Clubbing in Japan

Hey you guys,

I actually made a video on this subject, so if you want more information on this please take a look at it. What this blog entry is about is giving you guys a couple of places and clubs to check out when you’re in Tokyo. Hope this helps!

Shibuya:

Atom, GasPanic, Scramble

Scramble is a café/bar. Once it hits 10 or 11 this place gets pretty hyper. ADD sh*t man. It’s a great place to chill before the last train home and it is literally across the street from the station so now worries on time aye?

Roppongi:

Vibration, Jumanji, Gaspanic Club (not bar!!)(Next to T.G.I. Fridays)

Jumanji is always Jumping and they have a good crowd; a good mix of ages, but mostly 28 and down. It’s hard to get in here without an ID of being 20, but if you’re a girl, dress f*cking up, like to the point even girls are saying damn~ at you and you’ll get in haha. AKA wear heels.

Gaspanic Club: Even though this place is Gaijin central haha, you guys will have a GREAT time. The music here is always BOMB.COM and it has a great mix of ages. I had most of greatest clubbing memories here.

You guys, there’s obviously more clubs you can check out in Tokyo, but I’m only giving you info on the ones I have been to and know is actually kind of good.

Best of Luck to your time in Japan!!

Food expenses for the study abroad student: especially in Tokyo, Japan

So one thing your estimates expenses for your study abroad trip shows that is off the charts is the cost of food. Mine alone was over $7,000 for the school year. Yah, shoot me in this face. Nearly gave up when I saw that. The GOOD news though, you can cut those expenses doen by a lot if you just follow my tips.

  1. DON’T  go out for every meal of the day. Sure weekends are okay, have a nice lunch with your friends or dinner and so is going out once during the school week, but not EVERYDAY. Food in Japan is costly. Best believe it.
  2. DO make your own food, especially if you place of stay has a kitchen. And if you’re a college student there, best believe that you’re going to become a chef of making pasta (spaghetti). And I’m not going to lie, supermarkets there have a great selection of sauces. So WHY is this going to become your favorite food? Well, because it’s cheap.org. 100 yen (1.20 US about) for the dry pasta and the same price for the same. FYI, even though some of those packets say “for up to two people”, in reality they go for about 4-5 meals. You can stretch it. LOL.
  3. DON’T stick to one grocery store. Truth is, there is probably another grocery store out there that sells the same thing you’re trying to find, but for a better price.
  4. DO pregame before you go to the club. It’s cheaper to buy some vodka in a big bottle and split the price with your friends. Clubbing takes quite a bit of money, for example, to cost to get there and back, an entrance fee, etc., so yah pregame. Unless ladies you’re confident you can get a guy to by you drink(s) then LEGGO.

Top Places to shop: Keep in mind this is for those studying at ICU, but most of these stores are popular all over Japan

  1. 100 yen shop (equivalent to the 99 cents store)
  2. Gourmet City
  3. Don-qi-hote (Kind of like a Walmart)
  4. Seiyu (Walmart)
  5. Itoyokado
  6. Local Shops

All I have to say is be weary of your money. In Japanese terms it may be cheap, but in regards to your currency probably not.

Best of luck to you in Japan!

 

 

Tips on how to save money while in Japan

I said most of what I needed to say about my cousin’s stay in Japan I believe. Now on to little things here and there about her stay that I feel I need to tell you about.

TIPS# 1

Tips about trying to say money whiling traveling Japan: FOOD!!!!

So when you’re in Japan, other than the fact that EVERYTHING is expensive, depending on the country you’re from, there is a way to save money during your time there.

The first step is food. Food is one of the best ways to learn about a country’s culture and one of the greatest ways to feel happy. I mean it’s true right?? You get depressed, you eat. You’re boyfriend/ girlfriend cooks you this amazing breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you eat. You’re hungry, you eat. And comes after the first bite?? This burst of Happiness from eating something sooo delicious!! Yes, now to save money on food. You’re going to have to choose at what time of day did you want to eat out at a restaurant: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Alternating? Well once you decide that, you have two times of day where you’re to have to eat elsewhere.

Places I recommend:

#1 100 Yen Shop

The “hyaku en shappu” (Japanese pronunciation for the store) you can find breakfast food, lunch food, and diner food and other random things for only 105 yen. This is equivalent to 1.34 US dollars. Yah I know, the price changes once you enter inside lol. I guess you can compare this to the 99 Cents Store within the states. It’s very convenient prices for when you’re traveling or when you are living in Japan, doing study abroad, teaching and stuff. The 100 yen shop was the go to store when I was at the International Christian Univerisity. It was right down the street. I also continuously used this store when I was traveling Kansai and staying in Asakusa.

#2 Conbini (Convenience store)

Conbini’s in Japan range from 7 Eleven to Family Mart to Sunkus to DailyMart to other shops, but these are the main ones. It’s there that you can pick up cheap food, and not just warm-up sh*t. My cousin and I always stopped by 7 eleven to pick up an onigiri, rice ball, for breakfast. It’s quick to eat and filling-ish lol. Also onigiri’s usually have some sort of surprise in the middle, for example, tuna. We always got the tuna onigiri. The prices range from 105- less than 300 yen. It really all depends on what’s inside. ^^

#3 Fast Food

Fast food may not be the healthiest choice, but it does save money. I can’t really speak for many places for being low [rices, but I will mention the places I have gone that had a menu similar to the states “1 Dollar Menu”. First off is McDonalds. This do have a 10o yen menu, but I think the 120 yen menu is way better. The breakfast menu for those two prices are good too. Second is Lotteria. I LOVE Lotteria. I usually got some sort of pie, or the ebi (shrimp) burger. It was sooo delicious. My absolute fav!!

#4 Side shops/ restaurants that don’t look too fancy

Let me tell you, I didn’t have to go to some top notch restaurant to get some authentic Japanese food. There are splenty of not-so-top-notch looking restaurants that see amazing Japanese food like udon, ramen, katsudon, and many more. You just have to look around. I prmise you will find something good, filling, and cheap to eat!!

PLACES TO CHECK OUT: These are chain restaurants (SUPER CHEAP) throughout Tokyo, and probably Japan that I recommend.

Matsuya, Sukiya, Yoshinoya: These are two different chains, but they sell practically the same types of foods. (i.e.beef bowls)

Gusto: This restaurant is a 24hr restaurant. They have something called, “drink bar,” where you can have access to all non-alcohalic drinks, limitless time, for like 4 bucks. It’s a good place to study!! The also have pretty cheap meals too. Check it out!!