If you’re not too well-versed in the vernacular, eating out in Japan can be a bit stressful. Pointing and gesturing will get you somewhere, but it might also get you something you didn’t order! Too cheap to pay for Japanese [...]August 19, 2014 -
Support Richard and order his great book 80/20 Japanese here. If you’re in Japan or enjoy travelling there, you have no doubt at least dabbled in learning the language. And so you should! It’s a great language, and by learning [...]June 23, 2014 -
New to Tokyo Cheapo? Read this. We’ve put together an introductory guide that will help you use our (invaluable) resources to get the most out of Tokyo on a budget. From reasonable ramen to inexpensive ways of getting from the [...]May 16, 2014 -
The cost of living in Tokyo is not insignificant so if you’re looking for a cheap place to live then you’ll be disappointed. However, it gets a bad rap in international surveys that tout it as the most expensive city in the world to live in. The problem of these surveys is that they compare apples with pears – if you want to transplant your western lifestyle with a two car garage and a big backyard, then it will cost a fortune. If you’re up for adapting and trying new things, then you’ll be surprised how economically you can live.