• December 7, 2014

    Cheapo Xmas/Winter Markets in Tokyo

    There seems to be a fascination in Japan with winter markets, and in particular German-style Christmas markets. If you too like your holiday season with a bit of European flair, are searching for that special handmade ornament, or just want to […]

  • August 12, 2014
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    Cheapo Island Getaway: Shikine-jima

    If you happen to be hanging around Hamamatsuchō Station (JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines) on a summer Friday evening, you will notice a hurried stream of outdoor types bearing backpacks, fishing gear, styrofoam ice chests, surf boards, and foldable kayaks. Heading briskly […]

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  • December 18, 2014
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    Kechi Osechi: Osechi Ryori for Cheapos

    Welcoming the New Year is a big deal for most Japanese people, and one of the many New Year traditions is eating osechi ryori (お節料理), a Heian-era practice that still survives today. Traditionally, it was taboo to cook during the […]

  • November 2, 2014

    Country Getaways, Cheapo Style

    A bracing pine-scented breeze blows through the forest, carrying the tang of woodsmoke on its back. Sunlight dapples through the branches of white birch, and maple trees show off their autumn finery in bursts of color. A deer picks her […]

  • May 4, 2014

    DIY Cheapo: Koi Nobori (Carp Streamers)

    One of the many things we love about Japan is the plethora of fun holidays and festivals. Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day), which falls on May 5th, is an awesome national holiday during Golden Week that celebrates children’s personalities and happiness. […]

  • March 14, 2014
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    Cheapo Rail Travel: Seishun-18 Tickets

    So you’ve been stuck in the city for a while, beating your weary feet around the urban jungle while dreaming of a spring escape? Well, good news – it’s Seishun-18 season, giving even the most frugal of travellers affordable access […]

  • March 12, 2013
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    White Day: Affordable ways to "return" the Love

    What is White Day? White Day is a holiday celebrated in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China on March 14th – exactly one month after Valentine’s Day. White Day was created in 1978 in Japan by the National Confectionery Industry […]