Osaka-Kyoto-Nara May 15-19, 2016 Itinerary and Expenses



This post is the what really happened in Japan itinerary 😉 . It is somehow identical to my planned itinerary except for those places we went to eat as we went by what feels like and what looks good at that moment. When we feel the growls of our tummy, it can’t be ignored anymore hahaha. I will elaborate on each day on a different blog posts so tune in to that 🙂  .

Day 1 – 655am Jetstar Flight out of Manila. 1155AM arrival at Kansai International Airport. We availed the new Kansai One Pass at Nankai Electric Railway (KIX Terminal 1 2/F) for Y3000 (reloadable). I ordered our Pupuru pocket wifi   at their website 3 days prior and I picked it up with no hassle at KIX post office (1/f near south gate). Bus ride to Rinku Premium outlet Y200 per way bus stop#12 KIX Terminal 1 1/f). Left luggage at Rinku locker Y500 for 3 hours. Lunch at Rinku Premium outlet foodcourt. Went around the outlet for 3 hours. Walked to Rinku station to ride the train going to Nippombashi station (45 mins train ride). Checked in at our airbnb inside Kuromon Market. Freshen up and walked to Dotonburi and Shinsaibashi area. Dinner was at revolving sushi in Dotonburi area named Daikisuisan.

Day 2 – Went around Kuromon Market. Breakfast on the go. Went to explore Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto. Stroll for 2-3 hours. Lunch on the go.  Afternoon was spent at Kinkakuji Temple. Stroll for 2 hours. Went back to Osaka. Ramen dinner at Ichiran Ramen along Dotonburi. Shopped at Daiso and Don Quixote.

Day 3 – Went to Kyoto to explore Fushimi Inari. 2-3 hours roundtrip to the top and back. Next stop was Kiyomizudera Temple, Higashiyama district and Gion district where we stalked some geisha.  Kyoto station for dinner at Isetan Foodcourt. Dropped by Bic Camera beside Kyoto station. Went back to Osaka.

Day 4 – Osaka Castle. Lunch at Creo-ru Dotonburi. Went to Nara Park. Dinner at our airbnb. Bought assorted sushi sets, beef, salad and fruits at Kuromon market.

Day 5 – Check out at 11am. Left luggage at airbnb. Left the boys at Bic Camera. Girls went for last minute shopping at Shinsaibashi area. Went back to airbnb at 2pm and ate lunch at Kuromon Market. At 4pm we hailed a taxi from Kuromon market Y650 to Namba OCAT bus terminal. Bus ride to KIX Y1050 per pax one way for 40 mins. Check in at Jetstar for 830pm flight out. Got a refund for our Kansai One pass at JR West line Terminal 1 2/f. Dinner and stroll around the airport before boarding. 1130pm arrived in Manila.

Expenses: Php34k per pax ALL IN!

Japan 2016 PDF file

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* I only paid Php200 as my travel tax because I’m a US Permanent resident. That’s why the total for the two of us is only Php1820.




You can read more of our Japan travelogue here:

Osakangkayganda Day 1 – May 15, 2016

Where To Stay In Osaka.

Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (Japan)

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama District and geisha hunting in Gion

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Akyatan at Kulitan sa Daraitan


You don’t have to go far and spend a lot to seek adventure. Rizal is like a 2 hour drive from where we live. Just drag your friends and go. It’s so much fun!



Php350 Gas/diesel per pax

P20 per pax sa brgy fee

P500 for guide for a group of 10.

P50 bridge fee per vehicle

Lunch – we brought our own. Jollibee chicken and rice.

Drinks – softdrinks and coffee available at the sari sari store within the camping area.

Restrooms are with pay per use also at the camping area.








Camping area
















Mamara cave


We took a dip in the pool basin inside Mamara Cave.







Please also watch our Daraitan Travel Video. Enjoy!

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South Cebu Expenses and Itinerary

SOUTH CEBU Itinerary

Day 1 – arrival 530 am – Waterfront Hotel (gatecrash only for half a day c/o a friend)
After lunch – bus ride to Oslob 4 hrs. Overnight at Oslob Garden Stay.

Day 2 – 6AM – Oslob Whale Shark Interaction, Tumalog Falls, Ruins
PM – bus ride to Moalboal 3hrs. Stay at Basdaku Beach. Ester’s Cottages.

DAY 3 – whole day downstream river trek of Matutinao River and Kawasan Falls. 9-6pm

DAY 4 – AM – snorkeling at Moalboal – Turtle Sanctuary, Pescador Island and Sardine run
PM – bus ride to Cebu City. Check in at Tune hotel.

DAY 5 – rest and free day. Go back to Manila in the evening.


Expenses (2)

Airfare Php5821.00

Taxi to hotel 200
Breakfast Jollibee 200
Water, coffee 61
Lunch 450
Taxi to south bus terminal 45
Bus ride to Oslob 286
Dinner 350
Oslob Garden Stay – 1250
Drinks – 235
Total Php3077

Breakfast – 270
Whale shark – 1000
Multicab – 400
Habal2 – 60
Lunch – 140
Bus to Bato – 80
Bato to Moalboal – 150
Trike to resort – 75
Beach entrance – 10
Dinner – 177
Total Php2362

Breakfast – 177
Matutinao trek – 800
Multicab – 375
Habal2 – 60
Entrance – 20
Lunch – 177
Dinner – 177
Drinks – 500
Water and chips – 150
Ester’s Cottages – 2000
Total Php4436

Breakfast – 177
Snorkeling tour – 800
Lunch – 177
Multicab to town – 75
Bus to cebu – 240
Taxi to Tune hotel – 100
Dinner – c/o
Drinks, ice cream, water – 150
Total Php1719

Breakfast – 130
Lunch – 500
Tune Hotel – 1836
Dinner – 150
Taxi to airport – 100
Pasalubong – 830
Total – Php3546

TOTAL – Php20,961

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