Traveling to Japan is a cultural experience like no other. The food, the destinations, the accommodations, and the people are all unique in their own ways.
As far as finances go, everyone’s wallet is going to feel a little different, so let’s discuss the costs associated with traveling in Japan.
How much should I budget for a trip to Japan?
If you’re on a budget, you can visit Japan for an affordable price, or you can live in indulgence and extravagance while you’re there. Whatever budget you have, Japan can likely accommodate your wallet’s needs.
Where you stay can have a large impact on your budget. Your stay could range from $7 (700 yen) to well above $300 (30,000 yen) per night, per person. The more expensive options could quickly add up for a family.
What you eat can also have an impact on your budget. If you eat high-quality sushi every day of your trip, you’re going to have a higher average day-to-day expense than if you enjoy the street vendor snacks and ramen for some of your meals. The cost varies greatly with the options available.
A general rule of thumb for budgeting your trip to Japan is as follows:
|Average Daily Budget (In Yen)||One Person||Two Persons||Family Cost 3-4 Persons|
|Low (Budget Minded)||4,000-8,000||7,500-15,000||8,500-20,000|
|Medium (Average Cost)||9,000-18,000||14,000-30,000||20,000-35,000|
|High (Luxury Traveler)||19,000-45,000+||25,000-55,000+||40,000-60,000+|
Is Japan expensive?
Japan can be expensive, but there’s a cost-friendly side of Japan as well. It’s going to be expensive if you splurge on the best options available-the best sushi, the best hotels, the best attractions, etc.
There are budget-friendly options for those who aren’t ready to spend like Japanese royalty on their visit to Japan.
When should I organize my trip to Japan?
Planning a trip to Japan may take some research and some advance planning.
If you want to stay in multiple locations in Japan, you’ll want to plan your travels accordingly. Going in a linear fashion, rather than ping-ponging your way around the country, is going to be more cost-effective for a smaller budget.
When you’re planning your trip, you may want to consider where you want to stay in each location. The accommodations vary greatly, so you may want to research them further to determine which ones would be suitable for your circumstances and budget.
By booking your stay in advance, you could be saving money. This is especially true if you decide to stay in Japan in the busy season. Availability and demand can be deciding factors when it comes to finding accommodations on a budget.
When you decide you want to go to Japan is probably a great time to start organizing the trip. You can gather all the information you’ll need, study the culture, know where you want to go, what you want to see, and what you want to eat.
Planning early is also exciting, and the whole process will (hopefully) help you look forward to your trip.
What should I do on a trip to Japan?
There are lots of sites to see in Japan. Between parks, shrines, temples, galleries, castles, gardens, landmarks, observatories, beaches, and more there is surely something for everyone to enjoy in Japan.
Most activities and entrance fees for temples, museums, and gardens are around $5, some as little as $2, and some a little more than $10.
Where should I visit on a trip to Japan?
In Japan, you’ll find traditional and unique cultural experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Just walking down the streets and popping into some shops that get your interest can be an experience you’ll never forget.
If you’d like a more urban experience, you could visit Tokyo. It is Japan’s cultural center for fashion, fun, and food. Tokyo is a large city with a plethora of technology, nightlife, and did we mention the food?!
Tokyo does have a rival: Kyoto. It’s also a rich cultural experience and a major tourist attraction. Kyoto can be less expensive than Tokyo. Kyoto features more charming attractions like temples, gardens, hiking, and shrines.
Hiroshima is also lively and bustling today. Although the sad history may be marked forever on the walls, the community you’ll find in modern-day Hiroshima is focused on peace and moving into the future by remembering the tragedy of the past.
If you happen to be in Japan on August 6, you would be able to attend the remembrance ceremonies. This ceremony honors those who suffered from the tragic happenings in Hiroshima.
Where you go and what you do while in Japan are completely up to what you want to experience during your visit to Japan.
If you want to experience the best of all of Japan, make a few stops and enjoy each one rather than limiting yourself to just one place or experience. All of Japan waits, after all.
Where should I eat on a trip to Japan?
The most common recommendation is to try Ramen and as many different kinds as possible. The Japanese are renowned for their ramen, so it’s probably a good place to start.
You can have ramen however and wherever you please when you’re in Japan!
Sushi is another Japanese staple to experience when you visit. You can get good sushi for around $10-20, but the price varies greatly.
Japanese curry is also a hit among travelers. If you enjoy Indian curry, you’ll want to try Japanese-style curry. You can get a spicy or savory curry, so you’ll likely find a variety that you like.
Another Japanese experience worth the splurge is kaiseki. This is a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner. They can often run a high price, but you’ll certainly leave the table very satisfied and arrive at breakfast the same way.
Where should I stay on my trip to Japan?
Accommodation in Japan varies greatly in style, commodities, and price.
Japan also features a traditional Japanese-style inn called a Ryokan. These rooms usually include dinner and breakfast. They vary in price greatly, ranging from 6,000-40,000 yen per person ($60-400 USD).
Minshuku is like Ryokan, but they’re more like a bed and breakfast that are family-run.
These rooms may include breakfast, and some may include an additional meal. You can expect to spend anywhere from 4,000-10,000 yen per person ($40-100 USD).
Hostels or Dormitories can also be a cheap option. They cost around 1,500 to 4,000 yen per person ($15-40 USD) and often also offer meals.
Japan also features Western-style hotels and business hotels.
If you’re looking for a rental instead of a hotel, you can find vacation rentals varying greatly. These may be apartments or historic houses.
There are a few temples that offer lodgings. These temple lodgings often include two meals, vegetarian, and an invitation to join the morning ceremonies.
When should I visit Japan?
Spring is popular due to the famous cherry blossoms. This is one of the most popular times of the year in Japan, and romantic too. The hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) is very popular and makes for a great romantic trip for couples.
March and April are great for the cherry blossoms, but these months will be crowded and more expensive.
May is pleasant and the crowds are a little more dispersed.
June is warm and rainy, but mostly in the form of afternoon showers.
July and August are hot and humid, but you’ll find a plethora of festivals.
Fall is a beautiful time of year in Japan due to the nice temperatures and the autumn foliage.
September may be hot but less crowded.
October and November are busy due to tourists visiting to see the gorgeous autumn leaves.
Winter is a good time to visit the hot springs in Japan. You’ll also be able to find great places to ski and/or snowboard.
January and February can be frigid, but there are few tourists.
December can be cold but crowded for New Year’s.