How to Travel Japan on a $40 budget - Day 31 Osaka 4/8

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 in Japan?

Front entrance to Hostel Wasabi. Don’t ask what Ben’s doing…

Front entrance to Hostel Wasabi. Don’t ask what Ben’s doing…

Osaka, Japan. It's a rainy Friday morning on the 9th of November, 2018. We're relaxing in the area before our flight to Vietnam and taking it easy to make our budget.

Where did we stay the night in Osaka?

Library and lounge of Hostel Wasabi.

Library and lounge of Hostel Wasabi.

Oh, hi there.

Oh, hi there.

We had a  comfortable stay in Hostel Wasabi Bed with Library. As the name suggests, there is indeed plenty of beds and - you guessed it - books. 

The names of the hostels here are very unique, but this one seems normal compared to where we've stayed in the past. 

The lounge is huge, with plenty of seats on the ground floor. There's a main upstairs area with two desks, and another couple smaller areas tucked away with beanbags and comfy chairs.

An expansive library contains manga and travel guides from several languages and a café offers guests the option to purchase some drinks or light snacks.  The chill atmosphere is excellent for us to focus and work in as well.

What did we explore today in Osaka?

Bed, breakfast, library, and the digital nomad life

Gimme all the foods!

Gimme all the foods!

We woke up to enjoy breakfast from our hostel for ¥450.

Normally we don't bother with deals like this because the value isn't returned for the money. This time, we didn't have a kitchen available, so we paid ahead of time in order to maximize our morning rituals. Ordering breakfast the day of would've been ¥600, so we took the opportunity while it was there and ordered it a day ahead.

It was definitely a good idea. We had plenty of energy to work on writing on the blog for several hours. Yesterday, we summarized our last ten days of travel, trying to catch up to the present day.

While we don't have any job or recurring income at the moment, Polywander is our current project and a means of documenting our journeys and showing you all how to live mindfully.

We trained our tastebuds at the train station

Ramen and gyoza!?  Yes, please.

Ramen and gyoza!? Yes, please.

The food you can get at the train stations all around Japan is top-notch. It's flavorful, efficient, and affordable. Triple win.

We both ordered teishoku gyoza with a miso base, sided with rice and pickled cabbage. No matter where we go to eat, our mouths are watering with each bite. Japanese cuisine is unbelievably delicious.

Croissant, muffin, or donut?  Decisions..

Croissant, muffin, or donut? Decisions..

We then grabbed some pastries from a local bakery. Something about the allure of these patisseries has us coming back for more each time.

We got back to the grind at Hostel Wasabi’s library

How often do you plan out your life goals?

How often do you plan out your life goals?

Not working for the hostel, but working on ourselves.

It’s important for us to take time out for our life vision or else it will never be achieved.

Oftentimes, others want you to craft your 2, 5, and 10 year plans, but let’s be honest: that goes nowhere, because it’s void of the dreamer inside you. It’s missing that authentic version of yourself, trying to constrain who you are into a box of logic that doesn’t always fit.

Why not be the dreamer?

Picture your life at its end, the qualities you wish to have, the love and openness you shall pervade through life. You don’t need time for that, because you have access to that potential right now, in this moment. With mindfulness, we can be present and live the life we desire without wait.

What’s stopping you?

We swam within the crowds at Dotonbori

The lively crowds fill the streets of Dotonbori.

The lively crowds fill the streets of Dotonbori.

Part of the fun in Japan is walking with the countless mobs of people. Intermingling within the populace, our commonalities are inherent as

We find there are a lot of Asian tourists visiting Osaka, so there's a nice blend of cultural diversity among the

It feels like we all create the environment around ourselves, making what we will. We see a mix and match of different cultures come together, seeing similar sights and tasting the delicious food Osaka has to offer.

We fulfilled our quest to find some curry

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

After WWOOFing for 10 days on an organic farm in Kyoto, we saw first hand how delicious curry could be. Our vegan host's rendition on a local favorite had us craving more, so off we went in search of some!

We ended up finding a place in the Osaka train station. Garrett ended up getting aki yasai curry, which had a variety of veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, goji berries, etc. Ben had the katsu don curry, crispy with a larger portion of rice that was incredibly filling for the budget price.

We reflected on life at the Tonbori Riverwalk

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As night approached, lights flickered on out of sync, popping into existence. With the lights scattering across the flowing water, we saw the city stretch into the darkness. By stepping out from the crowds and toward the river, we were able to take a breather of fresh air and return to our night.

How much did we spend traveling in Osaka today?

Food: ¥2711 / $23.82

Transport: $0

Lodging: ¥21.27 / $18.72

Sightseeing: $0

Other: $0

Total: ¥5120 / $45.00

Did we make our $40 budget today in Osaka?

Being only $5 off of our $40 goal doesn’t sound like much until you realize its 12.5% higher than our goal. So, no, we didn’t quite make it. For not being too stingy with ourselves today, we feel successful anyway!

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Until tomorrow!