thinking way is simple when being backpacker. I will eat on time to avoid sickness during trip. And wherever is it and when eating time comes then I will try to find the cheapest food around me. I don’t need to go back to a certain place for eating. Just calm and eat something as soon as possible.

My dinner happened when I was enjoying Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) Market hubbub near Ueno station. When hungry wasn’t unstoppable I finally started to looked for food around it. A lot of Turkish was opening kebab stall, but it seemed less for my portion.

Dinner at 4 degrees Celsius weather would be better if ate hot noodles like it:

Dinner at Yokoco

Spent for 398 Yen and got a bottle of ice water …. made me could sleep so soundly

Breakfast

I had a breakfast near Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano where I stayed during visiting Tokyo. Walking around home-based restaurant, I just found a relatively expensive menu. Finally I found Family Mart there. 10 slices of onigiri was being my dish

Breakfast Nakano

Simply paid 298 Yen

Menu in Amerikamura, Osaka

A day later, visiting Amerikamura required me to buy a lunch menu before moved towards Namba Parks.

So hard to found cheap food here, but finally I bought a menu at a home-based Japanese restaurant which selling Thai food.

Here was my choice:

Lunch Amerikamura

 

Slightly expensive to spent for 680 Yen. Because of no other options. But the portion was very much for Indonesian liked me ….. I couldn’t breathe because of satiety.

Well for you who have a minimal budget, don’t worry  for visiting Japan. There is always a solution as long as we tricky faced all condition there.

Let’s visit Japan, friends ……

Bus from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Downtown, Japan

December 29th, 2016 at 11:15 am, Vanilla Air smoothly landed at Narita International Airport terminal 3.

My first time visiting Japan made immigration officers spent a lot of time to interogated my itinerary during stayed in Tokyo and Osaka. But completeness of my itinerary made me easily passed immigration counter.

Narita Airport officers politely checked their country guests. For physical checking, they asked for permission by explaining their procedure on a file that was showed to me.

I remembered after physical checking,  a warm smile officer said to me: “Are you sure sir? Entering Tokyo just use t-shirt like it?” …. I tried kindly reply: “No sir, I will use my jacket after get out from airport “.

After ate onigiri as my lunch menu, I immediately moved to tranportation counter area. Trying to quickly understood all of information there.

The conclusion was….I certainly wouldn’t use Narita Sky Access towards downtown. It only takes 36 minutes towards downtown which is 75 km from Narita. But it certainly need more budget … about 1,400 yen for adults and 700 yen for children …. bye bye Narita Sky Access.

Thought twice also if I would use Narita Express. It need 3,020 Yen for using it towards downtown in 1 hour duration.

And although Keisei Main Line is cheaper than 2 other types of trains. Actually it only need to spend 1,190 Yen to downtown. The train is similar to Jabodetabek commuter train (Jakarta Commuter Train). Finally, I still chose the most cheapest transportation mode i.e  bus.

perbandingan harga

 

Fare:  Narita Sky Access Line Vs Keisei Main Line

A. Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Downtown 

The cheapest option is expressway bus. Ticket fare is 1,000 yen. I just needed to went to ticket counter in Narita airport then their staff would give it:

Tiket

After got a ticket, I immediately headed to its shelter. Easy enough to found it because direction signs are very informative at Narita airport.

Bus will reach to downtown within 1 hour and mostly pass through higway.

Here are some views during journey to downtown:

View at expressway

Passengers will be dropped off at a shelter near Tokyo Station:

Stasiun Tokyo Dropping Point

 

Left: Dropping point
Right: Front yard of Tokyo station

To continued my trip to hostel and some attractions from Tokyo Station, I bought Tokunai Pass which mostly using on ground train line. So I never used subway in Tokyo.

B. Bus from Downtown to Narita Airport

Reversely, when we will go from downtown to Narita Airport, bus will depart from Tokyo station but it start from different place with the dropping one when I travels to downtown from Narita Airport.

The expressway bus shelter can be found from following sign boards in Tokyo station

Bus Gate Stasiun Tokyo

 

Yaesu Central Side Gate at Tokyo Station

Exit from Tokyo Station through Yaesu Central Side Gate then turn right…. I found Expressway Bus office and shelter:

JR Expressway

Left: Expressway Bus office
Right: Expressway Bus to Narita airport

From here, bus will depart to Narita Airport.

Okay guys … happy trying.