First Day in Japan | Episode 1

On this career break I plan on keeping a daily log of all my expenses as I try to travel around Asia on a $5,000 budget. This budget includes everything from airfare, lodging, ground transportation, food/drinks, and activities. This is my first day in Japan and my first day on my career break.

How much I spent my first day traveling in Tokyo:

Total money left: $5,000 – $73.36 = $4,926.64

[Update 12/1/2016] I forgot to include the train ride from the airport to my hostel in the video. Thus, I had more expenses on my first day than the video intended.

Where I stayed:


Anne Hostel Yokozuna
4 Chome-38-5 Ryogoku
Sumida, Tokyo

Use Agoda to book a room at Anne Hostel Yokozuna

This hostel is probably one of the best bang for your buck hostel that you’re going to find in Tokyo. I booked into a 8 bed dorm room for only ¥1,625 ($14.42 USD) a night. On my first night my dorm room had 5 out of the 8 beds booked and the second night it only had 4 out of 8 booked. The hostel does not provide any breakfast but it does offer green tea for free. Most other hostels and capsule hotels will range above $20+ a night.

Also, this hostel is right off a JR station (Ryogoku Station). An easy access from both airports (Haneda & Narita) and a great for travelers looking to get a JR pass. If you’re on a budget, I would highly recommend you look into staying at the Anne Hostel Yokozuna. They also have a sister property that’s located in Asakusabashi. I have not yet stayed at the sister property but after staying at the Yokozuna site the other site should be comparable.

How I traveled in the city:


Here is how you buy a Suica card

This is a loadable card that allows you to get through station tolls easily. It’s very convenient and ticketless. So you don’t have to waste time buying tickets at each station you enter.

Jon Jovi

Jon Jovi Olaveja is the founder and editor in chief of Points of Early Retirement. He is passionate about saving money by traveling the world on points and teaching others how to accomplish this. He loves to write about travel and personal finance.