So, how much is 7800 Yen?

About 5000 Indian Rupees. A little less, actually.

Approximately 70 US Dollars and about 62 Euros.

But that’s peanuts! Isn’t Japan supposed to be the most expensive nation on the planet? Won’t 7800 Yen last just about until breakfast?

Worry not! Ted Grinewich-Yonashiro, our man from Japan tells you how to get the max bang for your Yen. Read on!

So, you are in Kyoto. It is the centre of Japanese culture and history, and a great place to shop. The streets are a unique mix of traditional and modern Japanese tastes. And the best news of all: your 7,800 yen will allow you to soak up the beautiful scenery and unique blend of culture.


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When starting a day in Kyoto, I love meeting friends at the Kyoto Sanjo Oshashi Starbucks.  For 600 yen I often purchase a tall late and a small seasonal treat. This Starbucks has a deck with chairs and tables that overlooks Kyoto’s famous Kamo River. While talking with friends over coffee I love listening to the musicians who practice their singing or dabble on various instruments while sitting along the river bank.

After coffee I often head over to Lisn at the Cocon shopping center just outside Kyoto Subway’s Shijo Station. Lisn offers Japanese style incense made with traditional methods in over 150 aroma profiles. 2,000 yen will allow a person to buy four different incense packs of ten sticks each. Lisn also sells a variety of incense burners. I recommend purchasing the ‘Delight’ incense burner, reasonably priced at 945 yen, which is simple in design yet fashionable in any home.

incense sticks

With a little over 4,000 yen left in the budget, a trip to the Kabuko Tearoom at Ippodo’s main store in Kyoto is a delight. For over three centuries Ippodo has been famous for producing high quality green tea in Japan. At the Kabuko tea room, customers are walked through the step by step process on how steep a cup of green tea and get the most flavor out of the leaves. I recommend ordering the smooth tasting Gyokuro Tenka-ichi tea for 1,838 yen which also includes a pie of wagashi (a traditional Japanese sweet meat).


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As the sun sets, dinner at Kyoto’s Kyouen Complex seems like a fantastic way to finish an evening. The center of the Kyouen Complex holds a traditional Japanese zen garden which is softly lit in the evening. The Kokusaikenbi Cafe, on the south side of the complex, offers a wide variety of Japanese foods  that are both healthy and traditional. I love relaxing on the pillow lined sofas and looking at the zen garden that can be easily viewed from the cafe windows. With the 2,400 yen left in the budget, dinner can be arranged by purchasing a glass of organic red wine and an seasonal organic meal that comes with with a bowl brown rice and cup of soup.

Even with 7,800 yen fully spent on a culture filled day, the evening streets of Kyoto still offer a scenic stroll free for those who have the time. A walk along Fourth Avenue (Shijo-dori) in the Gion district might even promise seeing a famous Kabuki actor exiting the Minamiza theater, the birthplace of Kabuki, or even women in Kimono’s heading to dinner after seeing a show.


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Note: This article is from our archives. Prices may have changed a little, but the ideas remain the same!