Japan is famous for being one of the costly countries to visit. In fact, whenever people hear that you will travel to Japan, they will immediately say magastos or mahal. Yes, I would agree because it is the most expensive country that we ever visited in South East Asia.
I realized this when I started to look for an accommodation and plan for our itinerary. Of course, there are still some ways to travel in Japan on a budget and not everything is expensive.
So if you think that you cannot buy anything in Japan, you are definitely wrong. I’m sharing with you the things that you can buy for pasalubong that fits your budget.
1. Cup Noodles - I have a friend who used to work in Japan and she said that cup noodles in Japan are really good so we bought few pieces so we could try it. And it is true, I'm not fond of cup noodles because I dislike the taste of the noodles but the one that we bought in Japan is good. One cup of noodles is 100+yen.
2. Japanese Curry and Furikake - It was my first time to try the Japanese curry when we dined at C&C Curry Shop, the mild curry is different from the curry powder that I always use for our chicken curry. I bought a pack for this for my friend but unfortunately, it did not reach Philippines because I forgot to put it in check-in bag so it was confiscated.
My sister in law asked me to buy this. It is a dry Japanese seasoning that you add to steam rice or fried rice. I bought this without knowing the name, I just look at the picture. Now, I consulted Google and it is called Furikake.
3. KitKat - this chocolate is very common in the country but there are flavors that are not usually available in the Philippines. If you find one flavor, I’m pretty sure it is expensive, the cost of KitKat ranges from 300 to 500 yen per pack. It depends on where are you going to buy this, I've read that some stores sell this for 200+ yen.
I only bought my pasalubong at the nearest grocery store in Tama Center so I only saw few flavors in the grocery such as dark chocolate, chocolate, green tea and strawberry flavor.
Green Tea KitKat is available in S&R store, I just can't remember the exact price but I'm sure it is over P200.
4. Royce Chocolate - this is available in the country but I haven’t bought one because the price is so steep. The first time I tried this chocolate was last year when my husband bought Royce Nama Chocolate in Brunei.
Read: Royce Nama Chocolate
So I was really happy when I saw Royce chocolates in Narita airport, you can buy Royce Nama Chocolate for 720yen only. Waah! I wish I can buy a lot and hoard these chocolates.
Read: Royce Chocolate
5. Daiso - again this is available in the country but I still bought some stuff here because it is only 108 yen. Malayo sa P88 sa atin. :)
6. IKEA - I saw this store when we went to Showa Kinen Park and I was able to buy chocolate for 97yen and 130 yen only.
Read: IKEA Tachikawa
Care to share your favorite pasalubong from Japan.