I’ve travelled to Japan once again! This time, I went to Northern Kyushu for a journey to seek tranquility and frankly, escape my life in Malaysia for a while. I returned two days ago, and now ready to share with you, my ‘Japan Trip 2017’!
This is the first part of the travelogue, where I discuss trip planning and trip preparing.
You might be wondering, “Why Northern Kyushu? Why not Tokyo? Or Osaka?” To be honest, I’m more interested visiting rural areas and not-so-crowded cities. Besides, I’ve been to Osaka before, and my best friend is studying in Kumamoto, so I could just stay at her place.
The last time I went to Japan – back in 2015 – my parents kindly sponsored my trip. But now that I’m a working girl with quite a stable income, I paid for everything with my own money! In case there’s some of you Malaysians who want to know how much *money I spent preparing for this trip, here’s a breakdown:
*Prices will be in Malaysian Ringgit (RM).
Flight Tickets – RM1,814
I chose to fly with Singapore Airlines because they have flights to Fukuoka (which is the closest airport to Kumamoto). So, return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka cost me RM1,814. For a 6-hour flight and great service from the airline, I’d say it’s a total bargain!
My secret to getting under-RM2000 return flight tickets? Check the dates, because there are days where you can get cheaper rates. So when you’re booking flights online at SingaporeAir.com, choose ‘Flexible Dates‘ and you’ll see the ‘Flight Calendar‘, where they list cheap prices that you can opt for.
JR Pass – RM340
This pass is an essential for every Japan trip! Since I’d be travelling around Kyushu (Kumamoto – Fukuoka – Oita – Shimonoseki), this pass allows me to ride shinkansen (bullet trains) and normal trains. You can choose to get the ‘3-day pass’ or the ‘5-day pass’.
I got myself the ‘3-day pass’ from JTB Malaysia. So if you’re going for the ‘5-day pass’, the price will be more expensive. Also, keep in mind that the prices might vary because of the ever-changing currency. But I gotta tell you that the prices *might* increase daily because of the condition of our economy now. *sigh*
Travel Wifi – RM225
I found a Malaysian-based travel wifi company that is affordable and has great reviews, and it’s Travel Recommends! It’s RM15/day for Japan, so since I’m going for two weeks, I had to pay RM225 + RM200 deposit. Plus, the AMAZING thing is that it has UNLIMITED DATA! Check out Part 2 of this post to find out whether the travel wifi works or not.
Food and Shopping – RM2,000
This is totally up to you, but I exchanged RM2000 to get 50,000 YEN, which is more than enough for me to survive for TWO WEEKS in Japan. To be honest, you could just exchange RM1000 and be wary with your spendings, but I actually ate and shopped a lot while I was in Japan. So this is *YOUR* choice.
Total – RM4,379
Well, my overall trip DID NOT cost me more than RM4,000 because I did not spend much on accommodation. But yeah, more or less, you could spend less than RM4,000 for a two weeks trip to Northern Kyushu, Japan.
Hopefully, this can inspire you to go to Kyushu because it is a MAGICAL place! Now please check out Part 2 of this post to find out all about my adventures there…