Can you travel Japan on just $40 a day? We have 1 month in Japan to figure that out. Follow our blog to see how we travel Japan on a tight budget.
Where did we end up today?
Since we didn't get to explore much yesterday having to transit from Matsumoto to Nagoya, we lingered around the area a bit longer to visit some nearby sights.
Where should you stay in Nagoya?
For convenience and affordability, we extended our stay by another night at the Nagoya Travelers Hostel. We’d recommend it if you’re trying to be nearby city accommodations likes shopping centers, restaurants or want a large enough kitchen to cook your own budget meals. The only downside was the creaky beds, trying to be silent when getting up early in the morning…
What did we explore today in Nagoya?
We meditated with the monks at Shinshu Otani ha
We started off the morning by walking to Shinshu Otani ha, a Buddhist temple located in Nagoya.
Each temple has a its own unique history and character, so it is intriguing to learn about these structures when we visit them.
When we walked up, there were school children playing in the courtyard, singing songs and playing light hearted challenges by running in circles to tag others to run around the group. Contrast that to the humming sound of Buddhist monks chanting as we approached the temple, and you have what makes Japan, Japan.
Ran into a pop-up market at Osu Kannon Temple
After walking around quite a bit, we made it to the Osu Kannon Temple. When we arrived, there was a large market with vendors selling vintage antiques, piles of rubbish, and everything in between. Making our way through the dense crowd of people and casually perusing the display of items for sale, we eventually made it up to the temple.
Saw the mix of the modern day with an ancient relic at Nagoya Castle
Although the Nagoya Castle was undergoing construction when we visited, we still payed the entrance fee and went on in.
We toured the perimeter of the castle and witnessed the construction workers on the scaffolding, performing maintenance around the building. Although not the reason we originally came to the castle, we found it interesting watching the blend of modern upkeep procedures upon ancient architecture.
Although our quick castle viewing was interesting for a brief moment, we recommend skipping out on this one and checking out something else in the area instead- unless you like paying to take a couple photos.
Afterward, we went to the supermarket to grab some cheap groceries and made some food at the hostel, getting to bed a bit earlier to prepare for the next day of adventure.
Did we make our budget of $40 today?
Food: ¥990/ $8.83
Lodging: ¥2305 / $20.55
Sightseeing: ¥500 / $4.45
Total: ¥3796 / $33.83
Yes, we did! Lots of walking and living below our means allowed us to reclaim our budget and manage well below the $40 mark. We still have some catching up to do with our previous days, but it can be done!
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