Tokyo *CAN* be the most expensive place on earth. But then again, it can also be very reasonable. for example, I am staying there for 15 nights - and my hotel total is $320 USD. I dare any New Yorker, Parisian, or Londonite to come up with a hotel that inexpensive where you don't have to worry about being shot at or mugged in your sleep. With a modicum of research you may discover a 24 hour chinese restaraunt that serves an excellent whole Peking Duck, feeding 3-4 people, for under $25 total. Including soup, rice, and drink. Or a Karaoke bar that is all-you-can-drink for 90 minutes for around $13 (including a private Karaoke room) Just a couple examples. Plus my plane ticket cost less than $500. I'll try to post some pics while we are there.