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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Japan on the Cheap

Japan on the cheap can be done and is quite an experience. You can stay at capsule hotels which will cost you about USD$40-$50 a night with access to baths and sauna. Inexpensive budget hotels are also available and are usually located near stations. Try a Business Hotel for a good compromise with prices around USD$70 for a single room and USD$100 for a double. If you get in a pinch and need a hotel in a hurry try one of the various Love Hotels located all around Japan. These are quite inexpensive and usually came with a great TV, video games and karaoke machine.

Food can cost you about USD$5-8 a meal if you eat at budget Japanese restaurants like Yoshinoya, Sukiya, and CoCo Ichiban Curry House. There are numerous bakeries around the country and a small snack will cost you around USD$1-2. The convenience stores all over Japan are also a quick cheap alternative and prices are extremely low compared with places back home.

I would say about USD$70-80 a day is possible done on a budget.

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  1. So far I have spent an average of AUS$55 per day when in Japan.Longest period was 4 weeks , shortest was 3 weeks.Total cost for a holiday averages out at $3000 AUS for one month all costs, train plane ,bed ,food , beer etc.Five trips in 4.5 years.

  2. Sounds like you have done it on a real budget. What type of hotels have you been using and where have you been eating?

  3. I am planning for a trip to Japan from Sydney.
    My questions are:
    1. Where should be my cheapest flight destination?
    2. Is 2 weeks enough to see the majority places?
    3. How much should I put my budget a day for a comfortable transport/meals/stay/misc fee (excluding flight)? Is $100/day more than enough?

  4. Thanks Kevin, glad to hear that you are planning a trip to Japan, which is an amazing place.

    Usually from Australia both Osaka (Kansai) and Toyko (Narita) are around the same price. We prefer the Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines from Australia, but you have to make a short stop-over in Singapore. Two weeks is enough time to sample some of the highlights, but there is never enough time to see all of Japan. You could spend a life time exploring all there is to see in places like Tokyo and Kyoto. I recommend seeing the highlights of Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara and spending a few days in each of these places. On a conservative budget I would estimate about $100 AUD a day is possible. Think about getting the Japan Rail Pass if you plan to do a lot of travelling. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions.


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