How to enjoy a 10-day trip to Japan for less than $1,700

How to enjoy a 10-day trip to Japan for less than $1,700

I shopped till I dropped, and I ate till I popped.

Despite being known as one of the world's most expensive cities, Japan ranked high on my 'to-go' list, and even higher on my 'dream-on' list.

A Singaporean has got to think twice about where he/she puts his/her money right? Cars are expensive, housing prices are rising…even balloting for a HDB flat requires money! So a vacation to a place that ranks even pricier than Singapore would probably have me eating dirt every day for the next 2 years after the trip.

But thanks to my lucky stars and a shrewd travel partner, I managed to knock this 'to-do' off my bucket list for less than S$1,700 (~ ¥153,000) and with a few extra yen to spare.

So here are some tips if you're planning a trip to the Land of the rising Sun, or anywhere in particular, actually!

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1. Don't Scoot over the real Scoop

We all know how Scoot Airlines has this thing for good and consistent discounts - there's a massive sale for every occasion. Chinese New Year, Christmas, Deepavali…not to mention their weekly Morning Glory Tuesdays.

So that element of predictability is definitely a major advantage for us consumers. On top of that, they even have random sale periods, held at their whim and fancy.

But the real jackpot lies in the Scoot mobile application.

Just by booking through the mobile application and keying in a 50 per cent off discount code, my partner and I each scored S$300 round-trip tickets!

Granted, the application was a little hard to navigate, especially when it came to the payment page. Blame my fat fingers or a tricky operating system, but I had to re-key in my personal details several times before a successful booking. But for S$300 tickets, I'd re-key my details a million times if I had to.

Of course, as with all other airlines, choosing the right time to travel has a bearing on cost as well - certain days and timings (typically midnight flights) are cheaper. And do take note of the period of travel stated under the terms and conditions.

Unfortunately, discount codes via the Scoot mobile application do not come along very often. But then again, good things are worth the wait. So I strongly urge you to follow them on their Facebook page and subscribe to their mailing list so you won't miss out.

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