On the Market – Week Ending Feb. 1

810 Glorietta

810 Glorietta Blvd., 3 beds, 3 baths, $2.6 million, agent Carrie O’Brien.

825 C Ave., 2 beds, 1 bath, $899,000, agent James Nelson.

1100 Adella Ave. #29, 2 beds, 2 baths, $925,000, agent Margaret McCain-LaGrange.

1810 Avenida del Mundo #209, 2 beds, 2 baths, $1.3 million, agent Remy Simon.

1099 1st St. #122, 2 beds, 2 baths, $999,000, agent Roxana Franklin.


  • yazzz

    What to do in Japan without very much money?
    I will go to Japan for two weeks at the end of Feb 2008. I am planning to fly in to Osaka and stay with a friend for a few days and after that I don’t know what to do. I know I want to get to Tokyo for the last 3-4 days. I am not very picky and I don’t need to stay at any expensive hotels. Actually I could even sleep in a cardboard box if I had to but I want to see as much as I possibly can. Any suggestions?

  • rip hymen

    ..Pretend yer a geisha girl. You’ll not only keep yourself entertained, but you might make a little pocket change.
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  • James

    Pretty much nothing…You could try talking to the Japanese people but they’ll just stare at you if you’re a foreigner.

    Tokyo sucks your money dry…If you have no money, then they don’t want you there.
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  • Daninjapan

    It is pretty hard to survive in Japan without much money but as long as you have money for train fares you should be fine..
    The cheapest way to get from Osaka to Tokyo is by overnight bus (about 8000yen or $80), its a nightmare trip but its much cheaper than the Shinkansen (bullet train) or flying.
    The cheapest places to stay are in internet cafes. They are everywhere. A lot of japanese people actually live in them because its so cheap. You get charged a reasonably cheap hourly rate, you get your own little booth with a comfortable chair, they provide blankets, showers, you can buy a hot meal and you surf the net all night long if you like or read manga.
    There are so many things to do in tokyo and osaka that I’m not even going to mention what they are. Buy a guide book!
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  • michinoku2001

    Go to the Keirin track. It’s 200 yen admission, the minimum bet is 100 yen and the tea is free. It’s the best bargain in Japan. Like he says, you can crash out an Internet cafe, sleep at a sauna, go to all night movies, or sip coffee at Mr. Donut all night if you don’t want to spring for a hotel. For about 3000 yen including breakfast you can stay at a YH in any case. If your absolutely dead flat broke look in the vending machines for unrecovered change. All it takes is one drunk guy who forgot his change when he paid for smokes with a 1000 yen note to get you a Big Mac meal. If you are really hard up you could eat at Lotteria.
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  • wuzaracer

    Here are some ways you can save money and have a good time. To get from Osaka to Tokyo try taking one of the highway busses. These are long overnight red-eye bus trips, but the cost is much lower than the shinkansen. If you have some Japanese speaking skills you can try to take local trains from Osaka to Tokyo and stop at different locations on the way. Years ago before marriage and living in Japan I did something similar. Basically you can take local trains from Osaka to Kyoto stop in Kyoto see the sights temples and shrines. I would stop at most major places where there was a castle, visit the castle grounds and surrounding areas. You can do this from Osaka to Kyoto, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kamakura and on to Tokyo.

    During this time you can try to stay at capsule hotels and really low cost business hotels.
    For food, if you have a good sense of diet and self discipline, you can pick and choose low cost foods from grovery stores and convenience stores.

    To be a little on the practical side, you might be better off trying to stay in the Kansai area. Maybe see Kyoto, Osaka, Himeiji, Okayama and Hiroshima. There is a castle in each of the cities and Hiroshima is an experience for everyone.

    In any case, you can have a good time and experience Japan.
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  • samurai_dave

    Get a JR Pass – if this is too high go by overnight bus when you go to Tokyo – travel and accomadations wrapped in one. A JR Bus to Tokyo would run about $80 roundtrip for the cheapest.

    In Tokyo you can crash in Manga Kissa – internet labs generally for under $10. You get your own booth and reclining chair. Some you can get a floor mat to stetch out on. In Kyoto the manga kissa are a few dollars more. I always stay at manga kissa when I travel. Some of them have showers and free ice cream! The Uno House though is a good deal for a hostel at about $15-$20.

    For eating, hit the 99 Yen shops where you can buy sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables (small portions) and more of under $1. Yoshinoya is a cheap restaurant chain where you can get a gyudon – beef bowl for about $3. You can fill up at kaiten sushi for $10-$15.

    For getting around Kyoto and Tokyo, get day passes.

    As for things to do and see for cheap – many shrines are free such Heien Shrine in Kyoto and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Most temples are free in Tokyo like Senso-ji in Asakusa and Zojo-ji in Hammatscho. Nishi and Higashi Hongakuji in Kyoto are free but under restoration!

    Go to Gion in the evening and watch the geisha pass by to their assignments.

    Go to the fish market in Tsukji early in the morning in Tokyo.

    Go to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto especially at night – it has rows and rows of red torii gates which look all spooky at night. It’s one of my favorite spots in Kyoto.

    Ueno and Harajuku Parks are great places to go especially Harajuku park on sunday when the goth girls come out.
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    been living here for 6 years and I’m a master of cheap travel in and out of Japan

  • Don C

    Try to find a 100 yen shop! they are awesome! they have tons of stuff for only 100 yen! Which is close to $1
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