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Traveling on a Budget


Traveling on a Budget

Many people have the misconception that Japan is an expensive place to travel, especially Tokyo which is notorious for its high cost of living. But although it has its fair share of luxury goods and services, Japan also offers many budget-friendly alternatives. Most travelers end up being surprised at how easy it is to enjoy a budget trip here. In fact, with a bit of planning and a bit of know-how, this country is actually very affordable and on par with places in Europe--and sometimes even cheaper! So, stop worrying about your wallet and start planning your trip! Not sure where to start? Odigo's got you covered! On this page, we will introduce you to low-priced capsule hotels, take you to affordable college bars and show you other low-cost options for the perfect budget trip to Japan!

Travel
Sight in Tokyo

Oriental Bazaar

Located in the hip district of Omotesando, the Oriental Bazaar offers three floors of all things Japanese souvenirs. 😍

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Chicago Harajuku Omotesando

Accenting the store front is a giant CHICAGO neon sign that is very hard to miss. It is a part of many branches but this one is said to be the largest and the best. They carry many unique things such as wedding dresses to even rare kimonos!

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Meno

This shop sells mainly women's apparel ranging from lacy intimates to accented accessories. The interior of the shop is very stylized and romantic and the same can be said for their collection. While their clothes are on the more expensive side, the quality is top notch and truly antiques. Come by just to take a look or to add something new to your collection.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Kinji Used Clothing

This thrift shop is located in Harajuku, one of the fashion spotlights in Tokyo. You will see all types of people there with various styles, from goth to lolita. Kinji is the place where those clothes go to to find a new home. Thats makes this store have one of the widest range of clothings for a thrift shop. Instagram: @kinji_harajuku Photos taken from their website.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

BINGO Shibuya Center St.

Bingo is located in the BookOff building which is the largest bookstore that sells secondhand books for a very cheap price. Bingo sells around 20,000 pieces of preowned apparel including accessories and bags,ect. This venue is very big, so I suggest having an idea of what you want to by before your visit. You can find the clothing section on the basement floor under the 3 floors of books, CDs, and DVDs. For information on how to sell your items please visit the website. Photos from BookOff

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Nude Trump

Nude Trump is about at crazy as the name sounds! The apparel, while not the best quality, are very colorful and unique. They sell trinkets, toys, and accessories, that are probably studded, or covered in feathers. Same applies to their clothing, as you will see neon, loud, and sparkly colors on most of their things! This place is not just a shopping destination but just a nice way to spend an afternoon. The crazy fashionista Hayao Matsumura started this shop in the late 80s and it has been a go to destination for those dedicated customers who prefer the extreme side of fashion! Twitter: @NUDETRUMP_TOKYO Images from their Twitter.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

BOY

BOY in Shibuya City is a hidden gem that sells old school Japanese fashion brands. Upon entering the store you will hear alternative and grunge music playing, with a lot of their clothing having some kind of connection to music. The decor in the space is very stylized and interesting, kind of like someone’s personal closet. Their tops start at around 2000 yen(~$20), so it won’t drain your wallet too much. In addition to secondhand clothes, they also sell CDs! Twitter handle:@boyfandm Photos found on their Twitter page.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

New York Joe Exchange

New York Joe Exchange is an amazing thrift store because you can actually bring your used clothing and they will buy it from you for cash for 30% of their resell price.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Stick Out

Stick Out is is a fashion favorite as you know exactly what to expect before you go there. Everything is 700 yen (~$7)! They carry a wide variety of clothes of all different styles. The selection is so huge that it could take a whole afternoon just to find something, but the gratification of finding that one piece you love makes the search worthwhile. Check out their selection beforehand on their insta! (@stickout700store) Photos taken from their website and Instagram Page

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

2nd Street

2nd Street is located in Koenji, where some of the best thrift stores live. While there are other locations, I recommend this shop simply because there are so many other thrift stores next to it to explore in case you don’t find anything. This area has a whole street lined with secondhand clothing stores. 2nd Street is the large 2 floored building among them, you won’t miss it. If you dig deep you will find brands like Converse, Supreme, and Champion. Be warned that the men’s shoe section is very expensive compared to what you can find oversees, but still cheaper than a retailers of course. Check out their instagram(@2ndstreet_official) to get a better idea of what styles they carry. Photos found on their website.

Lifestyle
Sight in Tokyo

Mottainai Festa

Mottainai Festa is a 2 day festival that offers something for everyone. They are a pair of flea markets next to each other, one operated by adults and the other but children, with goods ranging from anime treats to secondhand furniture. Be sure to check it out! Photos from JapanTravel

Travel
Sight in Hyogo

Wantage Books

Wantage Books is Kansai's only secondhand English-language bookshop located in Kobe.

Travel
Sight in Tokyo

Commune 246

Commune 246 is a multi-purpose space with shared offices, schooling, and food court two minutes on foot from the Omotesando metro station.