Budget Travel Hints
Budget Travel Hints
Like many countries, Japan can be an expensive place to visit if you don’t plan ahead, however there are a wide variety of budget accommodation options, transportation passes and sightseeing discounts, which help to make Japan an affordable destination for even the most budget conscious traveler. It is worthwhile taking the time to decide which options will best suit your stay.
If you are flying to Japan with one of the country’s national carriers, Japan Airlines (JAL) or All Nippon Airways (ANA), and intend to take a domestic flight during your stay, it is worth buying your domestic ticket in conjunction with your international ticket. Both JAL and ANA can offer considerable savings on the cost of internal flights purchased in this way. Contact JAL or ANA for further details. See the transportation section of this site to find out more about discounts on domestic airfares.
With the Japan Rail Pass, foreign visitors to Japan can enjoy discounted travel on nearly all services of the extensive JR Transportation Network, including the Shinkansen or ‘bullet train’. There are also a variety of other rail passes, which offer significant reductions on rail travel in Japan. Long distances buses and local train services are other low-cost transport options.
Taxis in Japan are expensive so long taxi rides are best avoided. Fortunately Japan’s efficient and affordable local transportation networks mean that taxis are rarely required.
The cost and quality of accommodation in Japan is comparable with that of most other developed countries and there is something to suit every taste and wallet.
Dining out in Japan doesn’t have to be expensive. Restaurant dining in Tokyo for example is certainly no more expensive than in most other world capitals and is often better value for money. Wherever you travel, restaurants in popular tourist areas will always cost more. Follow the locals and you will generally find both lower prices and more authentic Japanese cuisine. Avoid restaurants that don’t list their prices outside the door. The people who can afford to eat in these places don’t need to know how much they will have to pay. Budget dining can usually be enjoyed at more casual establishments such as Izakaya (Japanese pubs), Shokudo (general eating places, often with set meals), and Okonomiyaki restaurants (‘Japanese pizza’ places).
Recent improvements in the foreign exchange rate have meant more favorable prices for overseas visitors to Japan. The price chart in the following page is designed to give an idea of what you can expect to pay for a variety of everyday and travel-related items in Japan.
Recent improvements in the foreign exchange rate have meant more favorable prices for overseas visitors to Japan. The price chart below is designed to give an idea of what you can expect to pay for a variety of everyday and travel-related items in Japan..
FOOD and DRINK
|Can of drink||130 yen|
|Cup of coffee||100-400 yen|
|Can of beer||200 yen|
|1/2 liter of mineral water||120 yen|
|Bowl of Japanese noodles||300-700 yen|
|Breakfast service in a coffee shop||400-700 yen|
TRANSPORTATION and TOURS
|7-Day Japan Rail Pass(Ordinary)||29,110 yen|
|Tokyo Metro 1-Day Open Ticket||710 yen|
|Toei 1-Day Economy Pass||700 yen|
|Airport Limousine Bus
(Narita Airport to Central Tokyo)
|2km bus ride||210 yen|
|2km taxi ride||730 yen|
|One day guided coach tour
(from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji)
|10,000 – 15,000 yen|
|Youth Hostel||3,000 yen per night|
|From 3,000 yen per night|
|Economy Class Hotel
|From 5,000 yen per night|
|From 10,000 yen per night|
|Postcard stamp||82 yen|
|Karaoke(2 hours)||600 yen|
|Hair cut||From 1,000 yen|
NOTE: The prices listed are approximate prices in Tokyo in Japanese yen as of April 2014